List of Schools

Welcome to Gay Parent Magazine's listing of infant classes, preschools, and private day and boarding schools. Select the state for the schools in your area.

BRENTWOOD SCHOOL

East Campus
100 South Barrington Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90049
310-476-4087

West Campus
12001 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049
310-889-2812

www.bwscampus.com
K – 12th Grade

Brentwood School is an independent K-12 coed day school with two campuses, located four blocks apart on Sunset Boulevard, in the Brentwood neighborhood of West Los Angeles.

Statement of Purpose: Brentwood School is a vibrant and diverse community whose purpose is to promote personal and intellectual growth. We provide challenging, engaging programs in a nurturing learning environment, devoting care and attention to every student. Embracing high standards of character, commitment, and achievement, Brentwood School encourages students to think critically and creatively and to act ethically.

As our mission states, we provide a challenging academic program, balanced by a supportive and nurturing environment. We seek to enroll a diverse group of students who are excited by our many academic, creative, and enriching offerings.


THE COLLEGE PREPARATORY SCHOOL

6100 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94618
510-652-0111
www.college-prep.org

The College Preparatory School is a vibrant day school for grades 9-12, tucked into a small wooded valley in Oakland, CA. Our purpose is to prepare students for inspired, ethical lives in college and beyond in an atmosphere of consideration, trust, and mutual responsibility. Our rigorous, classically thorough curriculum includes core academic disciplines balanced by options in music, visual arts, dance, theater, physical education, inter-scholastic athletics, forensics, and community activities.


COW HOLLOW SCHOOL

Cow Hollow School, logo

65 Funston Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94129
415-921-2328
www.cowhollowschool.org

Cow Hollow School, a beautiful little school nestled in the Presidio in San Francisco, offers parent participation, part day and summer programs for children ages 2-5.

Our approach to education comes directly from an absolute love of children and childhood. We believe that every child is capable and competent. We observe, document and interpret children’s thinking and learning in order to understand, support and extend the children’s meaning-making experiences.

As a school community we value process, play, inquiry, stewardship for the earth, relationships, and creativity. Within the context of meaningful experiences and reciprocal relationships among participants, it is our goal to inspire dispositions for lifelong learning.

The following principles guide and define our approach to learning and teaching:

  • Every child is capable and competent
  • Children learn through play, investigation, inquiry and exploration
  • Children and adults learn and play in reciprocal relationships with peers, family members, and teachers
  • Adults recognize the many ways in which children approach learning and relationships, express themselves, and represent what they are coming to know
  • Process is valued, acknowledged, supported, nurtured and studied
  • Documentation of learning processes acts as memory, assessment, and advocacy
  • The indoor and outdoor environments, and natural spaces, transform, inform, and provoke thinking and learning
  • School is a place grounded in the pursuit of social justice, social responsibility, human dignity and respect for all.

CRESTVIEW PREPARATORY SCHOOL

140 Foothill Blvd
La Canada, CA 91011
818-952-0925
www.crestviewprep.org

Crestview Prep Celebrates Thirtieth Birthday

This year, Crestview Preparatory School celebrates our thirtieth birthday. We invite everyone, from prospective families to our alumni families, to join us for our annual Blood Drive, Walkathon, Spring Gala, and Open House.

We are a student-centered school with a focus on preserving childhood throughout the elementary educational experience. We offer both nurture and structure, and allow students to feel confident and secure to learn both by solving problems and by actively doing. While teaching methodologies change, and new tools are introduced each year, our approach to educate the whole child with appropriate multi-disciplined strategies remains constant.

This year, we will continue to bridge the learning inside the classroom to our learning spaces around the campus.  Our edible garden is one example of science integration into the curriculum. We also expanded our Library/ThinkLab, by installing a green screen for video production and editing and the addition of a 3D printer. e selected this model as it allows younger students to design and build with materials such as Play-Doh, wood, and bamboo, as well as traditional filaments .

For more information and to visit our campus, please go to www.crestviewprep.org and schedule a tour!


THE CROWDEN SCHOOL

https://www.crowden.org/the-crowden-school

The Crowden School is unlike any other school in the country, a 3rd–8th grade day school with chamber music at its heart. Since 1983, our ensemble-based curriculum has instilled in our students the creative, collaborative, and critical-thinking skills to succeed in life. The study of music alongside a challenging academic curriculum offers our students a unique educational experience with transformative results. In our small classes, you will find students who are actively engaged with learning, whether they are making music or discussing books, solving equations, or playing soccer. The cooperative and emphatic communication skills our students learn while playing music together, and the fun they have in doing it, carries over to all aspects of their lives. Crowden School students are lively, curious, and confident learners. Our alumni are well-rounded leaders, ready to meet the artistic and intellectual challenges of the high school years and beyond—whether they go on to careers in microbiology or music.

For children who love music, Crowden offers a supportive home and community for engaged learning and growth. At The Crowden School, music changes everything.


THE HARKER SCHOOL

500 Saratoga Ave.
San Jose, CA 95129
408-249-2510
communications@harker.org
www.harker.org

An inspiring and supportive community: The Harker School

The Harker School, established in 1893, is a kindergarten-grade 12 private school in Silicon Valley that has earned international recognition for its top academics, quality teachers and student achievements. Educating more than 2,000 students, Harker is the largest independent school of its kind in California with each division on its own San Jose campus.

Harker blends strong college-prep academics with rich and extensive offerings in STEM, business, athletics and the arts. Harker evaluates the course placement that will best challenge and inspire each student to academic excellence, ensuring a motivating and exciting learning environment. Outstanding faculty, many with advanced degrees, and small class sizes are paramount at Harker. Our comprehensive, innovative curriculum features outstanding teaching techniques, diverse educational experiences and broad rich, extracurricular activities.

Kindness, respect, honesty, integrity and personal accountability have been in the school’s DNA since its founding. Community service, character development curriculum and our honor code all encourage, develop and reinforce these important qualities.

Harker is an inspiring, supportive and lively community where parents, faculty, staff, students and alumni form a close-knit community through events, traditions and our common mission. Our students leave Harker uncommonly prepared for college and ready to make a difference in the world. For more information visit www.harker.org.


HEAD-ROYCE SCHOOL

www.headroyce.org

Head-Royce is a nationally recognized K-12 independent school situated in the hills of Oakland, California. Our mission is to inspire a lifelong love of learning with a focus on scholarship, diversity, and citizenship.

Upon visiting our campus, you will see a dynamic and vibrant learning center in action. From innovation centers, internships, and integrated technology, to life skills classes, service learning, cross-divisional buddies and small advising groups, we are equally dedicated to educational excellence and social-emotional learning.

At our heart, we are a community of passionate educators and learners, all sharing a deep commitment to creating lifelong learners who will be prepared to lead with joy and compassion. Our faculty is world-class, bringing unique perspectives from a wide range of experiences. Their diversity of thought, coupled with their subject matter mastery, uniquely positions them to provide transformative experiences to every student across our K-12 setting. Our families come to us from a variety of backgrounds and cultures and we are proud to reflect the fabric of the Bay Area.

We enroll a diverse student body of approximately 875 talented and ambitious learners. Our admissions are open to all students regardless of race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, or ethnic origin.


La Scuola, logo

LA SCUOLA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Preschool - 8th Grade
lascuolasf.org

Preschool Campus:
728 20th St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 558-9006

Elementary School Campus:
735 Fell St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 551-0000

Middle School Campus:
3250 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

The world has changed and it’s time for education to catch up.

At La Scuola International School, the only Reggio Emilia Inspired, International Baccalaureate and Italian language immersion school in the world - our mission is to inspire brave learners to shape the future. That’s why, every day, it’s the students at La Scuola who ask the provocative questions and lead their learning across languages, across cultures, and across subjects.

La Scuola educates the whole child - intellectually, physically and emotionally - in a joyful and aesthetically beautiful environment.

We offer an inquiry based immersive Italian language curriculum for Preschool-8th grade students. With Inquiry as the leading tool of our education, students foster critical and creative thinking skills, confidence, collaboration and empathy.

