Expats moving to the Big Apple will find a strong presence of excellent international schools in New York. There are many curriculum options to choose from, the most popular being the International Baccalaureate (IB). There are also international schools offering the well-respected British curriculum, including the Cambridge IGCSE and A-levels. The national curricula of France, Germany, Japan and others are also represented.
Attending an international school in New York, particularly one with a curriculum from home, can be a comfort to expat children in new surroundings. Getting to know fellow students from all over the world and being exposed to many different cultures are also valuable experiences for the expat child.
School admissions generally operate on a rolling basis. Places in New York's best international schools can be limited, though, so it's well worth applying for a spot as early as possible.
Below is a list of popular international schools amongst the expat population of New York.
International schools in New York
Nord Anglia New York is part of the worldwide network of more than 50 Nord Anglia schools. The school offers enhanced learning through collaborations with world-leading organisations such as the Massachusetts Insitute of Technology (MIT) and the Juilliard School. Read more
Curriculum: English National Curriculum and International Primary and Middle Years Curriculum
Ages: 2 to 14
For 60 years, Whitby's revolutionary child-centric approach to education has inspired children to better understand themselves and the world around them. Whitby's enquiry-based learning style cultivates students’ curiosities and turns new knowledge into new passions. Read more
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate and Montessori
Ages: 1.5 to 14
This top-quality school offers a well-rounded British education in the heart of New York City. The school's picturesque campus overlooks the East River and is replete with facilities, including a swimming pool, a secure playground and a gymnasium. All classrooms are equipped with Smart Boards. Read more
Curriculum: English National Curriculum, Cambridge IGCSE and International Baccalaureate
Ages: 3 to 17
A prestigious school with close to 150 years of history, Dwight School New York has a bustling student population of over 1,000. Class sizes are nevertheless kept small with a maximum of 15 students. Dwight School is a proud IB World School and offers the Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes. Read more
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate
Ages: 2 to 18
Set in the leafy suburbs of Thornwood, EF Academy New York offers a comprehensive and well-rounded education. Students can graduate with either the International Baccalaureate Diploma alone or with both the IB and the American High School Diploma. Prior to this, the Cambridge IGCSE is taken to prepare students for the rigorous academics of these two diplomas. Read more
Curriculum: American, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge IGCSE
Ages: 13 to 19
German International School New York provides a comprehensive dual-diploma programme. Students earn the German International Abitur and the American High School Diploma concurrently. Expat families can look forward to excellent facilities, comprehensive language programmes and well-qualified teachers. Read more
Curriculum: German and American
Ages: 3 to 18
The only overseas organisation affiliated with the prestigious Keio University, Keio Academy of New York provides an individualised bilingual education. The student population is kept to around 350, allowing small classes with an average of 20 pupils and a student-teacher ratio of 9:1. Read more
Ages: 13 to 18
Founded in 1935, Lycée Français de New York offers an excellent English/French bilingual education. The school is set on a newly built campus and features a rooftop playground, a digital media lab, a makerspace and two gymnasiums. There are a number of specialised facilities for sporting, creative and academic after-school activities. Read more
Curriculum: French and American
Ages: 3 to 18
Initially established by United Nations parents in the 1940s, today the United Nations International School has a thriving multicultural population made up of students from all over the globe. The school offers the International Baccalaureate infused with UN principles and values, and its students benefit from a number of UN-related events, talks and excursions. Read more
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate
Ages: 4 to 18
Download the free Expat Arrivals New York City Schools Guide for an overview of what expat parents can expect from the school system in New York. Read about a typical school day, the difference between public and private schools, and everything you need to know about the admissions process.
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