About CPE1

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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.

About Central Park East 1

THE CPE WAY Enter a room at project time and experience every child engaged in productive activity. Projects evolve over time to allow children to explore, in depth, an area of their own interest. Work is a natural, organic process that allows people to know themselves and those with whom they work and live. The way children work with materials (blocks, sand, paint, etc.) provides information that is addressed in the core curriculum. Responsibility for choices and materials are metaphors for the student as a learner.

Traditions play an important part in the building of community life at CPE1. Fall Festival, Festival of Lights, Concerts, Book Fairs, Family and Weekly Sings and more have children, staff and families dancing, singing, laughing and keeping the community alive. Classrooms are print-rich and stocked with age appropriate materials, full libraries, computers, math games and other resources to support learning. Physical activity is a fundamental part of the CPE day. Throughout the winter all children ice skate at Lasker Rink. Daily recesses, walks through Central Park and weekly movement classes keep our children moving. The CPE1 halls are filled with the aromas of cooking – a central part of the curriculum that combines reading, math, science and nutrition in one yummy activity.


Parent Tour

Jan 16 2008 - 9:00am
Jan 16 2008 - 10:30am
Contact Beth Wood - 212 860 582

Parent Tour

Jan 10 2008 - 9:00am
Jan 10 2008 - 10:30am
Contact Beth Wood - 212 860 582

Being a teacher: Catlin Preston, 1/2 Teacher

CIRCLING AROUND CPE My name is Catlin and I have joined the CPE 1 teaching community this year as the 1st-2nd grade classroom teacher. For the last five years I have been teaching 2nd grade in Hoboken, New Jersey at the Elysian Charter School.

I am really glad to be here at CPE 1 in part because I feel like I have been circling CPE 1 for a long time. When I first came to NYC after living in Brazil in 1999 I wanted to find out about teaching in public schools and how I could get involved. My mom’s friend had an ex-boyfriend from her growing up years. This ex-boyfriend’s wife worked in schools in NYC. My mom gave me the wife’s number; her name was Jane Andrias. I called her and asked about working in schools and she said she would send my resume to the district office so I sent it to her and that was that for about a year.

Being a teacher: Christine Han, 2/3 Teacher

As many, or all, of you know, this is my first year here at CPE 1 and my first year as a classroom teacher. As silly as it may seem, it is still strange when I tell people that I am a teacher. Why? Because, before I went to graduate school to get my degree in Elementary Education, teachers symbolized, to me, what it is to be a grown-up. Grown-ups are well-organized, they know lots of things, they are emotionally mature, and they generally know what to do in most situations. As I was beginning my student teaching, I thought, among many other things, “I don’t feel like a grown-up yet but when I’m a teacher, I’ll have to be a grown-up!”

Parent Tours

We have scheduled dates for prospective parents to tour CPE 1: Oct. 25, Nov. 8, and Nov. 29. Tours begin at 9am. Interested families should contact Beth Wood at the school (212 860 5821) to sign up. The tours are parent-run so your participation (even if you’re new to CPE) is welcome and appreciated!

Contact Information

Principal: Lindy Uehling 

Address: 1573 Madison Avenue (at 106th Street), New York, NY 10029

Phone: 212 860 5821 

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