The Ethical Culture Society is a fellowship of people who seek clarification of the values of life and a faith to live by . They cherish freedom of the mind and freedom of conscience. Their affirmation is the worth and dignity and possibilities of every person. The common ground is the concern with the relation of human beings to one another.
As a humanistic religious community we nurture our children to be kind and fair, and to work together to create a better world. We strive to create an environment that is safe, friendly and inspiring, in which children are supported as they grapple with life’s big questions.
All children, regardless of membership are welcome to participate. After a three week trial, registration and payment is required. To ensure safety, it is preferred that parents or guardians must be onsite at all times for children in fifth grade or younger.
The tuition fee for members is $175 for one child or $300 for a family and for non-members it is $215 for one child and $375 . Payment may be made as a lump sum or broken into installments. Those joining the Sunday school mid-year pay a pro-rated fee. Scholarships are provided if needed. No one is refused for financial reasons.
There are many opportunities for children of different age groups to interact with each other. Opportunities include our Sunday school wide projects, seasonal celebrations, after platform playground play and family programming events.
Sunday school classes meet on-site at the Society building on Sunday mornings concurrent with the Sunday Platform service from 11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. All students meet begin in the Main Hall for the first 10-15 minutes of the service before going to their classrooms.
Class sizes are based on enrollment . We strive for small intimate groups. Our current age groupings are: Preschool, Kindergarten-2nd grade, 3rd – 5th grade & 6th – 8th grade. And the Coming of Age Group.
The children often attend the first 10 -15 minutes of the Platform service before going to their classes. Several times a year there are multi-generational Platforms, formatted to accommodate the full range of ages.
The ECSBC Sunday School is a cooperative effort which depends upon volunteers to staff our programs. Parents can volunteer to share a particular skill such as writing, music, art, science, gardening, etc.
Yes, with multi-age Summer Programming from July through August.
We schedule occasional field trips to enhance the curriculum. We have taken field trips to Ellis Island, the Tenement Museum, Teaneck Community Gardens, Darwin Exhibit at the Museum of Natural History, and the Cloisters to name a few.
The children engage in many forms of service oriented projects. The following list is a representative sampling of their activities. They have organized a fundraising dinner to benefit AIDS orphans in Uganda, donated toys for hospitalized children, and the Ramapo No Kill Shelter.