Best 10 International Schools in New York City

International Education in New York City

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With the United Nations headquarters in its centre and a reputation as one of the most diverse cities in the world, New York has a choice of international schools, but not as many as its size may make you expect.

There are a couple of reasons for this. As a predominantly English-speaking city, there is no language barrier for most expats in New York. In many other countries parents would have no choice but to send their child to an international school, as all other schools would teach through the country’s native language.

In addition to this, New York has plenty of well known and very well regarded private schools. These schools offer the same high standards of education and excellent facilities as international schools, and make for a worthy alternative in many parent’s eyes.

The deciding factor in choosing an international school in New York rather than a private school is often the curriculum. The majority of NYC’s international schools teach the International Baccalaureate, which is taught across the globe. Private schools teach the American curriculum, which is also popular around the world, but not nearly as widespread.

For expat families who intend to move to another city in a couple of years, consistency in their child’s education is key. The International Baccalaureate means students can pick up exactly where they left off without missing anything, anywhere in the world.

Either way both international and private schools in New York are thought of as the ‘elite’. Students who come through either often go on to attend Ivy League universities in the United States or their equivalents in other countries. Whichever school you end up choosing, you can be sure that the quality of education, teachers, facilities, extra curricular activities and everything else will be second to none.

Because of this however, waiting lists are common and applications can have multiple stages. This is especially true of the most well known schools. Competition for places can be intense and parents are usually advised to apply at least a year in advance. On the plus side, most of them have rolling admissions, so your child can join at any time in the schools year.

Be prepared for an initial tour of the school campus, followed by an interview with the principal or senior admissions staff. After that, don’t be surprised if the school requires your child to take an aptitude test. Some schools even ask for a letter of recommendation on top of all of the above! Every school is different however, and some have a less stringent admissions process than others.

Below, we have compiled our top 10 international schools in New York City. However, there are another 10 schools to choose from in the city. You can find the best international school for your child by personalising your results. Just fill in your search criteria, and we will calculate a personal score for every international school in New York City based on your requirements.

Best 10 International Schools in New York City

Out of a total of 20 International Schools in New York City.

Based on the aggregated preferences of our users in the last 30 days.

The École

The École is an independent, French-American bilingual school serving an international
community of Maternelle-to-Middle school students in New York City.
Curriculum
American, French
Languages of instruction
English, French
Ages
3 to 14
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: $35,800
to: $37,200
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Avenues New York

Avenues: The World School is an independent school serving toddlers through 12th grade. Founded with the vision to establish one school with many campuses that are intentionally connected and located in key global cities, Avenues is one highly integrated learning community, supported by a common mission, shared curriculum—including language immersion—world-class technology, and an expert faculty. Avenues is helping define a new category of school—a world school—that goes beyond what’s expected of a school today to develop the future thought leaders and innovators of tomorrow.
Curriculum
Chinese, Spanish, International
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: $58,700
to: $58,700
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Nord Anglia International School New York

Nord Anglia International School New York is a British international private school in New York City. Its collaborations with MIT and Juilliard allows NAISNY to offer a truly unique curriculum that will help your child fulfill their potential.
Curriculum
British, International
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 14
Yearly fees - 2019/2020
from: $24,300
to: $43,900
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Maryel School

Maryel School of New York is an independent, bilingual English/Spanish, and co- educational school, educating children from Nursery through Fifth Grade.
Located in the heart of Manhattan, Maryel is a harmonious combination of the educational system of the United States and Spain. The mission of Maryel is to educate girls and boys “to be the best they can be and thrive in their lives beyond Maryel by trusting that they are unique human beings who can accomplish anything”
Curriculum
American, Spanish
Languages of instruction
English, Spanish
Ages
2 to 11
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: $26,800
to: $33,150
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French-American School of New York

French-American School of New York is a bilingual, international, co-educational day school providing a global education to students in nursery (3 years old) through grade 12.
The school has 2 different programs: International track and Franch-American track.
Curriculum
IB, American, French
Languages of instruction
English, French
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: $27,625
to: $36,165
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Lyceum Kennedy French American School

Lyceum Kennedy French American School provides a fully bilingual education to students from nursery to 12th grade, in a multicultural environment. With its highly qualified and experienced teachers, it offers an extremely competitive academic structure. Small classes and individual attention contribute to the complete development of each student's personality.
Curriculum
IB, American, French
Languages of instruction
English, French
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: $29,500
to: $34,500
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EF Academy New York

EF Academy New York is everything you would expect from a world-class boarding school – modern facilities, experienced teachers and internationally recognized academic programs. But what truly sets EF apart is its mission to provide you with a superior education that empowers you to excel.
Curriculum
IB, American, British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
14 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: $54,900
to: $58,500
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The British International School of New York

The British International School of New York is proud to be an I.B. World School, authorised to deliver the Primary Years and Middle Years program, taught by a world-class faculty. This dynamic combination promotes a fully-rounded and stimulating experience in a warm and welcoming and child-centered environment, where every child is both supported and stretched to meet their individual potential. BISNY knows that a happy child is a successful child, and that the right environment in those early days can make all the difference.
Situated overlooking the river at E.23rd St in Manhattan, BISNY's location benefits from unparalleled fresh air, water views, spacious classrooms and state-of-the-art resources including an on-site pool, all designed to offer its students a different side to New York City and a very warm welcome.
Curriculum
IB, British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 17
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: $44,200
to: $51,750
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International Academy of New York

International Academy of New York is an independent, co-educational, bilingual Mandarin and Spanish early childhood through 8th grade school located in the Upper East side of New York City.
Curriculum
American, Chinese, Spanish
Languages of instruction
English, Chinese, Spanish
Ages
2 to 14
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: $39,700
to: $47,000
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Whitby School

Whitby School is a private school for 18 mo. - Grade 8 offering a revolutionary blend of International Baccalaureate and Montessori.
Curriculum
IB, Montessori
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 14
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: $31,500
to: $42,400
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