“When I first came to The New School I felt that I could finally reach my full potential.” New School students believe their time is well-spent and that they can grow into the people they want to be.
Here, the teachers are highly skilled, intelligent, and dedicated to working with students; and the students, in turn, are active participants in their education.
The New School is small by design, with 130 students and 30 teachers and staff, all of whom are on a first-name basis. We have an all-school meeting every day, and members of the community approach one another with mutual respect, goodwill, and trust.
We believe students truly own their education when they have some control over what they learn and how they exhibit their understanding. Indeed, this is the model used by the most successful liberal arts and sciences colleges.
Our mission has always been to help students learn to use their minds well. Our curriculum focuses on applied learning, critical thought, and mastery of academic skills – what we call “deep learning” – and is, we feel, an ideal preparation for college. We know, too, that giving students choices in the direction of their work fosters “ownership” – students feeling invested in their work, good about themselves, and inspired to set higher and higher expectations for their work.