Gaynor at a Glance
The Gaynor Difference: Unlocking Each Student’s Potential
Gaynor realizes that every child is unique and each child learns in a different way. For this reason, we develop an individualized educational program with multi-sensory techniques that fits the learning style of each and every child and is paced at their level.
We have a team of specialists who provide support for our students. When needed, Gaynor specialists join a child in class, work with them one-on-one, or in small group instruction. Our team-based approach allows specialists and expert faculty to collaborate, ensuring each child’s needs are met. Gaynor specialists include:
- Occupational Therapy
An academically challenging curriculum covering age-appropriate content fosters success for each child.
- Gaynor Writing Program, developed in conjunction with Dr. Judith Hochman
- Reading curriculum, based on the Orton–Gillingham approach and individualized to meet each student’s needs. Gaynor’s Orton-Gillingham Instructional Program has been officially accredited by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. As such, we are an Organizational Member of the Academy and a member of the Academy’s Council of Accredited Programs, one of only two schools in the New York metropolitan area to be so certified.
- Math curriculum draws from many programs, including the Singapore Math and Stern Structural Arithmetic programs
The Total Approach
Gaynor provides a well-rounded education. In addition to our academic program, we encourage students’ passions to help them realize success outside the classroom. This helps build self-confidence, allowing them to become more confident learners inside the classroom. Areas of focus include:
- Digital Photography
- Self Advocacy
Gaynor is not just a school, it’s a community. Gaynor families choose our school because of the academic program AND because they want to be part of our nurturing environment.
Average Class Size
11 students and two full-time teachers
3:1 (This allows us to ensure a wealth of support and attention for each child.)
We have a two-building campus close to Central Park, which we use for sports, school activities, picnics, and nature walks.
- Early Childhood: 175 West 89th Street
- Lower School: 148 West 90th Street
- Middle School: 175 West 89th Street
For the academic year 2022-2023, approximately 380 students are enrolled at Gaynor between our Early Childhood, Lower, and Middle Schools. Our students come from all five boroughs, Westchester, Long Island, New Jersey, and beyond.
Gaynor strives to ensure tuition is not a deterrent for any student wishing to attend our school. With this in mind, we provide scholarships and financial assistance to qualified families. We work with School and Student Service for Financial Aid, an agency that works with many of New York City’s independent schools.
Gaynor operates on a rolling admissions calendar.
Placement Office – Transitioning from Gaynor
Parents and faculty work together to determine when a child is ready to transition from Gaynor. We understand that determining the next school that will best suit your child’s needs is challenging. Our expert faculty is there to help you every step of the way. Our goal is for parents and children to find the right match. To help meet this goal, we provide:
- Meetings with parents to discuss recommendations, based on input from every member of our faculty who has worked with your child
- Support with the admissions process and required testing
- Provide guidance to families to schedule prospective school tours/classroom visits
- Student preparation for the interview process
Stephen Gaynor School’s combination of a curriculum uniquely tailored to each student’s needs, an emphasis on student self-advocacy, and a dedication to providing a rich co-curricular experience for our students prepares them well for success at their next school and in the wider world. For a list of high schools and colleges our alumni attend, please click here.
New York State Association of Independent Schools. Organizational Member of the Orton-Gillingham Academy, and Member of the Academy’s Council of Accredited Programs. Our program meets the International Dyslexia Association’s Knowledge and Practice Standard.
Stephen Gaynor School is a proud member of the Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY). Founded in 1965, ISAAGNY aims to ensure orderly, professional, and equitable admissions processes at member schools: we do so by observing a shared admissions timeline, engaging in professional development to hone our collective craft, exchanging resources and best practices, and more. The resulting spirit of cooperation serves schools, families, and nearly 30,000 students across greater New York.