The Upper West Side of Manhattan presents a wide variety of educational options for children of all ages. There are public schools with highly specialized programs, as well as private and religious institutions—including some of the most recognized names in education. From the public arts high school that inspired cult classic Fame to a private institution that has churned out elite scholars for more than 130 years, there is truly a school for every type of student within walking distance of home.
The Abraham Joshua Heschel School
Founded in 1983 as a new model of Jewish day school, Heschel offers a K through 12 education while cultivating the spiritual life of students.
30 West End Avenue; 212-595-7087; heschel.org
The Beacon School
Created in 1993 by two educators, this public school provides a college preparatory curriculum with a heavy technology focus.
227 West 61st Street; 212-245-2807; beaconschool.org
School of the Blessed Sacrament
The parish-based pre-K through 8th grade Catholic school celebrates diversity and fosters Christian leadership.
147 West 70th Street; 212-724-7561; sblsnyc.org
This highly selective K through 12 private school for boys serves about 650 students with 112 full- and part-time faculty members. The school has plans to move nearby to West 61st and 62nd Streets between West End Avenue and Riverside Boulevard.
260 West 78th Street; 212-812-8500; collegiateschool.org
The Dwight School for Early Childhood Education
The prestigious international school's Riverside Campus, for students age 2 through kindergarten, is housed just off Riverside Boulevard.
140 Riverside Boulevard; 212-724-6360; dwight.edu
Ethical Culture Fieldston School
Located in a six-story turn-of-the-century building, Ethical has served the intellectual, artistic and moral potential of its students for 130 years.
33 Central Park West; 212-712-6220; ecfs.org
Fiorello H LaGuardia High School of Music, Art and Performing Arts
The real life Fame school.
100 Amsterdam Avenue; 212-496-0700; laguardiahs.org
The Juilliard School
Alumni have won more than 105 Grammies, 16 Pulitzers, 47 Emmys and 62 Tonys since the school first opened in 1905.
60 Lincoln Center Plaza; 212-799-5000; juilliard.edu
The Mandell School
Founded in 1939, The Mandell School opened its Lincoln Square Preschool location in 2012 on the second floor of a brand new building, featuring a clean, modern design and bright, open classrooms.
150 Amsterdam Avenue; 212-580-4500; mandellschool.org
Professional Children’s School
This private school for 6th through 12th graders is specifically targeted to children who are simultaneously pursuing careers in the arts.
132 West 60th Street; 212-582-3116; pcs-nyc.org
P.S. 191 The Museum Magnet School
P.S. 191 engages students with the cultural institutions that surround the school.
210 West 61st Street; 212-757-4343; museummagnet.com
P.S. 199 Jesse Isador Straus
This school has a goal of creating lifelong readers, writers and learners. Its motto: Work Hard, Be Kind.
270 West 70th Street; 212-799-1033; ps199pta.org
P.S. 541 Manhattan/Hunter Science High School
This test-in public school offers a highly competitive, science-focused college preparatory program.
122 Amsterdam Avenue; 212-501-1235; mhshs.org
P.S. 859 Special Music School
This groundbreaking public school in District 3 delivers intensive instrument studies along with rigorous academics.
129 West 67th Street; 212-501-3330; kaufmanmusiccenter.org
Urban Assembly Media High School
Urban Assembly is a small high school that uses media as a way of engaging students.
122 Amsterdam Avenue; 212-501-1110; uamhighschool.org
West End Day School
This small elementary school nurtures children with mild-to-moderate learning disabilities and language and/or emotional concerns. 255 West 71st Street;