Sifting Through School Options— Public, Private, Charter and Parochial

Written by NY Press on . Posted in Continuing Education, News Our Town, News West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit.

To ensure that a child growing up in the city gets a good , parents really do have to turn themselves into educated consumers to learn their options and how to best assess them. We have four thriving educational sectors—public, private, charter and parochial—and they all have their pros and cons, rules and regulations.

New York Family has several wonderful resources to help city parents address their children’s educational needs as they grow up.

New York Family publishes the Ultimate Guide to Education in October; not only the season of transitions and adjustments in schools, it’s also the time for admissions applications. The Ultimate Guide covers all of it, helping parents understand local admissions in all of the sectors while offering stories about news and trends in learning and development and a parent’s role in their child’s education. You can find the digital edition of the latest Ultimate Guide to Education at


Nursery School and Pre-K

The ,
The Independent School Admission Association of Greater New York,
The New York City Department of Education,
Victoria Goldman’s The Manhattan Directory of Private Nursery Schools,
Also note: Many “preschool alternative” programs are offered by neighborhood education and enrichment centers. See our classes directory.

Public School

Clara Hemphill’s various guides to New York City ,
Class Size Matters,
The New York City Department of Education,
Gotham Schools,
NYC Public School Parents,

Private School (Independent)

The Independent School Admission Association of Greater New York,
NYC Blog,
The NYC Private School Admissions Handbook
The Parents League of New York,
Victoria Goldman’s The Manhattan Family Guide to Private Schools and Selective Public Schools,

The New York City Department of Education,
New York City Charter School Center,

Archdiocese of New York,
Also note: For other faith-based schools in the New York City area, we recommend contacting local organizations affiliated with your religion. They should be able to direct you to schools of interest.

New Schools

For new public schools, check the DOE website and Inside Schools and call your local school district’s office, which you can find on the DOE website. For new charter schools, check with the New York City Charter School Center. Here are a few new (and new-ish) and noteworthy nursery and private schools.

École Internationale de New York,
Fusion Academy, (search for New York City)
The Goddard School,
Grace Church School,
The Lang School,
The Learning Experience, (search for Manhattan)
Léman Prep (formerly Claremont Prep),
Queens Paideia School,
Upper West Side Playgroup,
World Class Learning Academy,

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