Private Elementary Schools in the Upper West Side

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

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Gateway School of New York

211 W 61st St, New York, NY 10023
Student Population: 180
Student/Teacher Ratio: 3:1

A number of parents have praised The Gateway School for developing their children as learners and for boosting their confidence as well. A small school serving K-8 with learning difficulties who may have had trouble in a typical educational environment, they specialize in helping students with ADHD, language-based learning disabilities, and executive function disorder. They not only teach the basic school subjects, but also a different approach to learning strategies, social skills, and sensory-motor functions and cognition. The school has also received recognition for having an environmentally low-impact building.


Collegiate School

301 Freedom Pl S, New York, NY 10069
Student Population: 651
Student/Teacher Ratio: 8:1

Founded in 1628, the Collegiate School is one of the oldest schools in the country. The all-boys K-12 school is small and fiercely competitive, emphasizes egalitarianism, and places a strong focus on rigorous academics, as it is also partnered with the Ivy League Association. Students leave the school with an excellent work ethic. The school also offers a number of sports and arts extracurriculars such as drama and music. Community service is a part of all grade levels including elementary, as are bi-weekly assemblies with a variety of educational programs, and an emphasis on group work and strong teacher support.


The Abraham Joshua Heschel School (K-12)

20 West End Ave, New York, NY 10023
Student Population: 839
Student/Teacher Ratio: 5:1

Embracing academic excellence, the Heschel School serves kindergarten through 12th grade with the goal of both a 100% college acceptance rate post-graduation, and creating a student body that embraces pluralistic values. It certainly achieves both. Students are taught a wide range of subjects, with the elementary-level classes studying the Torah, American history, immigration, the process of writing fiction and non-fiction, and STEM topics, to name a few.


Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School

5 W 93rd St, New York, NY 10025
Student Population: 1,287
Student/Teacher Ratio: 6:1

For students who want a challenging academic experience along with an excellent collaborative environment and sense of community, The Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School offers all of that. The school boasts many advanced-level courses as well as a dedicated arts building, and it is committed to developing a feeling of social responsibility amongst its students. For the elementary students, the school offers yoga, drama, swim, dance, and even chess. It has a wide range of both academics and activities for kids to both challenge themselves with and enjoy as well.


The Calhoun School

433 West End Ave, New York, NY 10024
Student Population: 730
Student/Teacher Ratio: 7:1

Student engagement is a crucial part of the mission of The Calhoun School. From Pre-K through 12th grade, students are encouraged to think critically, form opinions, and not be afraid to speak up and contribute to discussions both in class and in their everyday lives. The school keeps class sizes small to promote individual attention and assistance for all students. There is a strong commitment to promoting global and cultural awareness through all of its strong academic programs, as well as through special initiatives such as sustainability and food and health. Students feel challenged by the educational material at this school, but they also note feeling a sense of acceptance and community.


The IDEAL School of Manhattan

314 W 91st St, New York, NY 10024
Student Population: 195
Student/Teacher Ratio: 3:1

The IDEAL School of Manhattan operates on the core values of diversity, acceptance, and excellence. It encourages its students K-12 to become critical thinkers and global citizens through both its academic and social structures. With a number of extracurriculars like baking, robotics, photojournalism, and yoga, all students will find somewhere to learn, connect, and excel even outside of their regular coursework. Spanish language and research skills using modern and relevant technology are taught to elementary-level students, as well as diversity, civil rights, and the arts. The school is truly committed to creating well-rounded, confident students.


Trinity School

139 W 91st St, New York, NY 10024
Student Population: 1,001
Student/Teacher Ratio: 6:1

The Trinity School, serving students in grade K-12, is one of the most selective private schools in NYC. Founded in 1709, it boasts a long history of scholastic rigor. From offering a number of clubs and activities both academic and athletic to a Classics department where students can learn Latin or Greek, The Trinity School gives students a well-rounded educational experience. The lower school focuses on addressing children’s development in conjunction with their academics, and they work to instill a love of learning through self-expression and hands-on activities.


Rodeph Sholom School

10 West 84th Street, and 168 West 79th Street
Student Population: 520
Student/Teacher Ratio: 5:1

With two locations on the Upper West Side, the Rodeph Sholom School is an N-8 Reform Jewish day school that encourages social development, community awareness, and skills like problem-solving and critical thinking. Students in the elementary school receive a mix of secular academic studies integrated with Jewish studies and Hebrew. Teachers help students engage with the learning process, encouraging them to ask lots of questions and take initiative. Parents note that they feel especially welcomed at the school and that there is a great sense of community between students, teachers, and parents.


Manhattan Day School

310 W 75th St, New York, NY 10023
Student Population: 526
Student/Teacher Ratio: 6:1

The Manhattan Day School provides a well-balanced academic structure with a warm, family-friendly community to students from early childhood through 8th grade. Being a Modern Orthodox Jewish school, they offer Jewish studies as part of a challenging curriculum. Teachers set social-emotional goals for students to develop over the course of their schooling, encouraging growth and confidence from each child and providing individualized academic attention if necessary. Technology is widely used throughout the school to help enhance lessons and integrate it usefully into students’ everyday lives.


