Hudson Valley Private Schools
Discover all the unique educational opportunities the Valley has to offer with this comprehensive guide to the region’s private schools
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Is the neighborhood public school just not the right fit for your child? Does he or she need additional one-on-one interaction with teachers? A heavily structured environment, or one that’s easygoing? Less focus on tests, and more on the joy of learning for learning’s sake? Discover all the unique educational opportunities the Valley has to offer with this comprehensive guide to the region’s private schools.
It’s safe to say that ensuring their child gets an adequate education is a high priority for most parents.
But finding the right school so their son or daughter can get that education is not always an easy task. While the Valley’s fine public school system fits the bill for most students, it does not meet the needs of all. Certain children — and their parents — feel that larger class sizes, standardized tests, and a diminished emphasis on creativity (among other reasons) make the public school experience less than satisfactory.
The region’s numerous private schools offer an attractive alternative for many families. In the pages that follow, we profile six local institutions, each of which offers a top-flight education with an emphasis on a specific teaching philosophy. Parents and students seeking a college-preparatory curriculum, for instance, will want to check into Poughkeepsie Day School and the Millbrook School (photo left), just two of many local choices. Parochial schools, such as John S. Burke Catholic High School, offer a religious component. The more structured environment at schools like the New York Military Academy helps students develop leadership skills. Green Meadow Waldorf School, along with other independent institutions, offer alternative educational methods. And Kildonan School specializes in helping students who are dealing with dyslexia and other language difficulties. In addition, our chart of private schools offers information on 23 other bastions of education in our region (click on the link below to view chart). One of them is sure to be a perfect fit for you and your child.