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.


3300 Kearney Street, Fremont, California 94538 (TK–Grade 5)
39706 Mission Boulevard, Fremont, California 94539 (Grades 6–12)
(510) 573-3435 (TK–Grade 5)
(510) 738-6003 (Grades 6–9)

BASIS Independent Fremont is a TK–12 private school where students discover their passions as they learn at the highest international levels. The world-acclaimed BASIS Curriculum is a blend of the best practices found in top education systems around the world, led by passionate Subject Expert Teachers who bring classrooms to life and foster a love of learning in every student. The curriculum and teachers unite to empower students’ natural curiosity, ingenuity, and independence from their first day in TK and all the way through senior year.

Students participate in a well-rounded, advanced liberal arts program with STEM offerings that is designed to inspire mastery and excellence across a diverse course load, including Mandarin, engineering, performing arts, physics, economics, chemistry, humanities, and more. BASIS Independent Fremont fosters a joyful learning culture where hard work is celebrated and intellectual pursuits results in extraordinary outcomes.


1500 Partridge Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94087 (TK–Grade 5; Coming fall 2022)
1290 Parkmoor Ave San Jose, CA 95126 (Grades 6–12)
(408) 291-0907

At BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, a grades 5–12 private school, students perform at the top 1% of their U.S. peers in math, reading, and science. Students and Subject Expert Teachers engage in a spiraling, globally bench-marked curriculum designed to inspire mastery and excellence. Rooted in STEM and the liberal arts, our program calls for the mastery of diverse content across disciplines—from to logic, economics, and concurrent sciences in middle school to college-level capstone courses and independent research in high school.

We believe in setting a higher standard and promoting self-reliance and accountability in an environment where learning is encouraged and celebrated. Our world-class educators are subject experts in their discipline who help students develop the knowledge, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills needed to enter and excel in the world’s top colleges and universities.


East Campus (Grades 6-12)
100 South Barrington Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90049

West Campus (Grades K-5)
12001 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

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.

Brentwood School inspires every student to:
Think critically and creatively.
Act ethically.
Shape a future with meaning.

Trust • Respect • Responsibility • Honesty • Caring • Diversity • Community

The Brentwood School community actively seeks diverse perspectives and embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential. We create an environment that fosters openness and appreciation of multiple dimensions of culture and identity. We aim to engage mindfully in open and frequent dialogues to ensure that each member is valued, included, and respected. Diversity is in the fabric of who we are.

Cow Hollow School, logo


65 Funston Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94129

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.


140 Foothill Blvd
La Canada, CA 91011

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 and schedule a tour!


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.

EF Academy


1539 E Howard St., Pasadena, CA 91104
(914) 495-6056

EF Academy's mission is to open the world through education. At our international, private high school welcoming day and boarding students from 75+ countries, students will engage in a learning experience that asks them to explore diverse perspectives through a process of collaboration, analysis and reflection aimed at developing the skills necessary to respond to the challenges and opportunities facing their generation. Here, we foster true global citizenship through our multicultural learning community. Our school promises to provide a superior education, thorough preparation for university, and a future that knows no borders.

Our California campus, EF Academy Pasadena, is located on a brand new 16-acre campus in greater Los Angeles County, 30-minutes from L.A. and is committed to empowering students to become confident, resilient, and responsible global citizens. EF Academy embraces the spirit of collaborative international perspective on a community-focused campus. We offer a range of programs so that all 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 30+ after school clubs and activities, students have the opportunity to discover their true passions.  EF Academy encourages students to develop the confidence and independence that will serve them well in college and the real world after.

EF Academy also has locations in Westchester, New York, and Oxford, England.


255 Swift Street
Santa Cruz, California 95060
(831) 423-0341
Grades K-8

Gateway School in Santa Cruz, California has provided families with an exceptional educational experience for 50 years. Students and alumni proudly embody the school's values and inspire future generations as Gateway embarks on its next 50 years.

Gateway School is an all gender day school for students in grades Kindergarten through 8th. We are a community dedicated to nurturing academic excellence and intellectual curiosity, high character and personal compassion, and individual agency and engagement.

We invite all families interested in Gateway School to visit, ask questions, and get to know our community! For more information and to schedule a tour, please email our Admissions Manager or visit our website at


650 254 0748

Mountain View Campus
Preschool - Grade 12
310 Easy Street

San Francisco Campus
Preschool - Grade 8
117 Diamond St. (Castro)

The German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) is an independent bilingual immersion school focused on nurturing students using a stimulating project-based learning system that fosters critical, independent, and imaginative thinking.

We feature a strong science program and are a recognized MINT (the German equivalent to STEM) school. Our Teachers are at the heart of the GISSV experience. We pride ourselves in our caring, highly qualified, experienced and international faculty, most of whom have gone through Germany’s rigorous teacher training and holds an advanced German degree (Master's equivalent).

Our unique homeroom teacher system allows students to stay with the same teacher for several years, forging a strong bond, and for students joining us with little or no knowledge of either German or English, we offer individualized language learning support.

GISSV is accredited by WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) and is recognized as the only official German School Abroad (DAS) in California. This enables our students to graduate with dual diplomas, the California High School Diploma, and the German International Abitur offering world-wide opportunities.

Schedule a tour with our Admissions Director and discover more about GISSV.


500 Saratoga Ave.
San Jose, CA 95129

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


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.

Hillbrook School


300 Marchmont Drive
Los Gatos, CA 95032
(408) 356-6116

Be Kind, Be Curious, Take Risks, Be Your Best: these are the core values of Hillbrook, an independent JK-8 school in the hills of Los Gatos, California—14 rolling acres where students can play, dream, and explore. At Hillbrook, children will find a close, welcoming community of friends, parents, and educators, a place where every child is known, loved, and encouraged to be exactly who they are. In addition to strong academic programs in math, science, the arts, history, languages, and more, Hillbrook students are invited to explore their passions and curiosities, and reach beyond themselves to make a difference. At the The Scott Center for Social Entrepreneurship, students are encouraged to transform their ideas into impact, explore their passions and curiosities, and see themselves as part of the world. As a school, we move into the future with intention—diversity, equity, and inclusion is woven into our academic curriculum, preparing students to see the world as it is, imagine what it might be, and develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to build a better future.

