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UPDATED December 2018: Private education has a long and distinguished history in Westchester County. This directory, expertly compiled by NYMetroParents, lists Westchester’s pre-eminent private schools. If you are looking for independent school facilities, you will find top-notch choices here, in towns including Mount Vernon, Armonk, New Rochelle, Larchmont, White Plains, and Mamaroneck. These private educational institutions offer alternatives to public schools. The independent schools of Westchester County boast a wide range of features. Some of these private educational facilities offer a bilingual curriculum, while others pride themselves on encouraging independent thinking. Some of these independent educational programs are designed to help students overcome academic difficulties through carefully designed classes.
Check the boxes to connect with these businessesBLUE ROCK SCHOOL
110 Demarest Mill Road, West Nyack
Blue Rock School is the Lower Hudson Valley’s only progressive school, serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade. We offer a unique educational experience based on a hands-on and holistic approach that nurtures children's innate love of learning, enabling them to follow their own natural curiosity and develop as independent thinkers. At Blue Rock, class sizes are small and students engage in a challenging and creative academic curriculum which is infused with the arts, nature, and play.
FRENCH-AMERICAN SCHOOL OF NEW YORK (FASNY)
Campuses in Larchmont and Mamaroneck,
Nursery to third grade: Manor Campus, 111 Larchmont Ave., Larchmont
Grades fourth-eighth: Village Campus, 145 New St., Mamaroneck
Grades ninth-12th: Harbor Campus, 320 E. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck
French-American School of New York (FASNY)
French Summer Camps
Nursery to Fifth Grade Day Camp: Larchmont Campus, 111 Larchmont Ave., Larchmont
Fifth-Eighth Grade Sleepaway Camp: Catskills
The French-American School of New York, a coeducational day school for children in nursery through 12th grade offers a dual curriculum in French and English, combining the strengths of both the French educational system and the best U.S. independent schools. Bilingualism is at the core of the FASNY experience with students graduating with the French Baccalaureate and a high school diploma. Give your child the ability to play, write, read, sing, act, raise questions, and make friends in two languages!
German International School New York welcomes families of all nationalities. We are a vibrant, pre-K through 12th grade independent day school. Established in 1980, our German-English bilingual curriculum and our international community of children cultivates students of exceptional character who are open to the world. Graduates earn both a New York high school diploma and the highly acclaimed German International Abitur. Visit us at an open house or contact us to schedule a private tour.
GREEN MEADOW WALDORF SCHOOL
307 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge
For open house:
Green Meadow Waldorf School in Chestnut Ridge offers Parent and Child classes for babies and toddlers age 3 and younger; serves children from nursery-12th grade; and also runs popular summer programs. Founded in 1950, we are one of the oldest, largest Waldorf schools in the U.S., with approximately 375 students. Green Meadow students go on to top colleges and fulfilling careers, and are known for their resilience and creativity. Visit gmws.org to see how we are transforming education.
HARVEY SCHOOL (THE)
260 Jay St., Katonah
With a typical class size of 10, our extraordinary faculty have the time and space to work with every student to ensure all students are challenged to reach their full potential and become their best selves. We offer a competitive athletic program, extensive instruction in the performing and fine arts, more than 20 clubs, an international student program, cutting-edge technology, service learning, and five-day boarding for students in grades ninth through 12th.
HUDSON COUNTRY MONTESSORI SCHOOL
340 Quaker Ridge Road, New Rochelle
Children learn to observe, think, judge, and pursue interests at their own pace. Exposed to physical and mental order, and working with materials with a purposeful design in a calm atmosphere fosters concentration, creativity, self-respect, and a solid academic foundation. Hudson’s unique approach allows children to develop their skills while pursuing their interests. Programs are available for children ages 18 months through eighth grade, with extended hours available from 7:30am-6pm.
