Find a house next to these top public elementary schools in NYC

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June 30, 2020
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If you’re thinking of starting a family in New York City, your children’s education might be one of your first worries. Here are the top public schools in the city and how you can live right next to them.

While New York City has its fair share of single residents and young graduates living within it and is mostly known as a place that never sleeps, there are also plenty of families who call the Big Apple home. In fact, some people may be surprised at how many families really live in NYC. According to the New York Census Data, there are 7,056,860 total households in NYC and 65.7% of them are family households and 34.4% are non-family households.

This means that families make up more than half of the population in the city. Despite New York City being known as having small living spaces, the average family size is 3.54 and average household size is 2.62. Those in a married household in NYC also tend to own their own homes, 47.7%, compared to the overall city average of 32.7%. Additionally, the median family income was $83,311 in 2018, which is higher than the overall New York median household income of $67,844.

New York City public school system

If you’re looking to start and raise a family in New York City, the quality of education is probably at the forefront of your mind. So what is the NYC public school system like?

The New York City’s public school system is operated by the New York City Department of Education. NYC’s public school system is the largest in the United States that covers all five boroughs. They have more than 1,800 public schools, teach more than 1.1 million students, and have an annual budget of almost $25 billion. In 2018, NYC spent $26,869 per student, which is its highest compared to previous years. Of the 1.1 million students in the public education system, almost half of them, 488,000, are elementary school students.

The NYC Department of Education is divided into 32 community school districts and then divided up into smaller zones that determine what local school serves which area. A child is then assigned a school within a zone based on their home address. However, a few districts don’t have zoned schools and are known as “choice districts” where students living in the area rank their preferred schools when applying. Many public schools also offer special programs such as gifted and talented education, English language learner’s education, and small learning communities.

Tips for finding a home near top public schools in NYC

The NYC public school system has a lot to offer its students, but how can you ensure your child goes to the best public school in New York CIty? As the school a student attends is based on their zone and district, living next to good schools is essential. Here are some tips on how to rent next to good schools in NYC?

Apartment hunting can be a stressful and time consuming task especially if you have young children to care for. With Localize, we can not only help you find a space perfect for you and your family, but ensure you live in the same zone as a highly rated school. 

Simply click on “Add needs” located on the map on the right side of the screen. 

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Then check “Highly-rated schools”. 

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Once you search a borough or neighborhood, Localize will filter your search and show listings that best match your needs, where 100% match listings will be shown first. With this search filter, you won’t need to go through the hassle of manually searching through apartments one by one to see which schools are in its zone.

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NYC’s top 10 best elementary schools

If you’re still curious about the high-rated public schools in NYC, here are just ten of the best elementary schools in the city. We showcased various schools in all five boroughs along with nearby apartments for rent NYC that are within the school’s zone.

1. Battery Park City School

55 Battery Place, Manhattan, NY 10280

Battery Park City School is one of the best elementary schools in Manhattan and serves Pre-K and K-8. The school opened in 2009 and is New York’s first green public school building. Not only do students here perform above average on state tests, but are also above average in year-over-year academic improvement.

Battery Park City School also serves its disadvantaged students well and has special education through a modified form of Integrated Co-Teaching. The school also has a strong science program, plenty of extra enrichment activities, and Spanish instruction starting in the 1st grade.

Here are available listings within this school’s zone:

Rent: 50 Little West Street, #34F Battery Park, New York ($3,100) – 3 beds, 2.5 baths

Sale: 2 South End Avenue, #6V Battery Park, New York ($529,000) – 1 bed, 1 bath, 691 sqft

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50 Little West Street, #34F Battery Park, New York

2. East Side Elementary School, P.S. 267

13 East 63rd Street, Manhattan, NY 10065

East Side Elementary School is found on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and serves grades K-5. It was first opened in 2010 and is an eight-story building that has a roomy lunchroom, large gym, modern classrooms, and music room. Students here perform above average on state tests and in year-over-year academic improvement.

