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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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%!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
High academic standards, small class sizes, individualized attention. Great parent involvement. A hinden gem.
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.
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!
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