Religiously-Affiliated Schools

Parochial and religiously-affiliated schools offer an education that promotes religious beliefs and values, as well as a strong community. Parochial refers to Catholic schools run by the local Archdiocese.  Other religiously-affiliated educarional options include Jewish and Muslim schools. 

Catholic Schools

A number of Catholic schools admit children as young as three years of age. Many of these schools continue through grade eight or high school. Catholic schools usually have smaller classes than public schools and are often thought to be more like independent schools.

Catholic schools require some testing as part of the application process. Some pre-schools and kindergartens ask for private testing. The Test for Admission to Catholic H.S. (TACHS test) is required for high school admission.

If you choose to enroll your child in a parochial school, it takes time and "foot work" to find the school that meets the needs of your child. As in all school searches, consider opportunities for learning in and out of the classroom, teaching styles employed, and opportunity for interaction with teachers.

You can browse Parochial/Religious schools on the Archdiocese of New York website.

You may request the following two print resources from the The Archdiocese of New York

1011 First Avenue
New York, NY 10022
212-317-3236 (fax)

  • Catholic Schools: Character, Compassion, Values. Directory of Schools and Services. Archdiocese of New York.
  • "Test for Admission into Catholic High Schools (TACHS)." Archdiocese of New York, 2005.

Islamic Schools

Islamic schools are educational institutions committed to promoting excellence in Islamic academic studies.  For these schools, Islamic values and teachings as well as the development of a strong attachment to the Islamic culture are paramount.

Jewish Day Schools

These schools are the main educational institutions that promote traditional Judaism. Depending on the degree of orthodoxy these schools are either single-sex or co-ed. Typically, these schools teach a dual language (English/Hebrew) curriculum. Jewish Day schools can begin as early as 2.5 years old and continue through the university level.

It is important to feel comfortable with the religious community you choose in a day school. Orthodox, Conservative and Reform sectors have different philosophies of education and families should be supportive of the chosen educational environment.

Timetable for Parochial Schools

The admissions process begins the September preceding the September of admission to school. Most schools provide information about their admissions process on their website.

Tours and open houses are usually given during the early fall, though some schools do provide spring tours. Applicant families should devote time to explore school options during the spring or summer before applications begin.

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