COVID-19 Update for Prospective Students and Families:
New Amsterdam School reopened in the Fall of 2020 and is providing five-day, full-day, in-person education on campus while strictly adhering to NYC school health guidelines. We've integrated health and safety measures including social distancing, smaller class sizes, strategic on-campus interaction strategies, trauma-informed teaching, student emotional support, and adjusted cleaning protocols. Learn More
New Amsterdam grows strong, loving, spirited human beings who know who they are and love what they do. We provide a full Early Childhood program and Elementary School at our warm, home-like East Village campus. Our community embraces diversity, fosters inclusivity, and honors the uniqueness of each child.
Our modern, innovative Waldorf curriculum inspires reverence for the natural world, for one's self, and for others, while developing foundational practical, social, and cognitive skills. Early Childhood students thrive in self-directed play, creative arts, and abundant time in nature, freely exploring the world around them while developing the skills for future social and academic success.
Our multi-disciplinary Elementary School integrates hands-on experiences such as gardening, woodworking, and cooking with rigorous academics, awakening children's innate intelligence, developing solid social-emotional skills, and empowering them to create a future only they can imagine.
Nature Immersion & Our Six Pillars of Learning
Our partnership with NYC's largest community garden allows us to integrate nature-based learning into every grade level. Kindergarteners enjoy a 100% outdoor experience with resilience skills, gardening, outdoor arts, and nature exploration. Elementary students study botany, composting, woodworking, & harvesting. Read more about nature immersion and our Six Pillars of Learning.
- African American8.3%
- Native American0%
- Pacific Islander0%
- Offers Full WeekYes
- Offers Part WeekNo data available
- Offers Full DayYes
- Offers Part DayYes
Living in the Area
- Cost of Livinggrade C minus
- Good for Familiesgrade A
- Housinggrade C minus
New Amsterdam School Reviews
We were unfamiliar with Waldorf education initially, but landed at New Amsterdam last year when our daughter did not get into any of our top choices for public pre-K. New Amsterdam has completely transformed how we parent and create balance at home. In a world consumed with screens New Amsterdam has not only kept our daughter grounded and connected to the natural world around her, but also grounded us as a family.
The world changed dramatically with the pandemic, but New Amsterdam continues to be our safe space. They have been thoughtful, innovative, and a huge source of strength for our family during these challenging times.
New Amsterdam is a significant financial investment for our family but continues to be our top priority. We consider the community and faculty extended family and are so grateful to be a part of this East Village oasis.
As a parent, I appreciate that there is a supportive community of adults looking out for my child. The NAS community values diversity, inclusion, compassion and kindness - the world we want for our child and our family.