Horace Mann School

231 W 246th St, Bronx, NY 10471

Horace Mann School was established by Nicholas Murray Butler as an experimental and demonstration unit of Teachers College, Columbia University. The coeducational school included all grades from kindergarten through high school until 1914, at which time Horace Mann School for Boys was established in its present location in the Riverdale section of the Bronx; it was among the first country day schools in the United States. The kindergarten, elementary and girls' school continued at Teachers College until 1946 and, in that same year, the boys' school received its own charter from the state board of regents and became an independent institution. In 1969, Horace Mann again became a coeducational school beginning with the youngest level. The 18-acre middle (grades 6-8) and upper (grades 9-12) division campus overlooks Van Cortlandt Park. Across the street on Tibbett Avenue, the lower school houses grades K-5, and the nursery school (nursery, prekindergarten and kindergarten) occupies a historic building on East 90th Street in Manhattan. Horace Mann's program is strongly rooted in the liberal arts tradition, with AP courses, a wide variety of electives, interdisciplinary offerings, and options such as independent study and study abroad. Foreign language instruction begins in grade 1 with French and Spanish, and upper division students choose from eight languages, among them Chinese, Japanese and Russian. Middle and upper division course requirements include classes in the visual and performing arts, computer science and community service; children in the nursery and lower division also participate in activities in these areas. As they progress, pupils have an increasing degree of choice in their course options, including the chance to undertake an independent research seminar. Students design these research projects, which address subjects not included in the curriculum or provide further study of a topic covered in a previous course. Frequent outings and field trips are arranged for the youngest students, while interest clubs and other extracurricular options are available to older boys and girls. Interscholastic athletic competition commences in grade 7. Beginning in grade 2, students partake of a variety of conservation, science and outdoor living experiences at the 275-acre John Dorr Nature Laboratory in Washington, CT.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeDay — Coed Grades PS (Age 3)-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address231 W 246th St, Bronx, NY 10471
Other Locations55 E 90th St, New York 10128
4440 Tibbett Ave, Bronx 10471
Year Established1887
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorThomas M. Kelly
Applications DueJanuary
Total Enrollment1,816
Day Students1,816
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