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Early adolescence is a time of remarkable physical, mental and social growth.  Children begin to distance themselves from adults and turn to their peers to learn about the world. Middle schools need to provide a strong sense of community with an academic setting that accommodates the unique learning styles of 11 to 14 year old children. This section will help you learn about the different types of middle schools in New York City as well as help you navigate the public and private middle school admissions process.

The Admissions Process

Although there are neighborhood elementary schools for all New York City residents, there are some disctricts in New York City that have no neighborhood middle schools--forcing parents to apply to several schools which they want their child to attend. Parents will quickly learn that the private and public middle school admissions process is similar, if not more complex, than when they applied to college. You may need to tour many schools, take an entrance exam, complete the application, be interviewed and wait for an acceptance letter. This section will help you navigate this process.

The Admissions Process

In general, students are sent to preschool between the ages of 2 and 4; however, some day care centers have programs that serve children as young as 6 weeks old. Most nursery schools begin accepting applications in September, the year before you children will enroll. Please click the read more button to learn about the public and private preschool admissions process.


The good news about living in New York City is that there is a preschool for every child. In fact, there are over 1,000 public and private prekindergarten programs, nursery schools and day care centers in the metropolitan area--all with different personalities. We can help you identify several schools that are well suited for your child’s and family’s needs as well as help you navigate the admissions process.


Your Child's and Family's Educational Profile

Before you tour different high schools, you need to understand your child’s educational profile as well as clarify your family's academic goals and practical concerns. What type of educational approach is most appropriate for your child? How much money do you want to spend on a high school education? This section will help you ask the right questions to identify the characteristics of high schools that will best suit your child's and family's needs.


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