To learn more, book a tour, and apply, please visit


1555 Mariposa Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 861-8840


Oakland, CA

Park Day School is a progressive K-8 co-ed school located in Oakland, California. Park Day provides a strong academic foundation where students learn by doing and are encouraged to follow their own curiosity.

With a focus on developing intrinsic motivation, Park Day’s robust interdisciplinary academic program includes an emphasis on social justice and social emotional learning. Classes are designed to prepare students to be informed, courageous, and compassionate people who shape a more equitable and sustainable world, while nurturing a love of learning that propels them their entire lives.

Take a virtual tour of campus or sign up to visit Park Day School in person


540 So. Commonwealth Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90020
Early Education- 12th Grade

Located between Downtown LA and Hancock Park on the corner of 6th and Commonwealth, Pilgrim School was established in 1958.

Pilgrim’s close knit community includes students in toddler, preschool and junior kindergarten programs, elementary school (K-5), middle school (6-8) and high school (9-12). Small class sizes ensure that every student receives the individual attention she or he requires throughout their education, including invaluable personal guidance through the complex college admissions process. In addition, Pilgrim has Mayflower House, a dormitory for high school students (both domestic and international).

Visitors notice the beauty of the historic campus, but also the poise and friendliness of the students, and the genuine sense of community and warmth. An integral part of the school’s identity is that the Pilgrim community is made up of a vibrant range of families and students who mirror the ethnic, family profile and socioeconomic mix that defines Los Angeles.

Pilgrim School provides a personalized education in a nurturing environment based on a “no cut/everybody plays” model in the arts, academics, physical and outdoor education. Pilgrim offers both before-and after-school care and enrichment programs, a wonderful convenience for parents that also offers students the opportunity to participate in additional organized activities.

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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.

Personalized tours can be scheduled by appointment and students are welcomed to enroll throughout the school year, as long as there is space available in the desire program and the child is grade-level ready. Find our more at and discover a school where the extraordinary happens.


1387 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Synergy School is a progressive, independent TK-8 school located in San Francisco’s Mission District. For nearly 50 years, our mission has been to nurture the intellectual, creative, and emotional potential of every child in a community dedicated to diversity, inclusion, and social justice.

From the beginning, we have had a deep commitment to recognize and honor differences within our community and the world at large. We encourage our students to develop their voices and to have agency to affect change, to advocate, and to act as allies against racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, and intolerance.

We work toward these goals by creating a safe space in our school, presenting multiple points of views in our teaching and curriculum, as well as building a community that reflects the ethnic and socio-economic diversity of San Francisco.

We affirm the necessity of engaging in ongoing work to create and sustain a socially just, equitable environment that actively works against all forms of bias and racism.

We invite you to learn more about us, our approach to education, and to sign up for a tour, visit


2750 Jackson St., San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 921-3747
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


WNS, a preschool – 8th grade private independent school located in Los Angeles, embraces a positive, child-centered approach to education that strives to fully develop the potential of each student intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically. Our high academic and ethical standards encourage students to take responsibility for their learning and their behavior. Propelled by curiosity, WNS students are learners, doers, and makers. We provide students with a platform to become entrepreneurs by nurturing their intrinsic ability to innovate. Our program is designed to engage students in a project-based, active-learning curriculum that challenges all students to grow. We provide an environment steeped in a growth mindset where each child is able to experience success, embrace mistakes as a part of the journey, is confident in taking intellectual risks, and where individuals feel valued in their differences and value the differences in others.

We strive to be a community of lifelong learners, where academic excellence, creativity, sense of humor, independence, self-discipline, and high moral standards are valued.

For more information about WNS, please visit or contact by phone: 310-574-8650 or Email:

Dawson School

Dawson School

10455 Dawson Dr.
Lafayette, CO 80026

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 over 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.




40 Dodgingtown Rd.
Newtown, CT 06470

Parent-Child Classes, Mixed-Age Kindergarten, 1-8th Grades, Summer Camp

Wisdom begins with wonder. Housatonic Valley Waldorf® School, the only Waldorf grade school in Connecticut, is located in Newtown, about 75 miles from NYC. We offer authentic, accredited Waldorf education programs for children from Parent-Child Classes through Grade 8, as well as extended-care, Summer Camp, and many lectures and special events for the whole family.  At the core of the Waldorf philosophy is a profound understanding of the human spirit and human development and the conviction that education is an artistic process, and knowledge is best learned experientially. With over 900 schools in 83 countries, Waldorf Education is the fastest growing independent educational movement in the world.

HVWS Mission Statement:

To provide a lasting education that cultivates resilient and creative human beings who are capable of free thinking, confident action, and deep connections with others and the world.


377 North Wilton Road
New Canaan, CT 06480

St. Luke's is a secular private school in New Cannan, CT serving grades 5-12. St. Luke's mission is an exceptional education that inspires a deep love of learning, a strong moral compass, the commitment to serve, and the confidence to lead. Considering private school? Connect with a member of our Admissions team or attend an upcoming event.

Baker Demostration School


201 Sheridan Rd., Wilmette, IL 60091
Preschool – 8th grade

AN EDUCATION THAT PUTS CHILDREN IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT. Our child-centered approach to learning ensures that each child, from preschool to middle school, is uniquely valued, supported and nurtured throughout their educational journey — creating expressive, compassionate students that are eager to help shape the world. Located on the border of Evanston and Wilmette, Baker Demonstration School is nationally recognized for excellence in progressive education.

