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Public, Private Schools, & Special Education Guide in Manhattan

Public, Private Schools, & Special Education Guide in Manhattan

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Academic Enrichment & Educational Services


CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF MANHATTAN (THE)
The Tisch Building, 212 W. 83rd St., New York
212-721-1223

Classes at the Children's Museum of Manhattan offer an entry point to lifelong learning. We believe that children develop and learn best in nurturing, creative environments that support play, curiosity, and exploration. Our five floors of hands-on exhibits and learning spaces are designed to support the development of young minds.


CHINA INSTITUTE
40 Rector St., 2nd floor, New York
212-744-8181 x110
Email emarks@chinainstitute.org

With two convenient Manhattan locations-Upper East Side and the Financial District, China Institute's classes allow children to learn Chinese using an integrated, comprehensive approach. Classes are level- and age-appropriate. Expert, native-speaking teachers lead classes for kids 18 months to 17 years.


COLLINA ITALIANA
1556 Third Ave. (at 87th Street), Suite 603, New York
212-427-7770
Email info@collinaitaliana.com

Set on the Upper East Side, our Italian classes allow children to benefit from a comprehensive approach to learning in an age-appropriate, inviting atmosphere. Children gather to share learned words and expressions through playful, skill-building activities such as games, songs, dances, and stories. For all the bellissimi details visit collinaitaliana.com!


DR. LYNN FOR EARLY EDUCATION
445 Park Ave., 9th Floor (Between 56th and 57th Streets), New York
212-517-7787

For ages 2 years to third grade, Dr. Lynn and her skill development Tutor Team support your child’s overall academic readiness, test preparation for NYC admissions (private and public), through one-to-one personalized tutor sessions. They offer a patient, professional style and give children a sense of pride in their accomplishments.


GOOROO
646-791-3081
Email support@gooroo.com

Gooroo offers in-person tutoring in your neighborhood! Our tutoring membership matches students to tutors based on their unique learning needs. Members have access to experts in more than 300 subjects. Gooroo provides continuous feedback, progress reports, and a designated Personal Learning Consultant to guide students through their learning journey.


HEX & COMPANY
1462 First Ave.,
646-833-7574
Email kids@hexnyc.com

When kids play board games together, they develop critical thinking, interpersonal, and strategy skills. That is the goal of our play-based curriculum, built upon neurodevelopmental theory. We create a learning environment that teaches problem-solving skills and encourages social engagement. Kids have a blast while learning important skills!


PLAY ON! STUDIOS
Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, 263 W. 86th St.,
347-709-4149
Play On Studios Theater Camps
Lena Moy-Borgen, director

Email info@playonstudios.com

Play On! Studios offers after-school programming in theater. Our classes meet weekly-the perfect solution for busy NYC kids in grades kindergarten-eighth! We keep class sizes small, so kids get the personal attention and non-competitive environment they need to do their best. Explore improvisation, playwriting, or put on a play in a theater.


RENASCENT INSTITUTE SPANISH AND MANDARIN IMMERSION
Ella Baker School, Julia Richman Educational Complex 317 E. 67th St. ,
917-805-1232
Email info@renascentintitute.org

Spanish and Mandarin Saturday classes are offered in Midtown. Give your child the gift of learn a foreign language taught by native, caring teachers. Students will learn the language using puppets, storytelling, arts and crafts, board games, songs, and dancing. Learn a new language and have fun!


TREEBATH EXPLORERS SCANDINAVIAN OUTDOOR AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
The Battery, Central Park, Brooklyn, Queens ,
203-529-5379 Oskar and Nicole Elmgart, founders
Email youmatter@tree-bath.com

Treebath offers Scandinavian after-school programs for pre-K to second grade that run entirely outdoors! Our science-based philosophy and sustainability curriculum foster outdoor play while encouraging children to develop a lifelong respect for the world we share.

