Private Elementary Schools in the Upper EAst Side

Private Elementary Schools in the Upper East Side offer a variety of options if you’re looking to raise children in the neighborhood.

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The Upper East Side has a variety of private elementary schools available for students.  Take a look at our list below when deciding on where best to send your student.

Trevor Day School

312 E 95th St, New York, NY 10128
Student Population: 788
Student/Teacher Ratio: 7:1

The Trevor Day School is a K-12 school that offers a rigorous academic environment through inquiry-based learning. Elementary students are offered reading, writing, language arts, music, art, math, science, and social studies, as well as more specialized classes such as technology and computer sciences. Students also learn Spanish as part of their curriculum. A focus is placed on collaborative learning, and parents have praised the lower school’s nurturing environment. The building is also recently renovated and is now incredibly eco-friendly, and part of Mayor De Blasio’s geothermal energy plan.


The Spence School

22 E 91st St, New York, NY 10128
Student Population: 751
Student/Teacher Ratio: 7:1

The Spence School, an all-girls K-12 institution, is known for its excellent college preparatory program and encourages camaraderie and support between students and with teachers. The lower school program emphasizes hands-on learning through activities and field trips and teaches critical thinking skills, problem-solving, and empathy for their peers and others around them. The school also offers programs such as language immersion, study away, and, for lower school students, an engaging and educational summer camp. 100% of students go on to attend a four-year college.


Nightingale-Bamford School

20 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128
Student Population: 592
Student/Teacher Ratio: 7:1

As another highly-rated all-girls K-12 school, the Nightingale-Bamford school encourages students to pursue their goals and dreams and build connections. Its program focuses on global education and awareness, modern languages, STEM, community and diversity, and professional development. Lower school students are taught through social and emotional learning in a supportive environment. Technology is integrated into the lower school curriculum so that students can become accustomed to using technology to foster their sense of logic, reasoning, and creativity.


Convent of the Sacred Heart

1 E 91st St, New York, NY 10128
Student Population: 710
Student/Teacher Ratio: 7:1

The Convent of the Sacred Heart School is a Roman Catholic, all-girls Pre-K through 12 institution, emphasizing character building especially in its lower school students. They also promote a culture of empathy and service to others. With extensive writing and reading curriculums, lower school students learn about genre, phonics, comprehension, and develop creative independence. The school has five goals: faith, intellectual values, social awareness, community building, and personal growth. Students have noted that teachers take the time to assist students when they need it and foster a caring environment that students feel supported in.


Dalton School

108 E 89th St, New York, NY 10128
Student Population: 1,300
Student/Teacher Ratio: 8:1

At the Dalton School, lower school students are initially assigned a House or homeroom and are provided with House Advisors and Associate Teachers who act as direct support for each student in the progression of their education. Students are also given one-on-one time with their teachers to ensure that their lessons are meeting their needs and learning style. The school prides itself on how well it both prepares students for higher education and helps them grow into inquisitive, well-rounded people. Dalton School is a diverse environment, and students are afforded the opportunity to learn in some of New York City’s most culturally engaging places such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Museum of Natural History.


Birch Wathen Lenox School

210 E 77th St, New York, NY 10075
Student Population: 576
Student/Teacher Ratio: 6:1

The Birch Wathen Lenox School is a coeducational private institution that places a high value on teaching students analytical skills, effective communication, and responsible citizenship. It is a college preparatory school and younger students are provided a challenging but nurturing environment. The school ensures that class sizes in the lower school stay low so that each student is provided with an ample amount of care and attention they need to foster learning and growth. STEM is made a large part of the lower school curriculum and the immersive arts program encourages creative development and expression.


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