In 1921, Elisabeth Irwin founded the Little Red School House as a progressive community with a spirit of curiosity, creativity and challenge. During the Depression, the New York City Board of Education could not afford to keep the school open. Parents stepped in and pledged their own resources, establishing the Little Red School House as a vibrant independent school. For more than 90 years, LREI has remained faithful to the spirit of both its founder and those parents who generously gave their time, talent and assets to make our a school an educational leader. Each year, over 800 LREI community members —parents, trustees, alumni, alumni parents, grandparents, faculty, staff and friends— make gifts to  The Fund for LREI.

LREI relies on The Fund for LREI to support the costs of offering a remarkable educational experience. The Four Cs, defined by LREI's stellar faculty, inform our work with all students, pre K-12. These four attributes develop along with our students as they move through the school and represent all that we hope for them as future LREI alumni. By supporting The Fund for LREI, you are supporting the Four Cs in all three divisions. Here are just a few examples of the Four Cs in action at LREI:

The Four Cs in Action

Last year, The Fund for LREI raised $1,307,192. Our goal for the upcoming year is $1.285M. Click HERE to donate.

Volunteer With Us

Volunteers are crucial to the success of The Fund for LREI. They help educate our community on the importance of The Fund for LREI, plan events and help with mailings.

If you would like to join our wonderful group of volunteers, please contact our Director of Annual Giving, Ryann Imperioli at or 212-477-5316 ext. 232.


The Elisabeth Irwin Society: $50,000 or more
The Randolph B. Smith Society: $25,000 - $49,999
The Director’s Circle: $10,000 - $24,999
LREI Patron: $5,000 - $9,999
Progressive Partner: $2,500 - $4,999
Centennial Donor*: $2,021 - $2,499
LREI Friend: $500 - $2,020
Contributor: Up to $499
* Alumni who graduated within the last ten years and give $100 or more will be recognized at this level. 

Current Volunteers:

Angie Vieira Barocas – Co-Chair
Matt Bernstein – Co-Chair
Allison Weinger – Co-Chair
Jane Belton
Matt Cipriano ’96
Ken Cornick ’90
Suysel DePedro Cunningham
Dawn Eig
Cindy Godoy
Amado Hernandez
Deborah Hodge
Charlie Homet
Meredith Homet
Wilnelia Gutierrez
Jim Harris
Analisa Cipriano Heinz ’05
Richard Katz
Tamar Gargle Krakowiak ’88
Angela Lowe ’03
Vittorio Maestro ’64
Marc Mehl
Tim Merjos ’80
Susan Meyer ’58
Alejandro Montoya ’08
Yukie Ohta
Chakshu Patel
Ian Patrick ’03
Kasey Picayo HON ’18
Violeta Picayo ’09
Adria Fisher Price ’56
Karen Rhau
Halee Sage
David Schab
Sekka Scher
Elizabeth Simmons
Diana Friedman Soldo ’90
Eve Stuart
Harriette Thomas
Jennifer Walters
Jamal Young
Amy Ziebarth
Amy Zimmerman

Questions? Comments?

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