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1. Smarter Toddler, Manhattan
Courses / Programs
With two convenient locations in Manhattan NYC, Smarter Toddler is a leading nursery school / preschool that provides arts-based preschool programs designed for babies, toddlers and young children ages 3 months to 5 years. Situated on the Upper West Side and at Midtown West near Times Square, we offer a warm, community-oriented learning environment where we encourage curiosity, promote kindness and respect, and exercise imagination and creativity.

Smarter Toddler was founded by parents of gifted children who wanted a progressive preschool with an advanced arts-based curriculum their own children could benefit from. Music, movement, literacy and visual arts are an active part of each child's day. We provide remarkable teachers, a relaxed admissions process, and a loving, home-like atmosphere. We place a high value on diversity, and on accommodating children with needs requiring extra attention.

Our mission is to continue to create an enhanced, quality early education program that emphasizes the arts, cultural experiences, and the unique individuality of each child. Teachers provide interesting and motivating lessons to engage the children and captivate their interest.

Parent Testimonial:
"We fell in love with Smarter Toddler the minute we walked in the door. Everything from the decor to the staff is welcoming, friendly and fun. Our son's teachers, and the other teachers he interacts with, have become like family to us. He looks forward to going to "school" every day."
- Jen Falek
Early Childhood Programs (Ages 0-5)

- Infant Program (3 - 12 months)
- Toddler 1 Program (13 - 20 months)
- Toddler 2 Program (21 months - 2.5 years)
- Young Preschool Program (2.5 - 3.5 years)
- Preschool Program (3.5 - 5 years)
- Arts Program (includes music, visual arts and yoga)

Our curriculum offers Reading, Art, Spanish, Computers, Science, Yoga, Sign Language, Music and Movement.
2. Oogie Art: Art Portfolio Development School
Courses / Programs
One of the largest, and most successful art portfolio development schools in the United States, Oogie Art has conveniently-situated studios in Midtown Manhattan, Queens NY, and Bergen County, Northern NJ.

Through our year-round art portfolio preparation programs and art classes for elementary school through to local high school students (Grades 5-12), international high school & college transfer students, we have helped hundreds of students to gain admission into top fine arts schools, visual arts schools & colleges of design.

Our art portfolio development classes aim to help you to create an extraordinary body of artworks that will round out your art school applications, prepare you for a top art college, and strengthen the impression you make on admissions & scholarship committees.

Because we have spent decades refining our approach, you can expect extraordinary admissions results: 86% of our students are admitted to their first choice college; and 100% of our students are admitted to top 50 colleges.

Our students follow a curriculum that is specifically based on their individual needs, goals and most immediate time horizons. Class scheduling is extremely flexible - students register by the month, and can attend between 4 and 28 classes each month.

An expert instructor is always available to answer any questions, provide guidance and demonstrate techniques.

“Oogie Art guides young artists to greater heights of artistic creation.”
- NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, 2004
Year-round Art & Design College Preparation Programs & Art Classes for local students in Grades 5-12, international high school & international undergrad college age students:

- Weekday, evening and weekend (Saturday) art classes in subjects that include
- Art Portfolio Prep
- AP Art Prep
- Painting/Drawing
- Illustration
- Perspective Drawing & Painting
- Figure Drawing & Painting
- Advanced Drawing & Painting
- Mixed Media & Collage
- Sculpture
- Group Crits
- College Prep
- Film & Animation
- Fashion Design
- Business of Design..
3. ABC Languages, Manhattan
Courses / Programs
Are you searching for quality Spanish language classes in NYC for your child or teenager? A leading provider of foreign language instruction, ABC Languages provides group Spanish classes and private tutoring for kids (ages 4+), teens and adults.

Conveniently situated in midtown Manhattan, our qualified and experienced teachers will help your child to improve their Spanish language skills in a fun and effective way.

We offer our group Spanish classes for K-12 children on a customized basis, based on what the parents, school or organization tell us about their needs.

