Being IDEAL

IDEAL’s unique program rests on the transformational belief that we all learn better when we learn together. IDEAL challenges and supports each student in his or her academic, social, and emotional growth while holding contribution to the community in the highest esteem. IDEAL students strive for excellence in and out of the classroom and recognize and draw out the potential for excellence in their peers. They not only appreciate but also seek out difference, understanding that only in community are we IDEAL.

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Inclusion

Inclusion is the full acceptance of all students in order to create a sense of belonging in and outside of the classroom and to prepare students for productive lives as full members of a diverse and global society.

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Diversity

At IDEAL, no one leaves their identity at the door. IDEAL’s curriculum and programs are multicultural by design and intentionally develop an anti-bias perspective.

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Excellence

The IDEAL School of Manhattan sets high standards for all learners using differentiated instruction to meet each child where he or she is and to inspire a commitment to excellence and leadership in all of our students.

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Acceptance

IDEAL students value and seek out the perspectives of others and learn how to bring people together to make a positive difference in the community.

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Leadership

IDEAL fosters the social and emotional development of confident and compassionate young people who are prepared to contribute their voice and talents to create a more just and equitable society.

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Did You Know?

Differentiation is an educational philosophy that recognizes and celebrates that all students are different and thus bring a unique set of strengths, experiences, and interests to the classroom.

IDEAL’s annual Civil Rights Museum is a highlight of our Diversity Curriculum and brings the entire school together to learn about and honor Civil Rights leaders as well as to develop an understanding of key social justice concepts.

Lower and Upper School students came together during our annual Thanksgiving assembly to make cards for Citymeals on Wheels

Middle and High School students meet daily in advisory groups to cultivate collaboration, confidence, and empathy.
IDEAL’s focus on social justice gives students the skills they need to solve problems in their own lives, in their local communities, and on a global scale

Academics

IDEAL students strive for excellence in and out of the classroom and recognize and draw out the potential for excellence in their peers.

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Inclusion & Diversity

IDEAL’s mission calls on us to celebrate diversity and to embrace difference, and our emphasis on social justice empowers students to succeed and to lead in our diverse society with self-confidence, acceptance, and compassion.

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Arts

IDEAL’s arts curriculum celebrates and enhances each student’s innate creative talent. The skills students acquire in the arts strengthen their learning in all subjects, and the creative arts department supports other academic areas through cross-curricular units and collaborations.

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Community

IDEAL students and faculty not only appreciate but also seek out difference, understanding that only in community are we IDEAL.

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