The Most Expensive Preschools In New York City

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Imagine a day at school spent speaking Spanish, playing the violin, cooking, learning mathematics and getting plenty of exercise.That’s a peek into the routine at some of the most exclusive preschools in the country. 

And if you want an exclusive, fancy education for your toddler it’s going to cost you.

In general, Pre-K and nursery programs serve the same age group, but may be classified differently depending on the school.

We researched the most expensive preschools in New York City based on the most recent list of independent elementary and lower schools from the Blackboard Awards.

#15 Trevor Day School

11 East 89th St.

Tuition: $30,000

Grades: Nur--12

Perk: Among other art activities, students get to do sculpture construction with wood and paper.

Source: Trevor Day School

Tuition listed is for nursery or Pre-K program for the 2011-2012 school year.

#14 Packer Collegiate Institute

#13 St. Luke's School

487 Hudson St.

Tuition: $30,950

Grades: Pre-K--8

Perk: Students learn to graph and chart in maths class.

Source: St. Luke's School

Tuition listed is for nursery or Pre-K program for the 2011-2012 school year.

#12 Claremont Preparatory/Leman Manhattan

41 Broad St.

Tuition: $32,200

Grade: Pre-K--12

Perk: The school offers theatre, music, and visual arts programs.

Source: Claremont Preparatory

Tuition listed is for nursery or Pre-K program for the 2011-2012 school year.

#11 Rodeph Sholom

10 West 84th St.

Tuition: $32,420

Grade: Nur--8

Perk: The school is the only nursery through 8th grade reform Jewish day school in New York City.

Source: Rodeph Sholom

Tuition listed is for nursery or Pre-K program for the 2011-2012 school year.

#10 Little Red Schoolhouse

272 Sixth Ave.

Tuition: $32,690

Grade: Pre-K--8

Perk: Past class projects have included building robots.

Source: Little Red Schoolhouse

Tuition listed is for nursery or Pre-K program for the 2011-2012 school year.

#9 Bank Street School for Children

610 West 112th St.

Tuition: $34,385

Grades: Pre-K--8

Perk: The school offers a variety of special programs for children, including a leadership class.

Source: Bank Street School for Children

Tuition listed is for nursery or Pre-K program for the 2011-2012 school year.

#8 Grace Church School

86 Fourth Ave.

Tuition: $34,800

Grade: Pre-K--8

Perk: Handwriting skills is a major subject for preschoolers.

Source: Grace Church School

Tuition listed is for nursery or Pre-K program for the 2011-2012 school year.

#7 Calhoun School

160 West 74th St.

Tuition: $34,800 (four-year-olds only)

Grades: Pre-K--12

Perk: The school boasts an athletic centre, a performing arts centre and an eco-friendly Green Roof Learning centre.

Source: Calhoun School

Tuition listed is for nursery or Pre-K program for the 2011-2012 school year.

#6 British International School of New York

20 Waterside Plaza

Tuition: $35,650

Grade: Nur--6

Perk: Students begin studying French at the age of three. Latin, Spanish, and German are also available to older students.

Source: British International School of New York

Tuition listed is for nursery or Pre-K program for the 2011-2012 school year.

#5 Columbia Grammar

5 West 93rd St.

Tuition: $36,390

Grade: Pre-K--12

Perk: The school boasts three libraries, seven art studios, and six music studios, among other facilities.

Source: Columbia Grammar

Tuition listed is for nursery or Pre-K program for the 2011-2012 school year.

#4 Horace Mann School

231 West 246th St., Riverdale

Tuition: $37,275

Grade: Pre-K--12

Perk: Children will learn to play chess and operate computers.

Source: Horace Mann School

Tuition listed is for nursery or Pre-K program for the 2011-2012 school year.

#3 Fieldston Lower School

3901 Fieldston Rd., Bronx

Tuition: $37,825

Grade: Pre-K--5

Perk: The school library offers more than 24,000 titles.

Source: Fieldston Lower School

*Fieldston Lower School and Ethical Culture School are separate divisions of Ethical Culture Fieldston School. We've considered them separately as they have separate admissions processes.

Tuition listed is for nursery or Pre-K program for the 2011-2012 school year.

#2 Ethical Culture School

33 Central Park West

Tuition: $37,825

Grades: Pre-K--5

Perk: The library offers more than 18,000 titles.

Source: Ethical Culture School

*Fieldston Lower School and Ethical Culture School are separate divisions of Ethical Culture Fieldston School. We've considered them separately as they have separate admissions processes.

Tuition listed is for nursery or Pre-K program for the 2011-2012 school year.

#1 Riverdale Country School

5250 Fieldston Rd., Riverdale

Tuition: $38,500

Range: Pre-K--12

Perk: The school plans early exposure to foreign language to put children on track so by the fifth grade they have an in-depth understanding of the language.

Source: Riverdale Country School

Tuition listed is for nursery or Pre-K program for the 2011-2012 school year.

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