Public Elementary Schools in the Upper West Side

Public 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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PS 145 – The Bloomingdale School

150 West 105th Street, New York, NY 10025
Student Population: 371
Student/Teacher Ratio: 11:1

Boasting a much-loved music and dance program, a Spanish dual language program and a recently added Russian dual language program, The Bloomingdale School has a lot to offer students. Parents particularly love Principal Natalia Garcia Russo and how she has been able to improve both the school and students’ success over the years. The school also has a lower student to teacher ratio, which allows teachers the ability to better connect with their students.

PS 163 – Alfred E. Smith

163 W 97th St, New York, NY 10025
Student Population: 630
Student/Teacher Ratio: 14:1

The Alfred E. Smith school offers a number of opportunities for students. From after-school clubs like running, cooking, and even filmmaking funded by the Gary Winick Foundation, to a Spanish dual language program, dance classes, computer skills and more, this school has a broad range of both activities and academic material. Parents have noted that their kids are challenged without being overwhelmed and that they have a good mix of both academics and activities that they want to engage with and participate in. The school also offers a Gifted & Talented program.

PS 165 – Robert E. Simon

234 W 109th St, New York, NY 10025
Student Population: 787
Student/Teacher Ratio: 12:1

Serving students from kindergarten through 8th grade, the Robert E. Simon school places a strong focus on making sure students are performing at or above grade level, especially in writing, reading, and mathematics, as well as developing critical thinking skills. Test scores have risen steadily in recent years, with most students in 3rd-5th grade scoring well above the city average. The school also promotes a hands-on approach to science, social and emotional learning, and an arts partnership with the New York Philharmonic.

Ps 166 – The Richard Rogers School of the Arts and Technology

132 W 89th St, New York, NY 10024
Student Population: 620
Student/Teacher Ratio: 15:1

As indicated by the name, the Richard Rodgers School of the Arts and Technology has a strong focus on precisely that. From teaching students traditional folk dances to using musical instruments to show students how pitch, tone, and amplification work, the school makes a point to engage students in a variety of ways to broaden their academic experience. Students at this school also have an impressive record of academic proficiency and high test scores compared to a statewide average.

PS 191 – The Riverside School for Makers and Artists

300 W 61st St, New York, NY 10023
Student Population: 497
Student/Teacher Ratio: 12:1

The Riverside School for Makers and Artists has undergone several changes in recent years, including its name, location, and core elements of its curriculum. Formerly known as The Amsterdam School, a rezoning effort has widened the diversity of the student body. The academic program offers a collaborative approach between teachers and an emphasis on social and emotional learning. Students complete projects such as making films, taking drama, creating comic books, and community engagement. Both parents and students feel welcomed and accepted in the school’s warm atmosphere.

PS 199 – Jessie Isador Straus

270 W 70th St, New York, NY 10023
Student Population: 902
Student/Teacher Ratio: 18:1

The New York Philharmonic, Lincoln Center, and the National Dance Institute are just a few of the cultural institutions that the Jessie Isador Straus school has partnered with to bring its students exceptional academic experiences. The school serves students in kindergarten through 7th grade. While class sizes have been large in recent years due to zoning and new construction, the academics still remain strong, with a notable writing program. Students also receive hands-on science instruction with real-world applications. The school has a diverse student body and notably high student performance level.

PS 333 – The Manhattan School For Children

154 W 93rd St, New York, NY 10025
Student Population: 738
Student/Teacher Ratio: 15:1

With a proudly diverse student population and a record of success in assisting students with special needs in their education, the Manhattan School for Children is a great option when choosing where to send your child. The school places an emphasis on students’ emotional and social development, and has a high level of parental involvement. Hands-on and real-world examples are frequently used in the classroom to better engage students and encourage activity-based learning. The Manhattan School for Children has a wide range of arts offerings and a number of after-school clubs and sports.

