Upper West Side Private Schools

  Last modified on August 31st, 2018

Is your child about to graduate from his or her daycare and preschool?  Well, time to start planning for K-8! There are many Upper West Side private schools. Each with it’s own philosophy and set of values. It can be difficult to sort out which one can be the right fit for your child.

Fortunately, we’ve done most of the heavy work for you. Our guide offers a complete look into all of these Manhattan private schools. Read all about their approach to learning below and find the best match for your kid!



HudsonWay Immersion School

175 Riverside Boulevard

HudsonWay Immersion School’s innovative approach to learning fosters children’s individual growth, development and creativity, transforming students from pre-K to fifth grade into global citizens of the world. In a comprehensive immersion environment, students receive in depth instruction in a wide breadth of academic subjects including language arts, math, science, and social studies, enabling them to become bilingual, bi-literate and bi-cultural. Offering full day and after school programs in both Mandarin and Spanish, HudsonWay Immersion School is fully committed to providing its students with a strong education in a culturally diverse setting. With the skills and cultural awareness engendered by HudsonWay’s talented and knowledgeable administration and teaching staff, students receive the valuable tools they need to successfully navigate, impact and change the world.

Hudsonway Immersion School



The Gateway School

211 West 61st Street

Founded in 1965, The Gateway School is an independent, co-ed day school for children ages 5-14 with language-based learning disabilities and/or attention deficit. It was among the first schools in the country to recognize that bright children who had difficulty learning simply had to be taught differently.

Gateway teaches the skills, strategies, and content necessary for students to realize their potential in school and in life. In a language-rich setting, students experience academic success, recognize their strengths, and develop self-advocacy skills.

The Gateway School




Metropolitan Montessori School

325 West 85th Street

The Metropolitan Montessori School has a pre-school and an elementary school for children ages 3 through 12. The school’s program emphasizes on teaching children the life skills necessary to cope with independence form an early age.

Their signature nine-year program called “An Education for Life” consists on exploring the subjects each child is most interested in. The school welcomes those of different backgrounds to create a community that is warm and inclusive.

Metropolitan Montessori School 325 West 85th



The Studio School

117 West 95th Street

The Studio School was founded in 1971 as an independent day school. The school’s curriculum enables students to use their creative abilities in order to make new connections and explore ideas.

The small class sizes allow for instructors to get a clear picture of each student’s academic progress. At The Studio School, learning is viewed as a journey full of discoveries. Their program strives to create children that will develop a strong concept of personal and social responsibility.

The Studio School UWS



The Calhoun School

433 West End Ave

The Calhoun School takes a personalized approach to learning. They focus on the strengths of each student in order to help them develop their intellect as well as their overall confidence.

The small class sizes ensure that teachers get to know each student’s unique abilities and talents. The education at Calhoun involves a great deal of experiential learning which is the practice of creating a dynamic classroom environment.




Dwight School

291 Central Park West

The Dwight School was founded in 1872 and serves as an independently operated school for grades pre-K through 12. They focus on creating well-rounded students so that they can become the innovative leaders of tomorrow.

Dwight’s curriculum follows the rigorous International Baccalaureate program. The teaching staff is dedicated towards creating an individual plan of learning for each and every student.

Dwight also has a day care for those with younger kids.

Dwight School



Trinity School

139 West 91st Street

Trinity School is a college preparatory independent day school for Grades K through 12. It was originally founded as a charity school in 1709 at the Trinity Church, which is also located on the Upper West Side.

The school welcomes students that are of different religious beliefs, backgrounds, and socioeconomic status. In fact, 41% of the students currently enrolled at Trinity are of color. They are deeply committed to helping students discover their own identity and unique role in the world.

Trinity School



Collegiate School

301 Freedom Place South (formerly at 260 West 78th Street).

The Collegiate School is a private school for boys from Kindergarten to grade 12. Their mission is to help each student achieve their maximum potential through a rigorous learning program.

This West Side school is divided into the different levels according to grade: lower school (Kindergarten through Grade 4), middle school (Grades 5 through Grade 8), and upper school (Grades 9 through Grade 12). The small size of the school enables students to get a more interactive experience from the classroom.

Collegiate School Lincoln Square




BASIS Independent Manhattan

795 Columbus Ave.

This K-8 private school prides itself on a well-rounded curriculum designed to set the pace of global education. Subject Expert Teachers lead classrooms with deep knowledge and passion and believe with the right support and encouragement any motivated child can achieve academic excellence. The school boasts a joyful learning culture where hard work is celebrated and intellectual pursuits result in extraordinary outcomes. This is the second BASIS Independent school in New York – with a sister school in Brooklyn – and is part of the lauded BASIS Curriculum Schools network which currently has five of the top ten schools in the nation per U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 high school rankings.

Basis Independent Manhattan



Blessed Sacrament School

147 West 70th Street

The Blessed Sacrament prides itself on offering a top-notch Catholic education to its students from Pre-K all the way to 8th grade. They provide a rich environment for students in which to progress both intellectually as well as socially.

Their core curriculum mixes various disciplines such as religion, reading, english, math, and science into one neat program. Their graduates go on to attend prestigious Catholic high schools.

