Transportation for NYC students has always been a major issue in the quality of the educational programs. For many children who are enrolled in NYC Private Schools, transportation was usually a deciding factor between schools that were relatively even in all other matters. Without access to public school transport, the ability to actually get your child to private school and then back to home or other day-care options is critical.
For those families that already live in NYC, choice of schools is sometimes limited to what is closest or at least most convenient to the parents’ work locations. For families who are relocating to NYC, however, there are some bigger options.
I was moving from Connecticut to NYC and needed to find my son the right private school. I wasn’t sure where we would be renting yet, so I was able to cross reference my son’s school choices with good neighborhoods and combine our goals into one. A nice neighborhood with a close private school.
For older children, walking or biking to school is a common option. The benefits of this include an increase in students’ physical activity, which many studies have shown is linked to higher academic achievement. In NYC, about 80% of all students walk or bike to school, much higher than the percentages for the rest of the nation. The ability to walk to school safely and in a reasonable amount of time, however, is a vital element for parents to consider.
If you are moving to NYC and looking to place your child in a NYC Private School, consider combining your school search with distance and transportation to nearby neighborhoods.