The Alexander Robertson School is a nurturing, small, independent Junior-K through 5th Grade school.
We offer a cutting edge curriculum including a Smithsonian Institute designed STEM Program, French, Music, Art, Ethics, History and English Language Arts. ARS is located right next to Central Park and amongst some of the world's most important cultural institutions.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked NY School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-5
  • Students: 73 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $35,000
  • Acceptance rate: 33%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 5 / rolling

Top Rankings

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-5
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
73 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 41%
Students by Grade
Alexander Robertson School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
11 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
12 students
Classroom Dress Code
(dark blue and white)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Dec. 5 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Financial aid available
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Joan Harrison


Total Sports Offered
6 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
8 extracurriculars
After care until 6pm

Club or Organization:
Chess Class, Cooking Classes, STEM Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Cello, Violin

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Fitness, Soccer Academy

School Notes

  • The Science and Technology Concepts curriculum is integrated with our rich blend of humanities subjects including Art, Music, French, our unique Everyday Ethics program, progress-based Reading and Language Arts and the highly acclaimed History Alive program - young minds light up as they joyfully make connections across these different subject areas.  The wildly popular Singapore Math curriculum rounds out our STEM offerings.

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
My children have been attending ARS since 2018 and we are so grateful to have discovered this wonderful school. ARS has the most talented, dedicated teachers I've encountered. The small class sizes allow for plenty of individualized attention, which has been such an advantage for my children. They come home happy and excited every day about what they've learned and their relationships with their classmates. ARS provides a very safe and nurturing environment for them which puts me at such ease. I love that the academics are so strong and the programs are robust. The Head of School is so impressive and simply wonderful. She's helped to create a very close-knit, loving, inclusive nature in the school. She has also handled Covid so well and was able to keep the school open every day for in-person learning in the 2020-2021 school year, with no Covid cases in the school and no closures. The administration is equally excellent, and ARS has such a diverse and charming group of kids and parents. My children both attend the after-school program, which has tons of offerings and amazing leaders. They also have a summer camp that allows the kids to spend much of their day in Central Park and has creative and academic components as well. I really cannot say enough positive things about this school! My family is lucky to have found ARS, and my children are thriving in every way.
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A gem of a school! Our child is happy and thriving. We feel she is in a safe environment where curiosity is encouraged and learning feels organic by design.The administration is knowledgeable, nurturing, and very hands-on. They work with families to meet each child's needs. The new Head of School is a great leader with an open door policy who continues to cultivate an environment of inclusivity, respect, and love of learning. Teachers are encouraged and given autonomy to teach the curriculum using their talents. Weekly assemblies further strengthen community bonds and parent involvement. Best kept secret on the Upper Westside!
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I love the head of school and director of academics. They are so skilled and you will want to stay for them alone!
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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked NY School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-5
  • Students: 73 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $35,000
  • Acceptance rate: 33%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 5 / rolling

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The average private school tuition in New York, NY is $37,402 for elementary schools and $43,673 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in New York, NY is 60% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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