Calhoun Facts

Who We Are

Founded in 1896 on Manhattan's Upper West Side, The Calhoun School is a progressive co-educational, independent, college preparatory day school that serves students from 2 years 8 months through 12th grade. Read about our history >>

Steven Solnick joined Calhoun as the Head of School on July 1, 2017. Steve is only the 11th Head of School since Calhoun was founded in 1896.

Mission and Practice

Calhoun inspires a passion for learning through a progressive approach to education that values intellectual pursuit, creativity, diversity and community involvement. Read about our progressive approach to teaching and learning >>

Leadership in Progressive Education

Calhoun continues the rich tradition of progressive education and exemplifies what it means to be well educated through its approach to teaching and learning, as well as a variety of public community initiatives:


Calhoun's main building, which houses 3rd-12th grades and most administrative offices, is located at 433 West End Avenue @ West 81st Street. The Robert L. Beir Building, which houses the preschool (beginning 2 years 8 months)-2nd grade, is at 160 West 74th Street near Amsterdam Avenue. Read more »

School Hours

LS 74th Street
3's-Half Day: 8:45-12:00
3's-Extended Day: 8:45-2:30
4's: 8:45-2:30
K-2nd: 8:30-2:45

LS, MS, US 81st Street
3rd-5th: 8:30-3:00
6th-12th: 8:30-3:15


Calhoun enrolls approximately 725 students ranging from early childhood (age 2 years 8 months) through Upper School.

Student-Teacher Ratio is 7:1. Average class size is 12-15 students.


The school is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) and the New York State Education Department.

Explore Calhoun

Main Building 3rd - 12th Grades 433 West End Avenue New York, NY 10024 212.497.6500

Robert L. Beir Lower School Building 2.8 Years - 2nd Grade 160 West 74th Street New York, NY 10023 212.497.6550

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