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The future belongs to the makers.


Come see how our Project-Based Learning enables students to problem-solve, iterate, take risks, inquire, innovate, influence and inspire others.

Schedule a daytime tour

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The future belongs to the makers.


Come see how our Project-Based Learning enables students to problem-solve, iterate, take risks, inquire, innovate, influence and inspire others.

Schedule a daytime tour

Portfolio School is an independent school in Tribeca currently serving grades K-5, adding a grade each year until we become a K-12 school. We are accepting applications for Fall 2019 for entering K-6 graders.

Based on research from Stanford, Harvard, MIT, and Columbia, our integrated STEAM approach allows our students to develop—at their own pace—the knowledge, skills and mindset necessary for success in the innovation age. 

 

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A message from our Head of School, Lorenzo Krakowsky

 

When I first visited Portfolio School I was inspired.

The school was buzzing with joyful energy as students worked on projects in a focused and thoughtful way; teachers were working alongside, collaborating with their students and supporting them; and the space itself—full of students’ work, tools, and reflections—bubbled with creativity and optimism.  I was especially impressed with my interactions with the students – they asked great, incisive questions, and their responses to my queries were insightful and wise.

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Check out some videos to give you a glimpse into our approach and what life is like at Portfolio.

 
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What our Parents Say:


"Portfolio School is unlike any school. They’ve done their research and understand that children learn best by questioning, creating, and applying knowledge. Through many student-inspired projects and an interdisciplinary curriculum, my son is learning to be passionate, curious, creative, and innovative. Portfolio knows how to keep the children wanting to learn more."

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What our Parents Say:


"Portfolio School is unlike any school. They’ve done their research and understand that children learn best by questioning, creating, and applying knowledge. Through many student-inspired projects and an interdisciplinary curriculum, my son is learning to be passionate, curious, creative, and innovative. Portfolio knows how to keep the children wanting to learn more."

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What's New At Portfolio


What's New At Portfolio


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Congratulations to our students!

For the second time, our students have been accepted to present their work at the FabLearn Conference. If the first time was any indication, they are going to smash this event in March!!



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Designing The Future Of Education

Architect Guillermo Gomez plans a new Portfolio School that inspires innovation.

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4 predictions for the future of work

"These schools set the stage for what future education will look like. We will rethink the way talent is developed and deployed, and prepare students for a lifetime of learning better paced to the rapid evolution of skills."

 
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Are Microschools the next big thing?

"Portfolio School looks and sounds like a Silicon Valley tech firm's rec room—except that almost everyone is under the age of 10. The building's walls double as whiteboards, with nearly every inch covered in colorful, hand-drawn diagrams of constellations and planetary orbits."

 
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The K-12 Classroom Experience in the Age of Personalized Learning

"Portfolio School is at the forefront of this trend; its enterprising young students have reached out to NASA engineers to discuss a unit on Mars, and New York University music education grad students have guided them in producing a soundtrack for their moviemaking project. Schachtel and Habib think that interacting with experts will only become more important in the future, as people must continuously master new technologies and skills throughout their careers. “They're going to have to know how to seek out the right places to educate themselves,” Schachtel said. “They might have to find mentors, and we want them to start getting comfortable with that idea as soon as possible.”

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Partnership with Google

Nancy Otero, Founding Director of Research and Learning Design, put together an awesome partnership with Google. Nancy explains:

“This year we’re collaborating with Google on their educational app Science Journal. Science Journal allows Android and Chromebook users to experiment and engage with the world outside the screen using these devices' onboard sensors (e.g., accelerometer, microphone), as well as with compatible sensors. Recognized educational institutions like San Francisco Exploratorium, Science Buddies, San Jose Tech Museum and Maker Camp have created activities for Middle and High school students to integrate Science Journal into projects. At Portfolio, our children will design the first activities for Elementary school students using Science Journal, and their creations and videos will be featured on Google’s Making Science webpage alongside the activities created by these other educational institutions.”

 
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Are these the schools of the future?

"Imagine a school...where students choose their own curriculum and teachers are more like mentors guiding them through activities and topics of interest. Instead of homework and tests, portfolios and exhibitions would display your films, writing, art, and creations, and you were constantly encouraged to keep doing more."

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Portfolio went to Stanford!

In October 3 of our students—along with educators Nancy Otero, Founding Director of Research and Learning Design, and Shira Leibowitz, Founding Director of Lower School—presented at the prestigious Stanford FabLearn Conference.

 
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Collaborations with NYU & Columbia

Two important collaborations with NYU and Columbia are now underway at Portfolio. One partnership will give our students the opportunity to apply their learning in music, technology, design, art and science; the other partnership will help our school refine a methodology that is carefully crafted and guided by research.

 
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Silicon Valley veterans are ditching fast-track careers and going all-in with their time and money as they reimagine education for their children.

"Portfolio School is at the vanguard of a movement of startup schools seeking to foster learning experiences...that map to the jobs of the future."

 
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How my project-based school prepared me for Columbia

A blog post on Buck Institute from our former Admissions Coordinator, Luna Rey.

 
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Tony Wagner, Harvard University:


"Portfolio School is redefining what is possible in K-12 education. By creating an environment not only emphasizing what students know, but more significantly what students can do with what they know, Portfolio is preparing its students to succeed and create a positive impact in the rapidly changing technological, entrepreneurial, and global world they are inheriting."

Tony Wagner, Harvard University:


"Portfolio School is redefining what is possible in K-12 education. By creating an environment not only emphasizing what students know, but more significantly what students can do with what they know, Portfolio is preparing its students to succeed and create a positive impact in the rapidly changing technological, entrepreneurial, and global world they are inheriting."