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NYC Prep and Boarding Schools

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Liz Perelstein

Are Prep Schools in New York City a good idea for your child?

If you feel that public schools are not the best fit, then yes.

College-preparatory are  independent schools in the New York City (NYC) area that may be attractive alternatives for parents who feel their local public schools are not the best fit for their child.

As a result of budget cuts at the state and federal levels, many public schools are no longer able to provide students with resources that are crucial to their education. Class sizes may have grown over the past few years, and electives and extracurricular activities may have been reduced or eliminated.  Although economic conditions are turbulent, independent institutions that rely on tuition, endowments and gifts continue to be financially self-sufficient and therefore can offer quality educational resources that can enhance student learning. Since independent schools vary considerably, parents will want to think about their children and the academic setting that is most compatible with their needs.

NYC prep schools are secondary institutions that are designed with the purpose of preparing students to enter their desired college or university. These schools may be structured according to different models. They may be single-sex or co-educational, religious or non-sectarian. These institutions can also be day schools, boarding schools or a combination of both.

Parents will find that independent schools have smaller classes which allow more individual attention from faculty. Expectations are often higher as teachers are working to prepare pupils for the competitive college admissions process. As many prep school students go on to enroll in some of the country’s most prestigious colleges and universities, these academic environments are designed to build these individuals’ academic and extracurricular credentials.

Private and independent schools have the opportunity to invest in their on-campus services and provide pupils with athletic equipment, facilities and college counseling that can help them on their path to becoming well-rounded college students. Extracurricular activities offered may include sports teams, theater productions, music performances or visual arts programs. Although tuition rates may seem daunting, they should not be a deterrent to families who lack the resources to pay tuition and fees but still would prefer an independent school education for their child. Independent schools give out a great deal of financial aid to students who would be an asset to the school but whose families lack the financial means without assistance.


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