Blessed Sacrament School



Rodeph Sholom School

10 West 84th Street

Rodeph Sholom School is the only Reform Jewish day school in all of New York City. They offer students in grades from pre-K to 8th grade an academic program that’s based on Jewish principles and ethics.

This West Side school was founded in 1958 and has since been launching today’s students into the capable adults of tomorrow. The staff at RSS is dedicated to the well-being of its pupils and the surrounding community at large.

Rodeph Sholom School




Abraham Joshua Heschel School

30 West End Ave

The Abraham Joshua Heschel School was founded by Peter Geffen in 1981. It is named after one of the more influential rabbis in history: Rabbi Heschel.

This independent Jewish day school offers a diverse education in a caring environment. Their mission is to help develop a student’s abilities to their full potential through a commitment to Jewish values. The teachers at the school maintain practices that help the students develop their spiritual self and therefore increase their predisposition for learning.

Abraham Joshua Heschel School



The Goddard School

2495 Broadway

The Goddard School has campuses on both the Upper West and Upper East Side of Manhattan. The school offers education to infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and pre-kindergarteners. Their curriculum is customized to the needs of each individual child. Teachers perform songs and read stories in order to create a stimulating environment where the child has fun learning. Their mission is to create students that will be ready to successfully make the transition to the classroom.

The Goddard School



Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School

5 West 93rd Street

The Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School was founded in 1764. The staff is dedicated to educating students in a safe environment where ideas and creativity are encouraged. Their academic program offers a carefully crafted combination of liberal arts and sciences in order to prepare students for success in college. The CGPS focuses on creating students of good moral character that are able to bridge differences between those of diverse backgrounds.

Columbia Grammar and Prep

photo by jim.henderson




Trevor Day School

1 West 88th Street

The Trevor Day School is an independent day school that serves to students from Nursery to Grade 12. The school encourages each student to bring forth their inner good genius. This refers to the student’s ability to overcome challenges by seeking information and being intellectually courageous. The dedicated teachers at Trevor believe that students should take the matter of learning into their own hands. Their mission is to create well-rounded individuals who are proactive with their own lives in and out of the classroom.

Trevor Day School



Professional Children’s School

132 West 60th Street

The Professional Children’s School is an independent day school that offers a competitive college preparatory program from grade 6 to grade 12. They specialize in students who are working or aspire to work in the arts.

Their mission is to provide their students with a supportive environment that allows students to meet their goals and reach their endeavors. The instructors at PCS cater to the needs of each student by helping them cope with the pressures of life.

Professional Childrens School



Robert Louis Stevenson School

24 West 74th Street

The Robert Louis Stevenson School was founded in 1908 in the heart of the Upper West Side. Stevenson, the name the school is most commonly known for, serves students from grades 6 to grade 12.

The Stevenson School is Manhattan’s only therapeutic college preparatory independent school. The class sizes are small and average about 8 students per classroom. The student body at the school is diverse and the environment is caring and intimate.

Robert Louis Stevenson School




York Prep School

40 West 68th Street

York Preparatory School is an independent coeducational preparatory day school that serves to students in grades six through twelve. The school’s small student to teacher ratio allows for learning to be personalized to the needs of each individual.

The core curriculum includes disciplines such as English, mathematics, social studies, science, and foreign language.  YPS distinguishes itself from others schools with its use of tracking. This system places students on Honors courses according to their strengths to allows them work at a more rapid pace.

York Preparatory School



Alexander Robertson School

3 West 95th Street

The Alexander Robertson School is an independent small school that’s operated by the Second Presbyterian Church on the Upper West Side of NYC. The school is co-educational and serves students from Junior-Kindergarten to 5th grade.

This Manhhattan private school opened its doors for the first time in 1789 and in doing so became one of the first schools to be founded in New York City. Their curriculum encourages students to take advantage of the city’s cultural resources in order to increase their self-confidence.

Alexander Robertson School



Brownstone School

128 West 80th Street

The Brownstone School is dedicated to creating a warm community where students feel like they’re at a home away from home. They specialize on taking a play-based approach to early childhood education. The school was founded in 1963 and has since then approached learning from an emotional, social, intellectual, and physical perspective. The teachers here help each child develop their self-confidence so they can go on and become successful lifelong students.

Brownstone School UWS




Manhattan Day School

310 West 75th Street

The Manhattan Day School is a Jewish yeshiva elementary school that was founded in 1943. The school has an early childhood department that serves to students in grades K through grade 8.

MDS offers summer and science camps for students and counts with a wide after-school repertoire of activities. The education program teaches general and Judaic studies. Faculty members guide each child on their quest to reach spiritual maturity through the understanding of the Torah.

Manhattan Day School



Smith School

131 West 86th Street

The Smith School was founded in 1990 as a non-sectarian private and co-educational school. It strives to provide quality alternative education to its students.

The school’s small student to teacher ratio (5:1) creates a setting that focuses on personalized instruction and interactive learning. The enrollment doesn’t surpass a total of 50 students that are placed in grades 7 through 12. There are no more than six students in each class.

Smith School UWS


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Edgar Catasus is a a film fanatic, a food lover, and an Upper West Side enthusiast. After working in PR and marketing in Chicago, he is pursuing his dream of becoming a writer. He loves photography and on his spare time you can find him hiking or biking the great outdoors (while also snapping some pretty awesome Instagram pics!).
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