About ECFS

For more than 135 years, the Ethical Culture Fieldston School has been committed to excellence in education as it seeks to develop the intellectual, artistic, and moral potential of its students. ECFS serves approximately 1,700 students and 325 faculty and staff in four divisions: Ethical Culture; Fieldston Lower; Fieldston Middle; and Fieldston Upper. Ethical Culture is located in midtown Manhattan, on Central Park West, in a six-story, turn-of-the-century school building; the other divisions share an 18-acre campus in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.

Through an academic program that is demanding, rigorous, and thorough, we encourage our students to challenge themselves in innovative ways so they can reach their highest potential in mind, body, and spirit. We approach education in an interdisciplinary, experiential, and collaborative way, helping our students develop a lifelong passion for learning and an understanding of its relevance beyond the classroom. As ethical learning provides the foundation of all that we do, we emphasize our students’ moral development and guide them towards service and social justice. The admirable successes of our graduates in a wide range of fields—from the arts to the sciences, from business to public service—and their contributions to society attest to the promise of ECFS realized.