What's in a Name
The Speyer School, an experimental public school in New York City in the 1930s, was founded as a collaboration between New York City's Board of Education and Columbia University’s Teachers College. Financed by philanthropist James J. Speyer, it was the first public school for precocious children in the country. Psychologist, teacher and pioneer in gifted education, Dr. Leta Stetter Hollingworth, became the director of research at Speyer in 1936. While at Speyer, Dr. Hollingworth taught and studied this unique population of children and came to believe that they had special educational needs that could not be adequately met in a typical classroom setting. Motivated by this strongly held belief, she created a set of best practices for designing curriculum and meeting the educational and emotional needs of those children. The Speyer Legacy School proudly takes up her mission and carries it forward into the 21st Century.