Whether you want a weekly after-school Spanish program, an at-home Spanish language play group or more intensive Spanish classes that meet several times a week, we can design a program that suits you.

Private Spanish lessons mean your child gets the exclusive attention of the teacher and can learn faster. You can choose the days and times of the lessons which can be held at our school or your home (or other location of your choice).
Spanish Language Lessons for Juniors:

- Private Spanish lessons / one-to-one tutoring for kids & teenagers

- Group Spanish language classes for K-12 kids

- After-school Spanish programs for elementary, middle & high school students

- High school study assistance

- We also work with schools who wish to offer a Spanish language program as part of their curriculum.

We also offer a wide range of additional foreign language classes including French, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, German, Russian, Polish, Greek, Arabic, Farsi....
4. The Mandell School
Courses / Programs
Mandell School is a co-educational institution for Toddlers through the Eighth Grade located on Manhattan's Upper West Side. We are committed to providing a nurturing educational environment for children and their families, which through intellectual stimulation and emotional support, enable them to become responsible, active citizens of the world.

Mandell School curriculum is well balanced, exceptionally rigorous, yet flexible enough to allow for a range of leaning styles. Mandell uses both traditional and progressive approaches to teaching, incorporating use of manipulatives, collaboration and hands on experiential learning.
Co-Ed School for Toddlers through 8th Grade:

- Pre-School Division
- Kindergarten Program
- Elementary Division
- Preparatory Division

As part of our curriculum we place a strong emphasis on Music, Fine Arts, Foreign Languages and Wellness/Athletics.
5. WCL Academy, Manhattan
Courses / Programs
World Class Learning Academy (WCL Academy), in Manhattan’s East Village, New York City, is an international school for students ages 2-11 from both the local and international community. We prepare children to become confident participants in their learning, preparing them for the next stage of their education and the challenges of the future. What sets our students apart from students at other schools is their genuine and enthusiastic desire for learning.

WCL Academy, New York is like no other. We offer an internationally-respected, learning-focused curriculum that is used in over 1,500 schools in 65 countries.
International School for students ages 2-11:

- Early Years Program
- International Primary Curriculum (IPC)

Subjects include:
- Math
- English
- Science
- Art
- Music & Movement...
6. Abraham Joshua Heschel School
Courses / Programs
Abraham Joshua Heschel School, located on West End Avenue in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, is an independent, Jewish day school offering a pluralistic approach to Jewish learning in addition to secular studies. We have four school divisions consisting of Early Childhood, Lower School, Middle School and High School. The quality of our humanities, arts, and science programs has enabled our graduates to be welcomed by outstanding institutions of higher learning.

Our approach to education, pluralism, and concern for students' intellectual, emotional, and spiritual development informs our daily interactions in the school community. Our school is characterized by team teaching and an integrated curriculum. We select faculty who have demonstrated mastery of their subjects, encourage academic excellence, and support our mission.

We strive to cultivate the spiritual lives of our students and nurture their commitment to Jewish life. We help them understand and respect a range of Jewish practice and traditions. We engage our students in a meaningful relationship with the language, culture, land, and people of the State of Israel.
Jewish Educational Programs from Nursery through Grade 12:

- Early Childhood Program: Nursery, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten.

- Lower School Program: Runs from Grade 1 to Grade 5.

- Middle School Program: Includes Grades 6 to 8.

- High School Program: Includes Grades 9 to 12.
7. Study Skills for High School Students
Courses / Programs
Developing good study skills in high school will prepare you for academic success in college. Learning how to effectively manage your time, how to prioritize your work and how to retain important information are skills that will be of huge benefit to you throughout your life.

While you still have the support of your teachers in high school, you are expected to think for yourself and to take control of your learning. Whether you're a freshman or a senior, you can improve your study habits by making a few changes to your routine. Your academic success is entirely up to you!

Try to study in quiet environments that are free from distractions - you can't concentrate effectively if you are constantly being interrupted. Have a dedicated study area at home, and use your school library also. If you have disruptive classmates, try to sit as far away from them as possible so you can focus on your teacher.

