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    10 Private Elementary Schools In NYC

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    Update: This article was last updated on 6th February 2024 to reflect the accuracy and up-to-date information on the page.

    Best Private Elementary Schools in NYC

    Contrary to the common belief that children can be shaped according to one’s desires, the ten schools listed here recognize that each child is unique with inherent learning abilities and creative thinking skills. Guided by this principle, these schools strongly focus on fostering children’s creativity through a well-rounded curriculum. 

    The curriculum aims to improve academic performance, nurtures cognitive skills, encourages the exploration of individual talents, and promotes empathy, among other crucial aspects of holistic development.

    Here is the list of the 10 best private elementary schools in NYC:

    10 Best Private Elementary Schools in NYC

    # School Name
    1 Riverdale Country School
    2 The Chapin School
    3 Horace Mann School
    4 The Brearley School
    5 Trinity School
    6 Lycée Français de New York
    7 The Spence School
    8 Convent of the Sacred Heart
    9 The Nightingale-Bamford School
    10 The Dalton School

    1. Riverdale Country School

    Riverdale Country School

    Established in 1907, Riverdale is a coeducational institution renowned for its intense academic standards, robust artistic and athletic activities, and dedication to social responsibility. Its stunning 27-acre campus has sporting facilities, two libraries, and a cutting-edge research center.

    Motto: Developing Minds, Building Character, Creating Community

    Website: riverdale.edu

    Location: 5250 FIELDSTON RD, BRONX, NY 10471

    Phone: 718-549-8810

    • Student-teacher Ratio: 6:1
    • Average graduation rate:100%
    • Average SAT: 1460
    • Average ACT:33

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    2. The Chapin School

    The Chapin School

    Chapin is an all-girls school that was established in 1901 with a focus on leadership development, academic performance, and intellectual curiosity. Its cozy environment encourages tight bonds between teachers and students, and its dynamic arts program features dance, music, drama, and visual arts.

    Motto: Learning to Think, Learning to Live

    Website: chapin.edu

    Location: 100 E END AVE, NEW YORK, NY 10028

    Phone: 212-744-2335

    • Student-teacher Ratio: 6:1
    • Average graduation rate:100%
    • Average SAT: 1420
    • Average ACT:33

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    3. Horace Mann School

    Horace Mann School

    Horace Mann, a coeducational institution, focuses on providing cutting-edge academics, a diverse student body, and dedication to social justice. Numerous AP classes, electives, and extracurricular activities are available. Founded in 1847, its alumni go on to attend some of the best colleges in the world.

    Motto: For the Common Good.

    Website: horacemann.org

    Location: 231 WEST 246TH ST, BRONX, NY 10471

    Phone: 718-432-4000

    • Student-teacher Ratio: 7:1
    • Average graduation rate:100%
    • Average SAT: 1450
    • Average ACT:33

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    4. The Brearley School

    The Brearley School

    At the Brearley School, girls are encouraged to be inquisitive and diverse thinkers, developing critical and creative thinking skills for morally responsible interactions with the world around them. Students develop competence in a wide range of areas and develop a resilient, giving nature under the guidance of a caring and supportive community. Teachers and students develop a close relationship based on a shared passion for sharing ideas. Beyond academics, Brearley prepares students for the future by providing them with the confidence to pursue their aspirations and the insight to lead balanced, fulfilling lives. Adopted by the Board of Trustees, June 2016.

    Motto: Learning Without Limits.

    Website: brearley.org

    Location: 610 E 83RD ST, NEW YORK, NY 10028

    Phone: 212-744-8582

    • Student-teacher Ratio: 6:1
    • Average graduation rate:100%
    • Average SAT: 1520
    • Average ACT:34

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    5. Trinity School

    Trinity School

    Trinity is one of the oldest private schools in the country, having opened for business in 1709. It provides an Episcopal coeducational education with a focus on academics, morality, and community service. Gorgeous Hudson River vistas and Gothic architecture may be seen on the campus’s old buildings.

