History

Founded in 1974 by a group of educators who believed in the importance of ‘learning by doing,’ CPE1 is a Pre-K through 5th grade public school in New York’s East Harlem. For over three decades CPE1 has been a leader in progressive elementary education. The CPE1 philosophy and mission have been to provide for a school experience that emphasizes the use of integrated curriculum as well as curriculum that emerges from a child’s particular interests and passions, extensive opportunities in the visual and performing arts, parent participation, cross-age groupings and intensive, ongoing exploration of educational practice. We address all aspects of learning – social, physical, intellectual and aesthetic as children engage with a variety of materials.

The teacher, child and family collaborate to understand how the child is making sense of the world and how to nourish the child’s development.

The teacher, child and family collaborate to understand how the child is making sense of the world and how to nourish the child’s development. The student population of 200 students represents a wide spectrum of economic, ethnic, intellectual, physical, social and emotional diversity. CPE1 continues to be an internationally recognized model school where individualized education grows out of the staff and students’ interests. Educators from all over the world come to New York to see CPE1.