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Private & Independent Schools on Long Island

Private & Independent Schools on Long Island

Browse our private and independent schools guide to find the right fit for your child in Nassau or Suffolk county.

Find a focused learning environment with smaller class sizes for kids on Long Island. Get the full list here.

Thinking about enrolling your child in a private school on Long Island? Also known as independent schools, private schools are funded by tuition and donations as opposed to being funded by taxpayer dollars. As such, private schools tend to have a little more flexibility when it comes to the curriculum (and some private schools on Long Island may not follow the Regents exam program). When applying to a private school, such as an international school, your child may need to take an entrance exam or admissions test and go through an interview process. Though tuition is a factor when attending a private school, many offer needs-based financial aid. Learn more about the private schools on Long Island—you’re sure to find the perfect independent school for your child in Syosset, Merrick, Port Washington, Hicksville, Farmingdale, Melville, Williston Park, Amityville, Uniondale, Hempstead, Stony Brook, Huntington, Westbury, Commack, Plainview, Mineola, Rockville Centre, Bethpage, Islip, Smithtown, Massapequa, Freeport, Roslyn, Hewlett, Lawrence, Dix Hills, Merrick, Jericho, Hamptons, and Port Jefferson.

Watch the Long Island School Showcase today to "tour" schools, meet directors, and find the perfect school for your child!

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90 Crossways Park Drive West, Woodbury


Primrose Schools has finally planted its flag on Long Island! Coming this fall, Primrose School of Woodbury NY–a brand new, state-of-the art, accredited early education school, serving children from infancy through pre-K, as well as before- and after-school programs for elementary aged kids.

2 I.U. Willets Road, Roslyn

Buckley Country Day School is an independent, coeducational day school providing a superior elementary education to an intellectually capable and diverse student body. Buckley provides the foundation that enables our students to achieve their full potential and excel as educated, ethical, and self-confident individuals. Our graduates are well prepared for secondary schools and beyond.

354 Lakeville Road, lower level, Great Neck

Countryside Montessori School offers children, 18 months to 6 years, a well-balanced and enriched curriculum which includes traditional subjects, art, and music. They are located on an estate-like setting with an outdoor playground and nature walks. Classrooms are fully equipped and spacious.

31 Yellow Cote Road, Oyster Bay

East Woods School is a private school for students in pre-nursery through eighth grade. We provide a supportive learning environment that is as nurturing as it is rigorous. Our students are happy, kind, and respectful leaders and they are prepared for their next journey after East Woods.

Everbrook Academy of Glen Head, 209 Glen Head Road, Glen Head
Everbrook Academy of Smithtown
740 Route 347, Smithtown

Everbrook Academy is a 21st century preschool, with a STEAM curriculum. We offer integrated, hands-on learning experiences. Our programs, for infants, toddlers, preschool, and pre-K students, ensure that children are ready for school, and ready for life. Schedule an appointment at to meet with our principal and enroll today.

270 Duck Pond Road, Locust Valley

At Friends Academy, we achieve educational excellence by committing to the highest standards of learning. Our welcoming community is strengthened by our Quaker values, empowering our students to inquire, reflect, and engage in their classrooms and the world. Our students learn and live with purpose to achieve greatness without sacrificing goodness.

336 Woodmere Blvd., Woodmere

Lawrence Woodmere Academy “LWA” is a coeducational, non-religious, college preparatory school with a more than 100-year history of academic excellence. LWA comprises pre-school through 12th grade students. The school culture is marked by global perspective within a school community, with a mission distilled into three core values: truth, integrity, and service.

541 Long Beach Road, Saint James

The Knox School is Long Island’s oldest established private school. An inclusive environment provides students with a broad world perspective and a wide range of skills to prepare them for success after high school. A Knox education unlocks every student’s potential.

40 West Nicholai St. , Hicksville
516-931-2211 x203

We provide a caring, nurturing, and loving environment where our students can thrive and flourish academically, emotionally, and spiritually in a safe Christian based school. Ages 2 through eighth grade. All faiths welcome. STREAM, accelerated honor classes, Spanish, extended care, sports, music, clubs, and electives are offered.

322 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington

Vincent Smith School is Long Island's premier prep school serving students with learning issues such as school anxiety, ADHD, dyslexia, and auditory and language disorders in grades first-12th. VSS students come from all over Long Island and NYC to take advantage of the school's unique programs and individualized curriculum.

225 Cambridge Ave., Garden City

The Waldorf School of Garden City, accredited by NYSAIS and AWSNA, educates nursery through 12th grade children to meet the world with purpose, gratitude, and respect. Our curriculum awakens students to the experience of knowledge, strengthening their sense of moral responsibility, and empowering them to act with courage and conviction.

Seven schools located in New York City, Long Island, NY, Connecticut, New Jersey, California, in addition to a fully online school accessible anywhere in the U.S.,

Winston Preparatory School is a network of six campuses offering students with learning differences a highly individualized and responsive education. Our unique model serves students through 12th grade. Winston Online now allows students to learn from anywhere in the country. Visit to sign up for a virtual open house.

And you can always browse more of our education resources on Long Island, including preschools, Catholic schools, and special education schools.

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