Stephen Gaynor School is an independent, special education school for bright children with learning differences ages three to fourteen. Founded in 1962, Gaynor provides a rich, rigorous, and nurturing environment in which students gain the skills and confidence necessary to learn, grow, and reach their full potential. What truly distinguishes Gaynor is its individualized curriculum, designed to fit the learning styles of each and every child, paced at his/her level.Stephen Gaynor School recently expanded to a two-building campus totaling nearly 80,000 square feet. The expansion has allowed the school to grow both academically and in the arts, reaching more children with learning differences.
Gaynor is known for attracting outstanding faculty and practitioners and is a leading special education school in New York City.
THE GAYNOR DIFFERENCE: UNLOCKING EACH STUDENT’S POTENTIAL
Gaynor realizes that every child is unique and each child learns in a different way. For this reason, we develop an individualized educational program with multi-sensory techniques that fits the learning style of each and every child and is paced at his/her level.
We have a team of specialists who provide support for our students. When needed, Gaynor specialists join a child in class, work with him/her one-on-one, or in small group instruction. Our team-based approach allows specialists and expert faculty to collaborate, ensuring each child’s needs are met. Gaynor specialists include:
• Occupational Therapy
An academically challenging curriculum covering age-appropriate content fosters success for each child.
• Gaynor Writing Program, developed in conjunction with Dr. Judith Hochman
• Reading curriculum, based on the Orton–Gillingham approach and individualized to meet each student’s needs. Gaynor’s Orton-Gillingham Instructional Program has been officially accredited by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. As such, we are an Organizational Member of the Academy and a member of the Academy’s Council of Accredited Programs, one of only two schools in the New York metropolitan area to be so certified.
• Math curriculum draws from many programs, including the Singapore Math and Stern Structural Arithmeticprograms
THE TOTAL APPROACH
Gaynor provides a well-rounded education.
In addition to our academic program, we encourage students’ passions to help them realize success outside the classroom. This helps build self-confidence, allowing them to become more confident learners inside the classroom. Areas of focus include:
• Digital Photography
Gaynor is not just a school, it’s a community. Gaynor families choose our school because of the academic program AND because they want to be part of our nurturing environment.
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
11 students and two full-time teachers
3:1 (This allows us to ensure a wealth of support and attention for each child.)
We have a two-building campus close to Central Park, which we use for sports, school activities, picnics, and nature walks.
• Early Childhood: 175 West 89th Street
• Lower School: 148 West 90th Street
• Middle School: 175 West 89th Street
This year, 385 students are enrolled at Gaynor between our Early Childhood, Lower, and Middle Schools. Our students come from all five boroughs, Westchester, Long Island, New Jersey, and beyond.
Gaynor strives to ensure tuition is not a deterrent for any student wishing to attend our school. With this in mind, we provide scholarships and financial assistance to qualified families. We work with School and Student Service for Financial Aid, an agency that works with many of New York City’s independent schools.
Gaynor operates on a rolling admissions calendar
PLACEMENT OFFICE – TRANSITIONING FROM GAYNOR
Parents and faculty work together to determine when a child is ready to transition from Gaynor. We understand that determining the next school that will best suit your child’s needs is challenging. Our expert faculty is there to help you every step of the way. Our goal is for parents and children to find the right match. To help meet this goal, we provide:
• Meetings with parents to discuss recommendations, based on input from every member of our faculty who has worked with your child
• Support with the admissions process and required testing, including test prep classes
• Assistance in setting up prospective school tours/classroom visits
• One-on-one student preparation for interview process
LIFE AFTER GAYNOR
Many of our students go on to mainstream schools. Members of the Class of 2017 were accepted to:
• Bay Ridge Prep
• Beacon High School
• Birch Wathen Lenox School
• Clinton School for Writers and Artists
• Dwight School
• Dwight Englewood
• Eagle Hill School (MA)
• Forman School (CT)
• Frank McCourt High School
• Grace Church School
• Hastings High School (NY)
• The Hewitt School
• Lab School for Collaborative Studies
• The Lowell School
• Loyola High School
• Mary McDowell School
• Millennium High School
• Rudolf Steiner School
• The Storm King School
• United Nations International School (UNIS)
• The Victor Hugo School – École Internationale?
• Winston Preparatory School
• York Preparatory School
New York State Association of Independent Schools. Organizational Member of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators, and Member of the Academy’s Council of Accredited Programs. Our program meets the International Dyslexia Association’s Knowledge and Practice Standard.