New York Private Schools on the Rise

February 21, 2011  |  

(Crain’s) — Anxious parents—who just endured a grueling, nerve-wracking week awaiting the arrival of the letters that revealed whether their kids were accepted into at least one of the maybe 10 private schools they applied to—may soon get some relief.  A number of new private schools are finally entering the market in response to the skyrocketing demand, while existing schools are expanding at a pace the city hasn’t seen in years.

This September, a new 55,000-square-foot for-profit private school called the World Class Learning Academy is opening in the East Village, initially accepting children from nursery school to fifth grade. A year later, another for-profit school called Avenues: The World School, founded by education entrepreneur Christopher Whittle and former president of Yale University Benno Schmidt, will open its doors in a massive building in Chelsea.

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