Learn more about Baker and arrange an admissions chat by visiting


955 W. Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

Bennett Day School is an independent, PK-12 school in Chicago that is committed to advancing creativity, innovation, and the development of lifelong learners and leaders. At Bennett, students learn by doing through dynamic project-based learning (PBL) experiences. Our mission is to provide a collaborative culture that nurtures our innate sense of inquiry and curiosity.

Our teachers don’t see students as empty vessels waiting to be filled with information, but rather thinkers, doers, and inventors who are co-collaborators in the learning process. Bennett Day School’s emergent and responsive curriculum empowers students to be curious, think critically, and take ownership of their education. Small class sizes ensure every child’s voice is heard and valued.

NOW ENROLLING! Register for an Open House or schedule an admissions chat:


1362 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: 773-702-9451

Because the Laboratory Schools are part of the world-renowned University of Chicago, the importance of intellectual life—of thought and exploration—infuses everything we do across all aspects of our curriculum. We wouldn’t expect anything less from a school that exists in the heart of a research-based university.

The Laboratory Schools are home to the youngest members of the University of Chicago’s academic community. We ignite and nurture an enduring spirit of scholarship, curiosity, creativity, and confidence. We value learning experientially, exhibiting kindness,
and honoring diversity.

Founded by distinguished educator John Dewey in 1896 and located in Hyde Park, the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools are a nursery through grade 12 college preparatory school that is among the nation’s best.

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1951 Delta Avenue
West Branch Iowa 52358 | (319) 519-1860

Scattergood Friends School is a brave space, an all-gender, inclusive, small school with small classes. Scattergood is a place where you can be who you are.

Located just 15 minutes from bustling Iowa City and three hours from Chicago on a 126-acre organic farm, Scattergood is an independent boarding and day school for grades 6-12 founded in 1890 (boarding for grades 9-12 only). Committed to environmental education and stewardship, students take college-preparatory courses with experiential, hands-on learning, and more individualized, self-reflective assessment, utilizing the school’s farm, pond, and restored prairie as outdoor classrooms. All students must be accepted to a four-year college to graduate.

Scattergood students come from all over the United States and around the globe. Staff and students work together to care for our home, from gathering produce to preparing our meals to keeping campus grounds pristine. Instilled with the Quaker values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship- and the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion- Scattergood students are set to grow not just academically, but to thrive personally, with many adventures along their dynamic journey.

To learn more about this safe, inclusive, affordable, and open-minded day and boarding school, contact


13500 Layhill Road
Silver Spring, MD 20906
John Wilson
Director of Admission

Barrie School is a progressive independent school, serving students from 12 months to Grade 12, that inspires excellence, intrinsic motivation, and responsibility through innovation in learning. Our intentional educational throughline—from Montessori (12 months to Grade 5) to Project-Based Learning (Grade 6 to Grade 12)—cultivates learning that lasts, offering challenging educational experiences that unlock intrinsic motivation and innovation in both students and faculty.

Our community fosters a deep sense of belonging and empowers and honors student voice and responsibility, coming together in our truly diverse student body of engaged citizens confident to be themselves, bringing diverse and inclusive worldviews. Located in Silver Spring, Maryland, Barrie School provides an extraordinary learning environment integrating local, national, and global educational
opportunities. Our 45-acre campus is home to the world-renowned Barrie Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies— one of the largest school-based teacher training programs in the country— and Barrie Camp, a Washington, D.C. area tradition since the 1950s.


Owings Mills, Maryland

McDonogh is a welcoming community dedicated to providing a learning environment based on mutual respect, understanding, and kindness. It is a place where joy is ever-present and opportunities abound for deep thinking, innovating, collaborating, and discovering passions. Under the guidance of talented and caring teachers, students in prekindergarten through twelfth grade are empowered to be self-reliant, critical thinkers who can form, test, and revise their ideas—for themselves, and in the service of others.

In addition to state-of-the-art academic, art, and athletic facilities, McDonogh’s 800-acre campus provides countless opportunities for exploration. Learning also takes place at Roots, the school’s 10-acre farm, where students care for chickens, tend crops, and harvest produce for the dining hall and local food pantries.

With a fleet of 27 buses that make stops in Baltimore City and surrounding counties, McDonogh is right around the corner! Upper School students also have the option of participating in our five-day boarding program that allows them to live on campus during the school week and become further immersed in campus life.


955 Sligo Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Marcia Miller
Director of Admissions

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.


Located in Bethesda, MD, Norwood School develops students in grades PK-8 into confident lifelong learners who have the academic, character, and leadership skills to succeed in high school and beyond. Recognizing that children are multi-faceted, Norwood provides many opportunities for safe risk-taking, exploration, discovery, and growth in a nurturing, supportive, and inclusive school community.


5 Cadbury Rd
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 354-388

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.


80 Trowbridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02138


The Center School is a progressive, independent day school in the heart of the Pioneer Valley. Since 1981, the Center School has been the ideal solution for families who are seeking an alternative to institutionalized learning, one that provides a solid educational foundation. Through meaningful projects and deep and lively discussions, we foster and support each child’s indomitable intellectual curiosity and self-confidence. Our classrooms buzz with problem solving, creativity and compassionate citizenship. The Center School weaves each individual’s thread into a beautiful, integrated community. Serving students 18 months to 8th Grade. Visit for more information.

Dedham Country Day School


At DCD, we believe that balance matters—in learning and life. We combine academic challenge with support; pedagogical tradition with innovation. Strong scholastics combined with outstanding arts and athletics create a program that is balanced and whole. Here, a premium is placed on both academic and emotional intelligence. Children learn who they are as diverse individuals and how to be part of something bigger. Acceptance is a given, and children find encouragement in every connection they make. It’s a community that nurtures, nudges, and gives. That’s how we grow “whole” children—and, ultimately, adults who will thrive with the intellectual and emotional capacity to contribute to their world and enjoy meaningful lives.

