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New School of Lancaster

Private | PK-8 | 293 students


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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $119,900. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $760.

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Posted June 7, 2014

I have 3 children at the New School and have experienced every level, from toddler to middle school. It is a school based on respect and appreciation for the child and their individual learning path. I am extremely grateful for the nurturing environment it has provided for all my children.
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Posted July 13, 2013

My children have thrived and flourished at the New School. I dont like following a negative review especially when all the other reviews are so positive. I also dont like the anonymous aspect of these reviews since they can be abused sometimes. Be it academics socialization understanding of other cultures and religions peacemaking and the environment, the New School is an academic experience that is unmatched and cant be met in my opinion in most schools especially the regimented and limited aspect of public schools. Sometimes there are sour grapes and to be honest sometimes schools arent meant for some parents rarely the students. The New School has been a magical experience for my children and to be honest magical for me
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Posted May 11, 2012

School has really gone off the rails in the last couple of years. People are voting with their feet as kids (especially boys) are not returning.
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Posted January 26, 2012

If you seek the highest quality of education that is taught with sincere compassion for your child and his/her developmental level, look no further. The New School of Lancaster is truly a diamond in the rough, and quite possibly the best kept secret in the Lancaster area. The teachers are inspirational. The academics are competitive with the highest preps school around. Children who attend The New School are taught how to think rather than what to think or how to take standardized tests as in several other educational institutions. The teaching is child-centered and so it is customized to each child's current ability levels in each respective subject. It is a glowing example of how education should be and a true credit to the Montessori name. I send all of my children to this school, and consider myself most fortunate to have found this, The New School for my children. I strongly believe that there are very few gifts better than the gift of a quality education that one can give a child. The opportunity to attend The New School is most certainly one of the best gifts that I have given mine.
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Posted April 24, 2010

The New School is a quality child cnetered learning community. The essence is that one seesmore children than desks.
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Posted February 7, 2010

The school is excellent. It has really helped my grandchildren develop in multiple areas and directions, academically, artistically and socially. We are very grateful to the teachers and the administrative staff for creating such an excellent learning environment for the children.

Posted November 4, 2008

Both of my children attend the New School and the environment has helped to shape them into compassionate, respectful and active learners. The curriculum is rich not just in academics but with an understanding of the world around them and their role in it. The teachers and staff are wonderful and truly believe in and care for every student and family that is there.
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Posted June 30, 2008

My son went here for preschool. I truly believe that this school's Montessori method and caring teachers is why he's so successful in school today. I am frequently recommending this school to all parents I meet who are looking for a great preschool.
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Posted January 20, 2006

We found the New School ideal for our daughter. She began in the pre-school program and continued through the second grade. The teachers are kind and nurturing; they provide kids a strong foundation and create a solid academic environment. The things we liked most for our daughter her teachers allowed her to progress at her pace. They made learning fun, exciting, and challenging. The teachers listen to their kids and provide individualized attention. Their teaching methods help develop self-confidence early on in all kids. I high recommend the New School. My daughter would continue there until the 8th grade but for the fact we are relocating to another state. Fund raising is one area of concern as the school does not have all the resourcse of the rich public school districts in the suburbs. But this is overcome to a large degree by the dedication of the teaching and administrative staff.
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Posted October 10, 2005

Nice enviornment and great lovable teachers. My daugther was enrolled into the toddler program and enjoys going to school
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 85% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 3%
Black 4% 15%
Hispanic 3% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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935 Columbia Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17603
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Phone: (717) 397-7655


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