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A+ Education: The Upper East Side’s Historic and Exceptional Schools

Whether your children are preparing for their very first day of school or switching schools due to a move to the neighborhood, there’s an array of top-ranked educational institutions in the the Upper East Side, all in close proximity to the condos at 20 East End Avenue. Below is a round-up of area schools with some of the most selective admissions criteria and highest academic standards, each of which is driven by committed faculty and longstanding traditions of educational excellence.

The Dalton School | 108 East 89th Street
The Dalton School is a private, co-educational academic institution for K-12 graders. While Dalton was ranked 10th among private high schools by Business Insider in 2014, the school is perhaps best known for its progressive educational philosophy, which has been in place since Dalton was founded in 1919. The Dalton Plan is a unique, three-part educational approach structured around House, Assignment, and Lab that has been adopted by schools all over the world. With an endowment estimated at over $65 million, Dalton has invested heavily in world-class facilities such as the New Lab for Teaching & Learning, which seeks to enhance education by adopting new technology for the digital age. Dalton focuses on fostering the creativity and self-expression of each of its 1,300 students.

The Brearley School | 610 East 83rd Street
This private all-girls school is located on East 83rd near East End Avenue. Brearley’s long tradition of academic excellence earned it the #1 ranking for all-girls prep schools by Forbes in 2013 and the #2 ranking in college placement by The Wall Street Journal in 2007. Founded in 1884, the school is renowned for its commitment to keeping class sizes intimate and its wide array of offerings in foreign languages including French, Latin, Greek, Spanish, and Mandarin. Between 2011 and 2015, almost two dozen Brearley graduates went on to matriculate at Harvard. In addition to Brearley’s prestigious reputation, it has numerous distinguished alumnae including Caroline Kennedy, Niki de Saint Phalle, Kyra Sedgwick, and Katharine Weymouth.

The Chapin School | 100 East End Avenue
Another highly regarded all-girls school in close proximity to 20 East End Avenue is the Chapin School, which is located on East End Ave. across from Carl Schurz Park. Perhaps one of the most unique features of Chapin, which was founded in 1910, is that all its programs and facilities are housed in one building, fostering a real sense of community among students and faculty. The magnificent building boasts 49 classrooms; a two-story library; eight science labs; art, dance, and music studios; a darkroom; a ceramic studio; two computer labs; four gymnasiums; and a greenhouse. In addition to its wonderful facilities, Chapin also offers unique study abroad opportunities. The K-12 institution was ranked third by The Wall Street Journal for college placement in 2007 and has educated such notable women as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Aerin and Jane Lauder, Lilly Pulitzer, and Vera Wang.

Lycée Francais de New York | 505 East 75th Street
Just south of John Jay Park on East 75th Street is the Lycée Francais de New York, a bilingual school for students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. The 1,300 students at Lycée Francais benefit from a rich cultural environment as 45 nationalities are represented in the diverse student body. Founded in 1935, the school offers a blended French and American curriculum so students may study for the French general Baccalaureate, the Franco-American Baccalaureate, or the American High School Diploma. Many students matriculate to colleges in the United States, Canada, France, or Britain.

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