Welcome from Our Head of School

eileen baker, head of school

I have enjoyed the great privilege of being the founding Head of School at Pine Street School, a truly unique school with offerings unlike any seen elsewhere in Manhattan and across much of the world. Four years ago, we opened our doors with our youngest students and a passionate commitment to multilingualism, student agency and future-oriented education. Now, we are celebrating the upcoming opening of our Middle School in Fall of 2020 and the expansion of our Spanish and Mandarin dual language programs.

We are joined this year by Associate Head of School, Yonca Oktay, who brings a wealth of international experience, including posts in Singapore, Portugal, Qatar, Norway and Istanbul.

Our aim as a faculty and as a community is to create a secure, caring environment in which students optimize their development intellectually, physically, socially, and emotionally. Students are encouraged to inquire, think critically, work collaboratively, and to construct meaning, reflect and take action, all the while having their natural curiosity in the world around them stimulated.

We seek to give all our students the opportunity to experience a unique international education and to acquire the personal attributes, outlook and knowledge that will equip them to play an active part in the construction of tomorrow’s world. We encourage open communication among students, parents and teachers in a school climate that fosters the continued development of international understanding. We value parents as key players in this rigorous and inspiring learning experience.

I look forward to sharing the Pine Street School experience with you and your children, and welcome you to discover the brilliant and forward-thinking benefits of the International Baccalaureate approach.

Best,
Eileen Baker, Head of School
Pine Street School






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