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<<French American School of New York (FASNY)>>

Founded in 1980, FASNY is a bilingual, international co-ed day school for Nursery School (age 3) through grade 12. The 850 students and impressive staff represent over 50 nationalities; and all teachers are trained to teach both the American and French curriculum. English courses are taught through the inductive reasoning process, while French courses generally follow the deductive method.

FASNY strives to create a cohesive and nurturing school community by combining both French and American school life traditions. Notably, the school is the only one in the New York area to be accredited to offer both the International Baccalaureate and the French Baccalaureate. In addition to a vigorous academic curriculum, the school offers a strong Arts, Music, Athletics, and Community Service program, as well as national and international educational trips. Numerous opportunities are also available through afterschool clubs, including French cooking, Lego robotics, piano, introduction to classical ballet, chess, fencing, musical comedy, finance, and coding.

In 2018, the school will debut an international high school program taught in English. This program will build on the success of FASNY’s International Baccalaureate track, which graduated its first class this spring, as well as complement the school’s bilingual program, open to non-French speakers age 3 through Kindergarten. Parents are encouraged to inquire about the unique advantages of studying in an international environment.



85 Palmer Avenue



Elementary School

111 Larchmont Avenue



Middle and High School

145 New Street



Year Founded: 1980

Head of School: Joel Peinado

Enrollment: 850

Student/Teacher Ratio: 9:1

Average Class Size: 15

Tuition: $24,980-$33,710

Open House: November 4

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Hackley School

A member of the Ivy Preparatory School League, Hackley is an independent, co-ed college preparatory day and boarding school for students in grades K-12. The school’s educational program is deeply rooted in its mission statement: “Hackley challenges students to grow in character, scholarship and achievement, to offer unreserved effort, and to learn from the varying perspectives and backgrounds in our community and the world.” The school stresses the importance of learning across cultures and differences of opinion with curiosity and appreciation.

While scholarship and accomplishment are important, character comes first, and this is reinforced by all Hackley programs, including the Lower School Character Education curriculum and the priority placed on mutual respect, collaborative learning, teamwork, humility, and friendship. Through character-driven engagement, students grow as thinkers, problem solvers, and citizens of the world.

Over the last decade, Hackley has opened a new science building, new Lower and Middle School buildings, and has done extensive renovations to the historic Upper School building. Going forward, the school is now set to open the 115,000 square-foot Johnson Center for Health and Wellness, which will support academic and community programs in health, nutrition, fitness and athletics. The new facility on Hackley’s 285-acre campus rivals the fitness and athletics facilities of many small colleges.

Hackley School

293 Benedict Avenue



Year Founded: 1899

Head of School: Michael C. Wirtz

Enrollment: 840 (K-12)

Student/Teacher Ratio: 7:1

Average Class Size: 16

Tuition: $37,450-$44,225

Open Houses:

Middle and Upper School: October 28, 7-3

Lower School: November 18, 7-3

Daily tours begin September 12.

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<<Harvey School>>

The Harvey School in Katonah is a co-ed, college preparatory school for students in grades 6-12, with an optional five-day boarding program for grades 9-12. With an average class size of ten students, the school community cultivates the strengths of each student through academic excellence, artistic exploration, athletic achievement, community service, and global understanding.

The student body is diverse and contains a wide range of academic backgrounds and abilities. Now in its fourth year, the International Student Program boasts 20 international students from four countries. In addition, Harvey students can participate in immersive trips abroad (recent trips include Japan and Costa Rica) to enhance their foreign language skills, volunteer experiences, and cultural awareness.

The school offers a variety of classes from basic skill levels to honors and advanced placement classes, so every student is sufficiently challenged and encouraged to reach his or her full potential. Harvey’s Robotics program is nationally recognized, and in September 2014, an entirely new area was created to function as a combined Robotics Lab and Makerspace complete with 3-D printers, computers and iPads, as well as traditional construction tools and electronics. In 2016, the school hosted the VEX Robotics Tournament. In addition to academics, Harvey’s athletic program offers 15 varsity sports and 33 teams, including Boys’ and Girls’ Rugby.