While our “campus and classrooms” may look a bit different this year as we’ve reconfigured our school to maintain the health and safety of our community, our ability to deliver an education that is challenging, inclusive, and engaging, reflective of our mission, remains unchanged. From Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 8, DCD students tackle hands-on projects, collaborate, take risks, solve problems—and, most of all, enjoy and engage deeply in their experience.

Explore DCD through a series of virtual admissions events and personal connections with our admissions staff. An up-to-date schedule will be available on our website in September.

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Far Brook School

52 Great Hills Road
Short Hills, NJ 07078
Emi Ithen Director of Enrollment Management

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.

Montclair Cooperative School

65 Chestnut Street Montclair, NJ 07044
Marissa Hairston, Director of Enrollment Management

About Montclair Cooperative School:

From early ages through 8th grade, the Co-op keeps children at the center of school life, engages parents in their children’s education, safeguards play and childhood, allows for exploration, and supports students towards their own personal excellence. Since 1963, the heart of our progressive approach is the belief that children thrive in an environment that honors individuality and community, self and others.The unique value of a cooperative school lies in the partnership between students, families, and teachers, contributing to the life of the school in ways that benefit all who enter.

Visit Montclair Cooperative School:

Start the conversation by visiting our website, joining us for a virtual information session or an in-person open house. We look forward to telling you more about our diverse, inclusive community of families and our engaging, progressive academic programs.


650 Great Road
Princeton, NJ 08540

The region’s top-tier, independent day school offers PreK-Grade 12 co-ed learning experience on a 106-acre campus five minutes from downtown Princeton. Student-led leadership and a demonstrable commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion practices fuel our mission to nurture the mind, body and character of each student. Depth of learning, skills acquisition and innovative problem-solving define our expertly facilitated STEAM, arts and humanities programs, sports and extracurriculars. LEED-certified 30,000+ sq. ft. new athletic center, REx science independent study program, top Model UN, Energy & Climate Scholars, Jacobson Music Scholars program and more. See



250 Valentine’s Lane
Old Brookville, NY 11545

Green Vale is a coed elementary school for Pre-Nursery through 8th Grade, drawing families from all over Long Island. Since 1923, a program of exceptional academics and small class sizes is combined with emphasis on social-emotional learning and character development at every grade level. After a culminating experience in the middle school years (6th-8th Grades), GVS graduates go on to excel at independent, public, and boarding secondary schools.


Nursery–Grade 12, post-graduate
18 Goodfriend Drive, East Hampton, NY  11937

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 (N-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.


EF Academy


582 Columbus Ave., Thornwood, NY 10594
(914) 495-6056

EF Academy's mission is to open the world through education. At our international, private high school welcoming day and boarding students from 75+ countries, students will engage in a learning experience that asks them to explore diverse perspectives through a process of collaboration, analysis and reflection aimed at developing the skills necessary to respond to the challenges and opportunities facing their generation. Here, we foster true global citizenship through our multicultural learning community. Our school promises 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 is dedicated to educating worldly students ready to seize a future of opportunities. Home to 400 students from 50+ 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 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 Model U.N. to soccer, coding to fine arts, students have the opportunity to discover their true passions.  EF Academy encourages students to develop the confidence and independence that will serve them well in college and the real world after.

EF Academy also has locations in Oxford, England, and a new west coast campus opening in Pasadena for Fall 2022.


Pre & Lower School: 111 Larchmont Ave, Larchmont, NY 10538
Middle School: 145 New Street, Mamaroneck, NY 10543
High School: 320 East Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck, NY 10543

Contact us at 914-250-0401 or

Founded in 1980 as a one-classroom preschool, FASNY has evolved to become an international and bilingual N-12 day school educating more than 700 students on three campuses in Mamaroneck and Larchmont, New York. It is the only school in the New York metropolitan area accredited to offer both the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma and the French baccalaureate. All students also graduate with a New York State high school diploma. New in September 2020: an International Program for grades 1-8, no previous French required.

Teachers are committed to creating an environment that is nurturing yet challenging, one that encourages students to flourish intellectually, emotionally, and ethically. A combination of French and American traditions are hallmarks of school life, as are the arts, music, athletics, and community service; local and international trips; and 20+ club offerings. College acceptances represent a wide range of schools in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, and other European nations. To learn more visit


2491 Emery Road
South Wales NY, 14139

Green Meadow Waldorf School


307 Hungry Hollow Rd.
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977
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

Hackley School

293 Benedict Ave
Tarrytown, NY 10591

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.


Oakwood Friends School is offering a full 5-day program of in-person programming, academic and extracurricular, with advanced health protocols meeting and exceeding all NYS guidelines, on a 55-acre campus for room to spread for the safety of all.

See a Virtual Campus Tour and come join our Virtual Open Houses on Sundays October 3rd and October 17th, at 10:00AM – details and RSVP at



Cedar St., Rye, NY 10580
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


405 Gold St., Brooklyn, NY 11201 (PreK–Grade 2)
556 Columbia St., Brooklyn, NY 11231 (Grades 3–12)
(917) 473-1615

BASIS Independent Brooklyn is a PreK–12 private school featuring the world-acclaimed BASIS Curriculum, a globally inspired program rooted in the liberal arts and sciences. Students engage in engineering and Mandarin starting in PreK, work toward independent research in high school, and have a vibrant array of elective and extracurricular offerings to choose from. Led by Subject Expert Teachers who bring classrooms to life through their deep expertise, students build the knowledge and tools to be successful in every endeavor.

The school puts students at the center of their educational journey, nurturing a joyful learning culture where hard work is celebrated and intellectual pursuits result in extraordinary outcomes. As a result, BASIS Independent Brooklyn students learn to be self-advocates and proactively engage with their education—they are provided avenues to create programs and make sure their voices are clearly heard in shaping the school culture. Respect is the unifying value at BASIS Independent Brooklyn; respect for yourself, for the classroom, for friendships, for learning, and for the community.


