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New York, NY
Students enrolled: 360
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40 West 68th Street
New York, NY 10023

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(212) 362-0400
(212) 362-7106
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February 10, 2015
This school has strengths and weaknesses, like all schools. Its strengths are that it can accommodate all kinds of learners and has a good program for both gifted kids and learning disabled kids. Its weakness is that it's a for profit school, and is ultimately a business. The principal owns the school and answers to no-one so some feel it's a bit of a monarchy-slash-dictatorship rather than, you know, a nice village where people come together to educate kids. This can also be problematic given that his first career (many years ago) was in the law, rather than education. There's nothing wrong with that per se, except that lawyers just think differently than educators, and given the choice, many parents would not necessarily entrust their kids to the care of a lawyer. Having said all that, there are some good teachers, especially in history and math.

- submitted by a parent

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.

- submitted by a community member

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

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

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

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

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
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December 05, 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

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

March 03, 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

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

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

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

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.

- submitted by a community member

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

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

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.

- submitted by a community member

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

April 21, 2006
Nice friendly atmosphere with a low student to teacher ratio.

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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

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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May 10, 2005
My daughter, now a sophomore, has been at York since 6th grade. She has fit right into York Prep and is succeeding. York Prep is a solid school with a traditionally based curriculum and teaching style. My daughter discovered how to learn at York Prep. Her teachers are always available for additional assistance. The best test to me of a good teacher is one who can determine what their student's learning differences/styles are and modify to accommodate their students learning abilities. This is evident with the new teachers this year. These new teachers balance the core of York's long standing faculty. York s tracking system works well for my daughter. She is one track down from honors and consistently works at her best level. The strong college guidance program will help her get into the university/college that will be best for her continuing education.

- submitted by a parent

May 09, 2005
In my position as library media specialist, I have been involved with all classes and all teachers. The level of teacher commitment and involvement at this school is exceptional. The teachers and coaches work hard to involve every student in art and drama and in some type of extracurricular activity. The college counseling is the best I have seen in the five schools I have worked in previously.

- submitted by a teacher

May 09, 2005
As the parent of a student who has attended York Preparatory School for 5 years, I must say that I am quite satisfied with the overall program that the school offers. With its diverse academic program, small student to teacher ratio and varied extra-curricular offerings, I have nothing but praise for the administration at York Prep. I especially appreciate the quick response I receive whenever I contact my child's teachers either via e-mail or by phone. The intimate learning environment offered there is also a plus.

- submitted by a parent

October 07, 2004
We are very disappointed this year. We praise the teachers at York highly but it isn't as competive as in recent years. The students aren't interested in learning. They are one of the only schools that have an idea of the 'dys'' as identified by Dr. Katherine Gannett. They do not always understand between Neuro based and psychological. The small classroom size has grown and there has been a change in teachers too often. Their Headmaster is the owner. It's difficult to observe and offer suggestions. If you are proactive then you are disagreeable. It has so much potential to be an aggressive college prep school but they need to adhere to their mission statement. We will be changing next year. Their Music department is weak and they do not count their grades for their average in any Art. They don't offer Latin but do have French, Spanish and Italian.

- submitted by a parent

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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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York Prep School
40 West 68th Street, New York, NY  10023
(212) 362-0400
Last modified York Prep School is a Private school that serves grades 6-12
York Prep School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 30 reviews. Top