THE IDEAL SCHOOL & ACADEMY

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314 W 91ST ST
NEW YORK, NY 10024
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Phone: 212-769-1699
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 0
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Private
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 6th Grade
  • District:
  • Students/Teacher:
  • Students/Grade: 16.4
  • Number Students: 115
  • Number Teachers: 50
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: NOT REPORTED
  • Principal: Ms Angela Bergeson
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (24 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (21 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-02-26
    "My son is a very bright boy with mild sensory issues in Kindergarten. We are very happy with the school. In addition to being taught reading, writing, math and science, he is learning music theory, Spanish, Mandarin and American Sign Language, chess and yoga, art and gym. He receives accelerated instruction in areas in which he is advanced and support where he has challenges. The classrooms are small and have high quality teachers so there is a great deal of individualized attention. All of the children gain a high degree of emotional intelligence through the school's focus on social and emotional education; over time they learn to express their emotions and find creative and effective ways to solve interpersonal problems. There is a clear commitment to social justice and my son is learning how to be an "upstander," someone who speaks up and acts when he or she sees injustice. The families at Ideal are very diverse in terms of race, class, sexual orientation... and are very warm and supportive of one another. I have never seen a school that has successfully integrated so much under one roof. We feel very fortunate to be a part of the Ideal Community."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-01-25
    "It troubles me to see that whenever any parent writes an honest assessment of the school on this site it is almost immediately followed one or more very generic, overly positive reviews. Having been one of the special needs turn- over families, I can attest that most of the negative statements are indeed true. If you are a prospective family with a special needs child, you should know that Ideal school administrators watch this site frequently, and I, as well as other turn-over parents suspect workers from the school pose as parents and write overly positive reviews to overshadow the negative ones. Based on our experience and that of other families of special needs kids, I do not recommend this school if your child has special needs and urge you to be skeptical of overly positive reviews for this school on this site. I wish we had taken more seriously the negative statements before we wasted time and money on this school."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-11-28
    "I am happy to see this school grow and expand. They have been challenging my children in every grade over the last 5 years. I really like the arts, dance, and focus on whole child. They will be adding a high school next year and now have 2 buildings. I hear great things from parents in the middle school - great teachers, International Baccalaureate Diploma expected for high school graduates. They start technology in the early grades and, from what I see, they really have kids doing hands-on challenging work. LOVE the teachers and focus on social justice curriculum."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-11-25
    "While reading the previous reviews of the IDEAL School, I have noticed that both the positive and negative aspects of the school are true to an extent. Unfortunately, the negatives definitely outweigh the positives here. The turnover rate for both students AND teachers is exceptionally high. The school has recently decided to move to a building that is an accessible space for students with physical limitations (ie. elevator, PT gym, handicapped bathrooms), which is wonderful for those in need. However, the school lacks teachers and staff with remotely enough training to effectively work with this population. When my child attended the school there was not even a school nurse, which I found quite troubling (especially due to all the very specific needs of IDEAL's students). While it sometimes seems as if there are few options for students with significant special needs, I would recommend looking elsewhere before spending a great deal of money on IDEAL."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-10-29
    "I can't say enough good things about IDEAL. Our son is in the middle school and thriving. The teachers are exemplary, the school is visionary, and the education is topnotch for our very bright child. He is taught not only academics but also ethics, compassion, and how to be a good, decent, compassionate person. The school is insulated from the competitiveness and entitlement of many NYC privates, but still provides first-rate learning. We plan to keep him in the school through high school and we know that he will be well prepared for the demands of college. A rare treasure in NYC. See it for yourself and you will agree!"
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