An independent, non-sectarian day school located in the Brooklyn Heights, NYC, Saint Ann’s School serves students from preK through 12th grade. Saint Ann’s prepares children both creatively and efficiently in academics and the arts. The school gives children the freedom to achieve and to enjoy learning and “to trust the unadorned pleasures of learning, unassisted by point scores, prizes, rankings, and punishments.”
The School fosters an atmosphere in which many students can work together to realize the highest potential of each student with no compromise of individuality. Group activities and being together as a whole unit as well as incorporating individuality is part of the school’s mission to its students.
At Saint Ann’s it is hard to distinguish curriculum from community. A curriculum is traditionally thought of as a sequence of concepts and details, assumed to be related to each other, and thought to be learnable in a given period. For us, however, the curriculum is pervasive: a vehicle for learning skills as well as facts; the medium of our friendship with children; a source of humor and poetry; a focus for activities across the disciplines and for formalisms from art to algebra. It is also a way for our students to reach us. As we share enthusiasm, it becomes our common ground, the center around which a group can be built, in the classroom and beyond it.
Teachers are highly accredited and chosen for their unique abilities in working with Saint Ann’s children as well as compatible personality and style. The school’s philosophy holds that very bright children deserve and receive unusual education.
Admission to Saint Ann’s is not predicated on IQ or ISEE scores or grades, per se. Rather, it is based on a holistic assessment of the candidate and his or her background, including cultural concerns, openness of parents to music, theater, literature, etc.