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School Motto

Magna est veritas et praevalet. (Great is the truth and it prevails.)

School Mascot

The Lion

School Colors

Maroon & White

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By the Numbers

A tremendous amount of data is collected yearly that serves to define our wonderful community in unique ways. Below are a few of our most frequently queried data points:

  • 1786 students in Nursery through Twelfth Grades
    • 142 at the Nursery Division in Manhattan, 3 year olds, pre-kindergarten & kindergarten
    • 458 at the Lower Division, kindergarten through grade 5
    • 453 in the Middle Division, grades 6 through 8
    • 733 in the Upper Division, grades 9 through 12
    • 184 is the average senior class size
  • 263 faculty members with 176 master's degrees and 32 doctoral degrees
  • 32 members of the board of trustee
  • 150 zip codes in 3 states are used when we send students’ families mail
  • 42% of students identify as students of color
  • $10,800,000 in annual financial aid granted to 14% of our students
  • 18 acre main campus in the Riverdale section of the Bronx
  • 1 historic brownstone is home to our Nursery Division in Manhattan
  • 320 acre outdoor education center, the John Dorr Nature Laboratory, in Bethlehem, Connecticut
  • 2 semesters (Upper Division) or 3 trimesters (Nursery, Lower & Middle Divisions) in our academic year
  • 230 courses offered annually in the Upper Division, including 6 world languages and more than 100 upper level electives
  • A partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company through which 50 faculty members have participated in intensive training one on one with RSC practitioners, 40 faculty members have worked directly with RSC through classroom visits, and more than 75 faculty members have attended two-day summer RSC workshops at HM
  • 81 administrators, faculty and staff members have been trained through the SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) Program since 2011
  • 60+ student clubs and organizations in the Upper Division
  • 117 years of publishing The Record, an award winning weekly student newspaper
  • 29 additional student publications -- many of which are nationally recognized
  • 70+ middle division, junior varsity and varsity athletic teams are available for students to join
  • Involvement in Service Learning projects required for graduation
  • 1 art gallery on campus showcasing student, faculty alumni and guest artist exhibits
  • 1 state-of-the-art theatre which seats 650 and hosts many productions and guest speakers each year
  • In excess of $6,360,000 annual charitable giving to support the breadth and depth of School programs
  • 1 of the 10 largest independent day schools in the United States

Incorporation and Accreditation

Horace Mann School is incorporated as a nonprofit organization under the Education Law of New York State and holds a charter from the New York State Board of Regents. Horace Mann School is a 501(c)(3) organization recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. The School is governed by a Board of Trustees whose thirty members include alumni and parents. In 2007, Horace Mann School created a Head of School Committee that is a conduit for information from the Head of School to invited parents, alumni, faculty members, and administrators. The Committee orients potential Board members to the issues confronting the school community and the existing mechanisms to solve school challenges.

Horace Mann School is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) and is also a member of the Association of Teachers in Independent Schools (ATIS), the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), New York City’s Guild of Independent Schools, and the Educational Records Bureau (ERB).

Horace Mann School adheres to a long-standing policy of admitting students of any race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, financial aid, athletic or other school-administered programs.