The Dwight School

291 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024
Student Population: 1033
Student/Teacher Ratio: 6:1

Focusing on a strong international message in creating a student body that is globally conscious and collaborative, The Dwight School is a Nonsectarian school for students Pre-Kindergarten-12 that boasts a particular emphasis on global leadership. The school also offers mentorship programs, exchange programs, access to modern technology, and facilities such as studio spaces and an observatory to contribute to the students’ educational experience. Students are given the skills to become not only better learners, but also innovators, collaborators, and entrepreneurs.


Alexander Robertson School

3 W 95th St, New York, NY 10025
Student Population: 76
Student/Teacher Ratio: 8:1

With such a small student body and an average class size of 12 pupils, students at the Alexander Robertson School are able to get individualized attention hardly found at any other school in the neighborhood. The school offers a number of extracurricular activities, as well as highly specific and unique academic offerings such as Everyday Ethics and a Singapore Math STEM course. Despite its small size, it has a diverse student body and a dedication to education.

Metropolitan Montessori School

325 W 85th St, New York, NY 10024
Student Population: 198
Student/Teacher Ratio: 6:1

The Metropolitan Montessori School focuses on creating a nurturing atmosphere for students to thrive in. It integrates modern technology into many facets of its academic curriculum, making sure students are well-prepared for entering today’s society. Parents have a strong involvement in the school and its offerings, organizing events and fundraisers. There is a high level of communication between teachers and parents about their child’s progress or setbacks, and the school has numerous resources for helping students achieve success. The school also offers a visual and performing arts program, and a nutritious food program to keep students healthy and focused on their studies.

West End Day School

255 W 71st St, New York, NY 10023
Student Population: 49
Student/Teacher Ratio: 3:1

With such small class sizes, the West End Day School is able to offer its students, who may not have had success in a traditional learning environment, a personalized and attentive education. The school focuses on emotional development as a way to build learning skills, giving them the tools they need to grow and become proficient in all aspects of the curriculum. Parents have also noted that their children acquired better social skills at this school, and that teachers are especially kind, patient, and communicative. The school also offers after-school activities such as dance, cooking, art, and community club, as well as a summer learning program.

School of the Blessed Sacrament

147 W 70th St, New York, NY 10023
Student Population: 413
Student/Teacher Ratio: 15:1

As a very highly rated K-8 private Catholic institution, the School of the Blessed Sacrament emphasizes encouraging students to not only be passionate about learning, but also about their communities. They teach values along with academics, provide a supportive environment for all of it students, and help students discover their sense of self. Parents have wonderful things to say about their children’s progress at this school. The school works hard to ensure a well-rounded educational and social experience for each student.

BASIS Independent Manhattan

795 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10025
Student Population: 286
Student/Teacher Ratio: 6:1

While the Manhattan location has only been open a short time, the BASIS Independent Manhattan school is already living up to its reputation as a challenging and competitive academic environment. The school is part of a global network with a highly rated program. The curriculum includes classes such as Mandarin, fine arts, civics, engineering, and more. They also help students develop confidence in themselves and their work, encourage relationship-building, and promote community awareness. With a plethora of after-school activities for students to participate in, the school truly brings an expansive offering to its students.

Speyer Legacy School

925 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019
Student Population: 311
Student/Teacher Ratio: 6:1

As a school for accelerated learners, the Speyer Legacy School offers an academic curriculum built to meet the needs of students who are already above-proficient in their studies. They strongly focus on collaboration between students in all aspects of their education. Debate and chess are both part of the core curriculum, and the school’s humanities program is well-developed and extensive. Parents feel that their children are challenged at this school academically as well as in terms of social growth and personal responsibility.

Manhattan Country School

150 W 85th St, New York, NY 10024
Student Population: 268
Student/Teacher Ratio: 7:1

With the school’s history dating back to the Civil Rights Movement and its founders drawing inspiration from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s fight for equality, it’s no wonder that the Manhattan Country School places such a strong emphasis on diversity, equity, and justice. It also offers a sliding-scale tuition system, in keeping with its core values, to ensure socioeconomic diversity. Its rigorous, in-depth academic program includes themed units, such as Native American history or Shakespeare. Students feel they are getting the education and community they need and deserve, and there are parents who are alumni who have chosen to send their children to the Manhattan Country School, too.

Stephen Gaynor School

148 W 90th St, New York, NY 10024
Student Population: 389
Student/Teacher Ratio: 3:1

An independent school for students with language-based learning disabilities, the Stephen Gaynor School provides a tailored opportunity for students to develop their skills and thrive in an educational setting. Small class sizes allow teachers to provide individual support, and technology is a utilized in all aspects of the curriculum. The school has an incredible after school program, featuring activities such as cooking, ceramics, basketball, robotics, fashion, coding, karate, yoga, and many more. Students are pushed to succeed, and the school makes sure all the resources are in place to ensure that they do.

Studio School

117 W 95th St, New York, NY 10025
Student Population: 120
Student/Teacher Ratio: 9:1

The first things that parents note about the Studio School are how excited their children are to learn and how engaged they are with their schoolwork. It says a lot for students to actively show genuine excitement to be in school, but the school pulls it off through a supportive learning environment and encouragement for kids to develop their own brand of creativity, both inside the school and out. The academics are challenging, and students are taught to be analytical, examining the relationships between each subject. They are encouraged to speak up and contribute in class, and connections between students and their teachers are a high priority for the institution. It’s hard to find a bad word about this school and its programs.

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