La Scuola is an International Baccalaureate World School and is recognized as an Italian Accredited School abroad by the Ministry of Education in Italy. In our diverse and multi-cultural and multi-lingual school, students grow in a community that balances academic rigor with creativity and real life tools like cultural awareness and global citizenship.

When children are OPEN TO THE WORLD and are the protagonists in their own education, there’s no limit to their ability to learn, find beauty in life, and discover extraordinary answers.


PARK DAY SCHOOL

Oakland, CA
510-653-0317
parkdayschool.org

Park Day School is a progressive K-8 co-ed school located in Oakland, California. Classes, lessons, and experiences emphasize creativity, exploration, and discovery. Students learn to take risks, think critically, collaborate, and understand their own ability to make positive change in the world.

Our graduates are community members who approach challenges from multiple perspectives and have the confidence to question, create and contribute when they venture into the world. While at school, students thrive both in and out of the classroom, approaching a variety of academic challenges as designers, makers and analytic thinkers. They study and grow in our gardens, playground, sports field, neighborhood, and the wider Bay Area-- taking field trips, and benefiting from an array of community partnerships.

Sign up to tour campus parkdayschool.org/admissions.


PS1 PLURALISTIC SCHOOL

1225 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90404
310-394-1313
www.psone.org

PS1 Pluralistic School is an independent, co-ed elementary school for grades K-6. Located in Santa Monica, CA, PS1 was founded in 1971 by current school head Joel Pelcyger and Eleanor Coben in order to provide excellence in academics coupled with joyful learning and a sense of community. At PS1, we recognize that every child is unique, so we built a school that nurtures individual talents and learning styles. That’s how children become the best versions of themselves, in a school where fitting in is about being yourself.

Through the acquisition of strong academic and interpersonal skills, we seek to strengthen in the young the image they have of their best selves. Through helping children develop successful strategies for learning and guiding them to feel proud of their accomplishments, our students expand their images of themselves as competent individuals open to life-long learning. Our aim is to show that learning is a process of living and not just a preparation for future life.


SPRING HILL SCHOOL

Spring Hill School, logo
http://www.thespringhillschool.org/

At the Spring Hill School we believe in the intellect and potential of every child. At the heart of our education is a hands on, global curriculum that fosters joyful learning and stimulates passionate engagement, innovative thinking, and creative expression. This is a place where children can ask questions, wonder, explore, and receive individualized instruction while they master their academic skills and develop a deep understanding of subject matter. Most importantly, our 8th grade graduates understand the complex world around them and see themselves as leaders and changemakers for a better future.

Located in the beautiful city of Petaluma, just north of the Marin County line, we invite you to visit The Spring Hill School, a toddler- 8th grade school, and experience for yourself our inclusive campus that celebrates diversity and inclusivity. A school that honors childhood while preparing students to be leaders in the 21st century. We invite you to come experience The Spring Hill Difference!


Discover Stratford School…Where The Extraordinary Happens

STRATFORD SCHOOL

STRATFORD SCHOOL, logo

Campuses Located Throughout the Bay Area and Southern California
Find out more @ www.stratfordschools.com

Stratford School provides an unparalleled education where children are inspired to be creative problem-solvers, imaginative innovators and insightful, confident leaders. These 21st-century qualities provide children with the knowledge, confidence, and ingenuity to help them excel in future careers. Stratford’s accelerated curriculum from preschool through 8th grade emphasizes STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) while incorporating music, physical education, foreign language, and social skills development.

By combining a safe and nurturing learning environment, Stratford teachers ensure a stimulating and well-rounded program while cultivating a child’s natural joy of learning. All students are encouraged to participate actively in leadership, community service, and extracurricular activities. Stratford’s goal is to prepare and mentor students for admission to competitive high schools and colleges.

Individual tours are scheduled throughout the year. Students are welcomed to enroll throughout the school year, as long as there is space available in the desired program and the child is grade-level ready. Schedule a tour at www.stratfordschools.com/tours and discover a school where the extraordinary happens.


TOWN SCHOOL FOR BOYS

2750 Jackson St., San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 921-3747
www.townschool.com
K - 8th grade

Town School for Boys is a K-8 all boys' independent day school located in San Francisco, CA. Student enrollment is approximately 400 and our student : teacher ratio is 11:1. Our fundamental goal is for each boy to be engaged in an environment that weaves together collaboration, critical thinking, integrity, empathy, and creativity. These broad skills, as well as a firm grounding in core academic competencies, offer boys an excellent preparation for their further education. We promote social and emotional learning as a foundation of academic excellence and self-discovery. We prepare students to meet challenges in the world by helping them develop an appreciation for a variety of perspectives from the local to the global. We celebrate diversity by fostering a community of learners built on mutual respect. Learning experiences are inclusive, relevant, flexible, innovative, and adapted to reflect the needs of all kinds of learners. In our joyful, active, and collaborative school, boys flourish.

To find out more, visit our website at www.townschool.com.


THE WILLOWS COMMUNITY SCHOOL
where great minds grow

The Willows Community School, located in Culver City, California, is a Developmental Kindergarten through Eighth Grade independent school enrolling 470 students annually. Nationally recognized as a balanced, progressive educational leader, The Willows’ strong academic program incorporates experiential learning, critical thinking, and thematic instruction into cutting-edge curriculum and integrates STEAM, technology, maker, and the arts into the classroom. Character and heart are also emphasized as essential to The Willows’ definition of a ‘great mind.’ Focusing on the socio-emotional development of our community, The Willows integrates RULER, the acclaimed evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning developed by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, into school curriculum.

At The Willows, we believe each child brings our community an extraordinary gift: a curious mind, ready to explore and eager to learn.  Our mission is to grow that gift by challenging our students to uncover meaning and significance in the world around them and to become capable, confident individuals who demonstrate character, engagement, and a joyful passion for creative inquiry across a lifetime.  The Willows is strongly committed to financial assistance and seeks a broad-based student body with a diversity of race, ethnicity, economics and learning styles. More than 25% of its student body is comprised of students of color, and the school annually enrolls students from 57+ zip codes across the greater Los Angeles area. www.thewillows.org


WINSTON PREPARATORY SCHOOL

winstonprep.edu

Winston Preparatory School is a private special education school for students through 12th grade with learning differences. Winston has six campuses, two in New York City; Whippany, New Jersey; Norwalk, Connecticut; Dix Hills, Long Island and San Rafael, California. Our students have been diagnosed with language processing disorders, nonverbal learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD, and may struggle with organizational, executive functioning, social pragmatic, expressive language or reading comprehension difficulties. Winston’s unique model of education for the individual provides personalized skill remediation, while encouraging students to build resilience, independence, self-awareness and self-advocacy. Click here to schedule an appointment for a virtual one-on-one information session and get started with the application process.

Dawson School, logo

Dawson School

10455 Dawson Dr.
Lafayette, CO 80026
303-665-6679
www.dawsonschool.org

Dawson School is the Boulder County region’s leading independent, college-preparatory school for students in grades K-12. Dawson offers challenging academics, robust arts and athletics programs, and renowned outdoor and experiential education. Emphasizing respect, compassion, courage, and integrity, Dawson prioritizes the social-emotional wellbeing of our community. Dawson graduates are young men and women who achieve their individual potential, savor life, and meet the challenges of the world.

  • Student:Faculty ratio 7:1
  • Average class size of 15
  • 100% graduation rate
  • 7 bus routes daily; multiple, convenient stops
  • 48 sports teams; post-season play typical
  • 20 arts program options
  • Over $6m college scholarships yearly
  • Study abroad options
  • 107-acre campus
  • Integrated technology; K-12 coding
  • 10 hours of specials weekly in Lower School
  • Hot lunch prepared daily, included
  • Leadership, public speaking, character education
  • Two full gyms; playing fields; tennis courts
  • Challenge course; two learning gardens; orchard
  • Involved parent community

THE DAWSON DIFFERENCE: For nearly 50 years, Dawson has been meeting each student where they are, and developing them into the world’s leaders, thinkers, and creators. Students experience relevant, real-world learning, discover passions, and cultivate the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in college and beyond -- all in a supportive environment that recognizes them as individuals. Please visit our community of students, faculty, staff, and families who value, and share a commitment to, leading-edge education.

