UPDATED April 2019: Children who are struggling in school can lose the motivation to try in specific subject areas. Sometimes children who are doing fine in school want a little extra learning to get ahead in a subject, while other children just need help preparing for the SAT, ACT, Regents, or state exams. If your child falls into one of these categories, a tutoring program, academic enrichment program, or test prep program in Manhattan could be just right for you. So consult our comprehensive list of tutors, academic enrichment programs, and test prep centers in Manhattan to find the perfect program for your child. These services are located on the Upper East Side, Midtown, Battery Park City, Chelsea, Midtown, Harlem, Gramercy, and Upper West Side, as well as tutors in Queens.
UPDATED April 2019: If you’re looking for an after-school program for your child, why not have them learn a second language at one of these Manhattan foreign language programs? After all, studies have shown that learning a second language has important benefits that last a lifetime and that children as young as 3 can benefit! Through learning to speak a language, children broaden their view of the world and understand that there are many ways to communicate. Fortunately, New York City provides extensive resources for learning languages including French, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, and German, and classes and programs are available for toddlers up to teens. The foreign language programs in this guide offer a variety of language instruction from preschool programs and after-school enrichment classes to schools with dual language curriculums. These foreign language after-school programs are located throughout Manhattan, including locations on the Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Harlem, Chelsea, Union Square, and Midtown.
UPDATED April 2019: Whether you’re looking for a new summer camp, after-school class, or school for your child, the best way to get to know camp directors, counselors, teachers, faculty, and staff is by attending open houses in New York City. From touring the camp or school to meeting teachers, counselors, current students and campers, to participating in sample classes and programs, you’ll be able to experience the camp or school in Manhattan to determine if it’s the right one for your children. A number of schools, camps, and after-school programs are hosting open house sessions across Manhattan this month, from acting and art classes to charter schools, private schools, international schools, and religious schools, to summer camps, day camps, and more. These open houses are being hosted across Manhattan, including open house sessions on the Upper West Side, Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, Harlem, Union Square, Hudson Yards, Upper East Side, Greenwich Village, Lower East Side, the Bronx.
UPDATED April 2019: Attending an open house session in Westchester County is the best way to determine whether a summer camp, after-school class, or school is right for your child. Open houses offer parents opportunities to meet camp directors, counselors, teachers, faculty, and staff; tour the camp or school; and participate in sample classes and programs. Various schools, camps, and after-school programs are hosting open house sessions across Westchester County this month, from independent schools and private schools to summer camps, day camps, and more. Open houses are being offered at schools, camps, and programs throughout Westchester County, including open houses in New Rochelle, Hartsdale, Purchase, Bronxville, Yonkers, Scarsdale, White Plains, Tarrytown, Larchmont, and Yorktown Heights. You’ll be able to experience Westchester County camps and schools to determine which one is the right fit for your children.
UPDATED April 2019: Ensuring your child has a good early childhood education sets the tone for the rest of their educational careers. And deciding between traditional, Montessori, Catholic, parochial, private, independent, public, or charter is a huge decision. We know the preschool application process can be brutal, so we're here to help with a roundup of the best preschool options in Manhattan. These preschools, nursery schools, and pre-K programs set the foundation your child needs to progress to kindergarten. You'll find preschools on the Upper West Side, Upper East Side, Chelsea, Tribeca, Gramercy, Harlem, Battery Park City, Lower Manhattan, the Financial District, Midtown, and Chinatown.
UPDATED April 2019: Whether you're looking for a more rigorous curriculum for your child or your child thrives in a smaller classroom setting, a private or independent school in Manhattan may be the right option for you. New York City boasts a wide variety of high-quality private and independent schools for kids in kindergarten through 12th grade, including international schools, bilingual schools, schools that foster creative thinking, schools that provide individualized curriculums, and schools that focus on preparing students for higher education. These private and independent schools are locate throughout Manhattan, including locations on the Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Lower East Side, Harlem, Midtown, Kips Bay, and Gramercy.
UPDATED April 2019: 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.
