Welcome Message from Head of School
Here at Mary McDowell Friends School, we are proud to be known for our academically rigorous program and our supportive community. We are one of New York City’s leading schools for students with learning disabilities, cultivating global citizenship and finding the brilliance within each of our students.
We first opened our doors in 1984 when a group of parents, special education professionals, and community members came together to meet the needs of elementary-age children with learning disabilities in Brooklyn and lower Manhattan. Our first class began with just five students, and today we have 433 students in kindergarten through twelfth grade in three buildings.
As our guiding principle, we believe that all of our students can learn when given the attention and specialized resources they need. Our college preparatory program is rich, supportive, and challenging.
Quaker values and traditions are at the heart of our approach to education. We recognize that each student has important contributions to make, and strive to foster those gifts in everything we do. Our efforts extend beyond the classroom, incorporating the visual and performing arts, athletic teams, field studies programs, cross-cultural travel, and community service.
We have a phrase that sums up our approach to educating children with learning disabilities: “Revealing Brilliance.” You can learn more about what we mean by this phrase below.
Every day I have the joy of witnessing the dramatic impact of our program on the lives of our students and their families. We hope you will visit us to see for yourself what makes students at Mary McDowell Friends School thrive!
Head of School