Where ideas can grow, where heresy will be looked upon as possible truth, and where prejudice will dwindle from lack of room to grow. –Elisabeth Irwin
LREI is a community built on understanding and respect for others. Like New York City, we are diverse in every sense of the word. We are scientists, artists, historians and more. From our Kindergarteners to our twelfth graders, from our math teachers to our cafeteria crew to our Parents Association
, we display a wide range of interests, beliefs, family structures and backgrounds. We thrive on the unique ideas and perspectives each person brings to the school.
Our school community is dedicated to social justice and giving back to the wider community. Students in the Second Grade lead the Lower School in our annual food drive for St. John’s Food Pantry. Eighth graders lead workshops within the Middle School based on research and hands-on volunteer work at local nonprofits of their choice, like the Food Bank of New York
, Getting Tools for City Schools
and the PEN Center
. High schoolers recently screened a documentary about the proposed mosque near ground zero — and the entire film was shot and edited by our student filmmakers. At its core, LREI helps students discover their passions in the hope that their voices will make differences in the lives of others. Our graduates are leaders on their university campuses because they have learned to be active citizens in their school, city and global communities.
"One of the best parts about going to school here is the strong sense of community. There’s a real camaraderie within the student body. At Brown, I talk a lot about my close friendships in high school, and most of my friends didn’t have that experience. I don’t know, I think that’s something that developed because of being here. LREI is a very safe environment and everyone feels really free to be themselves and put themselves out there in a way that lets people make closer friendships than you would at a bigger school where you couldn’t do that." –Kai Furbeck '10, Brown University
Kai started at LREI in Kindergarten.