A Message from the Principal

Welcome to Fieldston Lower!

Our founder, Felix Adler, writes, “We should teach our children nothing which they shall ever need to unlearn; we should strive to transmit to them the best possessions, the truest thought, the noblest sentiments of the age in which we live.”

At Fieldston Lower, we work to achieve this lofty goal by creating an environment where young people can discover who they are and determine how they will use this understanding to contribute positively to the myriad communities to which they belong. Our nurturing faculty and staff partner daily with students and families to cultivate the knowledge, skills, and habits of mind necessary for enacting ethical leadership in a modern and ever-changing world.

Our diverse and vibrant curriculum and inquiry-based approach to learning encourages deep learning and authentic understanding. Through active exploration and hands-on experiences, students are encouraged to build their own knowledge, create meaning, solve problems creatively, form healthy relationships, and make good decisions. We attend closely to the developmental needs of children—from the intellectual and physical to the social and emotional—and capitalize on the diversity of identity, thought, and experience that each student brings to the classroom.

Our beautiful campus in the Riverdale section of the Bronx and our close proximity to Manhattan’s Upper West Side means that our curriculum extends far beyond the classroom walls. Our students take advantage of the city’s many educational and cultural offerings while also learning the importance of being good stewards of our natural resources.

Relationships are at the heart of a happy school, and I look forward to getting to know you and your children. Know that my door is always open. I especially look forward to visiting students and teachers in the classroom, where the mission of the school is lived and fulfilled. I invite you to do the same.

Here’s to a year of great learning, great discovery—and great fun.

Noni Thomas López, Ed.D.
Interim Principal, Fieldston Lower



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