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The best way to get to know LREI is to see our students and faculty in action. That’s why we require all interested families to attend either a morning tour or an evening open house. We encourage middle and high school applicants to attend with their families.

Tours are conducted during the school day. Each tour provides you with the opportunity to visit classrooms, see students at work, and meet with divisional faculty and/or administrators. On middle and high school tours, current students will be available to speak with prospective students and their families. There will be time for questions at the conclusion of each tour. Tours begin promptly at 9:00 AM. Please arrive a few minutes early in order to experience the full tour.

In the Fall, Open Houses take place during the evening and include a curriculum fair and conversations with LREI faculty, students and parents.

Lower School: Reservations Required - Schedule your visit online.

Tours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 30 – December 4, 2014, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Lower School tours are conducted at 272 Sixth Avenue at Bleecker Street.

Open House: Reservations Required - Schedule your visit online.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 6:30-8:00 PM at 40 Charlton Street.
The theme of the event is "LREI: The 14-year experience" and the goal is to communicate to families of young children the philosophy and mission behind LREI's preK-12th grade progressive program. This event will take place at our newly expanded high school building at 40 Charlton Street and will include a curriculum fair and a panel presentation by current students, parents and alumni. Please note that this event does not include a Lower School tour.

Middle School: Reservations Required - Schedule your visit online.

Tours: Wednesdays, October 1 – December 10, 2014, 9:00 - 11:00 AM

Please note that the Middle School Tour includes a brief tour of the High School. Families are expected to attend the entire tour. Middle School tours begin at 272 Sixth Avenue at Bleecker Street.

All Middle School applicants are welcome to attend a High School Open House. For those applying to 7th or 8th grade, this is highly recommended. Reservations are required.

High School: Reservations Required - Schedule your visit online.

: Thursdays, and Fridays, October 2 - December 12, 2014, 9:00 - 11:00 AM

Open Houses
Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 6:30 - 8:00 PM

High School Tours and Open Houses are conducted at 40 Charlton Street, between Sixth Avenue and Varick Street.
Meet Our Team
Jessica Acee
Director of High School Admissions
212-477-5316 ext.305
Portland State University - B.A.
Jessica Acee oversees high school admissions at LREI and brings many years of experience as an admissions director at schools in both Illinois and New York. She is dedicated to meeting the needs of families during the admissions process and has a strong reputation among those parents who have worked with her. She is committed to strengthening the opportunities created in a diverse environment and is an active participant with the People of Color in Independent Schools Committee. She also sits on the NYSAIS Admission Conference Planning Committee. Outside of school Jessica is a community leader, serving as the board chair of an immigrant-led economic justice organization. In her spare time she is learning how to play the guitar.

Michele Blackwell
Director of Financial Aid & Associate Director High School Admissions
212-477-5316, ext.307
University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School - B.S.
Michele contributes to the marketing, outreach, financial aid evaluation and enrollment of new students. As an alumna of Germantown Friends School and A Better Chance, Michele brings a passion and commitment to her work in secondary education. Prior to LREI, she honed her analytical expertise while working in a varied media career including 12 years at CBS, Inc. Michele has been an active contributor to LREI and her penchant for analysis is an asset to the work of Admissions and Financial Aid. She is a native of Philadelphia and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. In her spare time Michele is an avid baker and culinary enthusiast.

Carly Hirsch
Lower School Admissions Associate
212-477-5316, ext.211
Syracuse University - B.A.
New York University - M.A.
New York University - C.S.W.
Carly joined our Admissions team in 2008. She interviews both parents and children, gives school tours and helps with special events. Before coming to LREI, she worked as a social worker at West End Day School on the Upper West Side. In her free time, she enjoys surfing, spinning and stand up paddle boarding.

Kathleen Parker
Afterschool Blues Core Teacher, Administrative Assistant to Admissions
University of Vermont

Cassie Stafford
Director of Middle School Admissions
212-477-5316, ext.598
Oberlin College - B.A.
Baruch College - M.B.A.
Cassie enjoys her role of managing the Middle School Admissions process, from tours to interviews, and has become quite fond of the Middle School age group. In addition to this work, she assists in the day-to-day management of Admissions for the Fours program through Fourth Grade, keeps track of statistical information for the Office, and oversees all Admissions related advertising. Before joining our Admissions Office in January of 2003, Cassie worked as the Human Resources Director at the direct marketing internet company, Bigfoot International, and in Human Resources at Carnegie Hall. While at Carnegie Hall, Cassie also created and grew the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series, which provides free concerts at local venues by local artists. This highly successful program continues on today. Outside of her roles at LREI, Cassie's interests include music, photography and family vacations with her husband and two children.

Mary Young
Early Childhood Learning Specialist and Lower School Admissions Director
212-477-5316, ext.237
Lesley University - B.S.
Bank Street - M.S.
After eight years of teaching in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Mary has devoted her entire professional career to LREI. She has served in numerous capacities here, from Fours/Kindergarden Teacher to Early Childhood Learning Specialist. Currently, she is Director of Lower School Admissions. In her free time, Mary enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, traveling and gardening.