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Leman Manhattan Preparatory School

Private | PK-12 | 500 students

We are best known as a vibrant, caring international learning community.
 
 

 
 

Living in New York

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $870,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,690.

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 6 ratings
2013:
Based on 16 ratings
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2011:
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Posted July 28, 2014

Not sure what to think about the retention of administrators and faculty. I have heard there were 29 of 103 staff leaving over the summer. Either they are hiring the wrong people or educators don't like the way the school is being operated. Scary for our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2014

Wonderful students and families come in to the lower school but they are overwhelmed and leave by high school because of the push for internationalism and all of the boarding students. This is not a school for NYC families past 5th grade. As far as I can tell there are very low academic requirements for entrance for the boarding students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2014

A school for the one percent with a few student from other backgrounds thrown in for good measure. The school head is wildly incompetent.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 11, 2014

As far as I'm concerned this whole place is a sham. The school is more focused on creating "Traditions" after less than three years of operation and appearing to be a wonderful learning institution than actually making sure the students are learning. Core curriculum is severely lacking. The school charges absolutely outrageous amounts for some of the worst services I've ever seen. Parents' concerns are almost never addressed and I've seen several kids flunk out or otherwise fail because of lack of support and zero accountability. I cannot wait until this year ends.


Posted January 15, 2014

I have two children enrolled at Leman Manhattan and I couldn't be happier with their progress as students and young people. The school fosters individualized learning and promotes a sense of community among the student body and their families. Small class sizes and phenomenal, attentive teachers ensure that each student is getting the attention they need. The faculty is highly approachable and is ready and willing to respond positively and swiftly to any important matters that arise. The language (Mandarin, French, Spanish) and Arts program is stellar. Our children are able to participate in band as early as 4th grade and we have violin being offered in the third grade. This school has undergone many changes since inception but all of which have been positive and progressive and we are left with families who care and contribute to the welfare of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2014

Fantastic school based in lower Manhattan with a truly internationally focused curriculum. Sister school to world famous Leman in Geneva, Switzerland. Big focus on academic success, athletics and social issues. One of the only Manhattan private schools that integrates teaching "humility" in all facets of its school. Very down to earth parent body. Highly approachable teaching staff that give students very individual attention.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2013

Leman Manhattan Prep has been an outstanding school for our children. The teachers are fantastic, the curriculum is engaging and the administration is 100% committed to making the time students spend at Leman Manhattan the best it can possibly be. It is academically rigorous, yet kids become enthusiastic learners due to the effort the teachers put out to make it interesting. In addition, the individual attention that each student gets in the Lower School is hard to beat - a direct result of the average class size being around 15 students, with TWO teachers in every class up until the 5th grade. The school also takes a view towards the future and the continued globalization of our society in a number of ways. First, the school is a candidate for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program widely recognized as the worldwide standard for academic excellence. Second, it is the only school in New York City to have full boarding for international students. Third, Mandarin is offered as early as the first grade. Fourth, technology is integrated into all aspects of learning at Leman, it's not just an added class. All in all, the school has been great for our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2013

This is our 6th year at Leman (pre-k to 4th grade) and it continues to be a wonderful experience for both our two children and as parents in the school. The rich cultural community, inspiring teaching faculty and strong administration make this a truly wonderful place to be everyday. Their personalized academic approach means that each of my children are met at their level and supported as they grow. Whether starting their day with poetry, swimming, band or technology, they go to school each day excited, energized and with a smile.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2013

Teacher quality is truly excellent. Facility is beautiful. Really starting to feel traditions build. Has ability to take a few more great families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2013

This is our 6th year at L man and we can't say enough good things! We have 3 children who are completely different kinds of learners, yet they are flourishing. Our school has a tight-knit, diverse community with strong international ties, yet retains its low key, downtown personality. The classes are small with 2 teachers per homeroom in the lower school, allowing for individualized attention and tailoring of lessons. Often one of my children will be given homework that has been specifically designed to meet their need, either to enrich or support. We are constantly amazed at how well teachers know our children and address them as whole people, taking into consideration their classroom performance, interests, and afterschool activities. Not only is there a rigorous and evolving curriculum, but the school is open-minded to new ideas and strives to be a thought leader. This year my oldest was assigned her own iPad and Science has a new 3D printer, in addition to the existing technology throughout the school. Also, a violin program was introduced, new foreign languages were added, and sports offerings were broadened. Our children love to go to L man and are proud of their school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2013

I have two children in the lower school and plan on sending my third! I love the personalized attention that my children receive. My now second grader had Mrs. Lenae last year and she was excellent. We all can't wait to start school again this year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2013

I do not send my children to Leman, strictly for the terrible character this school instills in its students. The discipline at this school is nonexistent this year and hasn't been addressed in previous years. The teachers do a decent job of overall education, but this establishment does not prepare its students for a future of successes.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 20, 2013

