New Schools for New York

Plans and Precedents for Small Schools

This book gives physical form to two important ideals in education: the significance of small schools in helping children learn and the benefits of integrating schools into the community. Innovative designs are presented for six neighborhoods–Flushing, Harlem, Prospect Heights Morrisania, Sunset Park, and Washington Heights. Although the sites are in New York, they reflect diversity in urban areas nationwide. New Schools for New York includes a discussion of why small schools are important, an analytical essay discussing the design projects and specific features that offer the greatest possibilities for use in New York and other cities, and a historical essay on the design of public and independent schools in New York City. The project’s sponsors are the Architectural League of New York and the Public Education Association.