As private schools in New York City (NYC) require parents to pay tuition, these schools do not have to depend on funding the same way public schools do. This, in turn, means that NYC private schools can provide rich educational opportunities to their students, including a wide range of field trips and other travel experiences throughout the academic year. They also benefit from their location in New York City, which facilitates the exploration of all of the educational and cultural resources the city offers. Suburban private schools can offer a different set of advantages, such as spacious facilities and a wide range of sports offerings on site. However, NYC private schools are perhaps uniquely placed to make the most of the city has to offer.
Field trips can vary in nature, from a quick visit to a nearby destination to an overnight getaway outside of the city. No matter the length or location, these experiences stand to enhance the education that students receive in the classroom. Furthermore, students who attend NYC private schools are lucky to be in such close proximity to some of the world’s most famous attractions.
For example, NYC is home to a collection of famous museums that host exhibits which can appeal to students of all ages and interests. Art students can benefit from the works they will view at the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. These institutions feature paintings, sculptures and other creations from some of the greatest artists in history, including Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse and Andy Warhol.
At the American Museum of Natural History, science students can broaden their knowledge of the animal kingdom, the Earth’s ecosystems and prehistoric times beyond what their textbooks teach them.
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, which is located aboard the USS Intrepid, hosts an array of historical aircraft, such as the Concorde and an A-12 Blackbird, as well as a submarine and other interactive exhibits that are ideal for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students.
Students who participate in after-school drama programs at NYC prep schools can learn from professionals by taking in a show on Broadway, while young musicians can make a visit to the Lincoln Center.
History teachers may decide to reinforce the topics their students are covering in the classroom by bringing them to famous and significant sites, such as the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the Empire State Building and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
No matter where private school students go in Manhattan, they stand to increase their learning opportunities outside of the classroom and gain experiences that textbooks and websites cannot provide.