Written by on 29.11.15

Living in Murray Hill means getting the opportunity to choose from a range of different schools for your child. Whether your child is just getting ready to join the big kids in first grade or they’re already well into high school, parents will have several different options to choose from. From public to private, plus new charters and magnets, Murray Hill offers quality options for kids of all ages–and families of all budgets.

Elementary Schools

While many NYC schools have been forced to do away with their pre-K programs due to overcrowding, Murray Hill has several different options for families with pre-K and elementary aged children. For more information on enrolling your child in pre-K or an elementary program in the neighborhood, read on, or visit the NYC Department of Education website to learn about how to enroll your child and start off their educational career in Murray Hill.

P.S. 59, the Beekman Hill International School, is a recently updated addition to the Murray Hill area. A small K-5 school devoted to supporting all students and embracing cultural diversity, this school has been around for years, but now occupies a new home through a partnership between the Department of Education and Whole Foods Market. The new facility was funded in part by the organic grocer, and features a number of modern amenities that make it a great option for young children. Murray Hill has also welcomed P.S. 281 to the area. This school, also known as The River School, opened in the fall of 2013 for kindergarten and first grade students. Parents of preschoolers, take note: the Department of Education has added several sections of pre-K back to two different Murray Hill schools. P.S. 116 and P.S. 40 now both welcome pre-K students in addition to elementary aged children.

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High Schools

Parents of older students know that moving during the school year can be hard on a teenager. Fortunately, Murray Hill Academy reports that up to 40% of their student body arrive as transfer students, which will make a move to Murray Hill fairly smooth for your teenage student. Featuring individualized education plans and a strong core curriculum, Murray Hill Academy is a solid option for preparing students for the world of college and careers.

In addition, charter organization Success Academy is looking to add a high school program in the Murray Hill neighborhood. This addition would add another option for parents of older children who are looking to send their children somewhere close to home.

The Murray Hill neighborhood is conveniently positioned to allow access to a range of educational opportunities across Manhattan. Many families enjoy sending their children to their zoned neighborhood schools first, and then ultimately try a private school in another section of Manhattan. Murray Hill’s accessibility makes it easy for families to choose the option that best suits their child, which is another reason why Murray Hill has become such a family friendly neighborhood.

Topics: Murray Hill School System , NYC Schools