They have a 92% proficiency in math, which is higher that the state average of 50% and a 90% english proficiency that is higher than the 46% state average. The school’s location is well placed to allow children to explore the city’s museums and class trips are frequent.

Additionally, the New York Historical Society helps teachers create lessons to help the students learn about the city and its neighborhoods. East Side Elementary School is wheelchair accessible and has special education with one integrated co-teaching class in every grade.

Here are available listings within this school’s zone:

Rent: 130 East 63 Street, #12C Upper East Side, New York ($6,800) – 2 beds, 2 baths

Sale: 502 Park Avenue, #12J Upper East Side, New York ($1,495,000) – 1 bed, 1 bath, 672 sqft

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130 East 63 Street, #12C Upper East Side, New York

3. P.S. 40 Augustus Saint-Gaudens

320 East 20th Street, Manhattan, NY 10003

P.S. 40 Augustus Saint-Gaudens is located in Gramercy in Manhattan and is an important part of the close-knit neighborhood. It is located on the bottom three floors of a historic-five story building and serves Pre-K and grades K-5.

They offer integrated co-teaching classrooms for each grade where students with special needs are mixed with the general education students. Students at PS 40 perform at high levels and both the teachers and administration are committed and are opened to continued learning.

Here are available listings within this school’s zone:

Rent: 316 Second Avenue, #3B Gramercy, New York ($4,750) – 3 beds, 1 bath

Sale: 32 Gramercy Park South, #11B Gramercy, New York ($965,000) – 1 bed, 1 bath

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316 Second Avenue, #3B Gramercy, New York

4. P.S. 87 William Sherman

160 West 78th Street, Manhattan, NY 10024

P.S. 87 William Sherman is located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and serves Pre-K and K-5. The school is known for its passionate teachers, active parents, and commitment to the arts. They also have a popular dual language Spanish-English program which allows students to be proficient in both languages.

P.S 87 William Sherman has plenty of special education support including SETSS (special education teacher support services) and ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes for every grade level. They also offer speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy and counseling.

Here are available listings within this school’s zone:

Rent: 200 West 78 Street, #2D Upper West Side, New York ($4,500) – 2 beds, 2 baths

Sale: 130 West 79 Street, #11D Upper West Side, New York ($985,000) – 1 bed, 1 bath

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200 West 78 Street, #2D Upper West Side, New York

5. P.S. 321 William Penn

180 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11215

William Penn is one of the best elementary schools in Brooklyn and is located in the neighborhood of Park Slope. The school serves grades K-5 and has a reputation of being one of the best schools in NYC. They teach children to learn to think deeply, learn independently, and take responsibility for their own education.

William Penn has an atmosphere that is both demanding and fun and does a good job of challenging top students while giving extra support to students that need extra help. They have two ICT classes per grade along with two teachers with one trained in special education. The school integrates children with special needs in regular classrooms, but with extra supports such as a full-time aide. They also have a mentor teacher with special education experience available to help guide and support teachers.

Here are available listings within this school’s zone:

Rent: 631 Carroll Street, #4 Park Slope, New York ($3,000) – 2 beds, 1 bath

Buy: 55 Montgomery Place, #1R Park Slope, New York ($749,0000 – 1 bed, 1 bath, 850 sqft

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55 Montgomery Place, #1R Park Slope, New York

6. P.S. 29 John M. Harrigan

425 Henry Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

John M. Harrigan is located in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn and serves Pre-K and K-5. It is one of the most popular schools in the area as it’s a progressive school that rivals any private schools in the area. The school seeks to connect studies with the children’s real lives and to include them in decisions, which means plenty of collaboration and brainstorming ideas within the classroom.

Writing is also a large part of the school and there is even a journalism club where 4th and 5th graders are able to write and put out a “PS29 Post”. Parents are very active at PS29 by helping run after school clubs and programs, raise money to pay for assistants in kindergarten, and even fund the post put out by the journalism club.

