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.
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.Learn More
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.
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.
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.
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.
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
AXIS Dance Company Visits IDEAL
On Tuesday, November 14, AXIS Dance Company visited IDEAL, thanks to the generosity of IDEAL parents Rebecca Alson-Milkman and Craig Thomas.
Lower School Identity Museum
On Friday, November 10, we welcomed families to IDEAL’s annual Identity Museum. Students in every class brought in artifacts to represent an aspect of their identity, and visitors toured classes to take in the exhibits. Among the artifacts were trophies, national flags, stuffed animals, photographs, personal works of art, and baby clothes. Students also wrote or talked about the meaning of the item they shared.
On Tuesday, November 21, the entire school gathered at the Upper School to participate in IDEAL’s annual Harvest Assembly. The assembly included shared songs, expressions of gratitude for the IDEAL community, and a presentation about the fourth grade’s service learning project. The program concluded with students and faculty joining hands to sing and dance to Simple Gifts, a Shaker song that has become a school tradition.
IDEAL students strive for excellence in and out of the classroom and recognize and draw out the potential for excellence in their peers.
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.
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.
IDEAL students and faculty not only appreciate but also seek out difference, understanding that only in community are we IDEAL.