Private Schools, Independent Schools, and Religious Schools on Long Island

Private Schools, Independent Schools, and Religious Schools on Long Island

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


UPDATED November 2018: A private school education allows for more focused learning with smaller class sizes, challenging curriculum, a nurturing environment for kids to thrive, and intellectual minds to help students reach their potential to help them excel into adulthood. Find a private school or independent school for your child throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island, with schools that focus on helping children with special needs, religious schools, and others with technological components embedded into the education. Schools are located in Baldwin, Bellmore, Great Neck, Hicksville, Old Brookville, Old Westbury, Oyster Bay, Roslyn, and Syosset in Nassau County and Commack, East Islip, East Northport, Patchogue, Port Washington, Riverhead, and Woodbury in Suffolk County.

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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.

29 Pinewood Drive, Commack

Building Blocks is an early childhood learning center focusing on the education of all young children. We offer parent and child groups, nursery and preschool classes, and childcare options. As a New York state-accredited special education program serving children and their families for more than 30 years, we provide services including special instruction; ABA; speech, occupational, and physical therapy; psychological services; and diagnostic services to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. We develop skills that enable all our children to attain their highest potential while building self-esteem and independent learning.

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Long Island’s Catholic elementary schools are 43 unique and beautiful schools in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Academically, the expectations of each student are high and the historical performance has been exceptional. The schools are differentiated from their public counterparts by their integrated program of learning and living the Catholic faith and values. We help instill the moral values, self-respect, and study habits that go on to serve our students well as they continue their education, and for the rest of their lives.

354 Lakeville Road, lower level, Great Neck

Countryside Montessori School was founded in 1998. We were founded with the aim of providing a high quality early childhood education based on the philosophy, methods, and techniques developed 100 years ago by educational pioneer and Nobel prize nominee Dr. Maria Montessori. Our children become responsible for their own learning and their own behavior. They learn to respect themselves and others. Everything in our school is designed to encourage and aid the child’s natural curiosity.

31 Yellow Cote Road, Oyster Bay

East Woods, in Oyster Bay, is a private school for age 2 through eighth grade. We are a friendly community of students, faculty, and parents that feels more like one big family. We have been inspiring confidence, excellence, and kindness since 1946. East Woods is small by design, and promotes excellence in a nurturing environment where advanced learning opportunities abound. We develop confident, motivated, and kind leaders. We believe that your child’s potential is only the beginning.

270 Duck Pond Road, Locust Valley

Strong minds, kind hearts. Friends Academy is a premier private school committed to the guiding principles of peace, integrity, community equality, and service. These values have guided our school for 140 years. Our superior academic program and commitment to an exciting learning environment are among the many reasons we are one of the most sought after independent schools on Long Island. With small class sizes, excellent faculty, and inclusive spirit, our students emerge with the skills they need for college and life.

260 Crossways Park Drive, Suite A, Woodbury

Fusion Academy Woodbury is a revolutionary, accredited, private middle and high school where positive relationships unlock academic potential. With one teacher and one student per classroom, Fusion teachers are able to personalize curriculum and teaching to students’ individual strengths and learning styles. Each campus includes a state-of-the-art recording studio, mixed-media art studio, and a Homework Café® where students complete all homework before going home. Connect with our campus by visiting

99 Central Park Road, Plainview

Good Shepherd Lutheran School is the leading Christian preschool in Plainview providing fully licensed year-round daycare, school year, and summer camp programs for children ages 6 weeks through 5 years. Specific educational offerings include infant day care, toddler programs, nursery, and pre-kindergarten classes. We welcome children and families of all faiths and backgrounds. We offer a spacious and well-equipped Plainview facility with certified teachers. All staff members possess AED and First Aid certification.

250 Valentine's Lane, Old Brookville

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. After a culminating experience in the middle school years (sixth-eighth grades), GVS graduates go on to excel at independent, public, and boarding secondary schools. Learn more at

1 Division St. , Patchogue

Since 1923, Holy Angels Regional School has illuminated hearts and minds of students through academic excellence and the values of Catholic faith. Our mission is to provide each student the opportunity to grow spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically in a safe and caring environment. Children’s success is based on the collaboration of parents, pastors, teachers, and administration. We offer a rich curriculum with innovative special classes, after-school activities, an early childhood academic program, an advanced curriculum, and unique campus setting. Give your children the advantage that lasts a lifetime!

25 Store Hill Road, Old Westbury

Holy Child Academy is a premier, independent Catholic school, for children of all faiths, from toddler through eighth grade. Our exceptional teachers provide an intellectually challenging and creative program of study that develops a child's love for learning. The average class size of 14 honors the learning style and pace of each child. Our joyful whole child approach to mind, body, and spirit integrates art, music, and exercise daily. Students leave our beautiful wooded campus, as happy, responsible, and compassionate young adults, ready to excel (in high school and beyond). Visit us at

2 Indian Head Road, Commack

Holy Family Regional School is a regional Catholic school located in Commack. We directly connect to the parishes of St. Josephs, Christ the King, St. Matthews, and St. Thomas Moore. The school is grounded on the teachings of Jesus Christ, which permeates everything we do. Students learn in a 21st century classroom using Smart Boards, iPads, Chromebooks, and many online resources. To add to the excellent academics, students have opportunities to participate in extracurricular sports, music, and STEM clubs. Our students have participated and won major middle school robotics competitions.

