Town at a Glance
An independent, co-educational, non-sectarian elementary day school, founded in 1913.
- The Town School is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools, which is recognized by the National Association of Independent Schools Accreditation Commission.
- The school’s endowment stands at $31 million.
- 400 students in grades N-8
- 68 full time faculty members
- 6:1 overall Student/ Teacher Ratio
- 18-22 children in each class
- 2 sections of each grade level from Kindergarten through Eighth grade
- 2 teachers in each classroom for grades N-4, augmented by learning specialists
- While all aspects of diversity are celebrated at Town, African-American, Latino/Hispanic, Asian American and multiracial children currently represent 34.8% of the total enrollment. Visit our Diversity pages for more detail about Town’s commitment to a diverse community.
- Over 15% of the student body receives financial aid ranging from a few hundred dollars to almost the entire tuition. All assistance is based on a family’s ability to pay. Over $1,533,500 was awarded for the 2012-2013 school year.
- Town alumni/ae attend excellent high schools and colleges. They go on to find success and joy in learning throughout their lives. Visit our alumni/ae section to learn more about what Town graduates are doing.
- The Town School is located on a tree lined, cobblestoned cul-de-sac on East 76th Street and the FDR Drive, overlooking the East River and John Jay Park.
- Facilities include three connected buildings housing a state-of-the-art library/ technology center in the heart of the school, modern science labs, roomy, light- filled classrooms (many of which have river views) fully equipped arts classrooms, a large gym, large play terraces, and a large, newly renovated auditorium. View pictures on our Facilities page.
Life at Town:
- The school day runs from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with earlier dismissal times for younger grades. On Fridays all grades have early dismissal.
- Weekly divisional assemblies cover a variety of topics, including regular arts assemblies featuring performers from a variety of disciplines.
- Monthly all school assemblies bring the whole community together for student performances and announcements. Buddy classes sit together and meet after each all school assembly, giving older and younger students a chance to meaningfully interact.
- Fuel for learning: all students have a hearty mid-morning snack each school day, and lunch is served in the cafeteria Monday through Thursday. Special dietary needs are accommodated.
- P.E. and/or playroof time is scheduled daily for all grades. Upper School students have designated time each day for clubs and activities.
- Dance, Music and Art classes are part of each grade’s curriculum, including percussion ensemble, band and string ensemble for higher grades.
- After school activity options include team sports for Upper School, private music lessons, Postscript courses ranging from jujitsu to science lab, or arts and crafts and casual play for all ages at Clubhouse.
- Upper School students have P.E. classes twice a week at Randall's Island sports fields during warmer months or Asphalt Green in winter.