795 Columbus Ave., New York, NY 10025 (PreK–Grade 5)
556 W. 22nd St. New York, NY 10011 (Grades 6–12)
(347) 305-4960

BASIS Independent Manhattan is a PreK–12 private school that educates students to the highest international levels through a spiraling liberal arts curriculum featuring STEM, Mandarin, logic, humanities, economics, and more. Subject Expert Teachers are at the helm of every classroom—with a unique two-teacher model in the Early Learning and Primary Programs that supports differentiation—who encourage students to take risks academically while providing consistent, individualized support.

With a clear focus on readying students for the skills they need to excel in their future pursuits, BASIS Independent Manhattan takes the guess work out of what good education looks like, providing an unparalleled foundation in all academic disciplines, along with critical skills like collaborative problem-solving and self-advocacy. The school’s culture is shaped by the pillars of citizenship, confidence, courage, compassion, and creativity, creating a community that is as vibrant and diverse as its students.


(718) 638-5660
126 St. Felix Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

The Brooklyn Music School is a community arts organization that has been changing lives through music for more than a century. We are proud to offer an expansive range of programming for all ages and disciplines, both online and in person. We believe in providing our students with opportunities to learn, connect and perform. Our programming reflects our commitment to our mission of increasing the accessibility of high quality Music Education. We cater classes and lessons to all skill levels and everything we offer is available at an affordable cost with some Financial Aid available.

At BMS, you can explore: Private Lessons for all instruments, Group Classes, Outreach, Summer, Program, Early Childhood Music, Musical Theatre, Music Ensembles, Music Therapy, Mentor Program, Opera, Artist Certificate, Rehearsal Room Rentals, Theatre Practice Rentals, Performance Opportunities, Arts Reaching Youth, After School ProgramDance, and the Homeschool Program.

Learn more today about filling yours or your child’s life with the joy of music by visiting!


301 Freedom Place South
New York, NY 10069


Pre-Nursery to 8th Grade
111 East 22nd Street
New York, NY 10010
+1 646 410 2238

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.


33 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023
3901 Fieldston Rd., Bronx, NY 10471
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


(212) 691-3432

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.

Garden School


33-16 79th Street
Jackson Heights, NY 11372

Garden School was founded in 1923 to meet the need for a high-quality, individualized, and independent school in Jackson Heights, Queens. The core of this neighborhood school’s early vision remains the same as the faculty and administration combine the wisdom of tradition with the science of pedagogical research to offer every student the finest education that maximizes academic and personal potential, in a partnership atmosphere where individual, family and community goals are valued and nurtured. We believe every child has potential and where we believe it is a school’s job to spark, acknowledge, and promote the passions and interests of children.

Garden is a tight knit family where we help our students develop and mature by tapping into their curiosity and teaching them to see one another as members of a global community. It is that sense of being part of something larger than oneself—a culture of caring for and reaching out to others—that makes Garden School a home away from home for our students.

Register for one of our weekly Virtual Information Sessions or schedule a private family tour of our campus.


314 West 91st Street
270 West 89th Street
New York, NY 10024

The IDEAL School of Manhattan is New York’s only K-12+ independent inclusion school. Our mission is to affirm and accept the full identities of all people while inspiring academic excellence, creative leadership, and a desire to build a more just and equitable world.

The school’s core principles are built into its name: Inclusion, Diversity, Excellence, Acceptance, and Leadership. Every aspect of the IDEAL experience--instruction, assessment, program, enrichment--reflects a research-based commitment to inclusion education.

Because IDEAL teachers know their students in and out of the classroom, they are able to design instruction that builds upon the students’ unique talents and strengths. Differentiated instruction allows students to pursue the same subjects at multiple levels of complexity. Supportive faculty, small class sizes, and partnerships between general educators and learning specialists create a rigorous but nurturing learning community.

IDEAL’s curriculum and programs are multicultural by design, and social justice and anti-bias instruction are built-in and given dedicated instructional time. Immersion in the arts and a differentiated athletic program as well as service-learning opportunities round out the IDEAL experience.

Please visit our website at to learn more about our Upper West Side campus or hear what our parents and students have to say in our latest school video.


119-17 Union Turnpike
Forest Hills, NY 11375
(718) 268-4667


150 W. 85th St.
New York, NY 10024
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 is a K-12 college preparatory program dedicated to the success of students with learning disabilities. Grounded in the Quaker values of equality, integrity, and social responsibility, we cultivate a diverse and anti-racist community in which all students can reach their full potential. Our specialized teaching methodologies and challenging curricula empower students to become academic achievers, creative thinkers, advocates for equity, and contributing members of a global society.

We support our students in their academic journey with structured, multisensory curricula; differentiated instruction; small class sizes; and an engaging approach to learning, empowering them to be their own best advocates at school and beyond. We believe that all of our students can learn when given the attention and specialized resources they need. Our efforts extend beyond the classroom, incorporating the visual and performing arts, athletic teams, field studies programs, cross-cultural travel, and service learning. Our college preparatory program is rich, supportive, and academically rigorous.

The school has three campuses in Brooklyn: a newly renovated lower school in Boerum Hill, a middle school in Carroll Gardens, and an upper school in Brooklyn Heights.


325 West 85th St.
New York, NY 10024

Metropolitan Montessori School serves children between the ages of 2 and 14 years. Based on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and founded in 1964, the school is guided by the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori. We focus on building honest and open relationships between teachers, students, and parents that guide each child toward reaching their fullest potential.

Metropolitan Montessori champions a modern Montessori education that puts the child at the center of our work and the guide to our purpose. We emphasize individualized learning, positive social-emotional development and rigorous academics. The dynamic partnership of child, parent and teacher creates a consistent Montessori framework offering “An Education for Life.”


