Grace Church School

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Grace Church School
84-96 Fourth Avenue
46 Cooper Square

New York, NY
Coordinates 40°43′55″N 73°59′26″W / 40.731892°N 73.990445°W / 40.731892; -73.990445Coordinates: 40°43′55″N 73°59′26″W / 40.731892°N 73.990445°W / 40.731892; -73.990445
Type Independent, Coeducational, and College Preparatory School
Motto Gratia Domini Nostri
Established 1894 (1894)
Founder Grace Church
Headmaster George P. Davison
Faculty 98
Grades Jr. K–12
Enrollment 728
Mascot The Grace Gremlin
Affiliations Guild of Independent Schools of New York; New York State Association of Independent Schools; National Association of Independent SchoolsGrace Church
Grace Church School and Houses.jpg
Historic landmarked church house along 4th Avenue provides space for Junior Kindergarten through Grade 8

Grace Church School is a private school whose original building is located at 86 Fourth Avenue between East 10th and East 12th Streets in the East Village neighborhood of the borough of Manhattan in New York City. The school was founded in 1894 by the Grace Church as the first choir boarding school in New York City.[1] The private day school, which much resembles the school today, began in 1934.[1] Grace Church School's High School Division opened in 2012 and is located at 46 Cooper Square. In the 2015-16 school year, the school opened for the first time as a Junior Kindergarten through 12th grade program.[2][3]

In 1947 Grace became a co-educational school and was admitted to the Guild of Independent Schools of New York City. In the following decade the school began to expand its facilities to accommodate a growing student body. From the original 16 choristers, Grace has grown to its current enrollment of more than 725 students drawn from a wide variety of ethnic, economic, and religious backgrounds.[4]

While the school has continued its close relationship with Grace Church, since 1972 it has been governed by an independent Board of Trustees, and it is a fully accredited member of the New York State Association of Independent Schools and the National Association of Independent Schools. In 2006, the School became a legal entity separate from the Church, and now owns the buildings at 84-96 Fourth Avenue, including the historic and landmarked church houses Clergy House, Memorial House and Neighborhood House.[5]

The Grace Church School's high school building is located in Cooper Square. It opened in 2011.[3]

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  1. ^ a b Federal Writers' Project (1939), New York City Guide, New York: Random House, ISBN 0-403-02921-X  (Reprinted by Scholarly Press, 1976; often referred to as WPA Guide to New York City), p.136
  2. ^ Solomon, Serena. "Village Voice Leaving Cooper Sq. as Grace Church School Moves in" DNAinfo (August 24, 2012)
  3. ^ a b Hollander, Sophia. "New School Sets Agenda" Wall Street Journal (August 15, 2011)
  4. ^ "Overview" on the Grace Church School website
  5. ^ "A History of Grace Church in New York" on the Grace Church website

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