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 his/her level.  


We have a team of specialists who provide support for our students. When needed, Gaynor specialists join a child in class, work with him/her 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:

  • Speech/Language
  • Reading
  • Math
  • 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 OrtonGillingham 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:

  • Art
  • Music
  • Athletics
  • Digital Photography
  • Drama
  • Technology

Gaynor Community

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

Student/Faculty Ratio

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

2019-2020 Enrollment

For the academic year 2019-2020, 394 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.

2019-2020 Tuition


Financial Assistance

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, including test prep classes
  • Assistance in setting up prospective school tours/classroom visits
  • One-on-one student preparation for interview process

Life after Gaynor

Many of our students go on to mainstream schools. Members of the Class of 2018 were accepted to:
Bay Ridge Prep
Beacon High School
Birch Wathen Lenox School
Brooklyn Friends School
Dwight School
Dwight Englewood
Eagle Hill School (MA)
Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Arts and Performing Arts
Forman School (CT)
Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School
The Hewitt School
Ilan High School
Leman Manhattan Preparatory School
Little Red Elisabeth Irwin
Magen David Yeshiva High School
Mary McDowell Friends School
Notre Dame School
NYC Lab School for Collaborative Studies
Pennington School
Poly Prep Country Day School
Rudolf Steiner School
Summit School
Winchendon School (MA)
Winston Preparatory School
Yeshiva of Flatbush – Joel Braverman High School
York Preparatory School


New York State Association of Independent Schools. Organizational Member of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators, and Member of the Academy’s Council of Accredited Programs. Our program meets the International Dyslexia Association’s Knowledge and Practice Standard.