Once arriving at our doors, each Lang student quickly becomes an empowered member of their classroom community by helping translate the school's Code of Honor — being civil, constructive, and self-reflective in all our interactions — into guiding principles for their peer group. Students in both the Lower and Upper School take classes together with ability and interest peers, not just age peers, and many Upper School students take on a mentoring relationship with a Lower School student throughout each school year. While Lower School students eat together in their classrooms, then walk to local parks and playgrounds for recess, Upper School students typically head into the Financial District in small groups for lunch and return to Lang for games of chess, talks with friends and favorite teachers, or time with a good book.


Our students engage in service learning in the diverse Financial District community that is Lang's neighborhood — for example, by lending a hand at Trinity Church' Brown Bag Lunch program, which serves the 8 percent of the FiDi's residents living below the poverty line. Lang's many partnerships with NYC's institutions of artistic excellence and community-based programs — including BAM, The New Victory Theater, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Royal Shakespeare Company, GLSEN, North Shore Animal League, and more — yield frequent student attendance at critically acclaimed performances and visits to Lang by professional artists and community organizers. Each class of students at Lang goes on a field trip monthly and parents are welcome to come along. Our schoolwide civics program means students are also involved in organizing and advocating for change with local and national political leaders.