Dear Friends,

I am delighted to welcome you to our website and introduce you to The IDEAL School & Academy.

The IDEAL School is an independent, non-profit, co-educational K - 10th grade school that is expanding to 12th grade over the next three years. IDEAL is an acronym that stands for Inclusion, Diversity, Excellence, Acceptance, and Leadership, and this acronym represents the core aspects of our educational program. At IDEAL, we educate inquisitive, hard-working, compassionate students to be pioneers and leaders, by providing an individualized academic program within a diverse and inclusive community, while promoting acceptance of each student’s full identity, social justice, and equity in education.

At IDEAL, our team-teaching model, small class sizes, low student-teacher ratios, and Individual Learning Profiles allow teachers to differentiate instruction for each student based on individual strengths, interests, and abilities. The curriculum challenges all students to reach their full academic potential while supporting social and emotional growth. With an equal emphasis on creative arts and a unique elective program, we offer enrichment through classes such as world languages, chess, musical theater, and media production. Combined with our innovative anti-bias instruction, our child-centered curriculum develops students who are curious, creative, and caring.

Because we believe that children who learn together learn to live together, our school community reflects the rich diversity of New York City. We not only provide students with an excellent academic education at IDEAL, we foster their ability to empathize, connect, and collaborate with a diverse group of peers, skills that are of increasing importance in our multicultural, global society. Our social justice curriculum enables students to see their potential to effect change and equips them with the tools to take risks to achieve their goals. An IDEAL education gives students the critical thinking skills they need to solve problems in their own lives, in their local communities, and on a global scale.

Please explore our website and discover what makes The IDEAL School & Academy unique. We encourage you and your family to visit the school, meet our faculty and students, and learn more about our program.


Best Regards,


Timothy M. Burns, Ph.D.
Interim Head of School

The IDEAL School & Academy is an independent school accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS). The IDEAL School is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY).