The Best of NYC Manhattan Independent Schools

The Best of NYC: Manhattan Independent Schools

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 Manhattan to help ease the search.

Pusteblume International Preschool

We are a licensed, non-profit, independent preschool for children ages 2 to 5 with German and Spanish language immersion. Our school also offers after-school and enrichment programs for school-age children that are open to students from other schools.

The Pusteblume curriculum is built around inquiry and exploration in the classroom, the school community and the vibrant city that surrounds us. Our licensed, native-speaking faculty teaches music, movement, science, literacy, mathematical concepts and visual arts in a fun and warm learning environment that cultivates the growth and development of your child.

Visit to learn more and schedule your virtual tour.

Pusteblume International Preschool
244 W 14th St
New York
NY 10011

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The IDEAL School of Manhattan

The Ideal School Manhattan NYC

A Small School That’s BIG on Inclusion

The IDEAL School of Manhattan is New York’s only K-21+ independent inclusion school. Our mission is to affirm and accept the full identities of all people while inspiring academic excellence, creative leadership, and a desire to build a more just and equitable world.

The school’s core principles are Inclusion, Diversity, Excellence, Acceptance, and Leadership. Every aspect of the IDEAL experience–instruction, assessment, program, enrichment–reflects a research-based commitment to inclusion education as a means for academic excellence.

IDEAL teachers design instruction that builds upon the unique talents and strengths of the learners in their room, allowing students to learn at multiple levels of complexity within the same classroom. Supportive faculty, low student to teacher ratios, small class sizes, and partnerships between experienced general educators and learning specialists create a nurturing community where every student can succeed and every student has a voice.

At IDEAL, no one leaves their identity at the door. IDEAL’s curriculum and programs are multicultural by design, and social justice and anti-bias instruction are built-in and given dedicated instructional time. Immersion in the arts and a differentiated athletic program, as well as service-learning opportunities, round out the IDEAL experience.

Our exceptional academic program is based on the belief that students learn best when we set a high bar and scaffold the path to achievement through differentiation. Lower School (K-5) classes are co-taught by a general educator and a learning specialist. Middle School (6-8) classes cultivate lifelong learning skills. High School (9-12) is uniquely student-driven, flexible, and inclusive. The Next Steps Transition Program is available to students aged 18 to 21 as an alternative or ramp to college and supports each student’s continued progress.

Please visit to learn more about our Upper West Side campus and distance learning option or for admissions and financial aid information.

School location:
314 West 91st Street and 270 West 89th Street, Upper West Side

Website | Email | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Linkedin | 212-769-1699

Discover What Sets Dwight Apart!

Dwight School NYC

Dwight is an internationally recognized independent school dedicated to “igniting the spark of genius in every child.” Learn about this guiding educational philosophy, Dwight’s International Baccalaureate curriculum for students from preschool-grade 12, and how the School prepares graduates for an amazing world of possibilities. Dwight is expanding with a second preschool and kindergarten campus on the Upper West Side welcoming families in fall 2022.

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Dwight School
291 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

Website | Email | 212.724.6360

The Hewitt School

The Hewitt School inspires girls and young women to become game changers and ethical leaders who forge an equitable, sustainable, and joyous future. At Hewitt, kindergarten through grade 12 students work on understanding real-world problems and developing solutions toward shared goals that are much bigger than their own individual achievements. Hewitt girls and young women not only receive exceptional preparation for higher education and rewarding professional careers, they engage in deep, immersive learning that sparks curiosity, cultivates purpose, builds empathic leadership capacity, and lasts a lifetime.

The Hewitt School
45 East 75th Street
New York
NY 10021

Website | Email | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | 212-994-2554

Manhattan Country School

Manhattan Country school nycAt Manhattan Country School, students in pre-K through eighth grade are members of a collaborative learning community that has been a model for both progressive education and socioeconomic, racial and ethnic diversity since our founding in 1966. Whether in our New York City classrooms or at our farm in the Catskill Mountains, students participate in a robust academic program that fosters critical thinking, curiosity, individuality and a sense of purpose; provides a deep understanding of our multicultural world; instills a life-long love of learning; and prepares students to succeed in high school and beyond.

Manhattan Country School
150 W 85th St
New York
NY 10024

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Birch Wathen Lenox School

Birch Wathen Lenox School

An independent, coeducational college preparatory school in New York City, Birch Wathen Lenox has forged a singular mission. The School is committed to a rigorous, traditional academic program. At the same time, it is open to adapting innovation consistent with its traditional values. The School strives to develop the unique potential of each student by cultivating intellectual, aesthetic and ethical excellence. As preparation for social responsibility, BWL instills the values of integrity, loyalty and civility in the K through 12 experience. In addition, the BWL tradition is to build character through an abiding regard for educational inquiry, mutual respect and personal renewal.

Birch Wathen Lenox School
210 E 77th St
New York
NY 10075

Website | 212.861.0404

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