Here are available listings within this school’s zone:

Rent: 171 Sackett Street, #3 Carroll Gardens, New York ($3,100) – 2 beds, 1 bath

Buy: 401 Hicks Street, #B1G Cobble Hill, New York ($1,895,000) – 2 beds, 3 baths, 1,739 sqft

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401 Hicks Street, #B1G Cobble Hill, New York

7. P.S. 41 Crocheron

214-43 35th Avenue, Queens, NY 11361

P.S. 41 Crocheron is located in Bayside, Queens and serves grades K-5. The school is traditional with a cozy feel and has a strong record of academic achievement. They’re focused on the academics as well as the emotional well-being of the students.

P.S. 41 has an emphasis on teaching students to write well, but also has an annual science fair and exposure to the arts through ballroom dancing, musicals, and a chorus. The school offered a class called “Horizon” for children with autism. These students can also attend regular class for part of the day accompanied by an aide to help them.

Here are available listings within this school’s zone:

Rent: 29-48 Bell Boulevard Bayside, New York ($2,100) – 2 beds, 1 bath

Buy: 32-24 213 Street Bayside, New York ($989,500) – 3 beds, 2 baths, 2,000 sqft

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8. P.S. 188 Kingsbury

218-12 Hartland Avenue, Queens, NY, 11364

P.S. 188 Kingsbury is found in the quiet neighborhood of Oakland Gardens in Queens and serves Pre-K and K-5. It is one of the top NYC elementary schools with high attendance, strong “As” on progress reports, and over 90% of the students are proficient in math and reading tests.

The school has rigorous academic standards and a strong writing program focused on nonfiction. They also offer arts and athletics with an art and music teacher, and clubs for basketball, art, yearbook, and chorus.

Here are available listings within this school’s zone:

Rent: 216-4 Union Turnpike Oakland Gardens, New York ($2,000) – 1 bed, 1 bath

Buy: 229-30 Kingsbury Avenue, #Upper Oakland Gardens, New York ($275,000) – 1 bed, 1 bath

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216-4 Union Turnpike Oakland Gardens, New York

9. P.S. 69 Journey Prep

560 Thieriot Avenue, Bronx, NY 10473

Journey Prep is located in Clason Point, Bronx and serves Pre-K and K-5. The Department of Education rated this school as “high impact” which means students here perform better compared to other similar schools in the city. Although many students here are low income, more than two thirds of them meet state standards for math and english.

The school also won an award for its environmental programs from the National Wildlife Federation. P.S. 69 has a well-equipped science facility and has an “Outside World” where children can grow herbs and flowers, study soil and seeds, and conduct experiments. Journey Prep also has enrichment classes such as journalism, computer programming, debate, or  inventions.

Here are available listings within this school’s zone:

Rent: 1782 Patterson Avenue, #2 Clason Point, New York ($2,000) – 2 beds, 1 bath

Buy: 521 Thieriot Avenue Clason Point, New York ($539,000) – 4 beds, 3 baths, 1,248 sqft

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521 Thieriot Avenue Clason Point, New York

10. P.S. 5 Huguenot

348 Deisius Street, Staten Island, NY 10312

P.S. 5 Huguenot is located in South Shore of Staten Island and serves grades K-5. The school is located in its own building and focuses on preparing students to move onto the next grade. In comparison to other schools, P.S. 5 helps students improve their test scores and the school as a whole performs well on test scores compared to other schools in NYC.

Students here have a 81% proficiency in math, which is higher than the 50% state average, and a 80% english proficiency that is higher than the state average of 46%.

Here is an available listing within this school’s zone:

Buy: 31 Arbutus Way Huguenot, New York ($1,899,000) – 6 beds, 4 baths

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31 Arbutus Way, Huguenot, New York

With all the high-rated schools within the NYC public school system, you won’t have to worry too much about your children’s education. Localize can be a great resource for you and your family in finding a perfect home within the zone of your preferred school. 

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