"We prepare students to engage in the world that is and to help bring about a world that ought to be."

Lower School

Explore the Curriculum

In the Friends Seminary Lower School we encourage our children to “follow their curiosity and exercise their imaginations… to bring about a world that ought to be.”  When our children are at play, they are learning how to learn, and they are enjoying the process.  Through their own investigations, explorations, and conversations, children begin to develop the skills needed to adapt to our ever-changing world.  As a parent and as an educator, I often wonder how we follow their lead as our children reveal to us what they are most curious about in the world.
I am confident that our teachers provide the opportunities for our children to take control of their own learning in the classroom. Our students are inspired to ask their burning questions and develop significant skills of inquiry, self-reflection and perseverance. We seek to raise habitual investigators of the world and to bring about tenacious problem solvers and resilient critical thinkers for a future that truly needs them. 
The Friends Seminary Lower School expands possibilities for children and we foster invention and innovation, while cultivating a spirit of persistence.
Children engage when they feel connected to their teachers, and they perform at higher levels when they feel known. In order for us to attain that sweet spot of engagement with our students, our teachers give of their hearts and practice vulnerability daily. Our outstanding team of educators value professional development and inspire each other to collaborate and integrate across academic disciplines.
At Friends Seminary we know that not every child can be number one, but we believe wholeheartedly that every child can be excellent. We work hard to expand the minds of our students and to partner with parents to raise children who will actively engage with the world, confronting our shared challenges with a shared resolve.  

Erin Gordon
Head of Lower School

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Lower School Office

Erin Gordon
Head of Lower School
(646) 979-5110

Khairah Klein
Assistant Head of Lower School
(646) 979-5112

Varnessa Comeau
Lower School Assistant
(646) 979-5111
Friends Seminary actively promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in all its programs and operations, including admissions, financial aid, hiring, and all facets of the educational experience. To form a community which strives to reflect the world’s diversity, we do not discriminate on the basis of race or color, religion, nationality, ethnicity, economic background, physical ability, sex, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. Friends Seminary is an equal opportunity employer.

Friends Seminary — the oldest continuously operated, coeducational school in NYC — serves college-bound day students in Kindergarten-Grade 12.
222 East 16th Street
New York, NY 10003
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