There are a wide range of independent (tuition based) elementary through high schools available in the New York Area.
Independent schools are licensed by the NY State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and some are members of the NY State Association of Independent Schools. Most NYC Independent Schools offer programs beginning at Kindergarten and continue through 8th or 12th grade.
A limited number of programs have an Early Childhood Division which enroll children after they turn two or three years of age. Independent school's primary point of entry is for Kindergarten. Once children enroll in the Early Childhood Division they are generally offered continued admission through graduation at the end of the school's program.