Upper West Side Private Schools
The Upper West Side is home to many 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 the neighborhood’s private schools. Read all about their approach to learning below and find the best match for your kid!
The Gateway School
211 W. 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.
Metropolitan Montessori School
325 W. 85th St.
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.
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 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.
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.
139 W. 91st St.
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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.
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. The collegiate 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.
The Mandell School
795 Columbus Ave.
The Mandell School was founded by Max Mandell. He was an important figure who revolutionized early childhood education during the early 1900’s. The school has a set of values based on respect, collaboration, and diversity that are expected to be shared by all members of the community. Each student at Mandell receives individualized attention. The staff strives to create a future generation of adults that is invested in making positive and lasting changes in the world.
Blessed Sacrament School
147 W. 70th St.
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.
Rodeph Sholom School
10 W. 84th St.
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. The 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.
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.
The Goddard School
The Goddard School has campuses on both the Upper West and Upper East Sides 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.
Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School
5 W. 93rd St.
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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.
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.
Professional Children’s School
132 W. 60th St.
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 them 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.
Robert Louis Stevenson School
24 W. 74th St.
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. It 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.
York Prep School
40 W. 68th St.
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.
Alexander Robertson School
3 W. 95th St.
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. The 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.
128 W. 80th St.
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.
Manhattan Day School
310 W. 75th St.
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.
131 W. 86th St.
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.
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Edgar 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!).