UPDATED April 2019: Whether you need to find an orthodontist for your child, a special needs lawyer to advocate for your child at school, you need help potty training your child, or your child needs a little help in school with a tutor, Manhattan is home to a variety of professional services for families. Here, you’ll find speech therapists; tutors for French, Spanish, Latin, English, literature, math, and science; services for children with special needs, such as lawyers, potty training, and eye care providers; as well as orthodontists. These professional services for families are located across New York City, including such Manhattan neighborhoods as Chelsea, Midtown, and Upper East Side, as well as in nearby Queens and Brooklyn.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires school districts to provide all students with disabilities a free appropriate public education (also known as a FAPE). If they fail to do so, parents are entitled to sue their district for funding for their child’s private tuition and/or special education services. While this can be a complex process, there are a few simple steps parents can take to help it run more smoothly.
The Gillen Brewer School, located on the Upper East Side, is an independent school for children with special needs. The school focuses on school-home collaboration to ensure each student receives the instruction that meets his or her needs and abilities.
As parents, we all want our children to succeed in school and excel in academics, but did you know what they eat throughout the day can impact their performance? In fact, students who eat meals that are aligned with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion) are better learners, receive higher test scores, earn higher academic grades, and have reduced instances of being absent from school, says Kim Doyle, senior director of nutrition and compliance at Revolution Foods, citing a 2018 study from the University of California, Berkeley.
The IDEAL School of Manhattan Provides an Inclusive Learning Environment with a Focus on Social Justice
The IDEAL School of Manhattan, a coed, independent school on the Upper West Side provides an inclusive learning environment for its students. Plus, with a focus on social justice and service learning, students learn the importance of celebrating everyone's differences.
International Academy of New York Aims to Shape Students into Compassionate, Confident Global Citizens
International Academy of New York, an international school in Manhattan, is a bilingual school with two language tracks: Spanish and Mandarin. Students enrolled at IANY learn to embrace other cultures and become compassionate, confident global citizens.
A nanny is an invaluable resource as a specialist who loves and cares for your kids in your absence, so how can you ensure you hire the right nanny for your family? Do you need someone who helps with housework, or maybe you want a nanny who can help with developmental needs (homework, potty training, etc.). For many families, their nanny is more than just someone who works for them; their nannies become part of the family. Here are five important things you must know before you start the hiring process.
The educational philosophy of Dwight School, an international school on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, is “igniting a spark of genius in every child,” helps students thrive in academics as well as in life. Dwight School focuses on providing students with personalized learning, so each students’ path of education is tailored to his or her interests, whether it’s performing arts, trucks, a foreign language, or something else. Read on to learn how a ninth-grader is thriving at Dwight School through the performing arts.
For many years, STEM education was the hot topic, but these days it's STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education. So why was art added to STEM education in schools, at-home DIY kids, and crafting books? Read on to learn why, for six reasons art benefits STEM education, and how parents can encourage STEAM learning at home.
Growing up is tough, between falling outs with friends and finding out how to get involved in politics for the first time, even without the stress of high school. Nowadays, kids don't have to worry just about going to high school (as scary as that is on its own), they have to worry about getting into their school of choice. Whether they're stressed out about getting into public school or being accepted to one of specialized high schools, there's a lot middle schoolers need to prepare for. Yasmin Castro, a senior site coordinator for Breakthrough New York shares her tips for helping hundreds of families navigate the system.
Turtle Bay Music School, an all-ages music learning center in Murray Hill, has announced it will open its doors for preschool in September 2019. Children ages 2-5, and in some cases even younger, can attend this NYC school. It will use music as a central tool for exploration and support as students prepare for kindergarten.
Blue School will host a weekly “Little Blue Book Club” starting this Friday. The Friday morning activity is open to toddlers and their parents and is designed to introduce little learners to books, expression and education.
Zaner-Bloser, a company that produces handwriting and literacy resources, is known for its national handwriting competition. This year, it decided to launch a competition specifically for NYC students. Each participant will write a sentence in either print or cursive, depending on his/her age, with grades kindergarten-second focusing on manuscript and grades third-eighth competing in cursive. For children with special needs, there is a Nicholas Maxim award.