17 Fordham Ave., Hicksville
516-938-3846 x329

Making a difference one child at a time. Students come from 31 Catholic parishes, 34 Long Island school districts to be a part of this one great school. Our nurturing yet challenging program educates the whole child, in mind, body, and spirit. At Holy Family each child is known by name and loved for his or her God-given talents. Holy Family students share love, understanding, compassion, and kindness each school day. Full- and half-day nursery and pre-K, kindergarten through eighth grade, morning and aftercare, academic intervention and enrichment, after-school enrichment clubs. Call anytime for a tour.

98 Cherry Lane, Hicksville
516-433-2900 x 151

Holy Trinity High School is a private, coeducational Catholic high school founded in 1966 drawing students from Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens counties. We seek to educate the whole person: mind, heart, soul, and body, and to motivate all students in the pursuit of truth and academic excellence, preparing them for future educational opportunities and service to both the church and to the world. We offer a wide range of advanced placement and college-level courses. We are also nationally recognized for our athletics, performing arts, and fine arts departments.

175 Wolf Hill Road, Melville

The Long Island Whole Child Academy, School for Twice Exceptional Learning, is the only Long Island school dedicated to serving once highly capable students who also cope with anxiety, executive functioning, social cognition, and sensory processing challenges, ADHD, and high-functioning ASD youth, who do not thrive in a traditional school setting. Our mission is to provide a cutting-edge, integrated educational experience that raises the academic bar while building social and emotional strength and resilience through individualized attention and best clinical and gifted education practices.

29 Shelter Rock Road, Manhasset

Our Lady of Grace is committed to providing an atmosphere that is conducive to spiritual and educational growth. The school strives to foster and maintain an educational experience for children from nursery to third grade, inspiring them to pursue lifelong learning. The school has offered high quality education for 50 years and is rooted in the core values of love, spirituality, respect, community, and beauty. Our teachers recognize that children learn in different ways and accommodate all learning styles.

76 Park Blvd., Malverne

Nourishing hearts, minds, and souls. It’s more than religion classes. Our faith comes alive when we live it. OLL provides an opportunity for each child to grow in knowledge, friendship, and love of the Lord while aspiring to reach their full potential spiritually, academically, and socially. All classes have a special Saint they align with and each year has a unique theme. Each child is known by name and loved for their unique qualities. We offer nursery through eighth grade. Aftercare is available. Please visit our website,

520 S. Oyster Bay Road, Hicksville

Our Lady of Mercy School strives in the spirit of service and love to inspire our students to grow spiritually, academically, and socially. Our goal is to enable all students to meet the challenges of the future through a strong faith-based academic program enhanced by extracurricular activities. A variety of early childhood classes, full-day kindergarten through eighth grade, before- and after-care programs are available. Weekday, evening, and weekend tours are available by appointment.

510/525 Willis Ave., Williston Park
516-746-6585 x 9202, 9302

Saint Aidan School, in partnership with the home and parish, commits itself to nurturing students' lifelong faith formation, spirituality, compassionate service, and intellectual growth by promoting Gospel values and by fostering an environment of academic excellence. This is accomplished through rigorous curricula. We offer extracurricular activities, several early childhood programs, full-day pre-K through eighth grade, and after-school care program. Tours are available upon request.

1340 Northern Blvd., Manhasset
516-627 0184

At St. Mary’s Elementary School, our students flourish in an environment characterized by academic excellence, inspired faith, and creative learning, where they are prepared to achieve their greatest academic potential as they grow in mind and spirit. With small classes, skilled teachers, the latest technology, and exciting extracurricular activities, we inspire excitement in learning while integrating Catholic values into our daily curriculum, offering a strong liturgical life on campus, instilling a sense of service and outreach into every student, and promoting an atmosphere of respect, tolerance, and generosity. Schedule your tour today!

40 Kings Park Road , Commack

Founded more than 20 years ago, Sappo School is one of the leading independent private schools on Long Island for students grades K-12th. Our students are taught using their individual strengths and interests. We offer small class sizes and a tailored approach to learning. Students learn by doing, as well as listening, reading, or watching. Real world projects allow students to develop independent thinking and problem-solving skills. This creativity is enhanced through our STEM, music, and arts programs. We also offer College Prep and SAT Prep.

