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Locust Valley, NY
Students enrolled: 351
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355 Duck Pond Rd
Locust Valley, NY 11560

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(516) 750-3201
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February 02, 2015
Absolutely shameful handling of the Lower School Director. He was a man of integrity and brought so much to the school. Now, the interview process is wrought with controversy. All of the parents and teachers I spoke with liked one candidate, except a few. They brushed the majority of us aside and hired the less qualified person. I'm disgusted.

- submitted by a parent

December 18, 2014
Reading a bad review about Portledge is like putting salt on a wound. As a parent of two Portledge graduates, I have a great deal of experience with the school. During our 14 year tenure to present day I have witnessed many changes. Our new Head-of-School has been instrumental in adding study abroad programs, Latin, Mandarin, and Italian, as well as planning for the implementation of the IB (International Baccalaureate) program for Fall 2016. The Lower School has flourished with the adoption of the Reggio Emelia and Project Zero programs. However, more importantly, your child/children will become better human being having come through Portledge. They learn how to advocate for themselves and the unique relationships between the teachers and students help them gain the confidence necessary to tackle any task the future may have in store!

- submitted by a parent

December 17, 2014
We have children at Portledge and are delighted with the school! It is a well-run school with a terrific perspective on teaching. Nurturing class environments; excellent philosophy of teaching (uses the Reggio Emelia teaching approach (principles of respect and responsibility....and an approach to seeing oneself as a responsible part of the local and global community.)....thinking routines that I wish that I had been introduced to as a child, etc, etc. We love the small classes, the individual attention to the children (they have a small breakout session in the morning to "prepare" for the day...and to express concerns or ask for help.). Strong environment which discourages bullying. As to one of the reviews that seemed to say (or, did say!) that attendance was declining, I believe that the school is at a record level of admissions, dramatically up from prior years and we feel privileged that our children have a spot. Our view, at any rate!

- submitted by a parent

November 22, 2014
It s truly shocking. Parents continue to pull their kids out of Portledge since the latest headmaster was hired and no it's wonder. We witnessed top administrators being downright mean and disrespectful to caring parents and teachers, and these administrators (especially the headmaster) are clueless on how to operate a school, with the education being mediocre, at best. Poor decisions are made, good teachers are terminated, kids don't receive consistency, parents are left in the dark and even the headmaster is constantly asking you for money, even during events like Grandparents Day. My Mother was mortified.Teachers work in fear and cannot express their concerns because they might be terminated if they speak out. There are way too many parents and teachers working at Portledge. They drink the Kool Aid in order to get 90% off tuition for their children but it s not worth it. We pulled our children from Portledge and they are educationally doing much better now in a well-run school. Portledge administrators have no idea how to run a school or properly educate children. Don't be fooled by manicured lawns, cherry blossoms, crown molding and a sales pitch. Sadly, we were.

- submitted by a parent

September 25, 2013
I am a new parent at Portledge, I must agree with most of the post, the school lacks organization, they is lack of communication amongst teacher, administration, and parents. I am a little disappointed right now with the school and thinking of making a change in school for my son...

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December 07, 2012
My children have flourished in this warm academic environment. With small class sizes and relatively few students, this idyllic campus engenders a space where most everyone knows one another. Teachers share information with each other about my children on a regular basis. I'm always impressed that a math teacher knows how my son did in a game, and how the English teacher knows how my daughter did in math. It's hard to fail with this type of support system and encouragement. I'm also delighted at the diversity. Portledge is far from a stereotypical prep school. You'll find no crested tweed jackets and spectacles here. Behind the ivy covered facade, this school is dynamic and alive. With a foot in the educations basics and another in technology, it is at once traditional, while cutting edge. I'm always grateful I made this choice for my two children.

- submitted by a parent

October 02, 2012
i must be the lucky one..with 3 children not a brat or a disconnected instructor in any class. As a matter of fact the teachers in the middle school seemed to characterize my daughter to the letter and therefore demand the most of her after teaching her for one semester. I thought that sort of personalized indulgence could only have been afforded in the LS afer having been there for 5 years. You wont find better teachers as focuse and dedicated anywhere in this area. The size of the school doesnt allow for anonymity. Everyone is accountable every day for every move they make. Students, teachers, administration and yes parents as well.

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October 01, 2012
Beautiful campus hides a host of problems, from spoiled children to disconnected teachers, and a serious lack of organization.

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April 19, 2012
My children are so happy at Portledge! The faculty is excellent and they really care about each individual child. The graduating seniors are always so kind and well-spoken. I would never, ever consider putting my children anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent

October 30, 2011
I think that this school is excellent academically. The teachers really care for you and want you to succeed. Class sizes are about 15 kids, which provides a good small class environment. However, the grade sizes are very small, with an average of 30-35 kids per grade (in HIGH SCHOOL). The athletics are not very good at this school, with hockey being the only team that wins ANYTHING. Socially, the sitation is a mixed bag. Personally, I did not have a good experience SOCIALLY, but many kids who come here from public school do have a good experience. One of the great things about this school is that it is diverse. ALL of the other private schools in this area are not diverse at all, and are 95 percent white. I would definitely recommend this school for academics, as this is top notch, and I would recommend it also for people who are not having a good time at public school and want to find a great school with a beautiful campus.

- submitted by a community member

September 12, 2011
Great campus, gorgeous grounds. But the school lacks organization and it is difficult to get clear information. If you child is socially strong, he or she will fair well. But quiet, shy children will be eaten up here, and faculty and staff do little to help.

- submitted by a parent

November 06, 2010
Having been at Portledge for over a decade, it is my second home, and has been since I first walked through it's doors. The school supports the Arts with music and art courses available from pre-nursery through graduation, and supports academics through small class sizes and individual attention from teachers. Sports are played from grades 5-8 and are available through graduation as well. The sports coaches encourage student to do their best and believe in themselves, and promote teamwork and sportsmanship. Portledge is not only a school, it is also a community where children feel safe and cared for. I honestly love this school.

- submitted by a community member

August 16, 2010
Portledge is an excellent school with a great student-teacher ratio, and robust academics instruction. One of the best schools on Long Island. The district it is physically located in gets an 8, which is less than other good public schools such as Jericho and Garden City.

- submitted by a parent
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March 06, 2009
Our family has been at Portledge for 8 years and we are thrilled with the results. Our children are eager to learn, stimulated by their environment, and meeting new challenges with enthusiasm. They love their school. The parent community is welcoming and inclusive. The best decision we ever made!

- submitted by a parent

March 24, 2008
This is truly an amazing school. Wonderful Campus, Intellegent teachers, and kind children

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October 14, 2007
this is an amazing school. there are amazing art programs and sports are very fun and helpful with school, unlike other schools where sports are taken too seriously. We have winning teams, but that's not the most important thing to the Portledge community. Acedemics and teachers are great here aswell as the music programs.

- submitted by a student

November 19, 2006
my daughter went to school at Portledge for grades 1-9, it was a wonderful experience and a great education. it has helped her with her school work ever since. she is now at george washington university, in her junior year.

- submitted by a parent

October 24, 2006
This is a tiny school. The advantage of that is that the environment is one of a real community and the class sizes are small which can be great for student:teacher ratio..the drawback is that because of the size, there are limited choices. The teachers are mostly excellent-especially in the English Dept. Generally, the school emphasizes academics and sports over the arts.

- submitted by a student

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Portledge School
355 Duck Pond Rd, Locust Valley, NY  11560
(516) 750-3201
Last modified Portledge School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Portledge School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 20 reviews. Top