This is what you get when you mix beautiful facilities and an administration that has no idea what they're doing. The school's policies are often unclear and subject to interpretation. In terms of teachers, a pattern emerges rapidly: they're either wonderful and genuinely care about education or have little to no grace when working with kids and young adults. I'm often intensely frustrated by the fact that my family is paying more than some college tuition for what can only be described as a mediocre education at best. I'm offended, even, by the lackluster leadership and negative response to any (even constructive) criticism. I don't think that the requests and concerns of the parents have been comprehensively addressed even once by the school (and trust me, there have been PLENTY of opportunities). This school has the potential to be great... that is, if you replaced it with competent leadership and an endgame that seeks to promote an individual student's success in college and beyond instead of simply seeking to make money. The only reason it gets two stars instead of one is because it is a very physically and emotionally safe learning environment. Credit where credit is due.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Teacher quality is truly excellent. Facility is beautiful. Really starting to feel traditions build. Has ability to take a few more great families.
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!
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!
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.
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
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 ***
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As a parent of three boys - two of which are currently attending the school and as a member of the school community for the last 4 years I could not be happier with the education that my children are getting. My oldest son (much older and now in college) attended another private school since Leman did not exist when he began school. Leman continues to amaze us on a daily basis with the quality of education and educators. The personalized education my children are getting is what makes this school different from the rest. The school recognizes that each child learns and assimilates information differently and therefore adjusts the teaching to the specific child. The entire staff from the administration, through the teachers to the support staff embraces the families as their own. A great experience!!
I can honestly say as a parent of 2 students at this school this is the first year I have been truly disappointed in the school. When we first came here the school was called Claremont and the administration treated the students like they really valued them. This sadly is no longer the case. I believe it is due to new administration and the hiring of a new middle / upper school head who has no affinity or kindness toward children or their parents. He has been advised multiple times regarding the overall displeasure of the middle school parents and students and ignored all warnings. As a result most people are applying out for High school and are angry. In addition there are several teachers at the school most notably the chorus and theater teachers who are incompetent and use their grading power to punish some kids. Also the English teachers need more oversight.
I can honestly say as a former student of what used to be called Claremont Prep (the name has changed as a result of new ownership), I was exceeding happy with my friends and scores. Everyone had a friend at the very least and was comfortable in the community. HOWEVER, the average test score was low (perhaps a B grade, even a C in certain subjects) and several A's were handed out freely to children who deserved no such grade. The administration makes no exceptions, and cruelly dismisses anyone who may not be able to pay the outlandish annual fees. Often, peers who went to public school or even another private school would scoff at me and my current material--we spend months reviewing in class and made little overall progress. This being said, I truly believe the new owners will rise this school to a certain academic standard and will no longer stand for whatever foolhardy ways the prior owners may have tolerated. I no longer attend this school, but do stay in contact with people who do!
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