    Motto: Knowledge, Humility, and Wisdom

    Website: trinityschoolnyc.org/page

    Location: 139 W 91ST ST, NEW YORK, NY 10024

    Phone: 212-873-1650

    • Student-teacher Ratio: 6:1
    • Average graduation rate: N/A
    • Average SAT: 1510
    • Average ACT: 34

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    6. Lycée Français de New York

    Lycée Français de New York

    Lycée Français de New York, a prestigious French-American school with 1200 students from Nursery to 12th grade and more than 50 countries represented, was founded in 1935. With a focus on teamwork, the bilingual and multicultural environment of the school develops students to become leaders and critical thinkers. Under the direction of skilled instructors, the Lycée offers a unique educational experience that prepares graduates for entrance to prestigious international universities.

    Motto: Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité.

    Website: lfny.org

    Location: 505 EAST 75TH ST, NEW YORK, NY 10021

    Phone: 212-369-1400

    • Student-teacher Ratio: 8:1
    • Average graduation rate:100%
    • Average SAT: 1400
    • Average ACT:31

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    7. The Spence School

    The Spence School

    The Spence School was placed sixth in a Worth magazine survey of 31,700 high schools throughout the country on the success rate of graduating students to esteemed universities like Princeton, Yale, and Harvard. Clara B. Spence founded the private all-girls school that provides a demanding liberal arts education for students in grades K–12. 

    Motto: To Know, to Do, to Be

    Website: spenceschool.org

    Location: 22 E 91ST ST, NEW YORK, NY 10128

    Phone: 212- 289-5940

    • Student-teacher Ratio: 5:1
    • Average graduation rate:100%
    • Average SAT: 1490
    • Average ACT:33

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    8. Convent of the Sacred Heart

    Convent of the Sacred Heart

    Sacred Heart students have the opportunity to develop into confident and thoughtful leaders through an exceptional academic program, a wide range of extracurricular activities and art programs, and an integrated service-learning component. The school offers a welcoming community that helps foster critical thinking, global understanding, and genuine compassion in students. 

    For a comprehensive overview of Sacred Heart’s offerings, visit their virtual open house events or take an in-person tour of the school and campus.

    Motto: Educating Hearts and Minds.

    Website: cshnyc.org

    Location: 1 E 91ST ST, NEW YORK, NY 10128

    Phone: 212-722-4745

    • Student-teacher Ratio:6:1 
    • Average graduation rate:100%
    • Average SAT: 1450
    • Average ACT:33

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    9. The Nightingale-Bamford School

    The Nightingale-Bamford School

    Nightingale’s mission is to empower women by fostering a passion for learning, intellectual curiosity, and a commitment to equity. 

    The school’s mission is to provide a comprehensive education while fostering meaningful connections, multicultural understanding, and the ability to rise above expectations. 

    The focus is also on building futuristic skills such as critical thinking and compassion, by cultivating caring citizens through fundamental independence in Lower School, self-discovery at Middle School, and a liberal arts curriculum in Upper School that focuses on global citizenship.

    Motto:  Excellence in All Things.

    Website: nightingale.org

    Location: 20 E 92ND ST, NEW YORK, NY 10128

    Phone: 212-289-5020

    • Student-teacher Ratio: 6:1
    • Average graduation rate:100%
    • Average SAT: 1430
    • Average ACT:32

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    10. The Dalton School

    The Dalton School

    Premium education is the foundation of The Dalton School, which provides excellent instruction customized within a shared curriculum to meet each student’s unique requirements, interests, and talents. Dalton promotes the growth of students’ intellectual independence, creativity, curiosity, and sense of social responsibility by highlighting variety as an essential aspect of school life. Under the direction of the Dalton Plan, the school gets pupils ready to “Go Forth Unafraid®”.

    Motto: Knowledge, Experience, Growth.

    Website: dalton.org

    Location: 108 EAST 89TH ST, NEW YORK, NY 10128

    Phone: 212- 423- 5450

    • Student-teacher Ratio: 6:1
    • Average graduation rate:100%
    • Average SAT: 1450
    • Average ACT:34

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    After meticulously evaluating lists from reputable sources such as US News, Smart Sitting, and Niche, we have thoughtfully selected the ten finest institutions. Our primary criterion was to include schools that offer education up to 8th grade. We hope this curated list is valuable in guiding you toward making an informed decision and finding the perfect educational fit.

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    Tyson
    Tyson
    4 months ago

    How can I narrow down my search for private elementary schools?

    Bains
    Bains
    4 months ago
    Reply to  Tyson

    Start by defining your priorities (academics, arts, religious affiliation, etc.). Explore school websites, attend open houses, and talk to current parents or alumni.

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