Leman is awesome! This the first year my daughter is attending the school and we love it. The teachers she had in Kindergarten were great! We look forward to first grade. The leadership at the school are great. There are there every morning greating the children. They make themselves available to talk about a parents concerns or issues. Leadership is very appoarchable. I find it amazing that they know all the children in the school by name and know all the parents too, thats what you call a family and community. If you get a chance check out what we parents and staff did for the children at the end of the school year. http://www.lemanmanhattan.org/podium/push/Log.aspx?s=563&snd=ee3acdcf-5f9b-4bda-bf21-8e36f4c9f94d&url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.youtube.com%2fwatch%3fv%3dEkwgjEbXtHQ&lbl=http%3a%2f%2fwww.youtube.com%2fwatch%3fv%3dEkwgjEbXtHQ
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2013

I have two children attending this school. We have been a family through the first grade and are now in the middle school. I truly love what Leman has become. The administration is implementing a strong program. The transition into middle school turned into a huge success through the oversight of an excellent teaching staff and especially their advisor. I highly recommend this school to anyone. **for my previous review the system took the wrong # of stars which should be 5 ***
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2013

As a member of the staff at Leman Manhattan Prep for almost 2 years, I've been blown away by the sense of community. We truly are partners in educating the students of Leman Manhattan!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 20, 2013

We have two children in the lower school and have now been at Leman (formerly Claremont) for four years. Although the admin changes have sometimes created a sense of instability, I have to say that the experience overall has been grreat. The teachers and other administrators have been consistently friendly, warm, and helpful. My children rave about their school and are thriving academically and socially. We are happy to be there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2013

I'm a current parent in the 3's class and we can't wait until the end of this school year. The teaching is below average, three new children have been added to the class making it a size that I'm unhappy with even with an additional assistant. The children are being disrupted constantly and there have been complaints made. This school is all about appearance, there is no substance to it - I have to agree with another reviewer. Other parents in the class have taken their child out of the class midway through the year because of all the issues, others are enrolling in Avenues next year and not suffering another year with Lemans. If your child is working above average whether coming from a different school system or is stretching further than Leman's curriculum, this school does not encourage them or promote this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2013

Our daughter attended kindergarten - 3rd grade @ 276. In our experience, we found the principal, Ms Ruyter, to be an excellent and empathetic leader who truly cared about our child. We found the teachers to be extraordinary in their passion for the children and sincere in their desire to teach. So why did we move our daughter to a private school this year? Because the teachers: student ratio diluted the overall experience for our child. We de not blame the teachers or the principals but rather the DOE for allowing the classes to rget to a point tha is simply not practical or manageable for an ideal learning experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2013

My daughter is a senior at L man and has been there for three years and my other daughter will be a freshman in September. I love the school because my daughter is happy and is thriving there. She has been admitted to several great colleges. Because of the small class sizes, she has close relationships with many of her teachers, and is comfortable going to them when she needs help or clarification. They are all willing to go the extra mile to ensure that all their students fully understand each topic. The faculty and staffthat i have dealt with are all very courteous and helpful .The school is still young and programs continue to be added and improved but i am very pleased with the education my daughter has received and would recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2013

Really don't waste your time or fees on this extremely bad school. A lot of parents including myself have transferred children from this school, others are really unhappy and are voicing their concerns without success. The location is brilliant, but as as a previous reviewer has stated quite a few staff are incompetent and the pastoral care is very lacking. If you want your hand shaked every morning, your ego boosted and your wallet hit constantly, then this is the place for you. If you want an international curriculum (pupils transferring back to own countries prep are needing additional external tutition) and a happy child then research and go with the other options available. Avoid this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 76% 52%
Black 13% 21%
Asian 5% N/A
Hispanic 5% 21%
Two or more races 2% N/A
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

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation UPenn - Wharton
Johns Hopkins
Duke University
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Arabic languages
Chinese (Mandarin)
French
Italian
Spanish
Portugese
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Robotics club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Rock band
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Italian
  • Portugese
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Swimming pool
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Yoga club

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Honors track
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:15 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Drew Alexander
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • info@lemanmanhattan.org
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Boarding options
  • Some boarding, some day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Non-Denominational
Fax number
  • (212) 232-0284

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • College prep
  • Honors track
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Service learning
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Italian
  • Portugese
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Rock band
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Cooking club
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Mock trial competition club
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Technology club
  • Yoga club
School leaders can update this information here.

Photos

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Léman Manhattan is a downtown NYC independent school committed to developing critical thinking, global citizenship, and a culture of service among students, Pre-K through 12th grade. This year, we celebrated our first graduating class, whose members have been accepted to their first-choice colleges, including universities such as Duke University, Johns Hopkins University and Wharton School at Penn.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$30000 - $40000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
UPenn - Wharton
Johns Hopkins
Duke University
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 100%
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41 Broad St
New York, NY 10004
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Phone: (212) 232-0266

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