In New York City, families have many options for educating their children in both the public and private school sectors. Both sectors offer students the chance for a wonderful academic experience. The challenge for many families is navigating the many options and finding the right match. For Nursery School or Kindergarten, school lists should be based on parents’ educational preferences, along with what they know about their child’s learning style. For Middle or High School, children have an academic record and their own preferences. They should participate in the research and decision process.
To help find the right fit for your child, you can begin by asking yourself the following questions:
- What are my child’s strengths?
- Could my child benefit from a school that provides more academic support?
- Would my child benefit from a small or large middle school?
- Is my child an independent learner or do they need a more structured environment?
- Should I begin to consider single sex education for my daughter or son?
- Should I consider a school with a strong music department or athletic department?
- Will my child be better served in a 5th – 12th program or a 5th – 8th grade school?
There are a variety of public and private school options available for your middle school student. There are K-8 schools, large middle schools for 6th through 8th graders, small middle schools with less than 300 students, secondary schools with middle school, and many more private schools with expanded K-12 programs. There are also middle school programs that offer thematic studies in math, science, technology, environmental studies, and the arts.