251 W 100th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY, 10025
(212) 316-1555

A warm, welcoming preschool on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Morningside Montessori School combines Montessori principles with contemporary research-based approaches. Our early childhood programs are carefully designed to meet each child’s social, emotional, physical, and cognitive needs, and are led by dedicated teachers who delight in helping children grow. In partnership with our close-knit family community, we cultivate each child's curiosity, joy, compassion, and independence, laying the foundation for a lifelong love of learning.

Our Twos Program is designed to gently introduce two-year-olds to the experience and community of a school environment. Our Early Childhood Program, for children aged three to six years old, aims to provide children with a sense of order, continuity, and community. All programs feature flexible scheduling to meet the needs of every family.

We invite you to explore our programs on our website, view our virtual open house, and contact us at with any questions.


244 West 14th Street, NYC

Pusteblume International Preschool is NYC’s only non-profit, fully licensed, independent preschool offering German and Spanish language immersion. Some of our children participate in both language programs in a weekly rotation.

We combine the best of international and American teaching methods in a nurturing setting, that cultivates the growth and development of your child. Our unique, NY State approved curriculum is built around inquiry and exploration in the classroom, the school community and the vibrant city that surrounds us. Our licensed, native-speaking faculty teaches music, movement, mathematical concepts, literacy and visual arts in a fun and warm learning environment.

Pusteblume’s beautifully appointed, light-filled facility features a large play room that allows children to move freely even when the weather does not cooperate. We are conveniently located near multiple playgrounds and parks and only steps away from various major transportation options.

Our preschool program admits children 2 to 5 years of age; the activity-based after school/enrichment programs welcome children up to 12 years old, and are open to students from other schools.

At Pusteblume we have created a multilingual, multicultural environment that prepares your child to participate and succeed in our international world.


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

Over the years, since the founding of Riverdale Country School in 1907, Riverdale has sought to equip students to “change the world for good.” Our students, in pre-kindergarten through grade 12, seek to understand the world around them, clarify their thinking, take action and reflect on what they have learned. We educate students based on guiding principles in three areas: mind, character, and community. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) are at the core of the anti-racist, anti-bias, and transformational work of Riverdale. Approximately 42% of our students and 25% of our faculty and staff identify as people of color. This commitment is reflected in the pillars of student life here at Riverdale, which promotes curiosity, purpose and belonging.


High standards and innovative approaches encourage students to explore a wide range of subjects in the humanities, arts and sciences. Riverdale provides both a strong educational foundation and a rich variety of experiential, interdisciplinary, and service learning experiences. Riverdale students are intellectually curious, and the school community provides thoughtful support for emotional growth as well as support for their success as independent learners.


We encourage honesty, self-discipline, resilience and perseverance in all students. We provide an active support system, a culture of building each other up and the development of character to sustain students throughout their lives.


The Riverdale campuses, the largest in New York City, are the setting for an active community of learners. This is a “high-challenge, high-support” environment, where students can stretch and grow. Students also expand their view of community beyond our campuses; they are encouraged to view themselves as citizens of this City and the world at large, with all the joy and responsibility that implies.


540 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021

The Town School is committed to elementary co-education, serving students in Nursery through Eighth grade. As we embrace high academic and ethical standards for each student, we are guided by our school motto, “let there be joy in learning.”

Town’s program balances the traditional and the innovative, emphasizing excellence in academics and a thorough exposure to the arts and physical education. We teach children to think creatively, read critically and reason logically, stressing the value of both individual learning and collaboration. We are committed to diversity, teaching students to be inclusive and to respect themselves and others.

We believe that the process of learning is as important as the result. Town builds on children’s natural curiosity and creativity, helping them to discover and celebrate their strengths. In our nurturing and supportive environment, we challenge each student to take risks and persevere. The program enables students to experience success, increase self-confidence and develop individuality. Faculty and parents collaborate in support of each child’s growth.


309 West 92nd St.
New York, NY 10025
ages 2.0 - 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.


7 E 96th Street
New York, NY 10128
Director of Admissions - Jean Monaco -

Wetherby-Pembridge is a unique independent school for boys and girls ages 2 - 14 (Nursery 2- Grade 8) that holds sacred its core values of Respect, Resilience, and Responsibility. The curriculum is based on the rigorous English National Curriculum and is enriched by NYC’s cultural experiences. Children are inspired to achieve personal confidence and success with integrity, kindness, respect, and manners.

Wetherby-Pembridge partners with families to provide an academically challenging but also bespoke program that works to supply all children with the tools to create in the world. Our unique community is both educationally engaging and family focused.


40 West 68th St.
New York, NY 10023

York Prep is a New York City independent school committed to creating a nurturing environment that challenges and supports each student in a diverse and inclusive setting. Compassionate educators guide students through a traditional and rigorous curriculum, while employing a range of innovative techniques to cultivate each individual student’s skills, abilities, and interests. York strives to support all students as they grow into lifelong learners and responsible citizens.

Their program offers an unparalleled Jump Start Program with one on one personalized attention, along with Honors courses, AP classes, and a world class Scholars Program. The thorough and student-centered college counseling program provides guidance tailored to each student’s particular needs and interests.

York has built a community based on a fundamental principle. As founder and headmaster, Ronald Stewart, loves to say, “Character trumps Algebra.” While the curriculum is challenging and prepares students to succeed academically in top schools, York prepares them to do much more than just earn good grades. York prepares them to be confident people of character.

“My daughter’s success is due to all the dedicated staff and faculty at York. I am proud of my daughter's achievements but if she were a beautiful flower, York would be the sun and the rain."
-York Prep Parent





The Agnes Irwin School is a nationally recognized all-girls' independent college preparatory school for PreK-Grade 12 that has provided outstanding liberal arts education since 1869. We offer a rigorous academic program, coupled with competitive sports and diverse visual and performing arts, and combine current educational thinking with well-established teaching practices that serve girls best.

