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What Makes a Private High School the “Best"?

Authored By: 
George Higgins, Headmaster

Try buying a new stereo system and every salesperson will attempt to have you purchase “the best” equipment.  But so many factors go into that decision.  You quickly learn that there is no best stereo, and the more you learn about what’s available, the more you begin to fine-tune your search.  The same is true when you’re trying to find the best NYC private schools.

Start by making a list of what is important to you.  If cost is a factor, include financial aid in your search.  Pretty much all of the Manhattan private schools say they have small classes.  But how small?  If you are coming from a public school, 15 or 20 students in a class may feel small.  If you’re in a private school already, you probably have about 12 to 14 students on average in a class so six or seven students might be what’s appealing to you.

Whatever your expectations are, there are enough good choices in New York City to offer you an acceptable match in your school search for “the best”.  To help in your quest, I’m sharing with you a guide that I’ve prepared to help give you some structure and focus as you begin to explore your options.