Who we are

Learning without walls

As Manhattan’s open-concept school, our classrooms—and our way of learning—seek to break down barriers between and within disciplines, concepts and people in order to nurture flexibility, provoke inquiry and forge instructive connections.

In the first years of your child’s Calhoun journey, we work to open understanding between your child and their peers by developing independence alongside collaboration. Within the classroom, students shift across and between subject area study as a grade-level group (complete with their own team name!). Their attentive teachers guide your child to form strong ties with classmates while also fostering deep connections between lessons.

Once your student reaches 3rd grade, they begin learning in our open floor plan spaces on 81st Street, designed to literally and conceptually eliminate the barriers between grades, disciplines, and learners. At Calhoun, we believe knowledge is worth sharing and that there’s always something to be learned from any person or experience. By opening up to others with what we know and learning from them in return, we gain deeper insight and further our own thinking—ultimately equipping us to more effectively and innovatively contribute to our society at large.