IONA PREPARATORY SCHOOL K–12
Brother Thomas R. Leto, C.F.C., Ed.D., President,
Lower School (grades pre-K-4 to eighth) 173 Stratton Road, New Rochelle
Upper School (grades ninth- 12th) 255 Wilmot Road, New Rochelle
Discover the Iona Prep difference of an all-boys environment that allows faculty to cater to the needs and interests of boys, actively engaging them in learning with small class sizes (15 students) that ensure your son receives the care and attention he deserves. Join us for information sessions on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 9am and 7pm to learn more about our Lower School serving grades PreK-4 to eighth, while hearing from our administration, teachers, and students. Visit ionaprep.org/visit to RSVP and see why you should say #IAmIonaPrep!
1450 Newfield Ave., Stamford
King School, a pre-K-12th grade school serving students from 30 towns, prepares students to thrive in a rapidly changing world. What sets King apart is academic challenge, kindness, and personal growth united within our unique community of engaged minds and meaningful connections. Guided by expert faculty, King students take responsibility for their own learning as active learners in a student-centered program that challenges students to achieve their personal best. Teachers make students feel known and safe enough to take risks in order to make discoveries.
MILESTONE SCHOOL (THE)
70 W. Broad St., Mt. Vernon
Founded in 1979 on the premise that “the first years of a child’s education are the most important," The Milestone School is an independent, non-sectarian, nursery through fourth grade school. Celebrating 40 years of excellence, our unique, stimulating academic environment emphasizing “Early Reading” prepares students to continue on to top private schools in Westchester and NYC. Emphasizing the basics, our curriculum allows our children to explore many areas including music, Spanish, yoga, capoeira, and drama. Milestone provides the enriching, nurturing experience every child needs and deserves to succeed.
RIPPOWAM CISQUA SCHOOL
325 W. Patent Road, Mount Kisco, 914-244-1200 and 439 Cantitoe St., Bedford 914-244-1250
Rippowam Cisqua School ignites learning in prekindergarten through ninth grade students. Parents are drawn to Rippowam Cisqua School because of its unique ability to stretch, challenge, and lift young minds. Strong student-teacher relationships are supported by small class sizes, flexible learning spaces, and an immersive curriculum that integrates academics, arts, athletics, wellness, and innovation. By cultivating their imagination through play, exploration, and discovery, students engage in joyful learning experiences that spark their intellectual curiosity and personal growth. Graduates emerge as independent thinkers, confident communicators, and engaged leaders.
SOUNDVIEW PREPARATORY SCHOOL
370 Underhill Ave. , Yorktown Heights
Soundview Preparatory School is an independent college preparatory school for grades sixth-12th, situated on a 13-acre pastoral campus in Yorktown Heights. Small class sizes embody the school’s belief that students best develop academic skills, self-esteem, and leadership when teachers can get to know the learning style and interests of each student. College acceptances include Bard, Brown, Columbia, Duke, Haverford, NYU, Oberlin, RISD, Sarah Lawrence, Skidmore, and Williams.
100 Overlook Circle, New Rochelle
Thornton-Donovan School, located in the heart of New Rochelle’s Beechmont section, was founded in 1901. T-D is an independent, international, kindergarten-12th, coed school that attracts students from 40 different countries, and teaches French, Spanish, Italian, Latin, Greek, German, and Japanese. T-D has pioneered international and thematic education for decades, recently focusing on Italy, Argentina, and Alaska. Call or visit online to learn about T-D and its 40 sister schools worldwide.
Since 2000, The Westfield Day School has been dedicated to helping students overcome academic difficulties and personal obstacles, through carefully designed programs for individual achievement. Westfield is a coeducational school for grades sixth-12th following a standard curriculum with both academic support and advanced studies available. The schools offers a supportive environment, combining an active clinical program including individual and group therapy with specialized instruction to meet individual needs. Classes are kept small and taught by reassuring adults in an atmosphere of acceptance and encouragement.
Whitby School was founded 60 years ago on the principle that each child must be seen, valued, and understood for achievement to happen with heart. Our school has come a long way since then, but that core belief is still what drives us every day. Is your standard for education as high as ours? Come say hello. Located in back country Greenwich, CT, Whitby is an independent school for students 18 months-eighth grade. Visit whitbyschool.org to register for a fall admissions event or to schedule a personal tour.