Agnes Irwin is a place where students take chances, discover their strengths, and excel across a wide range of academic subjects, athletic endeavors and extracurricular pursuits. We’re a place that’s small enough to feel like a real community, but big enough to inspire a sense of adventure. A place where girls are confident, engaged and excited about what lies ahead.

Our girls not only embrace learning, they immerse themselves in it. Whether bringing original ideas to life in the Kindergarten Invention Convention, designing unique civilizations during Culture Week in Middle School, or delivering a powerful speech in Senior Assembly, our girls eagerly embrace challenges, freely speak their minds, and learn to follow their curiosity wherever it leads – which might be somewhere completely unexpected. With top-notch educators and a diverse 660+ student body, The Agnes Irwin School empowers girls to learn, to lead, and to live a legacy. Find out more! Visit

Crefeld School


8836 Crefeld Street
Philadelphia, PA 19118
7th - 12th grade

A gender inclusive school, serving students in grades 7 through 12, The Crefeld School's mission is to graduate self-aware, empathetic, lifelong learners, who possess an appreciation for diverse perspectives, their role in society, and their ability to act as agents of change. Located in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Crefeld provides an intentionally different college preparatory program to help students become their best selves.


• Trust-based system: ​Everyone at Crefeld is a member of the community. As members of this community, trust is essential to our functioning.

• Commitment to social justice: ​We believe it is our responsibility to do what we can to eliminate bias based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, political affiliation, national origin, or disability.

• Diversity, equity and inclusion: ​Crefeld is committed to building a culture that respects and embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are critical for advancing knowledge, sparking innovation, and creating sustainable communities.

• Strength-based approach: ​At Crefeld, we celebrate what students do well every day and help develop compensation strategies for areas of growth.

• Embrace individuality: ​Through the advisory system, each student is recognized as an individual and has a well-supported designated advocate monitoring their education at Crefeld.


110 N. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne, PA 19050
Pre-K through 6th grade

Lansdowne Friends School (Pre-K through 6th grade), located fifteen minutes from University City, engages children as they develop academically, socially and spiritually. Grounded in Quaker values, our challenging program builds on the natural curiosity our children have for their immediate surroundings. Our green campus within the walkable community of Lansdowne supports the exploration of our students’ ever-changing world. Our goals for children include growth in academic skills; cultivation of an inner discipline and a strong sense of self and community; enjoyment of learning; and development of respect, compassion and care for others.


Philadelphia, PA

The Philadelphia School educates children for a future that is impossible to know but not impossible to shape. Learn here. Go anywhere.

The Philadelphia School’s progressive approach to learning and teaching has deep thinking, innovation, and agency as its guiding values. We encourage children to explore and push the boundaries of possibility to fulfill their intellectual, social, and civic potential. We approach learning through inquiry, projects, and community. Core values and new research inform the school’s program and pedagogical practices. Our interdisciplinary, theme-based approach prepares students to build a stronger and more inclusive school, community, and society for today and tomorrow.

As an urban, preschool–8th grade school, we address specifically how young students develop intellectually, creatively, emotionally, socially, and physically. Through our commitment to diversity, we seek to nurture each student’s moral compass, sense of personal integrity, and respect for individuality. Learning in the city, country, and classroom affirms our founders’ goal of educating children to become responsible and active stewards of the urban and natural environments.


8000 Jones Branch Dr.
McLean, Virginia 22102
(703) 854-1253

BASIS Independent McLean is an age 2–grade 12 private school in Northern Virginia that is educating tomorrow’s artists, engineers, scientists, and leaders. The world-acclaimed BASIS Curriculum is bench-marked to the highest international levels, featuring unique courses in STEM, Mandarin, logic, humanities, economics, and more. Subject Expert Teachers lead each subject area—with a two-teacher model in the Early Learning and Primary Programs that supports differentiation—who encourage students to take risks academically while providing consistent, individualized support.

Students and teachers alike center themselves around their school values: show respect, take responsibility, and make improvements. These ensure students build the empathy, independence, and confidence to take control of their education while also learning to be a good friend. At BASIS Independent McLean, students ultimately learn become active participants—not spectators—in their school and larger community.


St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School is a college preparatory Episcopal Church School in the Diocese of Virginia that educates boys and girls from ages 3 through grade 12. SSSAS serves students from across Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. We have three distinct campuses, each uniquely tailored to meet the needs of the students within. 

We live our mission every single day. To help our students succeed in a complex and changing world, we seek to inspire a passion for learning, an enthusiasm for athletic and artistic endeavor, a striving for excellence, a celebration of diversity, and a commitment to service. Our mission is to pursue goodness as well as knowledge and to honor the unique value of each of our members as a child of God in a caring community.

Our students are respected and celebrated for their gifts and talents. Through all the learning, exploring, and dreaming big, students develop a confidence in themselves because they are known, supported, challenged, and inspired to succeed. The opportunities are endless, and the relationships last a lifetime.

Every aspect of your school experience contributes an essential ingredient to who you will become. As you consider what you want in a school, keep these points in mind:

• Values that affirm the worth of each member of the school community create the conditions for your success.
• Teachers who nurture your curiosity inspire you to realize your academic best.
• Hands-on learning experiences, whether field trips, service projects, or cross-cultural travel build your understanding of the wider world.
• Opportunities for you to innovate stimulate your imagination and creativity.
• Clubs, activities, and athletics are proving grounds for building friendships, developing leadership skills, and shaping your character.
• A school with a well-defined sense of purpose will help you to define yourself to BECOME READY.


