The High School Division of Grace Church School brings the school’s rich tradition and commitment to excellence in academics, arts, athletics, ethics, diversity, and community to the college preparatory, secondary school level. The core characteristics of the school - a proven academic track record, the joy of focused learning, the warmth of a caring community, and engagement with the wider world - finds broader avenues for expression in the vibrant and dynamic academic environment of the High School Division.

Students receive the skills, knowledge, and experience they need to live in the world they will inhabit. To that end, our curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, problem solving, oral and written expression, aesthetic appreciation, physical, social, and emotional health, and explores human culture across history and geography, so that students both understand the world they live in and are prepared to make a difference in it. The program supports experiential, community-based, and multi-sensory approaches to teaching and learning that challenges students by drawing on what they know and building their competence and confidence.

Each class of students has the opportunity to shape their education and the culture of our high school, contributing to the creation of a school for the 21st century as a part of an inclusive and pluralistic community. High School students at Grace Church School distinguish themselves as leaders and innovators, going on to leading colleges and universities.

The High School Division is located in a spacious and renovated landmark building at 46 Cooper Square in Greenwich Village, a short four-minute walk from Grace Church School at 86 Fourth Avenue, one block from Astor Place, and close to Washington Square Park and the East River fields. Juniors and Seniors have an opportunity to take select classes at nearby New York University and Cooper Union.

High School Leadership

List of 7 members.

  • Hugo Mahabir 

    Head, High School Division
    University of Chicago - M.A.
    Sarah Lawrence College - B.A.
  • Ilana Laurence 

    Dean of Student Life
    New York University - M.Ed.
    New York University - M.A.
    Vassar College - B.A.
  • Kim Chaloner 

    Dean of Community Life, Co-Coordinator of the Diversity Council
    New York University - M.A.
    Queen's University, Canada - B.S.
  • Alan Brown 

    Dean, Class of 2017
    University of Chicago - M.A.
    John Hopkins - B.A.
  • Daniel Rufer 

    Dean of the Class of 2018
    New York University - M.A.
    City College of New York - M.S.
    Vassar College - B.A.
  • Brian Reilly 

    Dean, Class of 2019
    Hunter College - M.A.
    George Washington University - B.A.
  • MiChelle Carpenter 

    Dean, Class of 2020
    Rutgers University - Ph.D. Candidate
    Rutgers University - M.S.
    Drexel University - B.S.

Junior Kindergarten  Grade 8  86 Fourth Ave. New York, NY 10003 (212) 475-5609  | Grades 9 – 12  46 Cooper Square New York, NY 10003 (212) 475-5610
Grace Church School is a co-educational independent school in downtown Manhattan, New York City
providing instruction for over 700 students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12.
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