Cold Spring School Annual Report 2021-2022

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CELEBRATING Years of Joyful Learning 0


At the beginning of the 2021/2022 school year, the trustees met for a retreat to discuss the “big picture” of Cold Spring School and to consider our priorities going forward. Lots of exciting ideas came from that retreat. We made a commitment as a school to become more connected to the Fair Haven community. Our administrative team has assisted us in making important connections this year that have helped us in that regard. We have also committed to studying tuition models and finding ways to keep our school affordable, while maintaining the quality teaching staff that makes our school special and unique. Finally, we identified the need for a capital campaign to jumpstart the school’s entry into our next forty years.

Our main priorities for that campaign can be summarized in three separate categories:

1) Creating a renovated, modern space for our oversubscribed preschool, which is the feeder for all of our other grades;

2) Making it possible for students of various diverse backgrounds to join our community, regardless of their financial circumstances;

3) Hiring professional staff who can identify students who may need learning and emotional supports, and then provide those supports to students and tools for their teachers.

While we have been looking outward in all of the ways described above, the board has also been looking inward as well. We have worked hard this year to add diversity within our ranks, to create an environment where everyone on the board feels welcome to share their thoughts and ideas, and to prioritize board education and innovation. These efforts will continue into the future, and are part of ensuring that our board is as representative and dynamic as it can be.

Jocelyn Hurwitz Board President
Cold Spring School challenges children to become selfreliant, curious, and resourceful problem solvers with the academic and social skills to engage constructively and ethically in our diverse, changing world.

It is an honor and privilege for me to lead Cold Spring School - a school that has made its mark as a small, progressive elementary school in New Haven for 40 years. Over the life of the school, we have continued to build a future generation of thinkers, doers and problem solvers. For decades, Cold Spring’s unwavering commitment to the growth and development of young children has remained the same. Designing rich, interactive, creative classroom environments that reflect the interests of children, our focus on problem solving, research, exploration, creativity and collaboration, creating space for student voice in our curriculum, and building a school community that reflects the diversity of New Haven and beyond has always been at the center of our work.

As we enter the 40th year, we continue to put our core values at the center of work, expanding our impact and strengthening our partnerships with our trustees, faculty, staff, parents, community members and friends. As part of a strategic vision to examine our strengths, opportunities and with the goal of investing in our future, we have identified the following areas of focus:

In January 2023, we will expand our campus with the opening of a new classroom/building for our preschoolers. This classroom is designed to meet the specific developmental needs of our youngest students and will allow us to expand the class size to 20 children;

It is incumbent upon us to invest in our teachers - their professional development, training, and support. While we continue to empower our teachers to be creative and innovative, and to give them autonomy to design their curriculum, we are also developing and strengthening our Associate Teacher program by creating opportunities for them to observe, learn, share and, of course, teach;

By creating a new administrative position of Equity and Inclusion Program Manager, we are committed to examining our work using the equity and inclusion lens. Woven through all areas of school life, equity work is ongoing and ever-present. From board work, to hiring, to employee policies, to academic and social/emotional learning, curriculum development and much more, as an institution, we are carefully, thoughtfully and strategically working to become more equitable in our practices, policies, teaching and decision making.

Cold Spring School has always been a leader in paving the way for progressive and innovative practices in education, and we remain steadfast in our commitment to children, teachers and families. Guided by purpose and mission, we continue to anticipate and respond to opportunities that our shifting environments present by being flexible, vigilant and strategic in our thinking and decision-making.

Lastly, I extend my deepest gratitude to the founders of our school and to our community of friends and supporters. Your vision, confidence and trust gives us the momentum to move forward with an agile, innovative spirit without losing sight of our core values and what is important for children. Always, as the world has changed around us, we have changed what we are, but never who we are and what we stand for.


With 155 children, Cold Spring’s enrollment was at its highest ever in the 2021-22 school year. 30 of those students were new to Cold Spring.