The school also offers an enticing performing arts curriculum to promote self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-awareness. The Middle School program offers Theatre, Music and Studio; the Upper School curriculum includes classes in Music, Theatre, Dance, and Film. Students have the opportunity to study acting, improvisation, playwriting, music theory, music history, instrumental/voice lessons, dance, film criticism, and stagecraft.

Harvey School

260 Jay Street



Year Founded: 1916

Head of School: William J. Knauer

Enrollment: 360

Student/Teacher Ratio: 6:1

Percentage of Girls/Boys: 46/54

Average Class Size: 10

Tuition: $36,800-$40,250

Open Houses:

October 14 at 9, November 8 at 9

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<<King School>>

Founded in 1865, King School in Stamford is a highly selective, co-ed, independent day school serving children from pre-kindergarten through grade 12. The school focuses on a personalized approach to teaching and learning in order to understand each student as an individual and support them as they mature and grow into a lifelong learner. 

The goals of the personalized approach are to: help students develop self awareness and maximize their learning, facilitate ongoing opportunities for all students to improve, accelerate, and succeed in a challenging academic environment, and to identify each student’s unique challenges and adjust teaching styles and techniques in order for them to excel.

All King students are deeply immersed in the study of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Students who are passionate about STEM can elect to graduate with a Certificate of Distinction in STEM. Students learn first-hand the real-world skills used by today’s researchers and innovators, such as literature review, experimentation or project design, modeling, data analysis, and information presentation.

King also offers a competitive athletic program designed to enhance the students’ overall educational experience. Choices include football, ice hockey, soccer, field hockey, basketball, golf, squash, basketball, volleyball, softball, baseball, lacrosse, crew, tennis and cross-country.

King School

1450 Newfield Avenue

Year Founded: 1865

Head of School: Tom Main

Enrollment: 680

Student/Teacher Ratio: 6:1

Average Class Size: 12

Tuition: $26,000-$42,000

Open Houses:

Middle and Upper School: October 15, 1-4

Lower School: November 5, 1-4

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<<Masters School>>

Located on 96 beautiful acres in Dobbs Ferry, the Masters School is an independent day and boarding school for grades 5-12 that empowers independent thinkers through intellectual exploration. Masters follow the renowned Harkness teaching method that encourages students to actively participate, collaborate, and take responsibility for their education.

All students, including day students, benefit from the boarding school experience, which provides the resources, activities, and diversity of a seven-day campus. The school’s ideal location close to New York City provides numerous learning and cultural opportunities. The dedicated faculty is highly accessible, as 60% live on campus.

Masters is well known for its three signature programs: The Ethical Leadership Project, the Innovation, Engineering and Entrepreneurship Program, and the Global Studies Program. The Engineering Program offers a four-year curriculum with eligibility to earn college credits, while the Global Studies Program offers students transformative experiences such as a two weeklong homestay in Lijiang, China or at a progressive boarding school in Tokyo, Japan. Each program provides a unique learning experience that puts forth students who are confident in their own voices and abilities, preparing them for college, career and life.

In addition to a vigorous academic curriculum, Masters offers numerous athletic programs, with 37 teams at the varsity, junior varsity, and middle school levels. The program supports all levels of athletic ability, whether it is a 6th grader trying a sport for the first time, or a nationally ranked squash player helping the team win the Division III National High School Championships.

Masters School

49 Clinton Avenue

Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522


Year Founded: 1877

Head of School: Laura Danforth

Enrollment: 660

Student/Teacher Ratio: 7:1

Average Class Size: 14

Tuition: $43,050

Open Houses:

Grades 9-12: October 21 at noon

Grades 5-8: November 4 at noon

RSVP at 479-6420 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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<<Mead School>>

The Mead School, founded in 1969, is an independent, progressive, co-ed day school serving infants, toddlers, pre-K and K-8 students. Mead provides a hands-on approach starting with the youngest learners in the Early Childhood Center, and continues with a robust and challenging curriculum through 8th grade. The Expressive Arts (Art, Music, Physical Development, Movement and Español) play an integral part of the Mead experience.

The school’s student-teacher ratio of 6:1 allows the faculty to facilitate mastery across all academic subjects and encourage a passion for discovery and learning. Mead supports the development of the whole child, recognizing that each child learns and develops differently. The focus is on individualized, experiential learning, and teachers are constantly fine-tuning instruction so that each student is nurtured and challenged academically, socially and emotionally. Mead prides itself on celebrating academic excellence and personal achievement in an atmosphere of respect rather than competition and comparison.

Mead School

1095 Riverbank Road



Year Founded: 1969

Head of School: Stephanie B. Whitney

Enrollment: 125

Student/Teacher Ratio: 6:1

Average Class Size: 12

Tuition: $17,460-$40,380

Open Houses:

October 19 and November 2 at 10 a.m.

Take-A-Look Thursdays; every Thursday at 10 a.m.

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<<Sacred Heart Greenwich>>

Sacred Heart Greenwich (formerly Convent of the Sacred Heart) is an independent, Catholic, college preparatory school for young women from kindergarten through grade 12, with a coed preschool and prekindergarten program.

Steeped in a solid academic tradition, Sacred Heart educates women to have independence of judgment, personal freedom, and strength of character so they can become future leaders with broad intellectual and spiritual horizons.

The school welcomes students of all races, socioeconomic backgrounds, and religious beliefs. True to its international heritage, Sacred Heart provides students with experiences of diversity.

Cultivating prophetic leaders is a priority, and, as a member of the Sacred Heart Network of Schools, the entire school community is dedicated to the following goals: A personal and active faith in God, a deep respect for intellectual values, a social awareness which impels to action, the building of a community as a Christian value, and personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom.

From early childhood through twelfth grade, students are expected to achieve their highest level of scholarship, while learning to assume leadership roles as responsible, compassionate and contributing members of society. Sacred Heart also provides many exciting opportunities to learn outside of the classroom. Students may enhance their education with study abroad through the international exchange program, service learning, the national Online School for Girls, and participation in national conferences and competitions.

The faculty fosters strong relationships with the students, to give them guidance and instill a vibrant curiosity for learning. As dedicated educators, they are committed to their own ongoing growth as professionals, learning from and supporting one another. When they model this type of leadership, students reap the benefits.

Sacred Heart Greenwich

1177 King Street, Greenwich


Year Founded: 1848

Head of School: Pamela Juan Hayes

Enrollment: 735

Student/Teacher Ratio: 1:8

Average Class Size: 18

Tuition: $36,400 to $41,900

Open Houses:

Upper School (grades 9-12); October 19 at 6 p.m.

All School (grades K-12); November 4 at 9 a.m.

Barat Center for Early Childhood Education; November 10 at 9:30 a.m.

Tour Dates (all grades): October 5, November 2, December 7, January 11 (9 a.m. to noon)

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<<Whitby School>>

As the birthplace of the Montessori method in the United States, Whitby School is an independent, co-ed private day school serving children 18 months of age through 8th grade. Using inquiry-based learning, Whitby goes beyond testing and the classroom setting to inspire students to see beyond themselves and grow to be empathetic leaders who bring out the best in themselves and others.

A pioneer in education, Whitby is the first school in the world to combine the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program and Montessori within an early education program. In the Lower School, children learn in multi-age classrooms, allowing the younger students to benefit from the older ones as role models, while also fostering empathy and modeling behavior among the older students. Two fully trained teachers per class with a maximum of 20 students means more support for each student and more collaboration among teachers.

In the Upper School (grades 5-8) students have a rigorous IB curriculum known as the Middle Years Program, which includes all the traditional subjects as well as Spanish, Design, Physical Education, Individuals and Societies, Theatre, Music and Visual Arts.

