Westchester’s Best Public and Private Schools in 2013

It’s no secret: Westchester’s schools—and, by extension, its students—are most likely to succeed. We take our kids’ education seriously, and the result is national recognition for a plethora of our educational institutions, from those on the Bronx border to those up by Putnam, from public to private.

Really, the hardest part about educating kids here is deciding (while shopping for a home before children enter schools, or when looking at private schools) where to send them, especially if you’ve got a budding Michael Jordan or Madame Curie. Our schools are stupendous, but how do you know which ones are known for a particular approach or level of accomplishment in a particular program? You read on. Those listed below—more than a dozen public and private schools that excel in athletics, debate, math, music, science, or theater—are among the most outstanding, exacting, awarded, and impressive not just in the County, but in the entire country. Each of these superlative programs has its own approach and has received its own kind of recognition, but they are all trying to do one thing:  bring out the best in the students they serve.

We think they do so wonderfully. Below, Westchester’s distinguished high school programs.

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Elzy Kolb is a White Plains-based freelance writer and editor. Her most recent piece for Westchester Magazine, “Familiarity Breeds Content,” profiled Westchesterites who found happiness with long-ago sweethearts or friends.  //  Deborah Skolnik is a senior editor at Parenting magazine, and a Scarsdale mother of two children, who, although not high-school age yet, are already highly skilled at debate.   //  Ali Jackson-Jolley is a freelance journalist and mother of two daughters who attend the Pequenakonck Elementary School in North Salem.

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