Charter Schools


MANHATTAN CHARTER SCHOOL
100 Attorney St., New York
212-533-2743
Manhattan Charter School II
220 Henry St.
212-964-3792

Email info@manhattancharterschool.org

Two small public elementary schools educating children kindergarten-fifth grades. Committed to offering a well-rounded education designed to help students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Never more than 25 students in a class. All students receive weekly French, art, physical education, and technology instruction, in addition to daily music instruction.


NEW YORK FRENCH AMERICAN CHARTER SCHOOL
311 W. 120th St., New York
212-666-4134 x2
Email mba@nyfacs.net

New York French American Charter School provides a free French immersion education to elementary and middle school students. Our commitment to French immersion, diversity, cultural enrichment, and high academic standards is unparalleled in our district. Our school community succeeds in growing the next generation of bilingual, global citizens.


ZETA CHARTER SCHOOLS
Zeta Bronx 1 Elementary
222 Alexander Ave.
Bronx, NY 10454
929-458-3000

Zeta Inwood 1 Elementary
Inwood/Washington Heights
652 W.187th St.
New York, NY 10033
929-447-5282

With a focus on rigorous, hands-on academics, wellness, innovation, and family service, Zeta Schools prepare students to be leaders and problem-solvers in a modern world. Zeta offers children in pre-K through third grade a high-quality, free elementary education in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx. Apply now for the 2020-21 school year.

Educational Services


DR. LYNN FOR EARLY EDUCATION
445 Park Ave., 9th Floor (Between 56th and 57th Streets), New York
212-517-7787

For ages 2 years to third grade, Dr. Lynn and her skill development Tutor Team support your child’s overall academic readiness, test preparation for NYC admissions (private and public), through one-to-one personalized tutor sessions. They offer a patient, professional style and give children a sense of pride in their accomplishments.

Parochial & Religious Schools


CATHEDRAL SCHOOL (THE)
319 E. 74th St., New York
212-249-2840
Email info@cathedralschoolny.org

At The Cathedral School our nursery through eighth grade program encourages children to become bold and compassionate thinkers. We offer a challenging curriculum that engages students in becoming independent and joyful learners. Our small class size allows for individual attention where every child's voice is heard.


CONGREGATION OR ZARUA
127 E. 82nd St.,
212-452-2310 x15, Sigal Hirsch
Email shirsch@orzarua.org

At Or Zarua's Hebrew School, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, children connect with Jewish heritage, gaining knowledge and skills through Hebrew language, text study, ritual, and prayer. Students of all ages learn and laugh with friends and teachers as they build a Jewish community of their own.


EPIPHANY SCHOOL (THE)
Gramercy, Murray Hill,
Early Childhood Center:
152 E. 29th St.
212-725-7220
Lower School:
234 E. 22nd St.
212-473-4128
Upper School:
141 E. 28th St.
212-725-7220

Email admissions@theepiphanyschool.org

Serving approximately 500 students of all faiths, age 2 through eighth grade, The Epiphany School provides a value-centered education that educates the whole child and inspires academic success. Low teacher-student ratios, bright, colorful classrooms, and outdoor play space provide students an inviting and comfortable environment to begin their educational journey.


FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH NURSERY SCHOOL
12 W. 12th St., New York
212-691-3432

First Presbyterian Church Nursery School was founded in 1952 in Greenwich Village. Our school offers a non-sectarian program, welcoming children and families of all configurations, religions, races, cultures, and economic backgrounds. FPCNS is dedicated to the development of the whole child in a warm and nurturing environment.


IMMACULATE CONCEPTION SCHOOL
419 E. 13th St.,
212-475-2590
Email info@immaculateconceptionschoolnyc.org

Immaculate Conception School is dedicated to achieving excellence in learning. From pre-K3 and UPK, through eighth grade, we provide a caring, well-run, high-performance foundation for children of all faiths and cultures. Well-equipped classrooms offer technological innovations in learning and committed educators create a safe and inspiring environment in which to grow.

