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: webmaster@centralparkeastone.org). 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.

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.

Ended: Host tours or open houses for the 2015-2016 school year.

We are sorry to announce that we will no longer host tours or open houses for the 2015-2016 school year.

Many thanks to the families that attended one of the 8 tours that we've offered since October.

We also THANK YOU for your interest in our school!

SAVE THE DATE. Fall Festival 2014 - October 25th.

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We encourage all interested families to come and visit our school. We look forward to meeting you all! Our tour dates are:

  • Wednesday 10/22/14 - FULL
  • Wednesday 11/5/15 - FULL
  • Wednesday 11/19/14 - FULL
  • Wednesday 12/3/14 - FULL

All of our tours through December 2014 have been filled. Please check back in January 2015 for future tour dates.

Thanks for your interest in our school!

2013 Fall Festival

Fall Festival
Saturday, October 26th
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Central Park East One Elementary School (School Yard)
106th Street, BTW Madison & Park Avenues
*Proceeds to benefit Central Park East 1 Elementary School
large rummage sale, farm stand, bouncy obstacle course, cardboard maze, balloon art, pumpkin decorating, nail painting, glitter tattoos, face painting, CPE1 store, spin art, sock puppet craft, cupcake decorating, international food table, grilling, tarot card readings, craft vendors and music entertainment. 2013 Fall Festival2013 Fall Festival

Save the Date / Fall Festival / October 26th

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