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York Prep School

Private | 6-12 | 360 students

Compassionate educators appropriately support and challenge students.

 
 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $797,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,110.

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Posted May 15, 2014

The school is a good high school for students grades 6-12 who want a really good learning experience with great teachers and convient within New York City. I enjoyed the learning experience that I got there and enjoyed the teachers and made new friends when I was there. The school can improve on its curriculum and creating less of a bullying/teasing atmosphere while building on its strong base of giving struggling and challenging students a great education and tools to help them in the future as they go to college.


Posted September 18, 2013

PROS: Teachers are generally warm and attentive to every student. Very organized; even formerly 'struggling' students get basic skills and a sense of how to approach every task. Lovely people in admin. CONS: Slightly formulaic, not-very-creative curriculum at times, but that's OK. Socially challenging, with cliquey rich kids, some kids who don't care that much about learning, and too much teasing & teenage who's-in-who's-out drama (difficult to handle when your whole class is only 12 kids).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2011

I actually found the admissions staff to be one of the kindest of all NYC private schools. They called back in a timely manner, showed compassion, enthusiasm in a professional manner. These schools are hard to gain acceptance to, but if your child did not get in,it stings, but you must believe this was then not the school for them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2011

A most unprofessional staff in admissions. if this is an indication of the quality and care of the school staff, I would defintiely not recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2009

York Prep is an amazing school. i am a former student and the teachers are dedicated to the students. I definitely felt welcomed by everyone. If you like a warm , friendly, and challenging environment, this is the school for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2009

The following is a modified version of the thank you letter I sent to Mrs. Stewart, the Director of College Guidance at York, after I was accepted to the Wharton School. Truly an excellent job on their part: Dear Mrs. Stewart, I know very few people that have as much passion, commitment, and feeling for their job, as you. Thank you for all of the time you put in to help me get accepted to the college of my dreams. It wouldn't have been possible without you and the rest of the supportive staff at York. You answered my emails within minutes, returned my essays with insightful annotations right-away, and truly made me feel comfortable with whatever I needed at any point along the process. Going to Wharton is beyond a dream come true. I am so glad to represent York, and hope to start a trend, establishing a York legacy at Penn.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 5, 2008

I am attending york prep now and i am in 9th grade. I love it, the school community is AMAZING and i felt welcomed the second i step foot into the lobby =]
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 24, 2008

Great School, York Prep has a great all round program and great teachers. I recommend it to all and everyone who lives in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2008

York Prep has done an outstanding job in understanding the students' strengths and building on them to help students reach their fullest potential. My daughter was struggling in the eighth grade when she arrived at York Prep and now she's on to Brown University this fall. York Prep made her believe she could reach for the stars. We are forever grateful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2008

If it were not for the time and effort Mr. and Mrs. Stewart put forward toward my candidacy, I would never have had the courage or confidence in myself to apply to an Ivy League school. This kind of personal interaction and guidance define education at York Prep. York provided me with a learning experience that has contributed to my development both as a student and as an individual. The intimate classroom discussions, available resources, and approachable teachers at York enable students to realize their full potential. Having now been accepted, I feel like the luckiest person on earth. When I think about all I have learned and how far I have come over the last four years, it has truly been a privilege to attend York Prep.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 14, 2008

York Prep is a true gem of a school. Their mission of ensuring each child's success works through small class size, weekly progress reports on-line, an excellent, caring faculty and a hands-ons administration. College guidance is simply the best I have encountered; organized, supportive & appropriate. that students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2008

York Prep was a wonderful transition from his prior K-8 school. His interest and skills in math and English flourished due to the dedicated and caring teachers he was taught by. A wonderful neighborhood and a convienent commute.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2008

York Prep is a great school where students really get the kind of one on one attention they need. In addition, the teachers are very compelling, creative and determined.


Posted February 12, 2008

York Prep is a school where students don't 'fall through the cracks.' Thanks to the caring staff and weekly communication through Edline, every student is aware of their progress. Extra help is continually available and encouraged when students seek it out. Check out this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2008

York Prep changed my attitude of schooling in general and of myself. I had many influential teachers. If I struggled with any subject, there was support. I never felt like I couldn't do something
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 11, 2007

The teacher are nice and the school building is clean, but the studies are very easy and the music department is weak.


Posted October 12, 2007

Very impressed with the quality and caring I've seen in the teaching staff. These teachers truly care about the kids and do everything they can to help them succeed and excel. This is not a pressure cooker school. This is not a school where parents drive their kids to be Ivy League and I applaud that. Nice balance of strong education and appreciation for family time. The only downside is a rather rigid administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2006

Nice friendly atmosphere with a low student to teacher ratio.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2005

York is a terrific place for kids of all skill levels. My son was in the top of his class and challenged through the York Scholars Program. His friend was learning disabled and got lots of support at this great school. The teachers are outstanding, with specific emphasis on the science teachers. I never dreamed my son would be interested in chemistry but his teacher was truly wonderful and inspiring...as are all of the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2005

I have been more than pleased with York Prep. My son successfully graduated last year. He loved his teachers. The school provides a nurturing environment to the students.' Every child wants to be successful' is the school's motto. It is also the objective of the teachers to help them achieve their goals. The teachers' level of energy and dedication is very strong. Teachers maintain close relationships with the students and support them in their endeavors. Academics, sports and extra curricular events enable every student to thrive and to participate in the school's activities. I think York has a great faculty and very good academic standards.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 64% 52%
Black 21% 21%
Hispanic 14% 21%
Asian 2% N/A
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 Public schools
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Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2012)
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
Chinese (Mandarin)
French
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Science 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
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Rock band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Literary magazine
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:40 am
School end time
  • 3:15 am
School Leader's name
  • Ronald P. Stewart, Headmaster
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (212) 362-7106

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Honors track
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
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Rock band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Community service
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Game club
  • Gardening
  • Lesbian, gay, transgender club
  • Literary magazine
  • Math club
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Recycling club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
More from this school
  • Students in the Scholars Program fulfill three years of a rigorous enrichment curriculum and complete a Senior Thesis/Project. Entrance to the program is selective; approximately 10% of 10th-12th Graders are invited to take part. Able 8th and 9th graders are invited to participate in Pre-Scholars seminars. The Jump Start Program assists students with different styles of learning or specific learning disabilities to function successfully in an academically challenging mainstream setting.
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$40000 - $40000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College presentations or information sessions
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
4 year college - 100%
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40 West 68th Street
New York, NY 10023
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Phone: (212) 362-0400

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