Ethical Culture Fieldston School (ECFS) was established in 1878 as a free kindergarten called the Workingman’s School, by the Ethical Culture Society, a non‐secular organization, under its founder and leader Felix Adler. Two years later, from its initial enrollment of eight students, the school had two grades, 51 students and a small teacher‐training unit.
One hundred and thirty years later it continues its commitment to excellence in education as it seeks to develop the intellectual, artistic and moral potential of its students. ECFS serves approximately 1,700 New York City students and 325 faculty and staff in four divisions: Ethical Culture, Fieldston Lower, Fieldston Middle, and Fieldston Upper.
Ethical Culture is located in midtown Manhattan on Central Park West, in a six-story, turn-of-the-century school building; the other divisions share an 18-acre campus in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.