PS 452

210 W 61st St, New York, NY 10023
Student Population: 319
Student/Teacher Ratio: 13:1

PS 452 is a smaller zoned school that was created in 2010 to offset some of the overcrowding in nearby schools. It offers in-depth writing and math programs as well as a focus on the arts in conjunction with academics, and project-based learning. The school has a highly-involved PTA which raises a substantial amount of money each year for extra arts offerings, additional teaching assistants, field trips, and technology. Students are also offered learning opportunities outside of the classroom through trips to museums, parks, cultural institutions, and landmarks.

PS 75 – Emily Dickinson

735 West End Ave, New York, NY 10025
Student Population: 571
Student/Teacher Ratio: 10:1

Boasting a well-known dual language program where students learn both English and Spanish, an incredibly diverse student body, and a well-stocked library, PS 75 is committed not only to students’ learning but also to their growth into respectful and engaging members of society. The school has won awards for its health and nutrition standards and fitness programs, and its quality of education. Parents note the level of investment that teachers have in their students and praise its nurturing and inclusive environment.

Ps 811 – Mickey Mantle School

466 West End Ave, New York, NY 10024
Student Population: 347
Student/Teacher Ratio: 5:1

With six school sites around Manhattan, the Mickey Mantle School is primarily made up of K-8 students with some form of learning or developmental disability, including Autism spectrum disorder, behavioral difficulties, and communication disorders. Most notably, the school runs a 1940’s style diner where students can engage and learn through activities that promote healthy behavior, interactions, and real-world skills while running the diner. Academically, the school uses arts programs to help further student learning, and teachers provide parents with behavioral strategies for home use.

PS 84 – Lilian Weber

32 W 92nd St, New York, NY 10025
Student Population: 557
Student/Teacher Ratio: 16:1

One of the most diverse schools in the neighborhood, no one race or class is the majority at PS 84. Student lunches include healthy options and fresh veggies, and students have access to a rooftop garden where they learn to cultivate plants. It offers a dual-language program in both Spanish and French, and the school has a number of resources for students with learning disabilities. The school also offers a strong performing arts program. Test scores rank above the state average, and while the school has a relaxed atmosphere, it has high ratings in its rigor of instruction, collaboration between teachers, and emotional support for students.

PS 87 – William Sherman

160 W 78th St, New York, NY 10024
Student Population: 859
Student/Teacher Ratio: 14:1

At PS 87–a larger, zoned school–students are encouraged to take their learning outside of the classroom. From field trips to nearby museums and the Central Park Zoo, to activities through partnerships with various organizations throughout NYC, the school is committed to a multicultural educational experience. They also encourage children to become independent learners, and makes arts and technology core aspects of the learning environment. Parents play an active role in the school, and the school offers services like speech therapy and counseling. Despite having larger class sizes, parents have generally been happy with the education their kids are given at PS 87.

PS 9 – Sarah Anderson

100 W 84th St, New York, NY 10024
Student Population – 617
Student/Teacher Ratio – 15:1

Also known as the Renaissance School of Music and Art, the Sarah Anderson School provides its students with a wealth of knowledge through creative projects, artistic programs such as dance and drama, a challenging academic curriculum, and charismatic teachers. Students with learning disabilities are also well-accommodated here, and the teachers are very active communicators with parents. Classrooms are organized and quiet, with students engaged in their work. The school’s facilities are kept up well. Students at this school show excellent progress in their test scores.

Special Music School

129 W 67th St, New York, NY 10023
Student Population – 277
Student/Teacher Ratio – 14:1

As the only public K-12 school in New York City for musically-gifted children, the Special Music School certainly lives up to its name. Offering twice-a-week private lessons on instruments such as cello, violin, flute, piano, and clarinet, along with classes in music theory, music history, and composition, this is truly a place for students to develop their skills as a musician and prepare them for a career in the musical arts. Alongside a rigorous academic program, students have the opportunity to perform solo and in ensembles. The school also boasts incredibly high reading and math proficiencies amongst students, and a very diverse student body.

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