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Bank Street School for Children

Private | PK-8 | 382 students


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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $799,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,580.

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Posted March 1, 2014

This is quite honestly a hoax of a school. They fancy themselves as the Chicago lab school and fail on multiple counts. Worse yet is the communication from admin. Example, our child has been in crisis. Told the mom pre Christmas and we assume attorneys in jan said hey did anyone call dad? They didn't. Only after calling dad did counseling occur for child. If you write the actual check, that's what matters. Won't waste your time on the failure of the academics. Grade:F
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 23, 2013

I am a 6th grader at Bank Street. This school is great. It has all diversity. They focus on school work and also after school activity. This school is the best private school in New York . I am planning to go to Beacon. I really hope I can. Lastly, Bank Street helps a lot with education. You learn a lot, and gain smartness.

Posted July 30, 2013

Bank Street offers a deep education based on observation, inquiry, and a profound respect for the social world and environment. Because the fundamentals of language and mathematical thinking are instilled in such a thorough, developmentally sound fashion, the children are ultimately use these building blocks to think with real sophistication and creativity. This has been an excellent education for my child!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 11, 2012

Bank Street is an absolutely incredible place, and the experiences and values I have gained there will continue to resinate with me throughout the rest of my life. This past year (June 2012), I graduated from Bank Street, and I'm currently continuing my education at Friends Seminary. After my 10 years spent at Bank Street, it has truly become a home to me. The people in this school are charming, kind, interesting, and over just wonderful to be with. Friendships have formed at Bank Street that will last a lifetime. Nothing can ever compare to Bank Street, as it stands proud and tall as a unique environment where every student it made to feel confident and comfortable with who they are. It's now 4 months after my graduation, and I cannot express to you how much I long for just one more day in this sacred place. Bank Street is a fantastic place for physical, intelectual, and emotional growth. I can only hope that you take these things to heart as you choose a school.

Posted April 4, 2012

I have kids in both the lower and middle school at Bank Street and we have found it to be a supportive and inclusive community - sincerely committed to the joy of learning, social justice and the "whole child" It is a unique place in the NY private school world. Bank Street is really "child centered" with social/emotional growth valued along with academics. As a result, the school turns out happy kids who love to go to school - without the anxious stomach aches that I observe in the children of friends at other schools. Bank Street has only gotten better under the leadership of the impressive new Dean, Alexis Wright. In short, Bank Street kids are given the gift of a supported happy childhood, but are also prepped to go onward - ending up at wonderful secondary schools. There is fantastic outplacement: top NYC public high schools (Stuyvesant, Bronx Science) day schools (Dalton, Fieldston, Riverdale) AND boarding schools (Andover, Hotchkiss). Top colleges follow as well. A special place.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 23, 2011

My son entered this school in 3rd grade--the school did nothing to acclimate him academically, and as a new parent I felt the parent body is quite clique-y, as well as extremely affluent. This renders the atmosphere not as diverse as they claim to be in my opinion. There is also no transportation to and from the school. My son's classroom teacher was not friendly, and quite a strict workhorse (she gave my son 3 hours of homework on Halloween). All in all, I wish we had never enrolled. The electives are good, and the hot lunch program in outstanding...but none of this justifies the astronomical tuition. They talk a lot about the 'whole child' except I've seen none of this in reality.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 22, 2011

only go here if you are entering at preschool, not any later. this is because if you come to bankstreet late you are immediatley labeled as a social outcast. from a very observant teacher
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Posted June 22, 2010

Bank Street pretty much invented the idea of progressive education. The holistic approach develops both academic and social skills. Highly diverse group of parents. Fewer ostentatious displays of wealth than at other private schools of comparable educational quality. Cirriculum is well considered and planned.

Posted March 29, 2010

I attended Bank Street for eight years. It was a wonderful experience. I learned a lot. Going to a private school opened a lot of doors for me. Bank Street helped me get into a good private high school.
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 1, 2009

I have gone to this school for eight years and must imply the excellence of it education. The teachers are some of the greatest I have in countered.
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Posted February 15, 2009

Bank Street is a fabulous school with a vibrant atmosphere. I have had a great time here, enjoying the attention and the community. I do warn that one should be prepared about the High School process. It can be long and stressful, and sometimes very dissapointing.
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 14, 2008

I recently graduated Bank Street after 10 wonderful years. Bank Street is unique in the way that teachers and the faculty are 'always on your side.' I never felt like I couldn't ask a question or question authority. Bank Street is that place where everyone knows your name and knows about you and who you are. It has this amazing energy where the teachers speak to you like young adults and by the time you are 7 you feel completely at ease speaking with adults all the time. Once I was at this meeting with kids from different schools and student teachers would ask us questions. The Bank Street students were so honest as they were answering the questions as the kids from the other schools were intimidated. One amazing thing about Bank Street- the kids always ace their interviews when applying to highschools!! ** AMAZING SCHOOL
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 23, 2008

I went to Bank Street for 10 years and I loved every minute of it! The teachers were great as well as the rest of the faculty.
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Posted November 1, 2007

Our son attended Bank Street from the 4/5's through eighth grade. He learned to do research, think about math conceptually and critically think about the world around him from the earliest grades. The school is very student centric -- progress is measured, not alot of grades or tests (except to prepare the kids for ultimately mainstreaming into high schools elseshere). and the kids learn as much about being a good citizen as straoght content. Only holidays recognized are Winter Solstice (with student concerts) and Martin Luther King Day. Civil rights lessons are baked into virtually every history lessons (led to some interesting observations aboutthe first Thanksgiving when my son was in first grade). The school believes that every kid matures on their own pace -- so they can be a litttle slow to detect and intervene for slow readers. Overall, it was a diverse and inclusive community.
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Posted June 5, 2006

We love Bank Street. My daughter has had a wonderful first year here. The curriculum is progressive, yet highly structured. She can tell me her schedule down to the fifteen minute interval and she is already reading and doing arithmetic at 5.
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Posted June 2, 2006

Awesome school that focuses on the development of a child.
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Posted February 13, 2006

We have two boys, one completing eigth grade, one completing fifth. We find Bank Street an extraordinary school, truly children centered and very engaged with the community, the nation and the world. Because of its connection to the College, Bank Street is more self-aware about its curriculum and methodology, somewhat experimental, but at the end of the day providing all the essentials.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 23, 2005

It is one of the best progressive schools, truly focusing on educating the whole child. The interdisciplinary approach to education succeeds in addressing the needs, capabilities and strengths of each individual child as well as the whole group. Children participate in music, art, movement, gym and other after school activities. Excellent parent involvement and collaboration between home and school.
—Submitted by a teacher

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 66% 52%
Two or more races 15% N/A
Black 9% 21%
Asian 5% N/A
Hispanic 5% 21%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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610 W 112th St
New York, NY 10025
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