The Mary McDowell Center for Learning in NYC is not only a center for children with learning disabilities, but they accept and embrace the primary testimonies of Quakerism and attempt to integrate them into the life of the school. These testimonies include Peace, Justice, Equality, Integrity, Community, Service and Simplicity, which are integrated into the programs for learning.
In keeping with the Quakers’ longstanding commitment to respect for differences, Mary McDowell Center for Learning strives to maintain a culture of diversity with respect to income, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and religion. The Center is committed to attracting, admitting and retaining a student body, faculty, staff and board of trustees that reflect the larger community of New York City. It also welcomes students, faculty, staff and board of trustees from nontraditional families, multicultural families and immigrant families.
In 1984 the school opened with only 5 students. Parents of children with special needs, as well as the community, helped grow the school and, in 1990, the Center received its New York State provisional charter as a nonprofit educational institution. In 1998 the Mary McDowell Center for Learning received its first accreditation from the New York State Association of Independent Schools, and it acquired its own building. Today the school houses about 225 students in twenty classes.
Visit the school’s website to learn more about the school’s three elementary divisions, middle and upper schools, community services program and after school programs.
The school’s curriculum includes Language Arts, Math, Reading, Science and Social Studies. An Enrichment Program, which includes classes in visual arts, movement, physical education, music, Spanish, library and computer, benefits children further.