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18 best private schools in New York for foreign students. Description, rankings, 2024 fees

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Nowadays, studying at private schools in New York gives an opportunity to get decent and prestigious education. Actually, students who graduated from best schools in New York have high chances to easily enter selected colleges and universities, build a successful career and become qualified specialists.

It's essential to follow 5 main rules to enter a NY school:

  • Deadline for applications

You should start collecting documents and submitting applications at least one year before the expected beginning of studies. Most prestigious private schools in New York are incredibly in demand, and the competition for each place is very high. On the other hand, public schools have the right to accept students from any district - therefore, they have an opportunity to accept the maximum number of students.

  • Necessary documents

In addition to the standard set of documents (ID card, application, ID photographs) you will need to show:

  1. Report card with grades from the previous place of study (data for the last 2-3 years )

  2. Letters of recommendation from teachers (mainly from teachers of English and mathematics)

  3. Recommendation from the class teacher

  4. All certificates, cups, medals, letters of gratitude

Actually, everything that highlights the student as a prospective entrant is useful. Remember that the most gifted and talented students can count on good scholarships and grants, which will save you the costs of studying.

  • Level of English proficiency

It's worth noting that in order to be a successful student at NY schools, you need to know the language almost at the level of native-speaker. Private schools in New York demand to present a certificate of language proficiency (IELTS or TOEFL). Moreover, additional examinations and entrance tests are also arranged. If your level of knowledge is insufficient , it's possible to take language courses in advance. For example, at summer camp or for academic trimester.

  • Tuition fees

Private prestigious schools in New York are expected to be expensive: the cost of the academic year can reach $30000. Tuition fees depend on rankings and prestige of the chosen school, its reputation and location. Talented students can receive a scholarship or a grant - but before submitting an application and obtaining a visa you must confirm your financial solvency without additional support (statement of account, bank deposit, sponsorship letter, etc.).

  • Residence options

Most prestigious private schools in New York usually take care of comfort living conditions for students in advance. Students are provided with places in residences that are most often located in a separate building. It is also possible to arrange accommodation in a host family: you can be absolutely calm, as all members of the family are carefully selected and constantly checked by the school staff. It's a great opportunity for foreign students to be immersed into cultural and language environment of the country.

SMAPSE is ready to help you with the organization of all stages of admission. Our experts will find the most appropriate school and programme for you, calculate the cost, help you arrange accommodation, guardianship, flight and transfer. In addition, SMAPSE team will help you to collect documents and submit correctly filled out application, we will show you the specifics of issuing a study visa. SMAPSE is doing the best to make your studying abroad affordable and unforgettable!

Please, don't hesitate to contact SMAPSE experts at any time as they are always ready to help you and answer all questions.

Private Schools in New York. Guide for international students

Ideally, prospective students and their families should initiate the process of gathering required documents and submitting applications at least a year before the anticipated start of studies. This timeline is essential due to the high demand for spots at the most renowned and prestigious private schools in New York, leading to intense competition. Unlike public schools, which are bound to specific residential areas and offer free education, private schools have the liberty to admit students from any district, attracting a wide range of applicants.

Simon Kizhner
Simon Kizhner
Regional Admissions representative, EMEA

What are the most important questions parents ask when choosing a school in the USA?

The main thing to consider is how the chosen school suits your child, his habits, ambitions, interests. In principle, the criteria that are taken into account in the rankings will become good determinants: class size, names of universities that graduates choose, composition of the student community, location, etc.


Documents for Admission to Private Schools in New York

In addition to the standard set of documents, including an ID card or passport, a completed application, and passport photographs, applicants must provide a report card containing grades from their previous school (covering the last 2-3 years). A letter of recommendation from teachers, primarily from English and mathematics instructors, is also necessary. Furthermore, a recommendation from the class teacher and any available diplomas, certificates, awards, medals, or letters of commendation that highlight the student as a promising candidate will be beneficial. It's important to note that exceptionally gifted and talented students may be eligible for substantial scholarships and grants, offering potential cost savings.

Requirements for Foreign Students Enrolling in Private Schools in New York

Evidently, a near-native level of English proficiency is essential for studying in an American school. Private schools in New York typically request proof of language proficiency through examinations such as IELTS or TOEFL. Additionally, some schools may conduct additional entrance exams and tests. For students who have concerns about their language proficiency, SMAPSE experts recommend attending language courses in advance, such as a summer camp or academic semester.

Private Schools in New York. Cost and Fees for foreign students

Private, prestigious schools in New York come at a considerable cost, with annual tuition fees potentially reaching up to $30,000. The price varies depending on factors like the school's ranking, prestige, reputation, location, and the quality of campus facilities and accommodations. It's important to be aware that talented students may have the opportunity to secure scholarships or grants. However, when applying for a visa, applicants must demonstrate financial solvency independently, without relying on additional financial support. This can be substantiated through bank statements, deposits, sponsorship letters, and other relevant documentation.

Accommodation Options to Private Schools in New York for Foreign Students

The most prestigious private schools in New York typically prioritize the comfort and well-being of their students. As such, they offer on-campus housing in separate buildings or neighboring areas. Additionally, private schools often arrange accommodation with host families. Families hosting students are meticulously selected and continuously monitored by school staff to ensure a secure environment. Choosing to reside with a host family provides an excellent opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the country's cultural and linguistic environment, enhancing the overall effectiveness of their education.

Advantages and disadvantages of English schools

Advantages Disadvantages
The opportunity to enter the best universities in England, USA, Canada, Switzerland, Europe, the world Expensive
High quality of education and academic standards Strong workload
Perfect English after graduation The need to change the social environment; it takes time to adapt
Useful contacts The difficulty of choosing the most suitable school for the child, requires a qualified specialist

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40 St Clare's Oxford
41 Repton School
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43 King's Ely
44 Leys Cambridge
45 Leighton Park
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47 Fyling Hall
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Hello, I need help choosing a school in New York. I want to start studying in the USA next year. I need a boarding school (single room), not far from downtown New York. I study medium, English level A2 (since the beginning of the school year I have been studying English 3 times a week).
Good afternoon, Ksenia! Thank you for your request, our specialist will contact you by the specified e-mail. Best regards, SMAPS
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Valentina Nikitina
Valentina Nikitina
Senior Marketing and Recruitment Manager at Kaplan Pathways with a focus on students from Russia and the CIS.

Valentina has been working as a Recruitment Manager and then Head of Recruitment for CIS & Europe at Kaplan International Pathways for more than 7 years. She is a Lomonosov Moscow State University graduate and has more than 10 years of experience in higher education. She considers attending a high school important to prepare for the educational format in the country. However, Valentina notes that only a well-rounded, unique profile demonstrating potential to excel and contribute to the university's reputation makes an application stand out.

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