Frequently Asked Questions

You will find the answers to many of the most frequently asked questions below. Please reach out to our Admissions Office if you have questions that are not reflected here.

What population do you serve?

Stephen Gaynor School is an independent school for bright children ages three and a half to 14 with language-based learning differences, like dyslexia, dysgraphia, and ADHD.

What ages do you serve?

We serve children ages three and a half to six in our Early Childhood program, six to eleven in the Lower School, and eleven to fourteen in the Middle School.

What is your deadline for submitting applications?

Gaynor has a rolling admissions policy and accepts applications throughout the year for September enrollment.

When can parents/guardians visit the school?

All student interviews are in-person and families and students will tour the school on the same day of the interview. You may also view the school through this virtual tour.

We also offer several virtual Open Houses in the fall and early spring. Please click here to view dates and register.

How many students are in each class?

Our average class size is 11 students, with a maximum group size of 12 and two full-time teachers. Each class includes a head teacher and an assistant teacher or co-head 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 members of our classroom-based teams.

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 them one-on-one or in a small group setting. Our team-based approach allows specialists and expert faculty to collaborate, ensuring each child achieves their goals.

Do you have a psychologist on staff?

We have a team of school psychologists who work with students to foster social-emotional learning throughout the school, as well as in small groups as needed. Our psychologists also offer consultation to parents and opportunities for parent education through lectures and workshops.

Do you offer financial assistance?

Stephen Gaynor School is committed to making our individualized education program accessible for all who need it, and we invite any student who needs a Gaynor education to apply. Please visit our Affording Gaynor page for more information.

What schools do Gaynor students attend after 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.

What is your vacation schedule?

We align with many New York City independent school calendars. Our current year academic calendar can be found here.

Do you offer after-school programming?

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 3:00 -4:00 p.m. and/or from 4:00 -5:30 p.m.

Is lunch provided?

A nutritious and delicious hot lunch is provided for all students at no additional cost. This initiative exemplifies both our Board of Trustees’ and our school’s dedication to the quality of the school experience and to ensuring equity for all families and students.