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WINSTON PREPARATORY SCHOOL

winstonprep.edu

Winston Preparatory School is a private special education school for students through 12th grade with learning differences. Winston has six campuses, two in New York City; Whippany, New Jersey; Norwalk, Connecticut; Dix Hills, Long Island and San Rafael, California. Our students have been diagnosed with language processing disorders, nonverbal learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD, and may struggle with organizational, executive functioning, social pragmatic, expressive language or reading comprehension difficulties. Winston’s unique model of education for the individual provides personalized skill remediation, while encouraging students to build resilience, independence, self-awareness and self-advocacy. Click here to schedule an appointment for a virtual one-on-one information session and get started with the application process.

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VANGUARD SCHOOL

www.vanguardschool.org

Vanguard School has been providing individualized education to students who learn differently through skill assessment, multi-modality teaching, and focus on the whole student since 1966. We use a variety of teaching styles and consistently improve our services to meet the needs of our students. Our rolling admissions offers students and families the opportunity to join the Vanguard School family throughout the school year.

We work with co-educational students in 6th through 12th grades who experience an array of learning challenges, by addressing social/emotional learning opportunities, executive functioning solutions, and to help students gain the confidence to drive their motivation and goal attainment. We focus on guiding students to utilize core values (community, resilience, integrity, empathy, and leadership) to self-evaluate their behaviors and intentions. All students are valued and celebrated for their individuality and strengths. We are Vanguard.

THE NORA SCHOOL

955 Sligo Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Marcia Miller
Director of Admissions
Marcia@nora-school.org
301-495-6672
http://www.nora-school.org

Think differently. At The Nora School, these are words we take to heart. This intentionally small, inclusive, and personal college preparatory high school works to bring out the best in bright students with ADHD, executive function issues, or anxiety – and for those simply wanting something more individualized. Students turn to us because they’ve become frustrated in large, impersonal institutions, while others seek a richer, more engaging education without the emphasis on standardized testing. In our discussion-based classrooms, we inspire a critical world view, and students find their voice in an intellectually rigorous, accepting, nurturing environment. With a thought-provoking curriculum, inclusive sports and arts programs, Intersession, mindfulness and more, The Nora School helps students find their unique paths and prepare for college, work, and life. Building deep connections between the faculty and students, we encourage responsibility and build confidence and excitement about learning.

We’ve expanded, offering more curriculum choices and openings for more students! Discover the essence of our school. Call us to find out more, or RSVP for an Open House. Come see how our students thrive. Celebrating the same mission for over 50 years. Think Differently.


SANDY SPRING FRIENDS SCHOOL

16923 Norwood Rd.
Sandy Springs, MD 20860
301-774-7455
www.ssfs.org
Preschool (Age 3) - 12th grade

Sandy Spring Friends School is a progressive, coed, college preparatory Quaker school serving students from Preschool (age 3) through 12th Grade, with optional boarding programs in the Middle and Upper School. Founded in 1961, SSFS offers a deep and rigorous academic curriculum, character education rooted in universal Quaker principles, and a diverse and international student body that reflects today’s global community. SSFS sits on a pastoral 140-acre campus in the heart of Montgomery County, Maryland, midway between Washington D.C. and Baltimore – an ideal setting for intellectual contemplation, athletic training, diverse extracurricular pursuits, outdoor exploration, urban excursion, and personal growth. Please visit our Web site at www.ssfs.org for more information.

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CAMBRIDGE FRIENDS SCHOOL

5 Cadbury Rd
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 354-388
https://www.cfsmass.org

Cambridge Friends School is a co-ed elementary and middle school (pre-K - grade 8) established in 1961 under the care of Friends Meeting at Cambridge, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

It is the mission of Cambridge Friends School to provide an outstanding education. Guided by Quaker principles, we engage students in meaningful academic learning within a caring community strongly committed to social justice. We expect all students to develop their intellectual, physical, creative, and spiritual potential and, through the example of their lives, to challenge oppression and to contribute to justice and understanding in the world.

As part of Cambridge Friends School's commitment to social justice, we are engaged in building an antiracist, antihomophobic community, and we actively seek students and staff from a diverse range of family structures and racial, cultural, socioeconomic, and religious backgrounds. Our community tries to go beyond mere tolerance to more deeply address issues of bias and privilege.

THE CAMBRIDGE SCHOOL OF WESTON

www.csw.org

A leader among America’s progressive independent schools, The Cambridge School of Weston has been at the forefront of educational innovation since 1886. At this day and boarding high school located in Weston MA, creative, motivated students embrace challenging work and address complex questions — with curiosity and courage. Inspired by the diverse perspectives and high expectations of our justice-minded community, they find and develop what is extraordinary in themselves and in the world around them. Learn more at www.csw.org.

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Far Brook School

Far Brook School, logo

52 Great Hills Road
Short Hills, NJ 07078
973-379-3442
www.farbrook.org
Emi Ithen Director of Enrollment Management
admissions@farbrook.org

Discover an inspired education at Far Brook School, an independent, coeducational day school for 220 students from Nursery through Eighth Grade in Short Hills, NJ. Our progressive approach builds a strong educational foundation, integrating liberal arts and sciences with the skills and habits of mind needed for success in high school and life. Classrooms open to the outdoors, encouraging exploration with nature and our Schoolyard Wetlands Habitat. Each Far Brook student is honored as an important part of our inclusive and diverse community, and develops self-assurance, intrinsic motivation, a sense of social justice, and leadership skills. Far Brook graduates attend local independent and public high schools as well as prestigious boarding schools around the country. It is our desire to touch the lives of children so that they may live life wisely and with great joy. Visit our beautiful 9-acre campus and discover if Far Brook is a good fit for your child. www.farbrook.org.


WINSTON PREPARATORY SCHOOL

winstonprep.edu

Winston Preparatory School is a private special education school for students through 12th grade with learning differences. Winston has six campuses, two in New York City; Whippany, New Jersey; Norwalk, Connecticut; Dix Hills, Long Island and San Rafael, California. Our students have been diagnosed with language processing disorders, nonverbal learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD, and may struggle with organizational, executive functioning, social pragmatic, expressive language or reading comprehension difficulties. Winston’s unique model of education for the individual provides personalized skill remediation, while encouraging students to build resilience, independence, self-awareness and self-advocacy. Click here to schedule an appointment for a virtual one-on-one information session and get started with the application process.

 

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LONG ISLAND

ROSS SCHOOL

www.ross.org
Pre-nursery–Grade 12, post-graduate
18 Goodfriend Drive, East Hampton, NY  11937
631-907-5400

Ross School’s mission is to change the way education meets the future; to foster interdisciplinary, integrated thinking and innovative leadership; to engage fully in the global community; and to facilitate lifelong learning.

Ross School is a co-educational boarding (Grades 6–12, PG) and day school (PN-Grade 12, PG) located on a beautiful campus in East Hampton, about two hours east of New York City. Serving approximately 400 students and attracting a world-class faculty, the School offers a global, integrated curriculum with engaging courses in science, math, arts, humanities, and wellness, with opportunities for independent study, competitive athletics, extracurricular activities, and travel.

The Ross educational experience aims to impart to young people a 21st century skill set and the inspiration that will motivate them to keep their minds actively engaged in learning. The School stresses direct personal experiences, inquiry through primary sources, and hands-on interpretation and analysis of information.

Ross School has a successful college placement program, with 100% of applicants receiving acceptances at competitive colleges and universities.


WINSTON PREPARATORY SCHOOL

winstonprep.edu

Winston Preparatory School is a private special education school for students through 12th grade with learning differences. Winston has six campuses, two in New York City; Whippany, New Jersey; Norwalk, Connecticut; Dix Hills, Long Island and San Rafael, California. Our students have been diagnosed with language processing disorders, nonverbal learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD, and may struggle with organizational, executive functioning, social pragmatic, expressive language or reading comprehension difficulties. Winston’s unique model of education for the individual provides personalized skill remediation, while encouraging students to build resilience, independence, self-awareness and self-advocacy. Click here to schedule an appointment for a virtual one-on-one information session and get started with the application process.