Cold Spring School is committed to creating a vital democratic society through the economic, racial and cultural diversity of the student population. In order to help create such a diverse community, Financial Aid has always been and continues to be an integral part of the Cold Spring mission. The school is committed to providing these essential dollars to families in order to make a Cold Spring educational experience accessible to more children in New Haven and the surrounding areas.


In the admissions season leading up to the 2022-23 academic year, Cold Spring School saw record interest from prospective families. At a time where so much in the world remained unpredictable, Cold Spring’s mission and educational philosophy resonated with parents who wanted to ensure that joy would be at the core of their children’s learning. Cold Spring will welcome 153 students for the 202223 academic year.

One of the most exciting pieces of the admissions season was Cold Spring School’s announcement of a new Preschool Building that would be constructed for the 2022-23 academic year. Such a building not only will better provide the space these children need to explore and grow to their fullest potential, but it also will allow Cold Spring to grow the enrollment of this popular, beloved program for 3 and 4 year olds. Cold Spring’s Preschool program is full at the expanded class size of 20 students for the 2022-23 school year.


by Cold Spring School


the student body received tuition assistance to attend Cold Spring. Financial aid awards ranged from $1,850 to $24,558 (95% of tuition)

Total Financial Aid

Financial Aid remains a core value to Cold Spring School decades after its founders started this oneof-a-kind program. While Cold Spring has always strived to provide families with the funds they need to make a Cold Spring education accessible for more children, the financial need of particular families can be extensive. In the 2022-23 academic year, Cold Spring is offering an even greater number of students the highest financial assistance possible - 95% of the school’s yearly tuition. Additionally, the Admissions Office at Cold Spring has worked to build partnerships with other external organizations that provide even more financial support for families with the greatest need so that a Cold Spring education can be a reality for them.

6 ADMISSIONS 2021-22
155 Number of
in Preschool - Grade
tuition Preschool = $16,100 Kindergarten - Sixth = $25,850 (Tuition covers all instructional materials, supplies, and field trips) $807,396
Awarded: 37% of

to all of

Cold Spring during the 2021-22 academic year. As an independent school, Cold Spring does not

any national or state funding, which means that we rely on our donors to ensure that our students and teachers have the resources they need to engage in the individualized learning that makes our school so unique. The financial support of our parents, staff, trustees, alumni/ae, friends and community partners led to dynamic professional development, class field trips, individualized student projects, schoolwide

events, and community outreach. 100% of our staff donated to the Cold Spring Fund this year!

Cold Spring Funds directly support the annual operations of the school, including academic and nonacademic programs, arts, music, financial aid, and faculty development and retention. The ongoing generosity of our community is what has kept Cold Spring School strong for 40 years!

9 FINANCIALS REPORT FUNDRAISING RESULTS Cold Spring Fund Restricted Gifts A Path to Possibility Campaign Special Events $96,383 $75,000 $92,600 $33,674 $9,159Grants Areas of Support Revenue Tuition $2,178,900 Fundraising $297,700 Other Income $256,400 Auxiliary Programs $207,600 Program $135,100 Building $ 222,400 Administrative $243,300 Salaries & Related $2,566,300 Expenses Thank you! We are so grateful
our community members who helped support



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Altira Fitness / Tuff Girl Fitness

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Fairhaven Furniture

New Haven Terminal, Inc.

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We worked carefully to ensure the completeness and accuracy of this list. We apologize for any mistakes, and ask that you contact Georgia Lieber at glieber@ or (203) 787-1584 to correct any inconsistencies.

Board of Trustees

Abdul-Rehman Malik Lisa Marcus Summer Poole Sarah Russell Shel Swanson Njeri Thande, Secretary David Thompson, Vice President
263 CHAPEL STREET | NEW HAVEN, CT 06513 | (203) 787-1584 | COLDSPRINGSCHOOL.ORG Thank you.Thank you.
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