We’ve written about different types of private schools before, but today we would like to put a different twist on it.
Practically speaking, if you are looking for a private school in New York City, you’ll find a break down that looks something like this:
- All Boys Schools – Yes, even in the 21st century, you’ll find schools set aside just for boys. Some of them are religious schools, but not all of them. You will also find a few all boys independent schools.
- All Girls Schools – And, of course, you’ll find a few all girls schools as well. Are there more of one than the other? Don’t bet on it.
- Nursery Schools or Preschools – There are many programs for 3- and 4-year-olds that prepare them to enter an elementary or ongoing school.
- Elementary or Lower Schools – There are plenty of NYC private schools that focus only on the younger child. Elementary schools can be from pre-kindergarten age through eighth grade and anywhere in between.
- Middle Schools – For grades six through eight, these schools provide the transition between elementary and high schools.
- Upper or High Schools – These schools between ninth grade and twelfth grades tend to be college preparatory schools and some may be all boy or all girl schools.
- Ongoing Schools – These are schools where a child may enter at pre-k or kindergarten and stay until graduating from twelfth grade.
- Religious Schools – From the Yeshiva to the Christian school or the Islamic school, you’ll find a huge diversity of religious schools in New York City.
- Arts-Focused Schools – Some schools are designed to help artistically gifted children channel their creative juices.
- Special Needs Schools - Other schools are designed to cater to children with special needs, such as autism-spectrum learning disorders, or gifted & talented/advanced learners.
How many different types of private schools are there in New York City? A lot.
NYC has one of the most, if not the most, diverse selection of independent, religious, and private schools in the world. And we’re confident you’ll find one that fits your family well.