 

Winston Preparatory School is an innovative day school for students, grades 4-12, with learning differences such as dyslexia, nonverbal learning disabilities, and executive functioning difficulties. We do this through a process that understands each student, individualizes a program to meet their needs and that builds a powerful sense of community. We call this process the Continuous Feedback System. This system is designed to deeply understand each student's specific learning profile including their strengths and potential.

Come to an open house and learn more about our educational philosophy and tour our school.

 

WESTCHESTER & UPSTATE

BUFFALO SEMINARY - SEM


www.buffaloseminary.org/
BUFFALO SEMINARY - SEM, logo

Among the oldest girls' schools in the United States, SEM has designed a culture of achievement, scholarship, creativity, and leadership since 1851. Uniquely, we are non-denominational and non-uniform - our culture is centered around our Academic & Social Honor Code. Our independent high school environment allows girls to challenge themselves, express themselves, to succeed in college, and prepare for adulthood.

Our school, on the National Register of Historic Places, is a cozy campus in a leafy neighborhood with world-renowned art galleries, historically significant Olmsted designed city parks, shops and restaurants. Our student residences are renovated grand homes where girls live with faculty parents. Because Buffalo is situated on Lake Erie, SEM teams include sailing and crew.

Buffalo is a one hour flight from New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit and Chicago; and a 90-minute drive from Toronto. Niagara Falls is only 15 minutes away!

At SEM we believe in standards, but not standardization. Non-denominational and non-uniform, our independent high school environment allows girls to challenge themselves, express themselves, and to prepare for success in college and adulthood.

Students who thrive at SEM are ready to widen their perspectives, contribute to community, to explore, to stretch, and to learn.


EF Academy International Boarding Schools

582 Columbus Ave., Thornwood, NY 10594
www.ef.edu/academy
(914) 495-6028

EF Academy prepares students not only for academic success, but also for true global citizenship through critical learning and unparalleled intercultural immersion in what amounts to a diverse United Nations-style high school community. Our three school promises are to provide a superior education, thorough preparation for university, and a future that knows no borders.

Our flagship campus, EF Academy New York, is located on 98 acres in suburban Westchester County, under an hour north of Manhattan and its boundless educational opportunities. Home to 715 students from 60 different countries, EF Academy embraces the spirit of collaborative international perspective — in no small part through our IB Diploma program. Beyond that, we offer a range of programs so that all of our students master a key set of global competencies in multilingualism, leadership and travel, enhanced by a broad array of clubs, activities and competitions. With everything from equestrian to soccer, coding to fine arts, students have the opportunity to discover their true passions—fitting in and developing the confidence and independence that will serve them well in college and the real world after.

EF Academy also offers a global campus rotation option among its other locations in the heart of Oxford, England, and the Jewel of the English Riviera: Torbay.


Green Meadow Waldorf School

GREEN MEADOW WALDORF SCHOOL

307 Hungry Hollow Rd.
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977
845-356-2514
www.gmws.org
Nursery – 12th grade

Green Meadow Waldorf School offers programs for babies and toddlers from birth to age three, serves children from Nursery through 12th grade, and runs popular summer programs. Founded in 1950, we are one of the oldest, largest Waldorf schools in the US, with almost 225 students. Benefiting from discovery and play in our Early Childhood program, skill-building in our Lower School, and rigorous intellectual challenges in the High School, Green Meadow students go on to top colleges, fulfilling careers, and are known for their resilience and creativity. Come to an admissions event or call us to learn more about how we are transforming education. We also have a strong commitment to serving a diverse range of children, and we welcome LGBTQ and gender-fluid families. We invite you to read about our commitment to diversity at www.gmws.org/diversity.


Hackley School

293 Benedict Ave
Tarrytown, NY 10591
www.hackleyschool.org

A member of both the Ivy Preparatory League and the international schools consortium Round Square, Hackley has a 285-acre woodland campus in Tarrytown with extensive facilities to support our K-12 educational program, including a science building, geothermal library, competition cross-country trail system, eight athletics fields, and a new 110,000-sq ft Center for Health and Wellness.  Through ongoing effort to increase socioeconomic diversity, Hackley now draws from over 70 communities, from Cold Spring to Manhattan, from Ridgefield, CT to Franklin Lakes, NJ and all points in between.

Hackley’s mission “challenges students go grow in character, scholarship, and accomplishment, to offer unreserved effort, and to learn from the varying perspectives and backgrounds in our community and the world.”  Hackley students discover themselves through relationships with others—in classrooms, on stage, in arts studios, through community service, and on playing fields. Committed to international understanding, diversity, environmental stewardship, adventure, leadership, and service, Hackley prepares students to think and act with care and effectiveness both at school and in their broader communities.

Welcomed by the motto, “Enter here to be and find a friend,” Hackley honors strength of character, offering students a warm, supportive community that enables both challenge and nurture, giving them the means to set high personal goals and attain them. Through this strong ethos and the quality of its faculty and students, Hackley has achieved distinction as an educational force shaping the lives of generations.


RYE COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL

RYE COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL, logo
Cedar St., Rye, NY 10580
914-925-4513
www.ryecountryday.org
PreK - 12th grade

Rye Country Day School is a coeducational, college preparatory school in Rye, New York, dedicated to providing students from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 with an excellent education using both traditional and innovative approaches. In a nurturing and supportive environment, we offer a challenging program that stimulates individuals to achieve their maximum potential through academic, athletic, creative and social endeavors. We are actively committed to diversity. We expect  and promote moral responsibility, and strive to develop strength of  character within a respectful school community. Our goal is to foster a lifelong passion for learning, understanding, and service in an ever-changing world.

New York City

Brooklyn Heights Synagogue Preschool

Brooklyn Heights Synagogue Preschool, logo
131 Remsen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
www.bhsbrooklyn.org

Our inclusive, caring community has been nurturing young learners and their families since the fall of 2002. Our on-going focus is on creating a warm, child-centered, inquiry-based school setting. An emergent curriculum and exceptional child/teacher ratio allows us to focus on children’s interests – exploring aspects of their lives, imaginations, and community in an atmosphere of fun and play. We are a Reform Jewish school and teachers introduce the Jewish holidays to children in much the same way they approach curriculum, by making it relevant, meaningful and accessible to young learners. Stories, symbols, songs and even the tastes of holidays allow our students to begin exploration of Jewish traditions and values.


THE CATHEDRAL SCHOOL OF ST. JOHN THE DIVINE

1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 111th St.)
New York, NY 10025
212-316-7500
https://www.cathedralnyc.org/

The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine is an independent, Episcopal, K-8 day school for girls and boys of all faiths. The School is committed to a rigorous academic program that integrates the arts, athletics, and leadership development. Located on New York City’s Upper West Side on the 13-acre Close of the Cathedral, the School offers a unique setting for the celebration of the many traditions shared by its families. The School prides itself on being a diverse community in partnership with families who take an active role in their children’s intellectual, ethical, social, and emotional growth. The Cathedral School offers a stimulating environment in which each child can become an articulate, confident, and responsible citizen of the world. Continuing a century-old relationship, the School draws upon the Cathedral’s vast resources and provides its children’s choir.


CITY AND COUNTRY SCHOOL

146 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011
Director of Admissions: Elise Bauer
Admissions Associates: Erika Greenberg and Nick Smart
https://www.cityandcountry.org

City and Country School, for ages two -- eighth grade, is a historically significant progressive school founded in 1914 by pioneer educator Caroline Pratt. Housed in seven brownstones in the West Village, its buildings and courtyards are filled with character and natural light.

Early childhood classrooms follow a simple-by-design philosophy. Children use basic materials including paint, clay, wood, water, and Pratt’s creation: wooden unit blocks, now used the world over. These open-ended materials, along with expert teachers, inspire creativity and collaboration, while promoting attention span and cognition.

Young children also use another of Pratt’s innovative designs: outdoor blocks. Children invent play structures using wooden boxes, blocks, boards, and sawhorses. Older groups use the School’s gym facility; the team sports program is introduced at age 10.

