The East Village Community School was first established in 1987 as a result of a grassroots community effort by neighborhood parents who sought an alternative public school for their children similar to successful alternative schools in other areas.

Over the years we have moved in and out of a few different public school buildings on the Lower East Side before settling in our current location, and changed our name in 2001 from The Lower East Side School to the East Village Community School.

Our core philosophy and guiding principles have never changed, though — we have always been and will always be deeply committed to a child-centered, integrated, and inclusive learning experience for all of our students.