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Independent Schools in New York City

Do you want to find the right independent school in New York for your child?


There is a vast array of choices if you know where to look…

There are many different types of independent schools in NYC, including private schools, boarding schools, college preparatory schools and parochial education institutions. Parents seeking the best school for their children may want to review the educational and personal benefits of independent schools in New York City and surrounding areas. Independent schools have a tradition of featuring smaller classes that have the potential to provide students with increased attention from their teachers.Although each independent school has it own unique offerings and mission, parents will find that most institutions have a strong focus on providing students with a well-rounded school experience that incorporate a focus on the creative arts and athletics, in addition to their studies. As a result, students receive hands-on experience in the arts during school and/or the ability to play on a sport team. After school extracurricular activities provide students with further opportunities to explore their passions.

While tuition at these educational institutions can be high, most independent schools offer extensive financial aid to parents who may not have the resources but still seek a quality education for their children. Educational institutions that offer this assistance typically put money aside each year that does not have to be repaid thus ensuring a diverse academic community. Families who are seeking financial assistance for their child’s education, should apply early in the admission cycle to ensure that funding is readily available.

Some of the top Independent Schools in New York are:

NoSchool NameNeighborhoodAgesWebsite
174th Street MagicUpper East SideInfant – 13 years
292nd Street Y Nursery SchoolUpper East Side2.6-5 years
3Aaron School, Elementary SchoolEast 40s and 50sGrades K – 5
4Aaron School, Middle SchoolEast 40s and 50sGrades 6 – 8
5Aaron School, High SchoolEast 40s and 50sGrades 9-12
6Abraham Joshua Heschel SchoolUpper West SideNursery-Grade 12
7Academy of St. JosephGreenwich VillagePre K- Grade 3
8Alexander Robertson SchoolUpper West SideK-Grade 5
9Allen-Stevenson SchoolUpper East SideK-Grade 9
10All Souls SchoolUpper East Side2.5-5 years
11Ark Nursery SchoolUpper East SideNursery – Grade 5
12Avalon Academy of Park SlopePark SlopeInfant – K
13AvenuesTribecaPre K – Grade 10
14Bank Street College School for ChildrenMorningside HeightsNursery-Grade 8
15Barclay Street SchoolBattery Park City2-5 years
16Barrow Street Nursery SchoolGreenwich Village2-5 years
17Basic TrustUpper West Side3 months-5 years
18Battery Park City Day NurseryBattery Park CityNursery
19Bay Ridge Prepatory SchoolSchool Bay RidgeK-Grade 12
20Beacon SchoolUpper West SideGrades 9-12

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