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Students enrolled: 500
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41 Broad St
New York, NY 10004

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March 12, 2015
As a former student of both Leman and Claremont, let me strongly advise you never to send your child there. When I started off as a freshman, the school was still Claremont. It was so wonderful. Much more creative, supportive environment, and I felt they really valued each and every student. When it changed to Leman, half of my favorite teachers left. It became this pressure-cooker, hellish environment. The workload was absurd, teachers were rude, and it was very hard to feel supported and cared for. I was struggling with lgbt related issues, and was constantly bullied, and never got any help from anyone there. I eventually was expelled because I failed my chemistry class by 3 points. My parents were actually happy about this, because of how unhappy I was. I had one of the worst experiences of my life at Leman. They try to portray themselves as this amazing place, but once you're there it is anything but. Trust me.

- submitted by a student
January 20, 2015
We have two children at Leman, and have been in the school for about five years. The school is tremendous and we couldn't be happier. We had a lot of choice, and chose Leman for these reasons- student / teacher ratio, strong, well-rounded and dedicated teachers, an international community and a rigorous curriculum. As other reviewers note, the school has changed a lot in the last five years- while change isn't a lot of fun, it's necessary- and the changes made have been for the best.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2014
I can honestly say as a student that the experience here is lacking. There is absolutely no support, and is all about appearance as they leech every last penny out of your wallet. Teachers give no help for their students. I thought that the small class size would help me excel, however it did the opposite. The teachers have been abusive to their students, and lose their tempers at students. I am constantly stressed out because the teachers they will not allow you to voice your concerns. The assistant head is very harrasive, and does not support you whatsoever. This school should not be in the top 500 private schools, and deserves to be investigated by the DOE

- submitted by a student
October 13, 2014
As a parent for the last 5 years, I have seen much change at Leman, some good and some bad. The Head of Lower School and Assistant Head of Lower School are great. The US head is unproven after replacing a disastrous US head last year. The change at Leman continues to occur at a rapid pace and not necessarily for the better. The change and there is a lot of it, seems to be for the short term rather than the long term viability and success of the school and its students. I assume this is because the owners of this For-Profit school want to see a return on investment. As a for-profit school with headquarters and managers in the mid-west, it is managed from afar more like a business than a place of learning.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2014
Leman Manhattan is a wonderful school. From the time you enter the building, the head of the school, administration, teachers and even the security guards are all welcoming. It is a very rigorous school, and keeps the students engaged and challenged at all times. Moreover, if you miss a few days of school, all the lessons and homework is on Skyward. Teachers are always willing to help you after school, if you need any extra help. Also, if you ever have any questions and concerns, the teachers respond very promptly. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2014
This is a good school that gets stronger with each passing year. Yes, the school is young and because of this new structures continue to be put in place. However, these are solid structures that are elevating the quality of the school at a rapid pace. The curricular and extra-curricular programs are outstanding, as is the faculty & staff. This school is far superior than it was years ago. The positive change in the Upper School is particularly impressive.

- submitted by a community member
September 02, 2014
Leman Manhattan fosters an excellent learning environment for students in the lower school. The teachers instill confidence and a love of learning that you do not see much in schools today with the intense focus on test scores. Students are introduced to music theory, a musical instrument (the violin) and a foreign language at a young age. They have swim lessons as part of PE. All the while maintaining a focus on academics. The lower school is excellent and the students are happy.

- submitted by a parent
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
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
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.

- submitted by a community member
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
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
December 03, 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
November 06, 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
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
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
September 05, 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
September 02, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
March 06, 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
March 05, 2013
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!!

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2011
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!

- submitted by a student
August 02, 2011
I would like to reiterate what another parent has said, and say that my child has had an excellent academic experience at Claremont. The teachers are fantastic, a bunch of whom came from other rigorous NY schools like Hunter and Stuy. The new ownership will definitely be good for the school, and we are looking forward to September when school starts up again!

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2010
As a former Teacher at CPS, I believe that with the chance in administration that occured over the summer, the teachers will be given the support and attension they need to run a productive classroom. The grade level teams works hard together on curr. as well as integrating with the specialist teachers. There is no question that with the amazing facilities and staff that this school will become one of the best in NYC. There needs to be stronger lines of communication between administration and faculty. Once that is settled, CPS will rise to the occasion. The seperation of the, High School from the main building will allow the remarkable facilities that CPS holds to be utilized by all the students. I must comment on the Aquatics Director as I believe there is no doubt that he is the most driven, passionate and creative person perhaps in the whole building.

- submitted by a teacher
August 10, 2010
The academic programs are excellent, and the staff is caring and professional. The facilities of the school are among the best that I've seen. I have found the administrators to be very responsive to parent concerns.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2010
A truly awful educational experience. My child was in Claremont Prep for 3 years. While the teachers are very good and caring in general, the administration is not - it caters to the middle and no allowance is made for anyone out of the average ! I see this school evolving into a truly mediocre one, where average students go. This is not meant as a angry rant- rather, it is a counterpoint that an interested parent may want to look into.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2010
Our child and us love the school: the teachers are wonderful and very caring, the class is small, the atmosphere is friendly, and premises are clean and welcoming. Our child is flourishing in this environment. The student body is international, so when she started the 3 s program without much English, she learned the language pretty quick and adjusted very well.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 07, 2010
I have several children attending Claremont and while each are extremely different from each other, they are all flourishing at the school. Claremont's teachers and staff are very much involved in each of the children's development and actually CARE about each one. The teachers and staff communicate very well (via email) with me and have picked up potential issues well ahead of them becoming full problems. I am very appreciative of the school in contributing positively to my childrens' academic and social development.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 13, 2009
This is one of the most wonderful private schools in the city. Having gone to a private Manhattan school myself growing up I can say with conviction that this school is amongst the best of the crop.

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January 07, 2009
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no rating February 20, 2008
Our son is in the pre-Kindergarten program and is flourishing. The teachers are very engaged, giving each child individual attention. As a new private school, Claremont Prep doesn't have some of the 'legacy' issues of older schools, and is very open to new ideas in a quite traditional environment; Mandarin, for example, is the only required foreign language. The headmaster is bright, energetic and ambitious for the school to compete with the best in the city.

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November 08, 2007
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May 23, 2007
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December 24, 2006
my kids go to this school and they love it! Each day is never the same and every teacher has a special way of teaching. The kids have so much fun and there is not a lot of pressure on the kid. Every 3 months the parents get to have lunch with their children and have music assemblies almost every week. Irwin Schlacter is also an amazing head of school. it is the enviroment that I would like my child to be in! We love Claremont

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Leman Manhattan Preparatory School
41 Broad St, New York, NY  10004
(212) 232-0266
Last modified Leman Manhattan Preparatory School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Leman Manhattan Preparatory School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top