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The Kew-Forest School

Private | PK-12 | 240 students

Character education, Small classes, Diverse student body, Strong academics

 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $275,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,580.

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Posted April 25, 2014

The Kew- Forest School is an excellent learning institution that provides the students with excellent opportunity to learn a formal and challenging curriculum in a open and warm environment. Students learn to be civil and respectful to one another. My son who will be entering grade 9 would not consider any other school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2013

The school produces upper level professionals, lawyers, doctors, engineers, with each graduating class. Mastery of studies is achieved by each student to the point that no area of academic endeavor is closed. Perhaps the tuition is a bit high given the limited facilities and closed environment, but the faculty is the best and their students are the best. I hope that in the forty years that I graduated K-F the government has not watered down the program.


Posted April 28, 2011

My son will be entering kindergarten this upcoming fall. Everything that I've seen and experienced so far of this school has been excellent. I definitely think it's in the league with Manhattan's private schools - (we have some experience - my son went to a preschool program on the west side, which was wonderful). The KF School is excellent and my son just can't wait to start!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2010

From a current student at KF, this school combines the best of a classical education with the best college prep can offer. KF has seen its hard work pay off in the recent college admissions: George Washington, Brown, University of Pennsylvania, Tulane to name a few. This school is definitely on par with some of the great private schools in Manhattan such as Collegiate, Dalton, Browning, and Trinity.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 13, 2010

Take it from a student - KF is amazing. Although the school maybe small and people don't really know about it, each student has potential that teachers bring out in them. I am so proud of all the work that I've done, and I'm incredibly thankful for the teachers who help out in the best way possible. Each teacher assists a child individually, if they notice the child is having trouble in a subject, and make the lesson work for the child in way of explaining that just works! It's worked for me! To be honest, I'm outraged by two other reviews that gave KF zero - three stars. KF is NOT a horrible school! Those reviews are just examples of how the school fits with you. Apparently, they didn't get the aura that all the other families got. To sum it up, Kew Forest is the best school in Queens.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 25, 2008

I have four children at this school and have been very happy with the education, warm learning environment, and the easy interaction with the teachers. My kids are happy!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2008

This is my sons first year at Kew Forest and he loves it. He is really excited to go to school everyday and has had nothing but great things to say about the teachers and other kids there. I feel the same way, but to have your child feel that way about their school is a wonderful feeling. I would recommend Kew Forest 100%!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2008

Our son has been at K-F since Kindergarten. His confidence, poise, politeness and knowledge are noticeable to strangers, family and friends alike. He is secure, articulate and well-rounded. The diversity and academics of the school should not be underestimated. We attribute our success not only to the nurturing environment and strong academics at K-F but also to the follow up at home. We are happy with the school and fir the future it offers our son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2008

Kew Forest is a wonderful school. I send both my kids because it is a rich learning environment but also because it is a place where students learn to be respectful of one another. The students truly care about one another and this is fostered by the great teaching staff! Thank you Kew Forest!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2008

Kew-Forest is a school that allows students to live up to their potential. Given the size of the school, the resources are tremendous, and because it is so small, all of the students have access to the resources. The school has been successful in creating a very diverse and respectful community environment that allows students to flourish academically and extracurricularly. Nothing is perfect (the athletic program is adequate, not superb), but the school has everything you could hope for to put your child in a position to have a realistic chance at the colleges on the top end of his/her range.


Posted November 4, 2008

A perfect choice in my opinion in lieu of same gender schools I had previousl planned to send my son and daughter. A small setting that offers so many opportunties, such as balance of academic, social, diversity, etc. It is my children temporary second home with the best teachers and administrative staff who understand good values and cultures.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2008

Kew Forest School has it all from Kindergarten to 12th Grade. Their lower school is nurtouring and teaches a solid core curriculum with plenty of extras. The middle school is curriculum is challenging and rounded. The High School level is way beyond exceptional. Students are challenged in all subjects and prepared for the future of college. All HS students go on to college and usually get into their first pick of school. Kew Forest School has it all! I am so glad that I found the school and have sent my children here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2008

Kew-Forest is a hidden gem! My son went there from 3rd grade through 12th and had his pick of colleges when he graduated. He not only got a solid LIberal Arts education, he developed a strong sense of self-confidence, excellent speaking and writing skills, and a great respect for tolerance and diversity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2008

My daughter just started KF in the 5th grade. She comes home happy every day and is so excited about all she is learning. She has different teachers for several subjects and likes all of them! My daughter has a severe peanut allergy and KF is a peanut aware school. Between the wonderful teachers, administrators and staff workers, I feel she is completely safe. The school is also so responsive to parents. KF is the best kept secret in New York!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2008

High academic standards, small class sizes, individualized attention. Great parent involvement. A hinden gem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2008

My son went to public school for K-5th grade (P.S. 196 which is highly rated). He is now in 6th grade at Kew Forest and absolutely loves it. Teacher student ratio in his class is 8:1. Teachers are dedicated and caring. Parents can visit anytime, unannounced (unheard of at the P.S.) and made to feel welcome. The work is challenging yet there is plenty of free homework help. This is a wonderful school with plenty to offer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2008

My child just started kindergarten at KF and am very happy with my choice. The class is small (12 kids) and there is FT assistant that supports the teacher, which makes it a fantastic teacher:student ratio. Parental involvement is welcomed - which is great - and there is open teacher-parent communication. The older children genuinely care for the younger ones and are always willing to lend a helping hand. I considered a lot of different schools for my child and am glad that I chose KF. It also helps that my son loves the school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2008

Kew Forest is an excellent school both academically and socially. It keeps challenging the students to think outside the box. The curriculum is above the norm. The students are encouraged to be themselves to strive to be who they want to be. It is a caring and safe environment where teachers go above and beyond to help produce intelligent, amazing young people.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2008

Kew Forest is a mediocre school. The teaching isn't up to par. The students learn just enough to meet their grade requirements. Students that are sub-par are allowed to perform below standards. A good measure is that few of the students are accepted into the top private universities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2008

This school has a good cirriculum, and they classes are small, which give you that one to one attention, but the locker rooms and bathrooms are gross. Also, the students are not very trusting. many ipods, calculators and electronics have been stollen from bags.
—Submitted by a student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 56% 52%
Asian 24% N/A
Black 10% 21%
Hispanic 10% 21%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Local Public School
Local Religious Schools
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2013)
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Security personnel
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Literary magazine
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 2:45 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mark Fish
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (718) 268-9121

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • College prep
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • ArtForest Publication
  • Arts & Literature Magazine
  • Book/reading club
  • Community service
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Girl scouts
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Literary magazine
  • Math club
  • Mock trial competition club
  • Model UN
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


5 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
92
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
175
Students typically come from these schools
Local Public School
Local Religious Schools

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$25000 - $35000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 100%
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119-17 Union Tpke
Forest Hills, NY 11375
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Phone: (718) 268-4667

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