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Education 101 in 2020

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When it comes to finding first-rate schools of all types and all levels, Westchester’s A+ education resources will help you make the smart move.

Private Schools

Archbishop Stepinac High School
950 Mamaroneck Ave
White Plains
Ranked among the nation’s top 50 Catholic High Schools, White Plains-based Stepinac shapes young men for post-secondary success with a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum grounded in Roman Catholic values and traditions. The school’s advanced blended learning environment not only produces better learning, but is better preparing students to become globally competitive. Among Stepinac’s groundbreaking initiatives have been the first-of-its-kind all-digital textbook library; the Honors Academy, a three-year personal learning program for academically top-achieving students and the non-traditional, 21st century learning spaces — modeled after Columbia University’s classrooms — that create a singular, one-of-a-kind learning experience. And so much more! Visit today.

The Chapel School
172 White Plains Rd
The Chapel School has served wonderfully diverse families in Lower Westchester and New York City since 1947. It provides Preschool two-year-olds through 8th graders with appropriately challenging academics, advances in science and technology, and amazing music, social emotional literacy, and service learning programs in a safe, nurturing Christian environment. The Chapel School’s commitment to maintaining small class sizes ensures that students receive individualized attention as they develop from today’s learners into tomorrow’s leaders.

German International School
50 Partridge Rd
White Plains
German International School New York (GISNY), an independent, Pre-K through Grade 12 college preparatory program, offers a distinctive German/English bilingual education with an emphasis on science and math. Rigorous academic instruction encourages critical thinking and enables their students to grow into socially and environmentally conscious global citizens. GISNY offers both the New York State High School Diploma and the German International Abitur, which facilitates access to universities worldwide. German is not required for children entering Pre-K or Kindergarten.

Iona Preparatory Lower School
173 Stratton Rd
New Rochelle
The best way to Discover the Iona Prep Difference at our Lower School is to experience it for yourself at one of two Info Sessions on Thursday, February 13, at 9 am and 7 pm. Come see how our 100-year tradition of excellence, small class sizes, and an all-boys environment will actively engage your son’s learning. From our quiet and safe 11-acre campus, to a campus ministry program promoting caring and concern, to a skills-based athletics program focusing on strength and character, your son can begin his college-preparatory journey as early as prekindergarten!

Kennedy Catholic High School
54 NY-138
Kennedy Catholic is Westchester’s premiere college-preparatory high school serving young men and women from the surrounding region. Kennedy Catholic follows a rigorous Advanced Regents curriculum while also training students in the sound doctrine of Catholic faith — a combination that makes students well-prepared not only for college, but also for a successful life. Kennedy Catholic offers a full spectrum of academics, fine arts, and athletics that equip students with the exceptional strengths colleges value.

The Long Ridge School
478 Erskine Rd
Stamford, CT
The Long Ridge School is an independent school, age 2 to grade 5, on a spectacular campus tucked away in the North Stamford woods. It is a small elementary school by design, where children stay children longer and thrive in an environment created specifically for them. Their teachers ensure gold-standard academic programs with a modern, collaborative, problem-solving approach. The Long Ridge School has a diverse and globally inclusive community, where children are known and valued as unique individuals and learning is an active, joyful experience.

The Nurtury Montessori School
*Now with 5 Westchester locations
As Westchester¹s highest quality full-time (7:30 am to 6:30 pm) and year-round Montessori School, The Nurtury Montessori School caters to the working parent while running an authentic full-day Montessori Program. The Nurtury’s highly trained Montessori professional staff focus on the needs of each individual child in uniquely small class sizes. This allows a smooth and successful transition from home life to school life. In addition to the Montessori curriculum, the Nurtury offers Infant Massage, Itsy Bitsy Yoga, Spanish Lessons, Music Together, and outstanding outdoor activity spaces, which allow for nature exploration and free play twice a day. 

Rippowam Cisqua School
Lower Campus (Grades Pre-K – 4)
325 W Patent Rd
Mount Kisco
Upper Campus (Grades 5 – 9)
439 Cantitoe St
Families are drawn to Rippowam Cisqua School because of its unique ability to stretch, challenge, and lift young minds. Strong student/teacher relationships are supported by small interactive classes, flexible learning spaces, and an immersive curriculum that integrates academics, arts, athletics, and innovation. By cultivating their imagination through play, exploration, and discovery, students engage in joyful learning experiences that spark their intellectual curiosity and personal growth. Graduates emerge as independent thinkers, confident communicators, and engaged leaders.

The Ursuline School
1354 North Ave
New Rochelle
The Ursuline School community has embraced a Growth Mindset culture, the belief that skills can be developed with effort, practice, and good learning strategies. Teachers are challenging their students and themselves to learn something new every day, persevere if they are struggling with a Math problem or a coding puzzle, for example, and keep believing that they can get better. At Ursuline, you’ll see it everywhere — banners in the hallways, badges worn proudly, teachers who are lifelong learners, and parents who reinforce the message at home. “At Ursuline, and long after our students graduate, their learning never stops,” says Principal Rosemary Beirne.


Manhattanville College
2900 Purchase St
Manhattanville College is a small, private institution on a 100-acre suburban campus with housing for over 1,000 students. With New York City only 30 miles from campus, students enjoy the city for entertainment, educational resources, and business opportunities. Manhattanville offers more than 50 areas of undergraduate study from education, science, business, and media to dance, music, and history. Extracurricular offerings include more than 50 clubs and 22 NCAA Division III teams. Graduate students can choose from over 75 graduate and certificate programs.

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