Whitby School

969 Lake Avenue



Year Founded: 1958

Assistant Head of School: Simone Becker

Enrollment: 412

Student/Teacher Ratio: 5:1

Average Class Size: 12

Tuition: $23,750-$39,800

Open House:

November 5 at 1

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The Rye Free Reading Room has unveiled its first SMART table in the Children’s Room and kids of all ages are invited to discover its captivating technology. The collaborative and innovative tool will help children develop problem-solving skills and grow academically and socially.

The SMART table was made possible by donations in the memory of Cathy Culyer, a beloved Rye resident and teacher.

Greenwich Academy

Since 1827, Greenwich Academy (GA) has been a premier, all-girls private school serving students from Pre-K through Grade 12. True to its mission, the school strives to “provide a challenging, comprehensive educational experience grounded in a rigorous liberal arts curriculum within an inclusive, diverse community.”

For the second year in a row, GA will host the Portals Project this fall, which allows students, faculty, staff and guests to connect via video-audio feed, as if they were in the same room with others from across the world, including Iraq, Rwanda, Mexico and Honduras. The project is just one of many initiatives that supports the school’s focus on building character.

Each school offers unique opportunities; chess is introduced in the Lower School, and students going forward have the opportunity to represent GA locally and nationally on the chess team. Middle School offers numerous foreign languages, a current events course, and a visual and performing arts program; Upper School students have the advantage of taking courses at Brunswick School as well as on the GA campus.

In addition to a challenging academic curriculum, the school offers a competitive athletics program with 17 varsity sports – last year the varsity water polo team won their second straight New England Championship.

Greenwich Academy

200 N. Maple Avenue



Year founded: 1827

Head of School: Molly King

Enrollment: 804

Student/Teacher Ratio: 5:1

Average Class Size: 15

Tuition: $38,600-$42,950

Open Houses:

October 15 at 1 p.m. (Lower School and Middle School), 2:30 p.m., Diversity at GA, 3:30 p.m. (Upper School)

All Paws, Rye’s original pet store at 31 Purchase Street, has offered a wide and popular selection of everything a dog or cat needs and desires for over 15 years. And now owner Claudia Baker is offering something more: curbside pickup of food, treats, toys, beds, shampoo, leashes, collars, gifts, and more. It’s a great service in a town with not enough downtown parking.

Call (921-1690) or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) in advance, pull up at the rear entrance on Locust Avenue, and Claudia or one of her helpers will be meet you at your car door.

Located on 118 acres in Greenwich, Brunswick is an independent college preparatory day school serving boys from pre-K through Grade 12. With 980 students enrolled on three campuses, the school believes that the strength of a young man’s character and the depth of his spirit determines lasting success. Emphasis is placed on developing the “whole boy”, helping him grow into a responsible adult who will make lasting contributions to society.

To that end, Brunswick offers a rigorous academic curriculum (including an advanced science research program and 28 Advanced Placement courses), as well as a comprehensive arts, drama, and music program and a renowned language program (Arabic, French, Spanish, Mandarin, Italian, Latin and Greek).

The school also offers a competitive athletics program, with 17 varsity sports played in a state-of-the-art, 65,000 square foot sports complex and vast athletic fields. A new building with an indoor swimming pool is scheduled to open this month.

Through a combination of academics, athletics, arts and community service, Brunswick encourages every student to fully develop his unique talents, understand the obligation to share those talents, and to take risks to ensure successful growth.

Brunswick School

100 Maher Avenue



Year founded: 1902

Head of School: Thomas W. Philip

Enrollment: 980

Student/Teacher Ratio: 6:1

Average Class Size: 12

Tuition: $31,780-$41,560

Open House:

November 5, at Edwards Campus at 1252 King Street

By Tom McDermott

On June 27, Stantec Consulting, which is assisting the City and the Recreation Commission in developing a Disbrow Park and Facilities Master Plan, attached some “probable costs” to various concepts it has proposed to improve recreation areas and upgrade DPW facilities in the 47-acre park. The concepts would also seek to protect woodlands and wetlands that make up about a third of the park.

