There are over 900 public and private elementary schools in New York City, and all of them have their own personalities and differ by educational approach, structure, size, cost, grades served and other characteristics. This section discusses the various types of public and private elementary schools in New York City.
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Before you look at different elementary schools, you need to understand your child’s educational profile as well as clarify your family's educational goals and practical concerns. This section will help you ask the right questions to identify the characteristics of schools that will best suit your child's and family's needs.
The application process for public and private elementary schools varies by school. For some schools, you only need to register to be accepted. However, other private and public selective elementary schools admit students on the basis of one or more of the following items:
- Application and essay
- Recommendations from a former preschool teacher
- Student and parent interviews and entrance exams