Preschools


CONGREGATION OR ZARUA
127 E. 82nd St.,
212-452-2310 x15, Sigal Hirsch
Email shirsch@orzarua.org

At Or Zarua's Hebrew School, on Manhattans Upper East Side, children connect with Jewish heritage, gaining knowledge and skills through Hebrew language, text study, ritual, and prayer. Students of all ages learn and laugh with friends and teachers as they build a Jewish community of their own.


EPIPHANY SCHOOL (THE)
Gramercy, Murray Hill,
Early Childhood Center:
152 E. 29th St.
212-725-7220
Lower School:
234 E. 22nd St.
212-473-4128
Upper School:
141 E. 28th St.
212-725-7220

Email admissions@theepiphanyschool.org

Early Childhood classes at The Epiphany School utilize art, music, movement, learning centers, and socialization activities to support the growth of each child's cognitive, linguistic, physical, and social emotional skills. Low teacher-student ratios, bright, colorful classrooms, and outdoor play space provide students an inviting, comfortable environment to begin their educational journey.


FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH NURSERY SCHOOL
12 W. 12th St., New York
212-691-3432

First Presbyterian Church Nursery School was founded in 1952 in Greenwich Village. Our school offers a non-sectarian program, welcoming children and families of all configurations, religions, races, cultures, and economic backgrounds. FPCNS is dedicated to the development of the whole child in a warm and nurturing environment.


GILLEN BREWER SCHOOL
410 E. 92nd St., New York
212-831-3667
Email julian@gillenbrewer.com

Gillen Brewer School is a family-oriented, 12-month, early childhood and elementary program for children ages 2.8-10 years with language-based and non-verbal learning disabilities. We provide an integrated, developmentally-appropriate, academic-therapeutic program that includes speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, and counseling. Our curriculum is enriched with arts, music, science, and physical fitness programs.


GREEN VALE SCHOOL (THE)
250 Valentine's Lane, Old Brookville
516-621-2420

Green Vale is Long Island's premier and largest coed, independent elementary school for pre-nursery through eighth grade. A program of exceptional academics and small class sizes is combined with emphasis on athletics, visual and performing arts, and character education at every grade level.


INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF NEW YORK
4 E. 90th St. , New York
212-641-0260
Email info@ianyc.org

The International Academy of New York is multi-cultural and diverse, developing culturally astute, confident, and empathetic students with fluency in Mandarin or Spanish, while excelling in literacy, math, and the arts. Pre-nursery (2s)-eighth grade.


JCC OF MID-WESTCHESTER
999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale
914-472-3300
Caryn Symons, director of camping
symonsc@jccmw.org

The JCC of Mid-Westchester offers classes in its nursery school for children ages 2-5. Ages 3-5 enjoy swimming in our indoor heated pool, working off energy in our gymnasium, climbing in our playground, and performing skits in our Bendheim Theatre. We offer a variety of sports, dance, and academic enrichment programs.


LYCEUM KENNEDY FRENCH AMERICAN SCHOOL
Manhattan 225 Campus (Lower School)
225 E. 43rd St.
212-681-1877

Ardsley Campus (Lower School)
1 Cross Road, Ardsley
914-479-0722

Manhattan 815 Campus (Middle and Upper School)
815 Second Ave.
New York, NY 10017
212-661-1916

Lyceum Kennedys preschool program provides children with a unique bilingual experience. Our curriculum follows the complete program from the French Ministry of Education and the New York State Education Department. Through activities that challenge and captivate young minds, we instill a lifelong desire to learn.


MONTESSORI SCHOOL OF NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL (THE)
347 E. 55th St., Sutton Place , Manhattan
212-223-4630

Children explore academic dimensions at their own pace and interest level. Classes are equipped with didactic Montessori materials that encourage absorption of concepts through play, leading children to become well-rounded and confident. Program includes science, music, foreign language, musical theatre, swimming, dance, yoga, chess, cultural events, and robotics.


