The IDEAL School of Manhattan
5.00 (4 reviews)
Tel: (212) 769-1699
The IDEAL School of Manhattan Photo #3 - Upper School students perform at the 2020 IDEAL Gala with their music teacher
The IDEAL School of Manhattan Photo #4 - The 2019-20 IDEAL Middle School girls basketball team made it to the MSAL championship game.
The IDEAL School of Manhattan Photo #5 - Upper School students worked with kindergarten students on IDEAL's MLK Day of Service.
The IDEAL School of Manhattan Photo #7 - Lower School students decorate the space for a neighborhood free lunch program.
The Ideal School of Manhattan is an inclusion school dedicated to creating a diverse community that affirms and accepts the full identities of all people, while inspiring academic excellence, creative leadership, and a desire to build a more just and equitable world.
We strive to develop students who are intellectually curious, independent, and creative; are self-confident, have self-respect, and are willing to take risks; possess a sense of social responsibility toward their school and the community at large and are prepared to be responsible, productive citizens, and ethical and compassionate human beings.
|School Type||Special Education School|
|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)|
New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)
|Grades Offered||Grades Kindergarten-12|
|Offers Post-Graduate Year||Yes|
|Learning Difference Programs||Yes|
|Total Students||201 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color|
State avg.: 29%
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||67 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||3:1|
National avg.: 13:1
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree|
|Average Class Size||14 students|
|Number of AP Courses||4 courses|
|List of Courses Offered||Link to List of Courses|
|Advanced Courses||Advanced Spanish, AP Statistics, English Honors|
|Matriculation DataMatric. Data||Link to Matriculation Data|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual|
(Logo polo shirt required for all except high school)
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||None / Rolling|
|Yearly Tuition Cost||$44,935|
|Tuition Notes||The tuition for The IDEAL School’s Standard Program is $44,935. The Zenith Program is $73,150 and the Dylan Program is $135,850.|
|% on Financial Aid|
|Average Financial Aid Grant||$30,000|
National avg.: 85%
|Admissions Director||Lori Murphy|
|Admissions Associate||Alexa Arata|
|Total Sports Offered||6 sports|
|Sports||Badminton, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Track and Field, VolleyballBadminton, Basketball,|
Cross Country, Golf,
Track and Field, Volleyball,
|Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.||12 extracurriculars|
|ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.||Club or Organization:|
Baking, Fashion, Glee Club, Joke Club, Ultimate Star Wars, Yoga
Arts and Music Programs:
Drama, Music, Studio Art
Recreational Athletic Programs:
Basketball, Golf, Volleyball
- The Ideal School Of Manhattan is an inclusion school dedicated to creating a diverse community that affirms and accepts the full identities of all people, while inspiring academic excellence, creative leadership, and a desire to build a more just and equitable world.
- We strive to develop students who are intellectually curious, independent, and creative; are self-confident, have self-respect, and are willing to take risks; possess a sense of social responsibility toward their school and the community at large and are prepared to be responsible, productive citizens, and ethical and compassionate human beings.
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- School Location Miles Grades Students
- New York Grades: K-12 | 1317 students
108 E 89th St
New York, NY 10128
(212) 423-5200 1.3 K-12
- New York Grades: PK-12 | 957 students
291 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
(212) 724-6360 0.6 PK-12
Our last school, our third school in just 4 years, informed me that they could not provide sufficient services moving forward. My child, quite bright and outgoing, was not progressing. At 10 years of age and 4th grade he barely read at a 1st grade level. The gap was not closing, and his frustrations were escalating. I was at a loss.His former school gave me options, sending me on a wild goose chase to dozens of interviews and applications in the tri-state area. Finally, a counselor pulled me aside one day and said, "well, there is this other school, it is an inclusion school." I rolled my eyes, thinking how silly to think that kids with so many abilities could be in a classroom together. How would my child progress? But, upon my first visit, where I left in tears, I learned that it not only works, it thrives.As a country we are finally looking at diversity and inclusion as a priority. IDEAL is an institution that is leading the next generation in this effort. My child not only receives the necessary services moving him forward to close his gap, but is pushed to become an empathic strong leader that understands inclusion and how to implement it into our world. On top, he has the most individualized attention we have ever received. My son used to hold my leg crying and beg not to go to school. Now, he jumps to go, happy and engaged, and most importantly, he feels safe. He is seen and understood.The IDEAL school is NOT the other school, but rather it is THE school. I suspect that many other schools will seek to emulate its structure over the next decade. The children enrolled now will be ahead of their time as leaders and innovators.
- Posted by Parent - PARENT OF 5TH GRADER
My daughter is a First grader at Ideal, and this is her second year at the school. In the beginning i wasn't quite sure this would be the best choice for my child but in the time since. I have seen how she has come out of her shell, a d grown in confidence. She loves her teachers and the friends she has made. The teachers are wonderful and committed to the students, and this reflects in the children. I can see how they flourish and become outgoing when they are treated with respect by their teachers and their peers. Any doubts that I had are behind me and I couldn't be happier that this was the right choice for us.
- Posted by Parent - Luis Cortazar
My son is thriving at The IDEAL School because of its inclusive approach, with half of its student population being neurotypical mainstream and the other half having different abilities. It is academically rigorous - very much a college prep school in that regard, and yet it meets every student's needs. The teachers and staff have impressive backgrounds with my son creating a close relationship with each of them - critical to any student but even more so with a neurodiverse population. The small grade size (there are only 15 students in my son's grade) makes it a premiere school. Tough to get into this school (many of our friends' children did not get in) so apply early.
- Posted by Parent - Antonio
I have had wonderful experiences at The Ideal School. My son with Autism now speaks, jokes around, ask questions and even makes suggestions on daily activities. The teachers are always willing to assist with class work and homework. And the school reflects often on their curriculum and student assistance. I couldn`t be happier.
- Posted by Parent - Nicole Smith
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