$ 45,000 a year private school was in an uproar about the plan to separate students by race

The Little Red School House, a private school in New York, is under fire from the parents about a policy to segregate students on the basis of race.


Parents in a posh private school are dissatisfied with the administrator intends to continue allegedly segregation of students by race.

The Little Red School House in the West of New York, that the tuition of $45,485 per year, parents told last month that the non-white secondary school students will be placed in the same homeroom in the fall, the New York Post reported.

They learned that the race on the basis of placement, run by Director Philip Greenhouses, was in effect for the seventh and eighth graders in the 2017-18 school year.

The historically progressive school reportedly has the children of celebrities, including David Schwimmer and Christy Turlington Burns, among its students.

Greenhouses do not respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

The New York Post reports that every grade has about 40 students, has two homerooms. Students remain with their homeroom groups for 30 percent of the school day.

“My daughter of 11 was like, ‘Wow, this is crazy. They talk about separating by color,'” one father, who asked to remain anonymous, told the Post.

“And I was thinking how old is this? This is back. It is almost like segregation in the now.”

After a Post inquiry, Greenhouses, and sent a message to parents Wednesday detailing last year’s race-placement “initiative” — although multiple sources told the newspaper they were not aware of it.


Still, parents said that the school always let race play a heavy hand in class placement. A mother said for three years, but one of the 10 non-white students in her child’s class were assigned to the same class in the lower school.

When the policy was more widely understood in the beginning of June, the parents began to express their displeasure.

The Post reported that the Greenhouses, which is $403,039 in total compensation in 2016, by e-mail to parents on 12 June to say that the placement policy would be reviewed.

Eight days later, he emailed again, stating that he would end the policy, but would continue to keep “race on a critical, but not the primary determinant.”

“How would a school be able to do? I don’t know whether I would necessarily send a child to a school that is separated by race,” Amanda Uhry, president of Manhattan Private School Advisors told the Post.

Uhry continued: “in 1964, you know it yet? We had segregation in America. What is this? It is segregation!”

An educational consultant in New York told the Post that the policy is intended to help the black or Hispanic students feel less isolated by giving safety in numbers.

However, they said that it would only be a temporary solution and not larger, systemic issues at work.

“The problem is that there is not enough diversity in the New York City independent schools. This is just a band-aid. You need to advocate for more financial aid and diversity,” she said.

Fox News’ Madeline Fish contributed to this report.

Christopher Carbone is a reporter covering global affairs, technology and national news for He can be reached at or on Twitter @christocarbone.

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