Stephen Gaynor School

Gaynor School image The Stephen Gaynor School, a non profit organization, provides a unique educational experience for children ages 5-14 with learning differences, in a nurturing environment where children are helped to reach their academic potential. At Stephen Gaynor the pattern of academic failure is broken and children are taught to become successful learners with unlimited potential.

Miriam Michael and Yvette Siegel opened the school in a small apartment with only five students in September of 1962. Within just a few months they needed to expand to the apartment across the hall due to increased enrollment. By September of the following year, the school moved to a seemingly too large location at 22 West 74th Street, but within two years, all classroom space available there was filled.

In June of 2006 the Stephen Gaynor School moved to a new 36,000 square foot facility on West 90th Street. The new facility has 18 spacious classrooms each with its own breakout room for small group and individualized instructions; a full size junior varsity basketball court; a central location between the classroom areas to contain common learning areas and support services; and spaces specifically designed for computer, science, art and music.

The Stephen Gaynor School's instructional approach to remediating students is both multisensory and interdisciplinary. Language and occupational therapists, as well as math and reading specialists, collaborate with head teachers to support instruction in each classroom. Methodologies employing multisensory teaching are essential cornerstones of our educational structure. Remediation of skills is based on structured and sequential instruction.

Each classroom has approximately ten children with one head teacher and one assistant teacher. Specialists and clinicians participate in each classroom as well as pull out individual students for remediation. This instructional model of both individualization and integration provides each child maximum support. Classroom teachers create interdisciplinary curricula that build a comprehensive knowledge base of all essential content areas. Rather than requiring each child to meet curriculum requirements, the curriculum meets the child.

Content areas of focus are: Reading, Writing, Math, Social Studies, Science, Speech / Language, Computer, Physical Education, Occupational Therapy, Art, and Music and Drama. For detailed information about these programs, please visit the Academic Excellence page of our website.