3819 Gallows Road
Annandale, VA
(703) 256-3620

Westminster School provides to students in preschool-8th grade a well-rounded education steeped in the classics, whose fundamental goals are a disciplined and well-informed mind, strength of character, dedication to learning, generosity of spirit, creativity, and joy in the possibilities of life. Accelerated curriculum includes the core subjects, as well as Junior Great Books, French, Latin, Art, Music, Penmanship, Drama, Dance, and daily PE.  Extracurricular activities such as sports, chorus, orchestra, chess, French club, Builder’s Club, MathCounts, and multiple field trips per year enhance students’ rich experience.  Extended care, door-to-door bus service, enrichment classes, and camp programs are also available.

Call us today to schedule a virtual tour or register for one of our upcoming virtual Open Houses on October 26 or December 14, 2021!

BASIS INDEPENDENT BELLEVUE | Grades 3–7 (Coming fall 2022)

15749 NE 4th St., Bellevue, WA 98008
(425) 229-1277

BASIS Independent Bellevue is changing the face of private school education! Opening fall 2022, Bellevue families will discover a learning community where intellectual curiosity drives student success, where interdisciplinary instruction meets experiential learning, and where students are inspired to learn at the highest international levels. Students will engage in a content-rich curriculum rooted in the liberal arts and STEM—including Mandarin, art, humanities, advanced mathematics, and more—all led by Subject Expert Teachers who empower students’ full potential. The BASIS Curriculum combines top education practices from around the world, and is designed to ensure students gain the content knowledge, critical thinking skills, and independence needed to succeed.

The school will open with grades 3–7 to start, with plans to expand to a full middle and high school.


2812 116th Ave NE Bellevue, WA 98004
Preschool-5th Grade

At The Little School, we cultivate curiosity, creativity and joy. We offer an innovative, project-based program informed by over 60 years of experience.

• Preschool through fifth grade in Bellevue, WA
• 12.5-acre campus for investigation and discovery
• Blended indoor/outdoor learning
• Small student-to-teacher ratio

Students are known by our whole community, allowing them to develop strong relationships with adults and peers through collaboration and play. We invite you to do a virtual tour of The Little School schedule a visit to our campus on Ravenna, our online application portal. Have questions? Email us at

The Meridian School


4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Suite 242
Seattle, WA 98103

The Meridian School is an independent, K-5 school (200 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.


660 South Dearborn St.
Seattle, WA 98134

6th – 12th grade

"Puget Sound Community School: Celebrating 28 years helping kids turn passion into achievement.

PSCS is a community oriented middle and high school whose first focus is not limited to an academic program, but is to recognize the full range of human development. PSCS provides a safe, loving, nurturing environment in which the curriculum is based on responsibility and the goal for graduates is maturity. The school is dedicated to surrounding all students with talented people of high character who help them find out what they’re passionate about, and then help them DO something with that passion.

PSCS’ academic program is delivered to students by a highly committed teaching staff and a network of volunteers and is a natural by-product of a compassionate environment. The program is gleaned from a philosophy grounded in first-hand observation of how kids learn and grow. PSCS asks students to dedicate themselves to three simple core commitments: Practice Integrity. Engage the Community. Act with Courage

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

Every child deserves a school that is ethical, rigorous, and compassionate.

Last March, Soundview launched an online alternative to our bricks-and-mortar campus: Soundview VS.

Soundview VS is a seamless extension of the educational environment that Soundview School provides on its regular campus.

Soundview VS is a structured educational environment with daily interaction between the same instructors students had on the bricks-and-mortar campus.

• Every parent and student has full access to teachers, Soundview administration, and the Soundview staff counselor.
• Every child receives individual support through Soundview VS daily.
• Soundview VS and its curriculum are fully accredited by the State of Washington.
• Instruction is equal to what we provide on our bricks-and-mortar campus.
• The education our students receive is fully recognized by Soundview’s regional, national, and international affiliates.

This is a difficult time for all of us. COVID-19 has has made our lives extremely complicated, partly because the circumstances change on a weekly basis. Soundview School wants you to know that we are doing everything we can to provide stability for our students and their families. We begin with the classroom.

Your communication is always welcome. Our head of school, Chris Watson, can be reached at or at (425) 778-8572.

Soundview: an International Baccalaureate School | | 6515 196th Street SW | Lynnwood, WA 98036 | 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization


5062 9th Avenue Northeast
Seattle, WA

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.



Beauvoir, located on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC, is a coeducational independent elementary school that serves approximately 400 students in Pre-Kindergarten through Third Grade. Beauvoir’s mission is to provide an extraordinary early childhood education in a diverse community that values every individual. Its program encourages creative, courageous learners and builds an enduring foundation for a lifelong spirit of inquiry and joy in learning. As an Episcopal School, Beauvoir welcomes students and families of all faiths and backgrounds to celebrate their individual stories and collective experiences. The School aligns its practices and decisions with its goal to be a child-centered, safe and deeply engaged learning community.


1640 Kalmia Rd. NW
Washington DC 20012

Founded in 1965, Lowell School is a progressive co-ed PK-8th grade school located in Washington, DC. Our beautiful eight-acre campus is conveniently located next to historic Rock Creek Park, and includes a Pre-Primary, Primary and Middle School, as well as several playgrounds, sports areas, and outdoor learning spaces, as well as a creek.

Lowell teaches children to fully embrace the humanity, dignity, and individuality of all people, so that they may serve now and in the future as agents of change in a world that continually struggles with inclusion and equity.

We promote active, collaborative learning, with an emphasis on building conceptual understanding and developing strong creative, critical, and analytical thinking. Carefully designed learning experiences and curricula are integrated across subjects, draw on powerful, relevant content and student interests, and support the development of internal motivation and a strong voice. Thinking is emphasized over rote learning, and students are expected to use their knowledge and skills creatively and practically.

Our faculty and staff honor the individuality of each child, give them time and space to grow, and nurture their strengths. A fundamental understanding of the developmental stages of cognitive, social, emotional, and physical growth informs all that we do. This approach provides the foundation for children to become highly motivated learners with a strong sense of self-worth and efficacy.


3240 O Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007

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.