In the Lower Grades (Grades K–5), teachers encourage our children’s imagination and love of learning as they become confident students with a strong ability to articulate their ideas and use different strategies of inquiry to explore complex concepts. Our core curriculum includes Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Singapore Math/Eureka Math, and Passport to Social Studies. NEST+m believes in supporting the whole child, and we have daily and weekly social/emotional learning lessons through Sanford Harmony curriculum.

In addition to our classroom curriculum, our Specials offerings include Art, Music, STEMscopes Science and Physical Education. K-2 students learn Chess, Grades 3-5 have dance residencies with Alvin Ailey and Dancing Classrooms. Grade 5 also studies Technology. Grades 1-5 visit our Library weekly for read aloud and selection of high-interest children’s literature.

We believe that New York City is the world’s greatest classroom, and the students embark on numerous field trips throughout the year, both in conjunction with their studies and to take advantage of the city’s cultural offerings. All Lower Grades families will be invited to participate in bi-monthly Family Fridays, a program in which parents/guardians are invited to begin the school day with their child in the classroom.


Mark Berkowitz

Assistant Principal
Barabara Rossi 

Assistant Principal, K-12 Special Education
Tessa Derfner

Guidance Counselor/Admissions: Sarah Liogys

School Nurse: Amy Whitford

School Psychologist: Julie Castro

School Social Worker: Bena Ortiz

Speech Therapy: Johanna Kreisbuch, Annice Kim and Diana Sanchez

Occupational Therapy: Limor Yerushalmi

Physical Therapy: Christine Griffin

SETSS K-5 & Special Education Instructional Lead: Elena Beale

English as a New Language (ENL): Joe Senno and Michelle Roper