Discover the Rich History and Values of The Weekday School

Since 1841, The Weekday School has been a pioneer in innovative early childhood education. Initially established to provide early childhood education to the children of the progressive Riverside Church community, The Weekday School has since grown to become a vibrant part of the Morningside Heights community, while still adhering to its progressive roots and remaining housed within the iconic Riverside Church.

At Weekday, our ultimate aim is to instill the values of diversity, empathy, and community in children between the ages of two and kindergarten, to prepare them to make a positive impact on the world. Our diverse community of families and faculty members are drawn from all over New York City, and come from a variety of racial, religious, ethnic, economic, and family backgrounds.

At The Weekday School, we are proud to maintain our historic connection to the Riverside Church, and to support its longstanding commitment to social justice, inclusivity, and poverty alleviation. Weekday students and their families actively participate in the church’s food pantry, and find creative ways to help and uplift its elderly and vulnerable members.

Our dedication to learning is not restricted solely to pencil and paper skills.  Although we are a “screen free” school, our students are encouraged to explore the world in different capacities,  encouraging the growth of conviction, courage and curiosity. We promote the development of basic skills life skills needed for daily interactions as well as strengthen the foundational skills needed to become a citizen of our world.