The IDEAL School of Manhattan

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Experience The IDEAL Difference

The IDEAL School of Manhattan is New York’s only K-12+ independent inclusion school. Our mission is to affirm and accept the full identities of all people while inspiring academic excellence, creative leadership, and a desire to build a more just and equitable world.

The school’s core principles are Inclusion, Diversity, Excellence, Acceptance, and Leadership. Every aspect of the IDEAL experience--instruction, assessment, program, enrichment--reflects a research-based commitment to inclusion education as a means for academic excellence.

IDEAL teachers design instruction that builds upon the unique talents and strengths of the learners in their room, allowing students to learn at multiple levels of complexity within the same classroom. Supportive faculty, low student-to-teacher ratios, small class sizes, and partnerships between experienced general educators and learning specialists create a nurturing community where every student can succeed, and every student has a voice.

At IDEAL, no one leaves their identity at the door. IDEAL’s curriculum and programs are multicultural by design, and social justice and anti-bias instruction are built-in and given dedicated instructional time. Immersion in the arts, a differentiated athletic program, and service-learning opportunities round out the IDEAL experience.

Our exceptional academic program is based on the belief that students learn best when we set a high bar and scaffold the path to achievement through differentiation. Lower School (K-5) classes are co-taught by a general educator and a learning specialist. Middle School (6-8) classes cultivate lifelong learning skills. High School (9-12) is uniquely student-driven, flexible, and inclusive, with a focus on developing important life skills. The Next Steps Transition Program is available to students aged 18-21 as an alternative or ramp to college and supports each student’s continued progress.

We are excited to announce that The IDEAL School of Manhattan will be relocating in the 2023-24 school year to 5 Hanover Square, which will house all of our 200 students in one private section of the building in the Financial District. Please visit for curriculum, admission, and financial aid information.

The IDEAL School of Manhattan
314 West 91st Street
270 West 89th Street
New York, NY 10024

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