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Next dates for 2017-2018 admissions:

  • Wednesday Jan. 25th, 9:00 to 10:30 AM • Tour
  • Thursday, Feb 2nd - 6:00 to 7:30 PM • Evening Information Session
  • Tuesday, Feb 7th - 9:00 to 10:30 AM • Tour

Please RSVP via email to, or contact Najah, our Parent Coordinator, to sign up. She can be reached at 1-212-860-5821 between 9 AM and 3 PM.

New Website Coming Soon

New CPE1 Website is Coming Soon in Spring

Welcome to CPE1


This is the official website for the Central Park East 1 Elementary School in Manhattan. It provides information about the school, admissions, contact information, our handbook, as well as public news and events.

If you're a parent, teacher or any other member of our community, you can have access to all news, events, resources and more, BUT FIRST YOU NEED TO contact the web site administrator to provide you username/password and then log in using the box on the left side of this page (web site administrator email: Otherwise you will not be able to see all the information available on the site.

You Can Donate Right Here

Please make a tax deductible donation to support the many wonderful activities that make CPE1 a special place. Your donation will be used to fund classroom projects, support the extensive music and arts programs, and enable field trips and excursions. Thank you on behalf of the children, teachers, and parents of CPE1 elementary school.

Admission Tours

Next tour for 2017-2018 admissions is scheduled for Jan. 25th, 9:00 to 10:30 AM. Please contact Najah, our Parent Coordinator, to sign up. She can be reached at 1-212-860-5821 between 9 AM and 3 PM.


Fall Festival 2015Fall Festival 2015

FALL FESTIVAL 2015 Time: Saturday, October 24, 2015 12 pm to 4 pm

Place: Central Park East 1 1573 Madison Avenue, New York

Writing Club: words spent in leisure

Working in leisure, the Writing Club chooses to meet twice a week over lunch; and because metaphors make the real into poetry, their writing makes poetic their existence. Filmed in June 2015, this short documentary film is about time and contemplation, about trust, and about the hope in words spent in leisure.

School and the Pursuit of Interests. Film by Lucía Cahill-García and Jose Sandin

Recovering the original meaning of leisure, this short documentary film redefines school as the time for the pursuit of one's interests. Filmed in the Fall of 2014, this student and teacher collaboration film pairs well with the article Standards: Why Realizing the Full Promise of Education Requires a Fresh Approach (a two-part conversation with Yong Zhao), written by Luba Vangelova.

Collection Folders at CPE 1: an education in leisure

Filmed in June 2014, this short documentary is about the use of collection folders at Central Park East 1 Elementary School in East Harlem, NYC. Over the years, each child's work is stored in a large collection folder the children will eventually take home once they graduate. Told through the voices of graduating fifth graders, as the children take a final look through the work collected in their folder, the film offers a different view on what assessment and evaluation can be. It is a film about time, contemplation, and about the promises of an education in leisure.

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