PUSTEBLUME INTERNATIONAL PRESCHOOL AND AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS
244 W. 14th St., New York
212-206-1137
Email info@pusteblumenyc.org

Pusteblume International Preschool provides children with a fun and community-oriented multicultural environment. Our preschool program welcomes families with children from ages 2-5 of all international backgrounds who are interested in having their child learn German, Spanish, or both, in a language immersion classroom.


RED BALLOON EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNING CENTER (THE)
560 Riverside Drive, New York
212-663-9006
Email director@redballoonlearningcenter.org

We offer an 8am-6pm, year-round, Pre-K program (ages 2-5) in West Harlem in a Columbia University residential building. The Red Balloon is rich in diversity. Each child is encouraged to express their individuality. Intellectual curiosity, creative risk-taking, and problem-solving are encouraged. Our emerging curriculum is play-based, exploratory, and child centered.


WETHERBY–PEMBRIDGE SCHOOL
7 E. 96th St.,
646-213-3400
Ages:3-14

Email info@wetherbypembridge.org

A British independent school for ages 3-14, our school vision is to awaken curiosity, cultivate high standards, and celebrate successes. Our curriculum is based on the rigorous English National Curriculum and combines the merits of single-sex and coeducation, infused with our three school values of respect, responsibility, and resilience.

Private Schools


ACADEMY OF THOUGHT AND INDUSTRY
917-338-2820
Email manhattan@thoughtandindustry.com

The Academy of Thought and Industry (ATI) in Manhattan joins a network of middle and high schools with campuses in Austin, San Francisco, and St. Louis. ATI is an autonomous learning community that offers hands-on work, self-directed projects, and entrepreneurial endeavors among expert mentors and ambitious peers.


BLUE SCHOOL
Pre-primary and Primary School, 241 Water St., Manhattan
212-228-6341
Upper-primary and Middle School
156 William St.



Blue School is an independent school for ages 2 through eighth grade where the dynamic balance of academic mastery, creative thinking, self and social intelligence instills a lifelong passion for learning. The curriculum emphasizes inquiry, observation, and reflection, encouraging children to become bold, creative, and compassionate innovators.


BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF NEW YORK (THE)
20 Waterside Plaza,
212-481-2700 x204
Email admissions@bis-ny.org

With a stunning campus full of light, and a proven, portable curriculum which both stretches and supports every student across a breadth of subject areas, BIS-NY offers a supportive and truly balanced approach to education. For children 3 years and older.


CATHEDRAL SCHOOL (THE)
319 E. 74th St., New York
212-249-2840
Email info@cathedralschoolny.org

At The Cathedral School our nursery through eighth grade program encourages children to become bold and compassionate thinkers. We offer a challenging curriculum that engages students in becoming independent and joyful learners. Our small class size allows for individual attention where every child's voice is heard.


DWIGHT SCHOOL
291 Central Park West, New York
212-724-6360
Email admissions@dwight.edu

Founded in 1872, Dwight is a leading nursery-12th grade private school dedicated to igniting the spark of genius in every child. Dwight has one of the lowest student-teacher ratios among NYC independent schools and was the first in the Americas to offer the comprehensive International Baccalaureate curriculum for ages 3-18.


ÉCOLE (THE)
111 E. 22nd St., New York
646-410-2238, for open houses 646-582-9941
Email bonjour@theecole.org

The Ecole, formerly Ecole Internationale de New York, is an intimate and independent French-American school that cultivates an internationally-minded community of students. From Maternelle to middle school, we blend the best of the French and American educational systems, gifting our students with deep academic bi-literacy and an optimistic, multi-cultural perspective.


GATEWAY SCHOOL (THE)
211 W. 61st St., 6th floor, New York
212-777-5966
Email admissions@gatewayschool.org

The Gateway School is an independent day school for children ages 5-14 with language-based learning disabilities or attention deficits. It was among the first schools to recognize that bright children who had difficulty learning simply had to be taught differently. At Gateway, students recognize their strengths and develop self-advocacy skills.