Older children engage in sophisticated historical studies of our diverse world, incorporating themes of social justice. Art, Technology, Music, Science, Woodshop, Rhythms, and Spanish complement their studies of history and culture. A hallmark is the Jobs Program: each group performs a job for the School (for example, school supply store). Through their jobs, children solidify skills in context, and develop authentic confidence, responsibility, and resourcefulness.

Students are accepted to an impressive range of high schools, most attending their top choice.


THE CO-OP SCHOOL

644 Gates Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11221
347-721-3408
www.thecoopschool.org
Preschool to 8th Grade

All members of The Co-op School -- students, families and staff -- contribute to the development of our unique culture. Teachers collaborate and guide students in the dynamic, life-long process of questioning and deepening connections.

We, The Co-op School, believe in and nurture the following Core Values:

Compassion: the strength to work together as a team, to be an individual, to respect differences of opinions, and have the ability to empathize with others.

Uniqueness: the confidence that leads to risk taking, problem solving, and taking pride in one’s own point of view.

Innovation: curiosity, creativity, experimentation and perseverance when faced with challenges.

Community Action: an awareness, respect and care for our surroundings, community and environment.

Joy: the simple joy of playing, learning, and friendship making.

The Co-op School is an inclusive community. We welcome and celebrate students and families who represent the diversity of Brooklyn and beyond, as it relates to race, ethnicity, gender, family structure, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic class and physical ability. We are committed to anti-bias teaching, which for young children is as much about precluding the formation of biases as it is disproving their myths.


CORLEARS SCHOOL

324 West 15th Street, New York, NY 10011
212-741-2800
www.corlearsschool.org
Preschool - 4th grade

In 1968, Corlears School was founded as a nursery/kindergarten school by Irene Neurath and a group of New York City teachers and parents. It was originally located on Grand Street near Corlears Hook on the lower east side of Manhattan. As the school grew, the school moved to its present Chelsea area site in 1971. Corlears School focuses on early childhood and elementary years, up to and including the fourth grade. Class sizes are kept small and offer its young students extra attention. Nursery students are introduced to reading and language skills and are encouraged to communicate their needs and experiences. Letter and word sounds, and rhyming and rhythms are taught using literature and music. Time, spatial relationships, temperature, and weight are used to explore mathematical ideas. In addition to typical toddler creative activities, science is introduced to develop skills of observation and the ability to draw conclusions. Students, kindergarten-through-fourth grade, begin acquiring the basic skills and knowledge for future academic development. The social studies curriculum integrates language arts, math, geography, history, science, and the visual and performing arts. The dance and drama program combines modern dance techniques and creative movement with improvisation and dramatic acting.


THE ÉCOLE

www.theecole.org

Located in New York’s vibrant Flatiron District, our intimate and independent French-American school cultivates an internationally-minded community of students. At The École, we believe that the goal of education is to develop well-informed, well-rounded, responsible and compassionate—in a word, “enlightened”—students who can create and connect to a world filled with possibilities. This belief is at the heart of our uniquely-designed bilingual program, in which students learn to not just speak, read, and write in two languages, but also to think, feel, and act in ways that are informed by two cultures. To always see, explore, and understand the world around them from two perspectives is the gift of the deeply bi-literate student, succinctly captured in our school’s motto, “Light through language”.

Artfully blending the curriculum requirements and pedagogical approaches of the French and American systems, our faculty create rich academic environments for a diverse, international student body. From Maternelle through Middle School, students at The École are guided through the core language arts, social studies, math, and sciences content, as well as character and cultural enrichment, in both French and English. In our intimate classroom settings, our teachers aspire to provide bilingual learning opportunities that engage, challenge, inspire—and illuminate.


ETHICAL CULTURE FIELDSTON SCHOOL

33 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023
212-712-6220
3901 Fieldston Rd., Bronx, NY 10471
718-329-7300
www.ecfs.org

Pre-K -12th grade

The Ethical Culture Fieldston School was established in 1878 by the visionary Felix Adler, educator, social reformer, and founder of the New York Society for Ethical Culture. Committed to academic excellence, progressive education, and ethical learning, ECFS today serves about 1,700 students from Pre-K through 12th grade on two campuses, one in Manhattan and the other on 18 acres in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. Our two lower schools, Ethical Culture and Fieldston Lower, teach Pre-K through grade 5; Fieldston Middle, grades 6 through 8; Fieldston Upper, grades 9 through 12. 

With a diverse community and a longstanding commitment to social justice, the school offers a rich and challenging curriculum in the arts, sciences, and humanities. ECFS also has one of the largest financial aid programs of any independent day school in the country. Find out more at www.ecfs.org.


THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH NURSERY SCHOOL

(212) 691-3432
www.fpcns.org

The First Presbyterian Church Nursery School was founded in 1952 in the heart of Greenwich Village. The school offers a non-sectarian program, welcoming children and families of all configurations, religions, races, cultures, and economic backgrounds. Respect for individuality and community building are centerpieces of the program. The Nursery School is dedicated to the development of the whole child in a warm and nurturing environment, with an educational philosophy based on the theory of Developmental Interaction, the program is enhanced and inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach.

FPCNS believes that children learn best when they are active participants in their learning. The school offers experienced classroom teachers, along with specialists in Studio Art, Music, Movement, Gardening and a Healthy Snack Program. FPCNS has excellent student teacher ratios in classrooms for children aged 2.0 to 5.3. The nursery school offers large airy classrooms, a roof top playground, and indoor play space for rainy day play. Extended Day programming and an Early Summer program are available for 4s and 5s students. Parent participation is welcome and encouraged. A lending library with over 3000 volumes is a beloved parent run resource. The school actively raises funds to provide financial assistance to families in need.


FRIENDS SEMINARY

222 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003
212-979-5030
www.friendsseminary.org
Kindergarten - 12th grade

Founded in 1786 and grounded in Quaker values and a rich educational legacy, our mission aims to prepare students for the world that is and to help them bring about the world that ought to be.

Optimism is the operative word at Friends. Within the walls of our re-imagined campus opened in 2019, the combination of challenge and support creates a learning environment in which children feel valued for their unique selves and safe to take intellectual risks. We strive to build a school community representative of the city at large to open minds and enrich learning. Unique to Quaker schools, time is set aside for Meeting —a moment when students and faculty gather in the School’s landmarked Meetinghouse for quiet reflection.

Friends offers a K-12 balanced and robust academic program including over 120 courses in the Upper School alone. Through our Center for Peace, Equity, and Justice, service learning supports the School’s mission to help students understand the importance of respect, compassion and social responsibility. Our Global Education program provides opportunities for domestic and international study programs for students to experience stewardship first hand.

Friends welcomes and encourages children of all races, ethnicities, religions, nationalities, socio-economic backgrounds, and sexual orientation to apply for admissions. A substantial aid program is available for families requiring financial assistance.


GRACE CHURCH SCHOOL

86 Fourth Avenue, New York, NY 10003
212-475-5609
www.gcschool.org
Junior Kindergarten - 8th grade

Grace Church School (GCS) was founded in 1894 by Grace Church as the first choir boarding school in New York City. From the original sixteen choristers, it has grown to its current enrollment of over 380 boys and girls drawn from a wide variety of ethnic, socioeconomic, and religious backgrounds. GCS's curriculum encourages children to appreciate diversity whether the difference is grounded in race, class, cultural tradition, religion, gender, nationality, or personal style. The School is divided into three divisions. Early Childhood Division (Jr. Kindergarten and Kindergarten), Lower School (grades one through four) and Upper School (grades five through eight). GCS's structured curriculum includes Spanish, Latin and French, and extensive computer and religious views of the community. The opportunity for responsibility and personal expression is enhanced through student council, community service, expanded sports and arts programs, and social activities such as dances and extended trips.


INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF NEW YORK

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF NEW YORK, logo
4 East 90th Street
www.ianyc.org
212-641-0260

The International Academy of New York is a bilingual, multi-cultural school for children ages 2 through 13 (Pre-Nursery through Grade 8). The school develops culturally astute, confident and empathetic students with fluency in either Mandarin or Spanish. It delivers a stimulating curriculum with small student-to-teacher ratios, nurturing each child's intellectual, physical, creative, social and emotional development, and teaching the skills to be global leaders, contributing and thriving in today’s world. Beyond the exceptional bilingual immersion classes, the school fosters outstanding literacy and math skills and encourages creative expression through art and music. IANY is located in a landmark building in the heart of the Upper East Side, right next to Central Park and world renowned museums along Museum Mile. For more information, email Emily Benson ebenson@ianyc.org


LITTLE RED SCHOOL HOUSE/ELISABETH IRWIN HIGH SCHOOL

Lower and Middle School
272 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY 10014
212-477-5316

High School
40 Charlton Street, New York, NY 10014
212-477-5316
www.lrei.org
Preschool - 12th Grade

New York City's Little Red School Little Red House/Elisabeth Irwin High School (LREI) has numerous gay-positive attributes. Founder, Elisabeth Irwin, was a model of lesbian leadership. She and her partner, Katharine Anthony, were adoptive parents. A lesbian-and-gay-issues committee of faculty, parents, and administration is an active voice in the school. The committee and the school co-sponsors the "Love Makes a Family; Living in Lesbian and Gay Families" photo-text exhibit which is attended by all students and faculty. "It's Elementary", a documentary about the importance of including lesbian and gay voices and themes in elementary curriculum, was viewed by the faculty and parents. Lesbian and Gay Pride Month is celebrated each October through assemblies and class discussions. Lower School teachers have devised an inclusive family curriculum, which recognizes gay and lesbian parents. The Middle School Adolescent Issues program deals with a wide range of matters, including sexuality and discrimination, with a focus on developing decision-making skills. LREI's library collection includes books for children of gays and lesbians and books which address sexuality.


MANHATTAN COUNTRY SCHOOL

150 W. 85th St.
New York, NY 10024
212-348-0952
www.manhattancountryschool.org
PreK - 8th grade

Manhattan Country School is a pre-K through eighth grade co-ed elementary school where children are members of a collaborative learning community. A recognized leader in progressive education, Manhattan Country School offers a cohesive, challenging academic program--one in which teachers rely on experiential learning and creative pursuits to stimulate intellect. In addition to being well-trained in the academic disciplines, students acquire a deep understanding of activism and social justice and develop the strength and resources to effect change and pursue their goals. The student body reflects the diversity of New York City, with no racial group accounting for more than 50 percent. This diversity is supported by an innovative sliding-scale tuition program that enables every family to pay according to its means. A unique feature of the school is the award-winning MCS Farm in the Catskill Mountains. The farm program engages students with the natural processes that support life and provides an unparalleled experience of social growth. Manhattan Country School students graduate with highly developed critical-thinking skills, a sense of purpose and a deep understanding of our multicultural world. They go on to attend a variety of highly selective independent, public and parochial high schools, and boarding schools.


MARY McDOWELL FRIENDS SCHOOL

new.marymcdowell.org

Mary McDowell Friends School (MMFS) is an independent K-12 college preparatory Quaker school for students with learning disabilities. The school opened in 1984 with an elementary class of five students, and has grown to its current enrolment of 398 students reflecting the diverse ethnic and racial spectrum of the New York City metropolitan area. The school is comprised of three campuses in Brooklyn: an elementary school at 20 Bergen Street, a middle school at 135 Summit Street, and an upper school at 23 Sidney Place.

Mary McDowell Friends School provides a structured, multi-sensory, interdisciplinary approach to education combining large and small group work, language modification, and hands-on learning. A high staff-to-student ratio enables students to receive differentiated instruction to meet their unique learning needs. The arts -- visual arts, music, and theater -- and physical education are important components of the curriculum. Support services are provided during the school day by language therapists, fine/gross motor therapists and psychologists.

Grounded in the Quaker values of equality, integrity, and social responsibility, the school cultivates a diverse community. By offering a supportive environment and innovative programming, MMFS is helping students with learning disabilities become academic achievers, creative thinkers, and contributing members of a global society. new.marymcdowell.org.


NEW AMSTERDAM SCHOOL

62 Ave B, New York, NY 10009
212-533-1820
www.newamsterdamschool.org
Early Childhood - 4th Grade (Growing to 8th Grade)

New Amsterdam is a small, home-like Waldorf school, where our warm community nourishes children and adults alike. With the intention of educating free individuals capable of imagining and creating an inclusive, responsive, and sustainable future, teachers integrate art, movement, music, and nature into students' daily lives, igniting both the imagination and the will, and awakening a life-long joy in learning. Our comprehensive Waldorf curriculum provides children with developmentally appropriate, experiential, and academically rigorous experiences that develop imaginative and critical thinking, emotional maturity, and social responsibility.

Our school prioritizes inclusivity and aims for our community to truly reflect the multifaceted city, and world, in which we live. Our classrooms are vibrant communities of diverse ethnicities, genders, races, sexual identities, socioeconomics, physical and mental abilities, political opinions, religions, and nationalities.

Founded in 2006, New Amsterdam School began as a grassroots alliance of educators, parents, and community leaders determined to bring the benefits of Waldorf education to Lower Manhattan. We now serve early childhood through fourth grade and will add an upper grade each year until we reach eighth grade by 2024. We are a member of WECAN (Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America) and an Associate Member of AWSNA (Association of Waldorf Schools of North America).


PARK AVENUE METHODIST DAY SCHOOL

Park Avenue Methodist Day School, Logo
106 East 86th Street
New York, NY 10028
212-289-6997
Molly M. DeGesero - Director
office@pamdayschool.org
www.pamdayschool.org

Park Avenue Methodist Day School (PAMDS) was founded in 1953 with many families across the city well acquainted with our secular pre-school serving children 2 to 5 years of age. When the school was established, our play-based pedagogic model was virtually the only form of early childhood education. While other educational approaches have been introduced or developed since then, we continue to hold play at our core. PAMDS is the home of ‘Playful Inquiry’. Through constructive and meaningful play experiences and ‘Cycles of Inquiry’, children not only learn what they need to know, but also acquire the skills that they need to be successful learners and citizens beyond preschool. We listen to what each child has to say and treat each child as an individual. We praise the child’s process of discovery and encourage them to take risks. We support children to be respectful, active, excited, autonomous, curious and courageous learners.

We are seeking families who take an active role in their child’s life and firmly believe that play is a child’s work. PAMDS understands that a quality school relationship puts the child and the family at the center of our mission. We look forward to partnering with you throughout your time with us.


RIVERDALE COUNTRY SCHOOL

5250 Fieldston Rd., Riverdale, NY 10471
718-549-8810, 718-549-7780
www.riverdale.edu
PreK - 12 grade

At Riverdale Country School, we educate boys and girls in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 based on guiding principles in four areas: mind, character, commitment, and community.

MIND
High standards are valued, but so are innovative approaches to learning. We invite students to cast a wide net during their years on campus, encouraging them to explore subjects in the arts and sciences that interest them. Students' intellectual curiosity and emotional growth are given thoughtful support even as they grow independent as learners.

CHARACTER
Honesty, self-discipline, resilience, and perseverance are qualities we encourage. A multifaceted support system provides students with the assistance they need as they pursue opportunities and learn life lessons.

COMMITMENT
A successful life is made up of the many commitments we make, both to ourselves and to others. Riverdale's emphasis on commitment to a wide range of activities, including academics, sports, community service, and the arts, endows students with a sense of satisfaction and balance.

COMMUNITY
The Riverdale campuses are an ideal setting for an intimate community of learners. Students also expand their view of community beyond the wooded campuses; they are encouraged to view themselves as citizens of the world, with all the joy and responsibility that implies.


ST. LUKE'S SCHOOL

487 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
212-924-5960
www.stlukeschool.org
Junior Kindergarten - 8th grade

Founded in 1945, St. Luke's School is located in the West Village of New York City. It is a coeducational Episcopal day school with two hundred students of all faiths from Junior-Kindergarten through Grade eight Since its inception, St. Luke's School has encouraged diversity by seeking both students and teachers of varying backgrounds. The schools unique 2-acre campus includes three outdoor playgrounds. St. Luke's Garden, filled with quiet paths, flowers, lawns, benches, and trees. Facilities include spacious and sunny classrooms, a gymnasium, an art studio, a small theater, an 18,000 volume library and media center, computer, and foreign language rooms. Chapel services and special programs are held in The Church of St. Luke in the Fields, a landmark building, constructed in 1822 and rebuilt in 1985.

