Frequently Asked Questions


1. What population do you serve?

Stephen Gaynor School is an independent school for bright children ages three to 14 with language-based learning differences.

2. What ages do you serve?

We serve children ages three to 14 in our Early Childhood program, Lower School, and Middle School.

3. What is your deadline for receiving applications?

We have a rolling admissions policy and accept applications throughout the academic year for September enrollment.

4. When can parents and guardians visit the school?

Until further notice, there will be no in-person parent tours or interviews due to the current circumstances. Parents of applying students will be sent a link to a virtual facilities tour that includes video of academic instruction and co-curricular programming.

We will also be offering several virtual Open Houses in the fall of 2020. Please email or call the Admissions Office if you are interested in registering for one of these Open Houses.

5. How many students are in each class?

Our class size is limited to 10 students in our Early Childhood program and to 11 in our Lower and Middle Schools. Each class includes a head teacher and an assistant teacher, allowing us to ensure a wealth of support and attention for each child. In our Early Childhood program, Occupational Therapists and Speech/Language Pathologists are integral parts of our classroom-based teams.

6. What support services do you offer?

Students have access to a range of specialists including Speech/Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Reading Specialists, and Math Specialists. When needed, Gaynor specialists join a child in class or work with him/her one-on-one or in a small group setting. Our team-based approach allows specialists and expert faculty to collaborate, ensuring each child achieves his/her goals.

7. Do you have a psychologist?

We have a Director of Psychological Services and a school psychologist who work with students, as needed, to facilitate positive social skills. Our psychologists also offer consultation to parents and opportunities for parent education through lectures and workshops.

8. Do you offer 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 financial assistance to qualified families. We work with School and Student Services for Financial Aid, an agency that works with many of New York City’s independent schools.

9. What schools do Gaynor students attend when they graduate?

Many of our students go on to mainstream schools. Visit the Placement section of Gaynor at a Glance to see a list of the variety of schools our most recent graduating classes were accepted to.

10. What is your vacation schedule?

We follow the New York City independent school calendar. Download our Academic Calendar in PDF format.

11. Do you offer afterschool programs?

Yes, we offer a dynamic Afterschool Program that enriches students’ lives with a broad variety of activities – from sports to scientific exploration to cooking to community service and study hall – that keep children motivated and engaged after the regular school day ends. Our program is available for an extra fee Monday through Thursday. Students can enroll in sessions from 3-4 p.m. and/or from 4-5 p.m.