GILLEN BREWER SCHOOL
410 E. 92nd St., New York
212-831-3667
Email julian@gillenbrewer.com

Gillen Brewer School is a family-oriented, 12-month, early childhood and elementary program for children ages 2.8-10 years with language-based and non-verbal learning disabilities. We provide an integrated, developmentally-appropriate, academic-therapeutic program that includes speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, and counseling. Our curriculum is enriched with arts, music, science, and physical fitness programs.


GREEN VALE SCHOOL (THE)
250 Valentine's Lane, Old Brookville
516-621-2420

Green Vale is Long Island's premier and largest coed, independent elementary school for pre-nursery through eighth grade. A program of exceptional academics and small class sizes is combined with emphasis on athletics, visual and performing arts, and character education at every grade level.


IDEAL SCHOOL OF MANHATTAN (THE)
Upper West Side , New York
212-769-1699
Email JKemp@theidealschool.org

On any given day at The IDEAL School of Manhattan, students may present on a civil rights leader, participate in a dance workshop, showcase their writing, enjoy Riverside Park, build a robot, perform in a musical, or visit the Met. IDEAL is New York's only kindergarten-12th independent inclusion school.


INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF NEW YORK
4 E. 90th St. , New York
212-641-0260
Email info@ianyc.org

The International Academy of New York is multi-cultural and diverse, developing culturally astute, confident, and empathetic students with fluency in Mandarin or Spanish, while excelling in literacy, math, and the arts. Pre-nursery (2s)-eighth grade.


KING SCHOOL
1450 Newfield Ave., Stamford
203-322-3496

King School opens minds and sparks courageous thinking. Our students discover and forge their unique paths to excellence, as we teach, guide, and cheer them on. Because when we set better standards for both the experience and outcomes of education, students cultivate the insights and heart to own their future.


MONTESSORI SCHOOL OF NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL (THE)
347 E. 55th St., Sutton Place , Manhattan
212-223-4630

In a lovingly, thoughtfully prepared environment, children explore academic dimensions at their own pace and interest level. Classes are equipped with didactic Montessori materials that encourage absorption of concepts through play, leading children to become well-rounded and confident. Program includes science, music, foreign language, musical theatre, swimming, dance, yoga, and chess.


PORTFOLIO SCHOOL (THE)
27 North Moore St., New York
212-226-8252
Email admissions@portfolio-school.com

Portfolio School is an independent school in Tribeca for grades kindergarten through sixth. Grounded in research, our integrated STEAM approach combines personalized learning and immersive projects. We provide an innovative education that celebrates your child’s curiosity, creativity, and love of learning. Applications for fall 2019 are open.


ROSSALL SCHOOL, UK
Broadway, Fleetwood, Lancashire, FY7 8JW ,

Celebrating 175 years, Rossall is a coeducational boarding and day school for ages 2-19, situated next to the sea and only an hour from Manchester airport. Educating more than 40 nationalities, we offer semester and yearlong courses alongside a wealth of extracurricular opportunities with first-rate signature programs for golf and soccer.


WETHERBY–PEMBRIDGE SCHOOL
7 E. 96th St.,
646-213-3400
Ages:3-14

Email info@wetherbypembridge.org

A British independent school for ages 3-14, our school vision is to awaken curiosity, cultivate high standards, and celebrate successes. Our curriculum is based on the rigorous English National Curriculum and combines the merits of single-sex and coeducation, infused with our three school values of respect, responsibility, and resilience.


WINDWARD INSTITUTE (THE)
40 W. Red Oak Lane, White Plains
212 E. 93rd St., Manhattan

The Windward Institute, affiliated with The Windward School, provides professional development based on scientifically-validated research in child development, learning theory, and pedagogy. Courses and workshops address a broad range of topics for mainstream and remedial education settings and are available throughout the year for educators, parents, and non-Windward students.

Public Schools


HEBREW PUBLIC
555 Eighth Ave. suite 1703, New York
212-792-6234

Harlem Hebrew's rigorous curriculum makes education meaningful and engaging for your child. From personalized math and English, to learning a new language, we provide your child with a well-rounded academic experience that will set them on a path to success.