Lower School Junior-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students' days are tilled with the "work" of play-paints, blocks, dressups, sand, water, cooking, and regular outdoor activities in the playground. As children become ready, reading, writing and math skills are introduced. In Grades 1 through 4, the focus is on developing proficiency in reading, writing, mathematics, and critical thinking.

The Upper School program. Grades 5 through 8, continues to build upon the base of academic skills and concentrates on study habits, time management and independence to prepare students for high school. All students learn and participate in community service, and St. Luke's Partners Program pairs older and younger children for projects and activities.


UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (UNIS)

www.unis.org

A Pre-K-to-12th grade, coeducational school, the United Nations International School (UNIS) was established in 1947 by some UN parents to provide an international education for children from both UN and non-UN families while preserving their cultural heritages. The school's board of trustees reports directly to the Secretary-General, and UN issues and other international topics are woven through its classes. The school is well known for its wide-ranging diversity, and its students come from 123 countries and speak 99 languages at home, while the faculty comes from 69 countries. The spacious Manhattan campus overlooks the East River. A founding school of the International Baccalaureate (IB), UNIS has a comprehensive Pre-K-12 curriculum. Given the school's truly international nature, the study of languages to fluency is central: the main language of instruction is English and all students study French or Spanish beginning in prekindergarten, with Mandarin offered as an additional language. In Middle School, students add another language, and those include Arabic, German, Italian, Japanese and Russian. Additional languages may be studied after school, starting in the Junior School. Overall, UNIS aims to educate and inspire its students to become an active force in shaping a better world.  For further information, please contact admissions@unis.org.


VILLAGE COMMUNITY SCHOOL

272-278 West 10th Street, New York, NY 10014
212-691-5146
www.vcsnyc.org
Co-ed, Kindergarten – 8th grade
Admissions Director: Esther Lee
Associate Director of Admissions: Barbara Binswanger Charlton

Village Community School develops self-motivated students who value the challenging and rewarding process of learning as an integral part of life. We choose to be a diverse community where equity, creativity and critical thinking are essential to the rigorous education we provide. Our graduates are skilled and confident, able to advocate for themselves and others. They are well prepared for high school and for their futures in an increasingly complex and dynamic world.

VCS provides a culture of achievement where students radiate intellectual vitality – reaching and advancing beyond traditional notions of what K-8 students can accomplish. VCS students live their learning through active experiences that delve deeply into subject matter and make connections between disciplines.


WEST SIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

309 West 92nd St.
New York, NY 10025
212-662-8000
www.wsmsnyc.org
ages 2.8 - 6 years old
Mimi Basso, Head of School
Judy Lyons, Director of Admissions

West Side Montessori School … where to begin a lifetime of learning.

Since 1963, West Side Montessori School has provided an exceptional early childhood education within a welcoming and richly diverse community. Here, children are nurtured, families find friendship and support and faculty can flourish. We embody the best practices that have evolved in early childhood and Montessori education, and as a community of learners, we use the process of self-reflection to continually improve what we know and what we do to best support our students. We share our growing understanding of early childhood education and our findings with parents and with the broader educational community. Our mission is made feasible by our outstanding faculty and is further enhanced by our internationally recognized teacher education program.

We maintain our unique identity by:
Actively involving families in their children’s educational lives.
Modeling our belief in the importance of diversity.
Living our Montessori philosophy.
Continually building on our knowledge of child development and Montessori education.


WETHERBY-PEMBRIDGE SCHOOL

7 E 96th Street
New York, NY 10128
646-213-3400
https://www.wetherby-pembridge.org

Wetherby-Pembridge is a British independent school for boys and girls ages 3 to 14 (Nursery 3 - Grade 8). Our school vision is to awaken curiosity, cultivate high standards and celebrate successes. Wetherby-Pembridge holds sacred its core values of Respect, Resilience and Responsibility. We combines the merits of single-sex and co-education in a unique provision that is both family-friendly and educationally sound. The curriculum is based on the rigorous English National Curriculum but is enriched by New York City’s education practice and infused with school values. At Wetherby-Pembridge, children are inspired to achieve personal confidence and success with integrity, kindness, respect and manners. From Kindergarten onward, boys and girls are taught English and Math separately, while enjoying the social benefits of co-education in all other subjects and extracurricular activities. Many internationally-minded families benefit from exchange programs with London Schools and are well-prepared for top high schools across the US and Internationally, as well as top universities in the US, UK and around the globe. Visit our website to register for an Open House or schedule a private tour.


WINSTON PREPARATORY SCHOOL

winstonprep.edu

Winston Preparatory School is a private special education school for students through 12th grade with learning differences. Winston has six campuses, two in New York City; Whippany, New Jersey; Norwalk, Connecticut; Dix Hills, Long Island and San Rafael, California. Our students have been diagnosed with language processing disorders, nonverbal learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD, and may struggle with organizational, executive functioning, social pragmatic, expressive language or reading comprehension difficulties. Winston’s unique model of education for the individual provides personalized skill remediation, while encouraging students to build resilience, independence, self-awareness and self-advocacy. Click here to schedule an appointment for a virtual one-on-one information session and get started with the application process.

 

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FANNY EDEL FALK LABORATORY SCHOOL

4060 Allequippa Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
412-624-8024
https://falkschool.pitt.edu

Fanny Edel Falk Laboratory School is a K-8 tuition-based campus laboratory school affiliated with the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. Since 1931, Falk has been known for providing a learning environment that is grounded in community, diversity, progressive and experiential education, individualized instruction and a low teacher-student ratio. Being grounded in progressive education principles means the school community has a child-centered approach to learning that focuses on the social, emotional, and academic needs of each individual. It also means an emphasis on collaboration, intrinsic motivation, and active learning. The Falk community is also guided by the thoughts and intentions found within the faculty created booklet, Wishes for our Children.

Each year, our 60 faculty and staff members work with more than 6 intern teachers, 25 student teachers, researchers, and visitors to perform the major functions associated to Laboratory Schools: the development of innovative practices in education, research, the preparation of new teachers, professional development for practicing teachers, and the education of children using best established principles of education.

For more information please visit https://falkschool.pitt.edu or call the Office of Admissions at (412) 624-8024.


GREENE TOWNE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

Philadelphia, PA
https://gtms.org/

Greene Towne Montessori School is dedicated to providing a stimulating learning environment for children ages 18 months to 6 years, consistent with the values and principles developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. Greene Towne’s curriculum is designed to develop each child’s full human potential—emotionally, physically, intellectually, and socially—and to foster a life-long love of learning. Each classroom, with a mix of ages, encourages children of different abilities and backgrounds to interact and learn from each other in a non-competitive environment. At Greene Towne, your child builds the skills and self-assurance that lead to a lifetime of learning. Greene Towne is accredited by the American Montessori Society and the PA Association of Independent Schools.


MEDIA-PROVIDENCE FRIENDS SCHOOL

mpfs.org/rsvp

Founded in 1876, Media-Providence Friends School is a co-ed Quaker day school for students in preschool through eighth grade located in downtown Media, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

A close-knit learning community, MPFS offers students big views of the world ahead. Here, in small classes, under the caring tutelage of early childhood, elementary school and adolescent experts who love what they do, students from different backgrounds and faiths grow up together, immersed in an academic environment that speaks to all the aspects of their beings: intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual.

Every day, students at Friends are engaged in the processes of learning and discovery in contexts that honor the values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and service. As they reflect upon what they hear, see and feel, make connections between lessons and life, construct knowledge and act upon their convictions, they learn that learning itself is a lifetime pursuit.

The MPFS Admissions Office remains open and continues to accept applications for the 2020-21 school year despite the COVID-19 outbreak. With the stay-at-home orders issued by Governor Wolf, MPFS has moved to Distance Learning with our amazing faculty teaching virtually! We have instituted a new application process to provide our prospective families with a virtual and interactive alternative to our Admissions process. Visit mpfs.org/rsvp today to learn more about our Virtual Admissions Open House.

