LREI (Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School) understands that students learn best when they are engaged. That’s why the 14-year progressive program is rooted in a fundamental love of learning and a connection to the real world. The teachers, experts in their fields, encourage children to use their curiosity, compassion and imagination to think deeply and to participate in finding solutions to real problems.
As the founder Elisabeth Irwin put it, LREI “takes students out of the classroom and into the world.” Almost a century later, they’re committed to keeping her progressive ideals alive. LREI understands that the world around us — particularly our ever-vibrant home, New York City — is the best place to learn. You’ll find students asking questions about green design at the High Line, filming a documentary on Coney Island’s boardwalk and volunteering at the local food pantry we’ve partnered with for years. The goal is to nurture each student’s innate curiosity and to help them gain a sense of purpose and a lifelong desire to grow.