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Schools for Your Children


Navigating the Manhattan School System

Have kids?  School system in New York are divided into two types: private and public.

But regardless, of the type of school the child first enters the Pre-Kindergarthen School – (a kind of nursery where children go from 3-4 years), and later  goes onto Elementary School, for 1st to 5th grade, moves up to Middle School – (6th to 8th grade) and in the end delivers tests for admission to High School - which runs from the 9th to the 12th grade.


Private schools in New York (private schools) 

Private schools provide learning opportunities to any child, regardless of where they live. The main criteria is the level of education. If your child meets the requirements of your chosen school, they will be credited to it.

You will need to collect and provide all the necessary documents and make a payment. Tuition at private schools in New York ranges from 10 to 30 thousand dollars a year. It is important to remember that to start preparing for school there needs to be at least a year’s time wait.


The public schools of New York (public schools)

In the lower and middle schools of New York enrollment of children, is according to their place of residence. All of New York is divided into 32 school districts and school enrollment is specified according to the zoning.

Most of the public high schools of New York do not impose any mandatory requirements for place of residence. The students will be enrolled to the school in accordance with relevant test results and their educational level. Each school has its own passing score, which is updated each year based on the number of empty seats and the total number of applicants.

For private schools it is necessary to prepare for the entrance exams which as stated before, the state requires a minimum of one year. The only exception is for children who are moving from city to city or state to state. For these students the opportunity to supply the documents and take the tests are  actually a month before the start of the school year. But in this case, the number of schools and places are limited, and competition is extremely high. The entire list of the best public high schools can be found here.

By going to the search area, you will be able to determine to which area of residence is of interest for the school you desire.

In addition to regular public schools New York has specialized public high schools that focus on students with strong talents or inclinations.

Admission to special schools also depends on the test, this time a special test (SHAT).

Any questions you might have you can be answered by visiting the Department of Education of New York City or by calling: +1 (212) 3743990.

We also recommend that you visit the site http://www.insideschools.org which provides detailed information on schools in New York.



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