1 Higbie Drive, Smithtown

Smithtown Christian School was founded in 1978. Its student body is comprised of more than 400 students from preschool through 12th grade, and draws from numerous churches and more than 40 school districts. The mission of Smithtown Christian School is to teach with excellence in the classroom and through life-on-life influence to produce exceptional young Christian leaders with a heart for God, a mind for truth, and a passion to change the world. The curriculum at SCS is designed to prepare students for college and exceeds NYS requirements for graduation.

15 Pershing Blvd., Baldwin

St. Christopher School has been educating children for more than 90 years in a safe, caring, Catholic environment. Tours are always available. We offer programs for grades pre-kindergarten to eighth. We recognize that each child is unique and strive to help them reach their potential. We offer an AIS program, enrichment and STEM classes. Technology is integrated throughout the curriculum. Each student in sixth-eighth grades has their own Chromebook, and uses it in every subject. Extracurricular activities, before- and after-school programs are available.

35 School St., Oyster Bay

St. Dominic Elementary School opened in 1924 and was one of the first Catholic elementary schools established on Long Island. Today, the school provides an academic program for students ages 3-14. It is a faith-centered program that connects reading, writing, thinking, and listening skills across the subject areas with the use of 21st century technology and the integration of Catholic values into every subject taught. All classes follow the NY State Curriculum Guidelines and are approved by the Diocesan Office of Education in Rockville Centre.

2 Teibrook Ave., Syosset

St. Edward the Confessor School is a Catholic faith-based school located in the heart of Syosset, with more than fifty years of excellence in education. The Early Childhood program provides a strong foundation for the elementary school years, providing multi-faceted activities which allow the children to develop socially and academically. The curriculum in the elementary years uses many strategies to strengthen skills in writing, reading, and comprehension. The middle school students use Chromebooks to take notes, research, and watch tutorials. St. Edward’s incorporates 21st century technology including interactive Smartboards, iPads, and robotics.

2341 Washington Ave., Bellmore

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Regional School is an AdvancED accredited parochial school for nursery through eighth grade children providing a top-quality education since 1992. We offer an early childhood program that consists of half-day nursery, half- and full-day pre-K and kindergarten, as well as Our Time, which is a transitional program for children age 2 with a parent. “SEAS” provides a comprehensive curriculum that includes: language, music, art, computer technology, academic intervention services, sports, clubs, and after-school enrichment and care. At SEAS we learn and grow in respect, responsibility, and reverence.

16 Harrison Ave., East Islip

For more than 100 years, St. Mary’s School has provided challenging academic programs rooted in the Catholic tradition for children in nursery through eighth grade. We prepare and inspire students to apply the gospel message to all areas of their lives. We encourage all to think, to question, and to analyze in order to take their place as productive, cultured, and educated Christians. We offer Early Childhood Nursery, pre-K, kindergarten through eighth grade, after-school activities, before- and after-care. Tours are always available.

263 Atlantic Ave., East Rockaway

St. Raymond is a Catholic elementary school dedicated to nurturing a Christ-centered community for more than 90 years where students serve God and others, develop their talents, strive for academic excellence, and become lifelong learners. Our academic purpose is to develop each student to achieve scholastic success. Spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social, physical, and aesthetic growth opportunities are provided while keeping in mind individual differences. We offer nursery, half-day and full-day pre-K programs, full-day kindergarten through eighth grade, after-school activities, and before- and after-school care.

1025 5th Ave., East Northport

Trinity Regional School offers half- and full-day programs in our Early Childhood Program and Full Day Kindergarten Program. Elementary grades first-eighth are offered. Our Early Childhood Program lays the foundation for a child to become a thinking, caring student. Our Elementary program teaches our students all the major subject areas and students participate in field trips, contests, and STEM activities. All students receive daily instruction in our Catholic faith. Don't miss out. Join the Trinity Family, you will be glad that you did.

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, AD/HD, dyslexia, and auditory and language disorders in grades first-12th. VSS students travel from Long Island and Manhattan to take advantage of the school's comprehensive program. What makes VSS stand out? Differentiated, personalized instruction in small classes (5-to-1 student-teacher ratio); on-site counseling, reading, speech, and occupational therapy (OT); highly-engaged teachers passionate about their mission; emphasis on multi-sensory learning; college and vocational prep, approximately 85 percent of VSS graduates go to college.

225 Cambridge Ave., Garden City
516-742-3434 |

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. High academic standards reinforce the school’s aim to graduate a diverse group of young people distinguished by the scope and acuity of their minds as well as the depth and integrity of their character. Call for a tour: 516-742-3434 x302.

30 Deforest Road , Dix Hills
212-719-5598 x2213

Winston Preparatory School is a highly individualized and responsive setting for students in grades third through 12th with learning differences. Our unique model of education for the individual provides intense skill remediation while encouraging students to build independence, resilience, responsibility, self-awareness, and self-advocacy. Winston Prep Long Island is currently accepting applications. For more information, or to sign up for an open house, contact Karen Preston, WPSLI admissions director at, or visit

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