Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan

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Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan
New York City
Coordinates 40°47′43″N 73°57′56″W / 40.795366°N 73.965507°W / 40.795366; -73.965507Coordinates: 40°47′43″N 73°57′56″W / 40.795366°N 73.965507°W / 40.795366; -73.965507
Type Private, Day
Religious affiliation(s) Jewish, Conservative
Established 1995
Headmaster Benjamin Mann
Grades K-8
Enrollment 152
Campus Urban
Color(s) Blue and White

The Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan is a K-8 Jewish day school located in Manhattan, New York City. It is a member of the Schechter Day School Network, affiliated with the Conservative Movement, and is the only Conservative day school in Manhattan. The school adheres to a progressive or constructivist educational philosophy, which espouses the value of experiential learning and self-reflection.


The Schechter Manhattan school opened in 1996 with Dr. Steven C. Lorch as the founding Head of School. The first eighth graders graduated in June 2006; alumni have gone on to a wide range of excellent independent, Jewish, and public high schools including but not limited to: Bard, Beacon, Dalton, Heschel, High School of Math, Science & Engineering, Horace Mann, LaGuardia, Ramaz, SAR, Solomon Schechter School of Westchester, Stuyvesant, and Trinity.

The elementary division (K-5) and the middle school division (6–8) are each led by a Division Head.

Schechter Manhattan is a member of both the Schechter Day School Network and the Independent Schools Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY). Additionally, the school is a full member of New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS). The school is governed by a Board of Trustees and advised by both an Education Committee and a Rabbinic Advisory Committee.

In January 2011, the entire school moved into a new building at 805 Columbus Avenue. Prior to that time, the kindergarten and first grade classes met at the Park Avenue Synagogue and the rest of the school, grades 2–8, was located on the Upper West Side at 15 West 86th Street, in the building of the Society for the Advancement of Judaism.


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