Best of NYC: Bronx Independent Schools

The Best of NYC: Bronx Independent Education

Choosing the school that is right for your family can be a difficult task. We have pulled together information on some of the best independent schools in the Bronx to help ease the search.

Cardinal Hayes High School

Cardinal Hayes High School for Boys Bronx

The Mission of Cardinal Hayes High School, a community based in Roman Catholic values, is to inspire diverse young men of the New York City metropolitan area to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens. We will accomplish this goal by encouraging students’ spiritual and intellectual growth through a rigorous college preparatory program of academics, extra-curricular activities, and personal discipline.


Ethical Culture Fieldston School

Ethical Culture Fieldston School – Fieldston

The Ethical Culture Fieldston School offers a world-class progressive education in Pre-K–12th Grade at two historic campuses in Manhattan and the Bronx. The core of our educational program is the study and practice of ethics, which prepares and compels us to take care of our world, ourselves, and each other.

At ECFS, we don’t teach students what to think, what to question, or what to explore — but how to think, how to question, and how to explore. Our tenets of progressive education focus on the whole child, ensuring that education is responsive, relevant, experiential, and playful, among other traits.

With an enduring commitment to excellence, equity, and inclusion, we inspire a diverse and joyful community of passionate learners, critical thinkers, and ethical individuals who aim to make the world more humane and just.


Riverdale Country School

Riverdale is a Pre-K through grade 12 independent school in New York City committed to empowering lifelong learners by developing minds, building character, and creating community in order to change our world for the good.

On any given day, you might find Upper School students building a solar-powered drone or Middle School students playing pickup soccer on the lawn. Lower School students might be taking a “brain break,” engaging in imaginary play or climbing a tree. “Scholarly, intimate teaching” and “healthful outdoor activities” were the promise of Riverdale’s founder, Frank S. Hackett, in 1907. Today, the world-at-large continues to beckon as our students take their energy, curiosity, and creativity beyond the classroom walls.


Preston High School

Founded in 1947 by the Sisters of the Divine Compassion, located in the Throggs Neck neighborhood of the Bronx, Preston High School is an all-girls private Catholic college preparatory school rooted in the virtues of dignity, honor, respect and compassion. Through a broad and challenging curriculum, a diverse, faith-centered community and a commitment to Christian service, Preston High School empowers young women by providing them with the skills needed to become compassionate leaders for change in their world.




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