What is Progressive Education

Progressive education is rooted in experiential, hands-on learning where the classroom functions as a laboratory and New York City serves as a classroom. At ECFS, we recognize and celebrate the importance of critical thinking and inquiry in addition to the acquisition of knowledge; learning by doing at every stage of development; and the engagement and collaboration of teachers and students in the creation and innovation of a rich learning program.

Since 1878, our school has embraced the use of children’s higher order thinking skills to make sense of facts and ideas in literature, science, art and mathematics; the development of intrinsic motivation for learning and a focus on the inherent characteristics of each student, not just the quality of academic content.

We seek to ensure that our school exemplifies the best of progressive education in the 21st century, serving as a national model and demonstrating our preeminence as a leader in this educational field in an increasingly global, interconnected world.