Message from Head of School


When I was a young boy, I remember visiting my grandparents, Mimi Michael and Bert Schoeneman, at Stephen Gaynor School. I recall the flurry of activity in the school as the children and teachers traveled up and down the grand marble staircase of the West 74th Street brownstone. While the building housed a school, it felt more like a home. The students always seemed so happy and at ease. The teachers were friendly and attentive to each child’s needs.

Years later, when I started working at Stephen Gaynor School in 1994, I realized that it wasn’t just the building that made it feel like a home, but the mission of the school. Teachers, specialists, and administrators all work together to bring the curriculum to each child, enabling them to become confident and successful students. Though the school has now expanded to two buildings, the feeling is the same. Gaynor continues to be a home that fosters a love for learning.

Students receive remediation in the areas in which it is needed and have the chance to cultivate skills in which they excel. With small class sizes, a challenging curriculum, and strong partnerships among parents, teachers, and students, Stephen Gaynor School gives students the skills they need to unlock their full potential.

Our expert faculty develop an individualized curriculum tailored to the specific needs of each student and provide a variety of co-curricular activities – art, music, drama, digital photography, technology, and an engaging, diversified After School program.

I hope you will take the time to learn more about Stephen Gaynor School through our website, but more importantly, I invite you to visit our school. Tour our state-of-the-art, expanding facilities, speak with our remarkable teachers, meet our bright students – and discover for yourself what makes Stephen Gaynor School such a unique place.

Warmest Regards,


Dr. Scott Gaynor
Head of School