Maryel School of New York is a top private international and bilingual co-educational day school educating students from Nursery through the 5th grade. Located in the heart of Manhattan, Maryel is a harmonious combination of the education system in the United States and Spain.
Founded in Spain in 2004, Maryel aims to educate girls and boys "to be the best they can be and prepare them to thrive in their lives beyond Maryel by helping them trust that they are unique human beings who can accomplish anything."
With a rigorous and challenging education, Maryel incorporates all forms of critical thinking and inspires a life-long love of learning.
Maryel School encourages its students to reach their academic, social, and emotional potential in a challenging and supportive environment. Tradition and innovation come together in this wonderful community.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-5
  • Students: 61 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $25,000
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

School Overview

Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-5
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
61 students
Student Body Type
Students by Grade
Maryel School of New York Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
12 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
12 students
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
M/W/F Half-Day Twos: $16,480 | T/TH Half-Day Twos: $11,760| M-F Half-Day Twos: $20,750| M-F Full Day Twos: $27,600| M-F Extended Day Twos: $29,870| Half-Day Threes: $20,750| Full Day Threes: $27,600| Extended Day Threes: $29,870| Full Day Pre-K: $27,600| Extended Day Pre-K: $29,870| Full Day Kindergarten-5th Grade: $34,150
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director
Angelica Capistran


Total Sports Offered
5 sports

School Notes

Maryel School is a top private international and bilingual school that opened its doors in Murray Hill, Manhattan in 2013 as a co-educational day school that combines the education system of the United States with the education system of Spain. 

Maryel was originally founded in Seville, Spain in 2004 as Mariela Bilingual by Celine Cacho, a visionary in education, along with other parents, and the invaluable help of child psychologist, Jos Lus C. Mauricio. Her vision was based on these principles:
  • Each child has a unique gift and talent which they express in a special way.
  • As educators, we must help students discover their unique talent, help them feel confident enough to explore it, and provide the necessary resources to ensure each student has the ability to develop it to its maximum potential.
  • Bilingualism is an essential part of children`s education in the 21st century. When children are exposed to two different languages, they learn to be more tolerant and respectful of other cultures and traditions, which enables them to become more responsible and active citizens of the world.
Maryel's educational philosophy is based on these two important fundamentals:

1. Dual Language Education

Maryel Dual Language is a form of education that provides content instruction and literacy to all students through two languages, English and Spanish.
  • Our Model:
    • The Spanish language is used all day in the primary grades (Preschool), while English and Spanish are used equally in the later grades (Kindergarten-Fifth Grade).
    • Both literacy and content are taught in Spanish and in English over the course of the program.
    • Instruction is delivered in one language at a time without translation. Maryel teachers maintain the separation of languages for instruction (no translation). Skills taught in each language are coordinated to maximize cross-linguistic transfer and support learning in content areas.
  • Results:
    • Maryel students have greater cognitive flexibility, advanced problem-solving skills, higher-order abstract thinking abilities, and increased creativity.
    • They also show advanced abilities to connect meaning between languages and cognitively make "more room" in the brain for new information.
    • Children who study in two languages consistently outscore monolingual students on standardized tests.
    • Maryel students have greater success in an educational setting and have the added benefit of greater ease in learning a third language.
2. Multiple Intelligence Approach

Maryel`s teachers observe their students from eight new perspectives. In recent years, new definitions have gained acceptance regarding the concept of "intelligence" which has dramatically enhanced the appraisal of human competencies.
  • Verbal/linguistic intelligence
  • Logical/mathematical intelligence
  • Spatial Intelligence
  • Musical Intelligence
  • Kinesthetic Intelligence
  • Interpersonal Intelligence
  • Intrapersonal Intelligence
  • Naturalistic Intelligence
Maryel develops ways to teach and learn by engaging all eight intelligences, increasing the possibilities for student success. We all experience and learn through these eight different intelligences; however, each student differs in the strength of certain intelligences compared to others. Because there are no two students that learn in the same way, Maryel applies this approach as a base for our pedagogy.

With this inclusive practice, the skills, abilities, gifts, and different intelligences of each student are taken care of and strengthened. All students can be apprentices of success. There are no limits to what one can learn at a certain age.


In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, our admission process for all entry points will be virtual.  Our goal remains the same: to get to know each other and help each family learn as much as possible about what makes Maryel a unique educational experience.  

We are currently accepting applications for openings in select grades on a rolling basis for the 2021-2022 school year.  Contact us at any time with questions about openings for any grade, or to ask general questions about the admissions process.

Click here for more information on Maryel's application process:
Profile last updated: 07/26/2021

School Reviews

We spent a lot of time looking for the right fit when it came to choosing our son's first school. It was important to us that the school had friendly teachers and a tight-knit community that would support him and us as new parents, and Maryel completely exceeded our expectations. The low student-to-teacher ratio allowed us to really get to know our son's teacher as well as many of the other parents in his class. And we have kept those friendships to this day! We also noticed how easily he started picking up Spanish from as young as two years old. My husband and I are not Spanish-speakers, but the bilingual aspect of Maryel really drew us in, especially because the two's program was so immersive. Our son always came home excited to teach us new Spanish words! I'm so grateful for the community we have found here.
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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-5
  • Students: 61 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $25,000
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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The average private school tuition in New York, NY is $36,987 for elementary schools and $43,378 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in New York, NY is 59% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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