WeGrow – the expensive Manhattan school run by WeWork that offers meditation sessions, Danish furniture design and weekly trips to a Westchester farm – shut down at the end of the school year.
WeWork Parents We Co. – if executives cut costs after an unsuccessful attempt to take the company's public that has left it in a cash crunch – said in a statement that it will continue to operate WeGrow through the 2019-2020 school year.
The swanky day nursery and preschool, which costs up to $ 42,000 a year, offers daily Beatles singles for parents and children, Hebrew and Mandarin language courses, and robotics and engineering classes.
Located on a posh block in Manshan's Chelsea neighborhood around the corner from the corner of the Rubin Museum of Art, WeGrow considers itself a "deliberate entrepreneurial school." It was founded by Rebekah Neumann, wife of ousted WeWork boss Adam Neumann.
"These kids come to the world clean, they are very developed, they are very special. They are spiritual," Rebekah Neumann told Fast Company when the school opened last year. "They are all natural entrepreneurs, natural humanitarians, and then it seems like we're splashing it all out of them in the education system. "
Last week, parents who picked up their kids outside of WeGrow elementary school hoped it would continue to stay open, but said they had not received much information from administrators .
We said in the Friday statement that "WeWork and the families of WeGrow students are in discussions with interested parties about plans for WeGrow for the following school year."