$45,000-per-year private school in uproar over plan to ‘segregate’ students by race

NYC private school's plan to segregate students by race draws parents' ire 

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Parents at a posh private school are unhappy over an administrator’s plan to continue allegedly segregating students by race.

The Little Red School House in New York’s West Village, which has tuition fees of $45,485 per year, told parents last month that non-white middle school students will be placed in the same homeroom in the fall, the New York Post reported.

The historically progressive school reportedly counts the children of celebrities including David Schwimmer and Christy Turlington Burns among its student body.

Students remain with their homeroom groups for 30 percent of the school day.

One mother said for three years all but one of the 10 non-white students in her child’s grade were assigned to the same class in lower school.

“How could a school possibly do that? I don’t know if I would necessarily send a child to a school that separated by race,” Amanda Uhry, president of Manhattan Private School Advisors, told the Post.


Posh school’s plan to segregate students by race draws parents’ ire

Posh school’s plan to segregate students by race draws parents’ ire

Parents are irate over a plan to segregate students by race at the celebrity-friendly Little Red School House in the West Village.

In the last month, parents at the $45,485-per-year private school – which counts David Schwimmer, Christy Turlington Burns and Sofia Coppola’s offspring among its pupils – became aware that Director Philip Kassen would place minority middle-school students in the same homerooms come fall.

Parents said the school has always let race play a heavy hand in class placement.

Amanda Uhry, president of Manhattan Private School Advisors, said she’s heard complaints from clients regarding the Little Red School House controversy.

“How could a school possibly do that? I don’t know if I would necessarily send a child to a school that separated by race,” she said.

Another private school advisor, Victoria Goldman, author of “The Manhattan Family Guide to Private Schools,” said the brouhaha “Will most likely affect admissions” at the 97-year-old institution.

“The intention is to make students of color feel that they are a critical mass and have a voice,” the consultant said, adding that a handful of other schools, including Bank Street on the Upper West Side – which has students break into self-identified “Affinity groups” four times a year for 45 minute classes – have experimented with similar policies, though to a much lesser degree.

NYC private school's plan to segregate students by race draws parents' ire | Education News

NYC private school’s plan to segregate students by race draws parents’ ire

Parents are irate over a plan to segregate students by race at the celebrity-friendly Little Red School House in the West Village.

In the last month, parents at the $45,485-per-year private school – which counts David Schwimmer, Christy Turlington Burns and Sofia Coppola’s offspring among its pupils – became aware that Director Philip Kassen would place minority middle-school students in the same homerooms come fall.

Parents said the school has always let race play a heavy hand in class placement.

Amanda Uhry, president of Manhattan Private School Advisors, said she’s heard complaints from clients regarding the Little Red School House controversy.

“How could a school possibly do that? I don’t know if I would necessarily send a child to a school that separated by race,” she said.

Another private school advisor, Victoria Goldman, author of “The Manhattan Family Guide to Private Schools,” said the brouhaha “Will most likely affect admissions” at the 97-year-old institution.

“The intention is to make students of color feel that they are a critical mass and have a voice,” the consultant said, adding that a handful of other schools, including Bank Street on the Upper West Side – which has students break into self-identified “Affinity groups” four times a year for 45 minute classes – have experimented with similar policies, though to a much lesser degree.

Private School That Separated Students By Race Ending Policy

Private School That Separated Students By Race Ending Policy

An elite West Village private school that has been separating students into homerooms by race for the past year will end the policy amid furor from parents who only recently learned about it.

This past school year, pupils at Little Red School House who identify as students of color in two of the school’s middle school grades were placed in homerooms together, Director Phil Kassen said in a letter to the school community dated June 27.Parents “Revolted” when they learned about the policy last month, according to the New York Post, which first reported the story.

A few parents claimed the school has been segregating classes for longer than just the 2017-2018 school year.

The school’s tuition is around $45,485 per year, and a number of celebrities’ children attend, according to the Post.In his letter, Kassen said the policy “Came about after much conversation with the faculty and was prompted by a conversation with a number of recent graduates, reflecting on their experience at LREI and suggesting that we create greater opportunities for connection and support.”

The policy was meant “To better support our students of color,” he said.

The school had planned to continue its new policy this fall, but ultimately decided not to.

“During the coming months we will continue to look for ways to ensure that the full LREI experience is available to all of our students and to create dialogue that reinforces our diverse community in which all voices are heard,” he added.

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