Create an efficient and realistic study schedule for yourself and stick to it. Study for blocks of 20-50 minutes and make sure you take plenty of breaks. Try to be physically active during your breaks but make sure you return to your study!
Study Skills for High School Students:
- Time Management: Use planners, study plans & to-do lists to keep you on track.
- Self-discipline: Attend all classes and meet every deadline for assignments. Set aside time each day for study.
- Focus in class and listen attentively. If you don't understand something, ask questions!
- Effective note-taking: Make sure you record important points.
- Be organized: Keep all of your study materials in one place.
- Have a dedicated study area free of distractions.
8. Harlem Academy, New York City
Courses / Programs
Harlem Academy, located in East Harlem at 1330 Fifth Avenue in New York City is a private elementary and middle school serving grades one through eight. Our mission is to prepare bright, motivated students for success at top secondary schools and lifelong learning. At our school dedicated families, teachers, and supporters work together to provide educational opportunity to children whose potential might otherwise go unrealized.

Established in 2004 with a first grade class of 12 students, one grade is added each year, as the school builds toward a vision for an elementary and middle school program in Harlem that matches the standards of any independent school in New York City.

Harlem Academy’s elementary school program was developed through a grant from the Goldman Sachs Foundation in partnership with Columbia University. This allows access for low and moderate income families based on a sliding scale formula for setting tuition.
Elementary & Middle School Programs (Grades1-8)

- Our curriculum covers Literacy, Mathematics, Arts, Sciences, Athletics and Choice.

- During choice (60 minutes most days), students choose from a range of fun and challenging learning activities, including chess, mancala, painting, performance arts, and construction.

- These supplemental learning opportunities build cooperative skills, reasoning, and creativity while promoting a sense of personal empowerment.
9. The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, Manhattan
Courses / Programs
Centrally located in Manhattan, NYC, The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute is the only school in the world that offers training of Lee Strasberg’s Method Acting in its pure form. As well as our acting programs for adults, we offer year-round classes for kids and teens aged between 7-18. These 12-week Saturday programs are offered for students during the fall, winter, summer and spring. In addition, we offer 2-week to 6-week all day summer camps.

Our Young Actors program is designed as an intensive and diverse course for serious young actors and the comprehensive curriculum includes Acting, Singing, Dance, Acting for Film and TV, and Production.

For over 40 years, the Institute has built its outstanding reputation on the proven value of Lee Strasberg’s teachings, the astonishing achievements of our students, and an unwavering commitment to excellence. Our highest goal is to ensure that each student masters Lee Strasberg’s technique and its disciplines, as well as encouraging every student to become a successful artist within his or her chosen field.
12-week Saturday programs offered year-round for Young Actors ages 7-18:

- Young Actors ages 7-11 study Acting, Movement, Dance, Acting for Film/TV, and Musical Theatre in an all-day program designed to be an intensive introduction to these creative disciplines.

- Young Actors ages 12-17 are immersed in an intensive introduction to Lee Strasberg’s technique in acting class and then have the option to apply what they’ve learned in an elective class.

- We also offer 2-6 week all-day summer camps.
10. Millennium Tutors
Courses / Programs
Millennium Tutors is the nation's premier private tutoring service, offering the most highly individualized tutoring programs for all standardized exams and academic subjects in New York City and nationwide.

Our academic tutoring programs include tutoring for K-8, high school & college students as well as children who have special needs. We offer SAT and AP (Advanced Placement) college test preparation courses. In addition, our postgraduate test preparation programs include: LSAT (Law School Admission Test); GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test); GRE (Graduate Record Examination) and MCAT (Medical College Admission Test).
Academic Private Tutoring Programs:

- Academic Tutoring: K-8, High School, College, Special Needs

- College Test Prep: SAT, SAT II, AP, ACT

- Postgraduate Test Prep: LSAT, GMAT, GRE, MCAT
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