Welcome from our new Head of School, Irwin Shlachter:
I am delighted to welcome you to the Alexander Robertson School and overjoyed to become this “little gem” of a school’s new Head.
As I reflect on ARS’s 225 anniversary I think of the many families, teachers, and Heads, who have gone before me and realize the deep affection that this wonderful school is held in throughout the Upper West Side Community and the world at large. It is a testament to ARS’s nurturing, caring and inclusive philosophy that the school has endured and prospered all these years. I welcome the opportunity to build upon the deep affection that the Alexander Robertson School is held in to secure its future for the next 225 years and beyond.
As an educator I am very aware of the importance of the elementary grades in terms of getting to know a child and working with their learning styles to foster a curious and confident learner. A small school with dedicated teachers can really get to know a student and help to maximize their individual strengths. From the start each child will have a lot of positive validation. I believe that a young student needs to be in an environment that is structured but also invites a great deal of creativity – a balance that allows each child to express themselves however they can. Then, as they progress into the older grades, their learning styles come into focus and we can best nurture and support them as independent thinkers who are confident in their own abilities and skills.
I welcome the opportunity to meet with you in person, to show you around and to tell you our plans for the future of the Alexander Robertson School. Please call or email to set up a visit.
Head of the Alexander Robertson School.
At that time Scotland had one of the highest literacy rates of any country in the world and education was (and still is) highly valued by the Scots. They were also keenly aware of the need to check the power of former British elites if the newly formed republic was to endure as a true democracy. For the Church elders the only honorable route into the power structure was through education.
To this day the Alexander Robertson School continues its commitment to give a voice to all its students regardless of their socio-economic or cultural background which is why we say that this is a school where empowerment and education go hand in hand.
Located at 3 West 95th Street just steps away from Central Park the Alexander Robertson School offers many wonderful opportunities for play, for nature walks, for visiting the Central Park Zoo, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan and some of the world’s most important cultural institutions.
It is also easily accessed via the 96th Street Transverse from Manhattan’s East side.
The B and C subway trains stop right by our door and the 1, 2 and 3 trains just a couple of blocks West on Broadway and 96th Street.
Coming by bus? Take the M7, M10, M11 to 94th or 96th Street or take the M96 to Central Park West.
Meet Our Board
She is a former ARS parent and a Trustee of the Second Presbyterian Church. She was very involved in the work of the search committee which reviewed over 100 applications for the post of our new Head of School.
Nancy is the Clerk of the Session of the Second Presbyterian Church.
Schools Attended by Recent ARS Graduates
Avenues: The World School
Bank Street School for Children
The Brooklyn Friends School
The Calhoun School
The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine
Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School
The School at Columbia
The Dalton School
The Dwight School
The Hewitt School
Horace Mann School
Ivanhoe Grammar School
Leman Manhattan Prep School
The Mandell School
Poly Prep Country Day
Professional Children’s School
The Speyer Legacy School
St. Hilda’s and St. Hugh’s School
The Studio School
Trevor Day School
United Nations International School
York Preparatory School