MANHATTAN CHARTER SCHOOL
100 Attorney St., New York
212-533-2743
Manhattan Charter School II
220 Henry St.
212-964-3792

Email info@manhattancharterschool.org

Two small public elementary schools educating children kindergarten-fifth grades. Committed to offering a well-rounded education designed to help students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Never more than 25 students in a class. All students receive weekly French, art, physical education, and technology instruction, in addition to daily music instruction.


ZETA CHARTER SCHOOLS
Zeta Bronx 1 Elementary
222 Alexander Ave.
Bronx, NY 10454
929-458-3000

Zeta Inwood 1 Elementary
Inwood/Washington Heights
652 W.187th St.
New York, NY 10033
929-447-5282

With a focus on rigorous, hands-on academics, wellness, innovation, and family service, Zeta Schools prepare students to be leaders and problem-solvers in a modern world. Zeta offers children in pre-K through third grade a high-quality, free elementary education in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx. Apply now for the 2020-21 school year.

Special Education


ATLAS FOUNDATION FOR AUTISM
252 W. 29th St., 3rd Floor, New York
212-256-0846
Email info@atlasforautism.org

The Atlas Foundation for Autism houses the Atlas School as well as speech, OT services, music, after-school classes, and weekend social skills groups! Atlas is different in its approach to working within modalities that address communication, emotional and social thinking, as well as behavior and self-esteem!


CHATTY CHILD SPEECH, OCCUPATIONAL & PHYSICAL THERAPY, PLLC
325 Broadway, suite 403, New York
347-491-4451
Email info@chattychild.com

Chatty Child is a personalized therapeutic center in downtown Manhattan. We provide comprehensive speech-language, occupational, and physical therapy services. We offer evaluations, individual sessions, social skills classes, and enrichment programming. We accept DOE-RSAs, EI, and Private Pay. Our therapists are experienced and passionate about creating a unique learning experience.


GATEWAY SCHOOL (THE)
211 W. 61st St., 6th floor, New York
212-777-5966
Email admissions@gatewayschool.org

The Gateway School is an independent day school for children ages 5-14 with language-based learning disabilities or attention deficits. It was among the first schools to recognize that bright children who had difficulty learning simply had to be taught differently. At Gateway, students recognize their strengths and develop self-advocacy skills.


GILLEN BREWER SCHOOL
410 E. 92nd St., New York
212-831-3667
Email julian@gillenbrewer.com

Gillen Brewer School is a family-oriented, 12-month, early childhood and elementary program for children ages 2.8-10 years with language-based and non-verbal learning disabilities. We provide an integrated, developmentally-appropriate, academic-therapeutic program that includes speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, and counseling. Our curriculum is enriched with arts, music, science, and physical fitness programs.


HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER
1556 Third Ave., suite 209, Upper East Side, New York
212-534-3200

Huntington is the leader in kindergarten-12th tutoring and test prep. Our certified tutors provide individualized instruction in all areas including executive functioning, ADHD, Dyslexia, and learning disabilities. We help students prep for the SAT, ACT, and state exams. Huntington also testifies on students behalf and attends IEP/504 meetings.


IDEAL SCHOOL OF MANHATTAN (THE)
Upper West Side , New York
212-769-1699
Email JKemp@theidealschool.org

The IDEAL School of Manhattan is New York's only kindergarten-12th independent inclusion school, where we celebrate the tremendous social, emotional, and academic growth born in a diverse and nurturing educational community.


OTTO SPECHT SCHOOL
260 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge
845-352-5020 x130
Email info@ottospecht.org

At Otto Specht School, we work to discover each child's path to lifelong learning, offering exceptional educational programs that reach beyond the four walls of a traditional classroom. Designed for students with learning challenges and developmental delays, we offer kindergarten-12th, Transitional Life Skills, and 21 plus programming.


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