We are a non-catchment area school and accept students from throughout the city.
CPE 1 is a New York City public school located in East Harlem in Manhattan’s Community School District 4. Since the school’s inception, it has been an unzoned school. Admission to CPE 1 is not based on a family’s address, but rather on their interest in the school’s progressive educational approach. Because the school is located in East Harlem, many of our families are from the neighborhood, but we also draw families from the Upper West Side, Washington Heights, Inwood, the Bronx, and other boroughs. Families choose to enroll their children at CPE 1 because they value its small diverse school community, rich arts program, and excellent progressive education which recognizes and fosters a variety of learning styles.
Families who wish to apply to CPE 1 must attend a parent tour. Tours are scheduled approximately every other week from late October through January. The tours are led by current CPE 1 parents. Ample time is allotted for questions. Parents will visit all the classrooms, as well. Applications will be given out at the end of the tour.