New York Architecture Images-Upper West Side

Calhoun School




433 West End Ave at W81.






brick, limestone trim


originally a House






Calhoun is housed in two locations on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, one for pre-school through first grades, and the second location for 2nd through 12 grades. Flanked by Central Park to the east and Riverside Park to the west, the school is fortunate to have its buildings within walking distance of some of New York City’s richest cultural resources—including Lincoln Center and the American Museum of Natural History.
The Robert L. Beir Lower School is a completely renovated, distinguished five-story townhouse with large, bright classrooms, library, art/woodshop, indoor recreation room, music room, computer room, outdoor play terrace and theatre/auditorium.

Calhoun's First 100 Years
On the occasion of Calhoun's Centennial Celebration during the 
1996-1997 school year, a commemorative book was published tracing the 
school's transformation from The Jacobi School, a small brother-sister 
school in a brownstone, through its years as an all-girls high school, 
and finally, to its current status as a co-educational, progressive 
school for students from pre-school through twelfth grade.
Calhoun's history, as recounted in The Centennial Commemorative Book 
and reprinted here, ends during the 1996-97 school year. Fortunately, 
that same year marked the debut of Calhoun's first introduction onto 
the Internet with its own Web site. So while you enjoy this journey 
through the past, we hope to continue adding chapters in the school's 
history on this site--celebrating the milestones and the achievements 
of our students, and sharing the intellectual and creative excitement 
of a unique educational experience.
"It is a constant miracle that a school, like a living organism, 
maintains its identity through change. Students and teachers come, stay 
for a time and move on. Administrators and staff leave the imprint of 
their personalities. Parents and alumnae/i become involved and some 
continue their concern for years, as Trustees. Curriculum changes to 
meet differing needs. Activities, interests and school events fluctuate 
with the individuals who comprise the school. But the essence of the 
school, its inner spirit, lives and grows with the changing times."

— Elizabeth Parmelee, Co-Headmistress, 1946–69,
Beatrice S. Cosmey, Co-Headmistress, 1948–69,
Wilhelmina Kraber, Lower School Director, 1958–73,
in an annual report to the Board, 1967–68/1968–69