Catholic Schools, Religious Schools, and Parochial Schools in Manhattan

Catholic Schools, Religious Schools, and Parochial Schools in Manhattan

Find a faith-based learning institution for your child in New York City.


UPDATED November 2018: If you’re looking for a Catholic prep school, parochial school, or a private pre-K or early childhood program for your child in Manhattan, our directory has you covered. Catholic, religious, and parochial schools offer rigorous academic study paired with religious teachings for an education that promotes both spiritual and intellectual growth. These private schools all offer smaller class size and a lower student-to-teacher ratio to maximize students’ individual attention. Many of the schools also offer dual language programs, extended-day enrichment, extracurricular sports, STEM clubs, robotics, performing arts, fine arts, and music. Some of the schools also provide curriculum for children with learning difficulties. New technology is integrated into many of these schools’ classrooms to further learning, such as Chromebooks, Smartboards, and iPads. The parochial, Catholic, and religious nursery schools, schools, and elementary and middle schools found in our directory are located throughout New York City on the Upper East Side, the West Village, Gramercy, Murray Hill, Chelsea, and the Bronx, as well as in Jamaica Estates in Queens.

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319 E. 74th St., New York

The Cathedral School is a nursery through eighth grade, coeducational institution in Manhattan. We offer a challenging curriculum that encourages students to become independent and critical thinkers. Our small class size allows for individual attention that enables every student’s voice to be heard and allows children to comfortably take risks, make mistakes, and learn how to recover from them. Teachers engage students in lessons that foster open discussion and thoughtful analysis. Our goal is to develop what is best in each student so that they may thrive.

Gramercy, Murray Hill,
Early Childhood Center:
152 E. 29th St.
Lower School:
234 E. 22nd St.
Upper School:
141 E. 28th St.


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 and comfortable environment to begin their educational journey. Graduates continue to many of NYC's top high schools. Serving approximately 530 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.

12 W. 12th St., New York

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, offering experienced classroom teachers and specialists in studio, music, movement, gardening, and a healthy snack program. Extended day, enrichment programming, and a summer camp are available for 4s and 5s students. FPCNS has large, airy classrooms, a rooftop playground, and indoor play space.

176-21 Wexford Terrace, Jamaica Estates

The Mary Louis Academy has established several exciting initiatives designed to provide young women with increased opportunities to achieve academic success, develop leadership skills, set career goals, and form strategies to achieve those goals. Successful completion of a program, all of which begin September 2018, will be recognized at graduation with a special designation certificate. The academic concentrations will include: Pre-Med, Dual-Language/International Studies Program, S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), Fine Art, Music, and Physical Education and Wellness. For more info visit:

4300 Murdock Ave., Bronx

Mount Saint Michael Academy, in the tradition of the Marist Brothers provides a rigorous, college preparatory education to young men in grades sixth-12th. 100 percent of Mount graduates gain admission to college, including top tier colleges and universities. Mount is a powerhouse in a range of sports and holds championship titles in baseball, basketball, football, lacrosse, track, and soccer. Special programs include Honors Program for top ranking students, Sports Medicine Program for students interested in careers in the medical field, and a Focus Education Program for students with learning difficulties.

487 Hudson St., New York

St. Luke’s School is a small, independent, coeducational day school located on a two-acre landmark block in the West Village. It offers a balanced, yet challenging junior kindergarten through eighth grade curriculum that serves students of all faiths in preparation for rigorous high school placement. Its small size fosters a feeling of family—a supportive climate of trust and understanding, communicating values and building community where children learn to use their gifts in ways that help others.

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