The numbers stunned many in the audience at Damiano Center.

Stantec estimated that Concept C, which removes DPW from the park (a County water treatment plant would remain), would cost $35.1-39.9 million, depending on remediation costs. An alternative , Concept C1, which moves all DPW buildings to Feeley Field inside the park, was estimated to cost $33-39 million and requires the City to relocate the baseball field to an as yet unspecified location.

Concepts C and C1 include $6.7-10.8 million for non-deferrable costs related to recreational and public works improvements previously included in the City’s 2017-2021 Capital Improvement Plan. Gary Sorge of Stantec emphasized that all work and the costs would be phased in over a number of years.

To put those concept costs in perspective, the 2017 City of Rye Budget is $36.9 million.

The audience included a sizable contingent from Rye Country Day School, including Headmaster Scott Nelson and Board of Trustees President Andrea Sullivan. She, and others, urged Sorge and Rye Recreation Chair Bart DiNardo, who kept a tight rein on the meeting, to state that the probable costs did <not> include the $7.4 million cost to purchase a nine-acre NYS Thruway parcel across from the school. That is where the City was considering moving DPW, much against the wishes of the school, which was trying to work with the City and State Assemblyman Steve Otis on a plan to share the use of the land. The estimates did not include the purchase price.

Perhaps lost amidst all the tension surrounding the relocation of DPW, was concept B1, a combination of previous “Promenade” and “Commons” concepts. B1 keeps an upgraded DPW in the park, improves fields and pedestrian areas, and adds a dog run. Its estimated cost is $22.1-26.9 million, and with no need to purchase land for DPW. A relatively bare-bones Concept D was estimated to cost $12.8-17.6 million. All Concepts are available at

Meanwhile, Mayor Sack and Otis continued their public squabble over what Sack believed was Otis’ end-run when he introduced a bill in Albany to have NYS Thruway Authority sell the land across from Rye Country Day to the school. In a letter to Governor Cuomo, distributed via the City’s email system, the Mayor contended that the City told Otis to hold off on a bill, since it might reconsider its earlier decision to pass on buying the land. The Mayor asked the Governor not to sign the bill.

The bill includes the stipulation that the land be used for recreational purposes only <and> that the school must enter into a sharing agreement with the City. It passed both the Assembly and the State Senate. According to Otis, as of July 11, it has not yet been signed by the Governor. After each legislative session, the Governor receives batches of bills. “Once delivered,” Otis told the paper, “ the Governor only has ten days to act, so they do not deliver them all at once. This is the normal procedure.”

Sullivan confirmed that there are currently no talks between the City and Rye Country Day. “I asked the City to contact me if and when they see a partnership with the school as a viable option. I think an environmental assessment of the site would give us all a much better understanding of what can actually be built and at what cost.”

A long-planned “final” meeting at which Stantec was to present plans and costs scheduled for the July 12 City Council meeting was cancelled. Instead, the agenda included, “A public hearing on a November, 2017 Referendum to the qualified voters of the City of Rye a proposition for an investment in fields.” A note described the public meeting as “…ministerial only; the Hearing will be opened and closed and no action will be taken by the City Council.” The referendum was not discussed prior to press time.The referendum was not discussed prior to press time.

Asked if he considered the master plan to be on hold, Councilman McCartney replied that he did not. “The Rec Commission requested more time to conduct a review. That might take two to three more months. We’ll continue to gather information while they do their work and wait for Stantec’s recommendation sometime in the fall.” Asked if the City’s focus had turned from moving DPW to the Thruway site to possibly using it for playing fields, McCartney said, “We have not abandoned the idea of moving DPW there. We’re trying to keep our options open. Personally, I think it’s a perfect place for it. But it’s too early to say if it’s realistic. We have to look at the financial and environmental information. Playing fields are also a possibility. It might take a year or two.”