Private School, Interrupted

by NYC Firm Schools on April 15, 2009

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There is still no update on the situation of the NY Private School to be called the Greenwich Village High School. The opening of the highly touted and incredibly well-publicized school was supposed to be this upcoming September. The reports in February stated only that they school will hopefully open one year later, in September 2010, but even with that bleak statement some held out hope for a last minute reprisal and a 2009 opening date.

The new private school, backed by Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, deputy editor Aimee Bell, actor John Leguizamo, and New School president Bob Kerrey apparently lost some of its A-list funding and found itself unable to continue with opening plans as scheduled.

The website of the GVHS shows the following on it’s “Welcome” page:

The September 2009 opening of GVHS has been postponed. We fully intend to realize our dream to be New York City’s first independent, coed, nondenominational high school. To learn more about program, please take time to review the curriculum guide (posted here in PDF form). Please check back with us for additional information.

The New York Observer, in an article that discusses some controversy on statements from those involved with the NY Private School, detailed just how close the school was to realizing it‘s goals.

Just last month, the high school’s big plans seemed destined to succeed. Architects were hired to transform the rented Soho building at 30 Vandam Street. A board of directors and advisers, including the associate head of school at Dalton and the head of the high school at St. Ann’s, were summoned to make important decisions. A head of school had been hired, and a curriculum had been devised that was to include field trips around the city and lessons from Pulitzer Prize–winning playwrights.

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