a co-ed, independent, inclusion school for grades k-12


Middle School Science Teacher in ClassThank you for your interest in the IDEAL School of Manhattan. We look forward to sharing information with you about our inclusive program. The IDEAL School opened its doors in 2006 with 20 students in kindergarten through second grade. We have successfully added a grade each year and presently have an enrollment of 165 students from kindergarten through eleventh grade. We will be graduating our first senior class in June of 2018.

IDEAL is the only independent, inclusion school in New York City. We expand our definition of diversity to include ability. The diversity of IDEAL’s community and its commitment to inspire excellence in all students cultivates empathy and collaboration. Our dedicated and highly skilled teachers know each of their students in and out of the classroom, differentiate instruction to inspire achievement and growth, and believe in the ability of all students to achieve excellence. Throughout their years at IDEAL, the intentional diversity and social justice curriculum works in concert with the academic program to cultivate student voice, and develop skills in problem-solving and compassionate perspective-taking. IDEAL students possess the leadership skills, commitment to excellence, and understanding of others to lead in the 21st century.

The right school for your child is one that resonates with whom he or she is, not only as a learner but also as an individual, and one that echoes your family values. We encourage you to contact us with questions about IDEAL. The best way to understand IDEAL is to see for yourself how each individual student is engaged, challenged, and supported in so many ways throughout each day. Join us at one of our Tuesday Talk and Tours or Fall Open Houses to see The IDEAL Difference. The IDEAL School has limited openings for Fall 2017 in select grade levels for qualified candidates. We encourage your inquiry and application.

Thank you for visiting our website. We look forward to meeting you and to discussing the potential for your family to join ours.


Lori Murphy

Director of Admissions and Enrollment

Christine Cuppett
Assistant Director of Admissions