Please contact Angela DiMaria, Assistant Head of School and Director of Admissions & Program, with any questions at adimaria@mpfs.org or 610-565-1960 ext. 145.


THE MIQUON SCHOOL

Preschool through 6th grade (ages 3-12)
2025 Harts Lane
Conshohocken, PA
610-828-1231
www.miquon.org

Founded in 1932, Miquon is a Progressive independent school that values racial, ethnic, economic, religious, gender, and social diversity. The school actively seeks applicants who represent and broaden that diversity.

Miquon is dedicated to preserving childhood, using innovative student-centered teaching practices, and developing children's knowledge of and appreciation for the environment. Independent thinking, varied individual and collaborative approaches to learning, authentic assessment methods, and creative, child-focused approaches are all components of Miquon's Progressive educational program. Time spent outside on our 10-acre campus including woods, fields, and creek is an integral part of every child’s experience. Located just outside Northwest Philadelphia, the school enrolls approximately 150 students in eight mixed-age groups, typically 18-22 children in size, with two dedicated teachers in each classroom.

 

ST. ANDREW'S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL

Austin, Texas
(512) 299-9800
communications@sasaustin.org
www.sasaustin.org

St. Andrew’s students are more than academically prepared for a competitive world; they are connected to their own sense of identity as scholars, artists, athletes, and community servants. Their K-12 experience is shaped by social-emotional learning and daily chapel services that cultivate self-awareness, confidence, and empathy. They graduate as passionate life-long learners armed with a strong sense of purpose and the ability to navigate an ever-changing world. Follow Us @sasaustin.

The Meridian School

THE MERIDIAN SCHOOL

4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Suite 242
Seattle, WA 98103
206-632-7154
www.meridianschool.edu

The Meridian School is an independent, K-5 school (215 students) committed to shaping globally responsible citizens who are empowered to inquire, investigate, innovate and impact their communities. Guided by a belief in the power of a wide range of human potential, we approach each child’s learning flexibly and responsively. Our inclusive approach serves a diverse community of learners through a combination of instructional differentiation and small group intervention or extension. Our unique location in Wallingford’s historic Good Shepherd Center situates us in an 11-acre park and surrounds us with nonprofit organizations such as the Tilth Alliance, Washington Green Schools and the Wallingford Senior Center. Academics take place inside the classroom and out in the park, and lessons in community begin by simply walking in the door.

Our Mission: The Meridian School promotes a balance of mind and heart, of contemplation and action, of individuality and a commitment to the community.

Our Beliefs:

Curriculum should challenge, engage and inspire students. At Meridian, we provide an excellent academic education in which the joy of childhood infuses the excitement of learning.

Character is built upon integrity, compassion, and responsibility. At Meridian, students are guided toward self-discipline and thoughtful decisions, mindful of themselves, others and their environment.

Community is the heart of a school. At Meridian, all students, staff and families are known and valued. We strive to create an equitable and inclusive culture. Our connections are strengthened through close student-teacher relationships, strong parent involvement, and active engagement with our local and global communities.

Programmatic Highlights: A learning approach that is flexible, responsive and customized, Place-based Education, Service Learning, Global Competency

PUGET SOUND INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS

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www.pugetsoundindependentschools.org

Puget Sound Independent Schools (PSIS) is a non-profit admissions collaborative connecting families and schools around the Puget Sound region. We promote the value of local independent school education, and work collaboratively to make the admission process more accessible for prospective families. Our goal is for families to have an increased awareness of the 40+ independent school options in the Puget Sound region. All members of this collaborative are affiliated with the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS). Through our website, school fairs, and efforts to streamline the application process, we hope to increase student access to independent school education in this area.

At independent schools, you’ll find extraordinary teachers, small class sizes, and an environment where teachers nurture and stimulate students’ intellectual curiosity, personal growth, and critical thinking skills. Our member schools service a variety of grade levels and learning philosophies. Visit our website to find the right school for your child today at www.pugetsoundindependentschools.org.


SOUNDVIEW SCHOOL

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6515 196th St. SW
Lynnwood, WA 98036
(425) 778-8572
www.soundview.org

Would your child benefit from an ethical, rigorous, and compassionate learning environment? Do you believe that parents and teachers should come together to make sure children grow as students and as individuals? Soundview School may be of interest to you.

Soundview School is an independent, International Baccalaureate World School in Lynnwood, Washington (population 38,273). It is situated 17 miles north of Seattle. The school enjoys a 3+ acre campus, one-third of which is reserved for forest. Currently, Soundview has a student body of 85. The faculty to student ratio is 8:1.

Soundview educates preschool through 8th grade students. The Soundview community is built on close, personal relationships between students, families, and teachers. Students learn in flexible, multi-age classrooms that provide personalized learning experiences.

  • 100% of our curriculum exceeds State of Washington standards.
  • 100% of our students take advanced courses in math.
  • 100% of our fifth- through eighth graders participate in band.
  • Science, technology, engineering, art, and math are incorporated at all levels of learning.

At Soundview, every child empowered to make a positive difference. We honor how children really learn by encouraging curiosity, risk-taking, creation, and reflection.

If this sounds like something your child would benefit from, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We hope to hear from you soon.


UNIVERSITY CHILD DEVELOPMENT SCHOOL

5062 9th Avenue Northeast
Seattle, WA
http://www.ucds.org

Since the inception of UCDS in 1911 on the University of Washington campus, our teachers have assumed the role of educational researchers as they designed, implemented and evaluated our programs. Today, as a professional practice school, UCDS is engaged in ongoing educational reform. Our school is a dynamic learning environment for teachers as we work together to understand and inspire each child that we serve. Like our students, teachers at UCDS collaborate with colleagues and support each other professionally. Each faculty member brings different expertise and experience, enriching the learning environment.

UCDS builds a strong community between students, teachers, staff, parents, Board of Trustees and neighborhood. Civic responsibility is central to the ethos of our school. Students are responsible for sharing their knowledge and talent in a way that enriches the rest of the community.

We teach children to listen carefully to others, to help one another, to share what they have learned, to coach one another, to participate in group discussions, and to develop areas of expertise where a child can assume leadership. We believe that developing tolerance for different points of view and empathy for the needs of others is essential to the moral development of a child.


WHOLE EARTH MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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Founded in 1986, WEM is fully accredited and proudly serves ages 3 through 6th grade in the greater Bothell area. WEM’s vision is a world in which each individual has respect for self, others and the environment. Our mission is to nurture in each child a respect for self, others and the environment through academic excellence, global perspective and environmental awareness utilizing the philosophy, methods, and materials advocated by Dr. Maria Montessori.

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THE LITTLE FOLKS SCHOOL

3247 Q St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-6571
www.littlefolks.org

The Little Folks School is located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington DC enrolling children ages two through five. Our nursery school is an inclusive community where teachers have created an environment for your child to learn through active exploration and interaction with teachers, other children, and the physical world around them. We approach the whole child: developing the social, the cognitive, the physical and the aesthetic. Our program has always had an emphasis on the arts, both visual and performing.

Diversity of all kinds is celebrated at our school.

As we teach our students, “families come in all different shapes and sizes, it is love that makes a family.”


ST. JOHN’S EPISCOPAL PRESCHOOL

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www.stjohnsdc.org
3240 O Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
202-338-2574

St. John’s Preschool is made up of three classrooms with a total enrollment of 46 children, ages 2.5-5 years old. St. John’s is located in the heart of Georgetown, Washington, DC. The classrooms have adjacent studios for ongoing project work and investigations, and the faculty is grouped into co-teaching teams. Children may arrive early to participate in the Early Birds program, which begins at 8:00 AM, or stay for the afternoon Kids’ Workshop between 12:30 until 3:00 PM. Under the direction of St. John’s staff, these mixed age group auxiliary programs offer a rich extension of our philosophy. Children participating in the afternoon Kids’ Workshop bring lunch from home and enjoy time in the outdoor classroom.

St. John’s Preschool is inspired by the Municipal Preschools and Infant-Toddler Centers of Reggio Emilia, Italy, which provide the philosophical foundation for our values and actions. Our launching point is the belief that all children are competent, capable, and intelligent.

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