Middle School

In our Middle School, we are not indebted to any one program or philosophy. We are indebted to the child and ensuring that his/her education is tailored to meet individual needs by building the specific skills needed to be successful. This allows our alumni to be prepared as they move forward on their academic path.” -Christine Karamanoglou, Director of Middle School 

In the Middle School, students take even greater responsibility for their education. They collaborate closely with teachers to set personal goals and expectations. Our individualized instruction continues, with a focus on helping students build self-awareness and advocate more articulately for themselves. While the specific books they read, math problems they solve, and historical events they study will vary based on the individual student, all Gaynor Middle School students build the fundamental skills needed to succeed in their next school.

Unique to the Middle School, Gaynor offers “Real World Wednesdays” in which students participate in writing electives, clubs, project-based learning, student advocacy, and transition preparation classes. This coursework offers students dynamic, experiential learning opportunities that capitalize on personal interest and choice.

Gaynor has a comprehensive Placement program and a dedicated Placement Office to best support the Gaynor community as students move forward in their academic careers. During the Placement process, we work together with parents to identify appropriate school options, establish and maintain expectations, and create a support system that will follow the family and student through each step. It is our goal to have each individual student placed in the school that is the best fit for him/her upon graduation or early transition from Gaynor.

Click here for more information on the Stephen Gaynor Middle School core curriculum.


Middle School hallway

Alumni Outcomes

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

Members of the Class of 2018 were accepted to:
Avenues
Bay Ridge Prep
Beacon High School
Birch Wathen Lenox School
Brooklyn Friends School
Churchill
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

Five-Year High School Matriculation List
Classes of 2014 – 2018 with two or more Gaynor graduates attending
Bay Ridge Preparatory School
The Beacon School
Birch Wathen Lenox School
The Churchill School
Dwight School
Dwight Englewood
Eagle Hill School
Forman School
Grace Church School
The Hewitt School
Little Red Elisabeth Irwin
Mary McDowell Friends School
Marymount School of New York
NYC Lab School for Collaborative Studies
The Summit School
Vermont Academy
Winston Preparatory School
York Preparatory School

Five-Year College Matriculation List
Classes of 2009 – 2014 with two or more Gaynor graduates attending
American University
Berklee College of Music
Brandeis University
Chapman University
Connecticut College
Dean College
Duke University
Elon University
Emerson College
Fordham University
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Hofstra University
Indiana University
Landmark College
Lynn University
Marist College
McDaniel College
University of Michigan
New York University
Oberlin College
Skidmore College
SUNY Binghamton
Syracuse University
The George Washington University
Tulane University