See CPE1's model in action for yourself. 

Check out what teaching and learning at CPE1 looks like.  It might not comply with administrators' narrow demands for standards, testing, and data, but it works for children from a variety of cultural and cognitive backgrounds. 


Deborah Meier has generously shared this 1980 documentary about Central Park East Elementary School and the innovative practices that gave birth to the small school movement and countless progressive education reforms.

Filmed in June 2014, this short documentary is about the use of collection folders at Central Park East 1 Elementary School in East Harlem, NYC. Over the years, each child's work is stored in a large collection folder the children will eventually take home once they graduate.