About the Gamut School

Our Mission

At the Gamut School, we offer a unique dual curriculum of social emotional education combined with rigorous academics.

Each student is challenged and supported. We educate the whole child in an environment that fosters students’ growth. We help students achieve their academic and social-emotional goals by supporting their needs with our evidence-based therapeutic approach and our tailored curriculum designed to challenge students while meeting them where they are.

Our Vision

Families will come to know the Gamut School as a leader in helping children with emotional challenges reach their goals.

This is the first school in New York City to offer a dual academic and therapeutic curriculum solely for students with developing emotional complexities in their middle school years. It is also the first school to be built on the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) philosophy, allowing for a cohesion between our academic and therapeutic approaches.

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Our Philosophy

We are all doing the best we can AND we can all continue to grow and do better.

Our philosophy is based on the dialectic from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

We understand that our students come to the Gamut School doing their best on any given day. We also know in the correct environment surrounded by the right community, students can thrive and achieve by finding the right path.

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Why DBT?

Comprehensive School-Based Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment applied through groups, individual sessions, and intersession coaching to help students develop the skills that lead to personal and academic achievement.

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Our Name

The medieval monk Guido of Arezzo created a musical scale that ran from the lowest note, gamma, to the highest, ut—the gamut. To play it in its entirety was to “run the gamut.”

That’s what we do here. Through a unique combined curriculum of socioemotional learning and rigorous academics, we run the gamut of therapeutic approaches—like playing all the notes—to set you and your child up for success.

Our Leadership

Danielle Eisman is the founder and head of school at the Gamut School. Dani has extensive experience and training in special education with over a decade of experience working in private schools in New York City. After working in education and obtaining a bachelor’s degree in childhood education/special education from New York University and a master’s degree in developmental psychology from Teachers College, Dani noticed a gap in the private school system in New York City. There are many special education schools that cater to students with disabilities, but a middle school for students struggling with emotional challenges does not exist. As a result, Dani sought to create a school that could fill this gap. Taking her shared passions of education and psychology, Dani has designed a school based on a highly effective therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). DBT is often used in school settings and is the perfect fit for a therapeutic middle school located in New York City. The application of DBT in all parts of the school day will be paired with rigorous academics to support our students’ emotional and academic growth. Dani is looking forward to opening the doors to the Gamut School in September 2025 and welcoming the first class of students.

Dani received a Master’s degree in developmental psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University and her B.S in childhood education and special education from New York University.

Founder and head of school at the Gamut School

Danielle Eisman

Head of School

Board of Trustees

Danielle Eisman*

David Eisman

Mical Gomez

Athena Ripka

Esther Wolf

*ex officio member

Advisory Board

Roy Boorady, MD

Roy Boorady, MD, is the Senior Director and a senior child and adolescent psychiatrist in the Psychopharmacology Center at the Child Mind Institute. An expert in the diagnostic evaluation and psychopharmacological treatment of children and adolescents, he is known for his judgment and sensitivity in coordinating, monitoring and adjusting treatment plans that include medication.

Dr. Boorady’s past experience has included providing psychiatric evaluations and psychopharmacological treatments to children with severe psychiatric disorders, ADHD, anxiety and mood disorders and developmental delays. He is a dedicated teacher and advocate for individualized, evidence-based treatments, and has mentored hundreds of medical students and psychiatric residents. He has also organized seminars and lecture series to address urgent questions on how and whether medications should be prescribed to children and adolescents.

Alec Miller, PsyD

Dr. Alec Miller is a clinical psychologist, teacher, researcher, author, treatment developer and disseminator of evidence-based interventions to clinical settings, schools and organizations worldwide. He is Co-Founder and Co-Director of Cognitive and Behavioral Consultants (CBC) , a clinical, training, and research center based in White Plains and Manhattan. He has become a Certified Individual DBT Clinician and his DBT Programs at CBC are the first and only Certified DBT Programs in NY State as deemed by the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification. He is also a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY. Presently, he is a consultant to numerous DBT research studies internationally as well as to over 100 schools that have or are currently implementing DBT in Schools, targeting different levels of student intervention. He truly enjoys presenting to parents, teachers and administrators his perspective on social emotional learning and his rationale and methodology for bringing both Comprehensive School Based-DBT (CSB-DBT) and Universal Classroom-DBT(UC-DBT) to school age students. In addition, he serves as a School Board Trustee of the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology.

Dr. Miller serves on several boards and advisory committees, including as a Board Member on the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification (DBT-LBC) and as a clinical advisor to BeMeHealth with Teens in Mind. He serves on the steering committee of the World DBT Association (WDBTA) and on the Advisory Board of the IDEAL School in Manhattan. He is an invited member of the International Academy for Suicide Research, a scientific advisory council member of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, and a past consultant on the FDA’s Suicide Classification Project.

John J. Russell, Ed.D

Dr. John J. Russell is Associate Director of the Global Literacy Hub at the Yale Child Study Center which is an international and interdisciplinary collaborative of researchers and practitioners.  The mission of the hub is to improve language and literacy outcomes for at risk children, across languages and cultures. To that end, this unique collaborative of experts has been disrupting the current, stagnant ecosystem with new and scientifically rigorous approaches. He is also the Special Projects Advisor to The Windward Institute whose mission is to increase childhood literacy by disrupting the status quo in education. The Institute spearheads research/education partnerships; leads a variety of external-facing programs and outreach including high-profile lectures, courses, and seminars; and advocates for the rights of students with language-based learning. Prior to serving as Special Projects Advisor to the Windward Institute, for thirteen years Dr. Russell was head of The Windward School, an independent co-educational day school for children with language-based learning disabilities.

Over the past four decades, Dr. Russell held leadership and teaching positions in public school districts in Westchester County, New York, and Fairfield County, Connecticut, including 11 years as superintendent of schools in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.  His pro bono work includes advising the Mayor of New York’s Citywide Literacy Advisory Council, the Dyslexia and Intervention Practices sub-council of the Literacy Advisory Council, and The New York State Path Forward Initiative as an advisor to the Educator Preparation Working Group. He earned his doctoral degree in educational administration at Fordham University and an MBA from the University of Connecticut.  He also has a master’s degree in oceanography from New York University and a certificate of advanced study in administration from Fairfield University.  His research interests include language-based learning disabilities, research-based instructional practices, and organizational theory.  Dr. Russell presents on these topics at national and international conferences.