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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 June 2019: 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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BUCKLEY COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL
2 I.U. Willets Road, Roslyn
516-627-1910

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.

BUILDING BLOCKS DEVELOPMENTAL PRESCHOOL
29 Pinewood Drive, Commack
631-499-1237

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.

CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS OF LONG ISLAND
Multiple Locations,
516-678-5800

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.

EAST WOODS SCHOOL
31 Yellow Cote Road, Oyster Bay
516-922-4400

East Woods, in Oyster Bay, is a private school for age 2-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. We develop confident, motivated, and kind leaders.

FRIENDS ACADEMY
270 Duck Pond Road, Locust Valley
516-676-0393

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.

FUSION ACADEMY WOODBURY
260 Crossways Park Drive, Suite A, Woodbury
516-364-5414

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.

GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN SCHOOL
99 Central Park Road, Plainview
516-349-1966

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.

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.

HOLY ANGELS REGIONAL SCHOOL
1 Division St. , Patchogue
631-475-2641
Email mconnell@holyangelsregional.org

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!

HOLY CHILD ACADEMY
25 Store Hill Road, Old Westbury
516-626-9300

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 holychildacademy.org.

HOLY FAMILY SCHOOL
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.

OUR LADY OF LOURDES
76 Park Blvd., Malverne
516-599-7328

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.

OUR LADY OF MERCY
520 S. Oyster Bay Road, Hicksville
516-433-7040

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.

PARK SHORE COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL
450 Deer Park Road, Dix Hills
631-499-8580
Email info@parkshoredaycamp.com

A wide range of academic and social experiences for toddlers– kindergarten preparing students for future endeavors. Extensive curriculum includes classes in science in our STEAM Science Center, computers, balanced literacy, Math, music and art, physical education, and library-all on our 15-acre campus. Before- and after-care and lunch available.

SMITHTOWN CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
1 Higbie Drive, Smithtown
631-265-3334

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.

ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON SCHOOL
2341 Washington Ave., Bellmore
516-785-5709

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.

VINCENT SMITH SCHOOL
322 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington
516-365-4900

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.

WALDORF SCHOOL OF GARDEN CITY (THE)
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.

WINSTON PREPARATORY SCHOOL
30 Deforest Road , Dix Hills
212-719-5598 x2213
Email liadmissions@winstonprep.edu

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.


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