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PK-12
Private
Forest Hills, NY
Students enrolled: 240
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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119-17 Union Tpke
Forest Hills, NY 11375

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December 15, 2014
Kew Forest is an amazing school. This is the second year for my son and I only have great things to say about it. All staff from administration and the faculty to the nurse and headmaster are very approachable, caring and responsive to each child needs. They are very concerned with creating a safe and nurturing environment where children thrive and are challenged to give the best of themselves. The faculty provides such an individualized attention that they make sure that children receive extra help when needed. We could not be happier with Kew Forest. It has become a family, not only for my son but for us too.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2014
This is such a wonderful community driven school that teaches kids to be kind, community service driven members of society. My children were challenged academically and all played sports and were part of activities such as Model UN (which is amazing there!), wrote and performed in plays, and learned how to balance school work with extracurriculars. The school has a very strong writing program that starts early and continues through 12th grade. The college acceptances are particularly impressive for a small school in Queens.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2014
Kew Forest is a terrific school. Both my kids have been there since kindergarten. Here are some of the many things I appreciate about the school: 1. With small classes and a great faculty, the kids get plenty of individualized teacher attention. Kids don't get lost in the shuffle the way they can at the huge specialized high schools. The small size of the school also means that students can participate in virtually any activity, from sports teams, to the newspaper, to the musical groups, to Model UN. 2. The school's ethnic makeup is reflective of the broader Queens community -- a great advantage that KF has over Manhattan private schools. 3. The range of grade levels (pre-K through 12) means that the younger kids learn from the older ones, and the older ones feel a sense of responsibility to the younger ones.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2014
This is our first year at Kew-Forest and I have to say, this is one of the best decisions my husband and I made when it comes to our child's education! Having first tried the public school system (District 26, "Blue Ribbon" school) for a number of years, I can see the big difference in my child's educational and social-emotional development. He is definitely much happier, responsible and motivated. The teachers, administration and staff are all professional, open and very much invested in the students' education. Free from the dictates of the NY state education (i.e., constant test preps, Core Curriculum), the teachers can truly focus on actually teaching the children. We also checked out the other private schools but Kew-Forest emerged as the clear winner. If you take a tour of K-F, you will see what I mean. The only regret we have is that we did not enroll our child sooner.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2014
This is our 4th year at Kew-Forest and we couldn't be more pleased that we found this local treasure and joined the school family! The environment is warm and welcoming--the small size ensures that each child feels known and valued. Teachers are able to provide very individual attention to customize the learning experience. Parents are treated like respected partners and advocates. The Parent Association is active and vibrant, and open to all. Communication and access is easy with faculty and the PA. Given its independence from state mandates, the school is able to enrich the learning experience with ample art, music, technology, Spanish, and gym time (multiple times a week for each). Each year the school is improved--both the building/grounds and also the offerings. I'm amazed at the evolution even in 4 years. The highest compliment of course is the extent to which my child has flourished and grown over her time at the school. Her reading, writing, critical thinking, observations of the world, appreciation of science, art and music--have grown tremendously. If you're considering the school, do take a tour and see the magic for yourself!

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2014
My second grader son says..."mom I don't like the Kew Forest, I love it!" The entire team is awesome and my son is not just getting academics, he's becoming super conscientious. He's well taken care of and I have to worry about his food allergies because the staff is sensitive to his needs.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2014
This school truly embodies what a community of educators, students, and families should feel like. We are extremely happy with our kindergartener's progress in the school and are excited about our fourth grader enrolling this upcoming fall. The teachers are phenomenal - not only do they customize instruction based on each student's developmental needs but they are always available for the parents, which was key for me and my wife. Similarly, the entire school administration - from the headmaster to the financial aid office, to the school nurse - are always reachable and very helpful. At KF, I feel like I'm at home. More importantly, my children do too. There is one of NYC's hidden treasures and we could not be happier that we found KF. We're confident that our children will have an outstanding education with a multitude of opportunities to take advantage of because of KF.

- submitted by a parent
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
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.

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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
June 01, 2009
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May 29, 2009
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- submitted by a student
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
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
November 05, 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
November 05, 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.

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 04, 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
November 03, 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
no rating 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
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
October 31, 2008
High academic standards, small class sizes, individualized attention. Great parent involvement. A hinden gem.

- submitted by a parent
no rating 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
no rating 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
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
October 19, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating June 04, 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
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
January 12, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2007
Kew Forest is a terrible school. I regret ever sending my child there

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June 27, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2006
I can only offer a limited review of the Kew Forest School, since my child attended the school for one year (we've recently moved). Third grade teacher, Mrs. Reichert, is excellent. She challenges her class academically and pays close attention to each child's development. She provides feedback to parents about their child's progress on a frequent basis and we found this to be very helpful. Mrs. Reichert assigns a fair amount of homework and gives quizzes/tests regularly; we found this to be invaluable in allowing us to identify our child's strengths and weaknesses. She is obviously an experienced and dedicated teacher; she offers additional tutoring to students both before and after regular school hours. High academic standards were precisely what we were seeking in selecting a private school; we found what we were looking for in our child's third grade class. Sorry I can't offer any info about the other teachers.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2005
Kew Forest is a terrible school. I regret ever sending my child there.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2005
My child has been attending this school for a year, I am very content with the progress made, both academically and socially. The school offers a variety of extracurricular activities, including chess, arabic, scouts, sports with spirits, etc. Parents are actively involved. The atmosphere is very homey, were everybody knows everybody.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
October 20, 2004
This is the best school in Queens. Great dedicated teachers and administration. The facilities are well suited for the location and school population.

- submitted by a parent
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The Kew-Forest School
119-17 Union Tpke, Forest Hills, NY  11375
(718) 268-4667
Last modified The Kew-Forest School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
The Kew-Forest School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top