This is our second year at New City and so far we are very happy. Our child's experience has been great. The teachers we have had have both been amazing, engaging, personable, insightful. In pre-K she was one of 9, and in K she is one of 12. You can't beat the ratios. We truly apppreciate the commitment
... Read more to diversity, of all kinds. 40% of the students receive financial need-based scholarships which I believe is the highest of any private school in the area (barring one that is 100% scholarship). Sure there are a number of kids from upper-middle class families, that's how they fund the rest. At least so far, the kids seem truly unaware of who is on scholarship and who is not. As am I, as a parent. I am constantly impressed by the quality of the students there. They are confident, well-spoken, and well-mannered. Read less
Posted by a parent on 12/06/13
New City has done a reasonable job educating my child, but I do think there is some merit to some of the negative reviews here. On one hand, the academics are strong, and they seem to do a pretty good job challenging kids of abilities ranging from average to above. Their efforts to support kids with
... Read more learning disabilities aren't very obvious, and it may not be the best pick for a child with these issues. The workload is mostly appropriate, although the coordination between teachers of different subjects could be better. The foreign language (Spanish) is an awkward stepchild and very poorly integrated with the rest of the curriculum. The school prides itself on diversity, but it feels a little bit contrived: kids of doctors, kids of lawyers, and underrepresented minorities. Better than not reaching out to minorities, I suppose, but not really organic. And there really is a cloying self-satisfaction about the place. I generally feel like my concerns about my child's experience are managed, rather than considered. Despite these reservations, no school is ideal, and NCS has performed reasonably for the 8 years we've been there. Read less
Posted by a parent on 11/19/13
The school is filled with supportive students, parents and teachers. Walk in the red doors and decide for yourself if it's the right place for you and your children. We have four children who have attended at New City and we could not do it without the wonderful financial scholarships that are offered.
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Posted by a parent on 11/18/13
I have been a parent at New City School for 15 years now. I have had three kids go through NCS and it has been wonderful for all three of them. My oldest is now in college and the skills he gained at NCS have helped him along his whole journey. Not only have all three of my children learned the basic
... Read more academic skills necessary to excel, but even more they have learned the intangible skills of appreciating others, reaching out to others who might be different from themselves, and being caring people. I have been so proud of them on numerous occasions when they have stood up against something that is wrong whether that is name calling or the mocking of another. If I had to do it all again, I would, without reservation, send me kids to New City School. It has exceed my high expectations and I am grateful for all that NCS has given my family. Read less
Posted by a parent on 11/18/13
New City School is a unique learning environment that fosters creativity, appreciation for those of different race, religion, socio-economic background and really Instills in the children a deep ability in critical thinking. My children have made close friendships with a wide variety of children - through
... Read more these diverse friendships, they have experienced a very special childhood that I imagine is hard to come by outside New City. The teachers and staff have always been supportive and encouraging of my children but also push them academically. When my older son was in kindergarten, I was awestruck one day during the daily morning sing-a-long. Despite the real world out there, MLK's dream is alive and well at New City and sometimes seeing such diverse kindergartners holding hands without any judgment of color or religion gives me hope for the future. The world would be a better place if more children had the opportunity to experience a grade school education comparable to New City. I will dearly miss the school - the children, parents and teachers have become an integral part of the fabric of our family and the relationships have brought us much joy over the years. Read less
Posted by a parent on 11/15/13
Please believe the concerns raised in the reviews here --they are really true! My child has been scarred by rampant, but subtle bullying that the administration does not ever address! There is definitely a culture of snobbism that is communicated to the kids and that contributes to the bullying, as
... Read more described nicely in a review a few entries below this one. The school also does not do a great job with kids at the extremes, failing to identify or provide resources or direction for the extremely gifted or for those with learning issues. Read less
Posted by a parent on 10/31/13
NCS is a wonderful place for children and their families! As a mom of color, I found the school to be an excellent fit for my family. My daughters, both alums who are now attending a selective secondary school, had a joyful experience! They were challenged to think creatively, work hard and to achieve
... Read more "genuine knowledge and understanding" in all subject areas. As a result, students are performing way beyond grade-level! The "special difference" is the broad focus on diversity and values, a combination that you don't find anywhere else. Children learn to respect and appreciate the broad spectrum of diversity that they will experience in life. For example, history is taught from multiple perspectives where the voices of women and other diverse people are prominent. Teachers are some of the most engaged and knowledgeable in the U.S., and they too are encouraged to learn, grow and share! Most importantly, children are allowed to learn and grow side-by-side with children that are similar as well as dramatically different from themselves. Progressive? Yes, but we just call it that magic that happens behind the red doors! Read less
Posted by a parent on 10/04/13
I am an alum of New City. At New City School, the teachers make learning fun. Not only did this fantastic institution foster a love of learning that I cherish to this day, but the teachers and faculty at New City infused me with a confidence and a drive that made me feel like I was capable of absolutely
... Read more anything. They encouraged us to be brave, ask questions, and tap into our multiple intelligences. They empowered us to not just be seats in a classroom, but to be citizens of the world. The lessons I learned at New City School far exceed that of a traditional elementary school education, for I know I would not be half the woman I am today without the amazing individuals whom instilled in me the core values of Academics, Ambiance, and Diversity." Read less
Posted by a other on 09/17/13
We could not wish for a better, more supportive school/community for both my boys. My second grader showed signs of struggle, (within the 1st mo of school) the teacher and a math specialist asked to step-in. In 45 days, he went from being a kid who would not raise his hand in math to LOVING math classes.
... Read more They taught the math skills to succeed and the confidence to be involved. When students excel in an area, the schools approach seems to be unique. One of my boys is a voracious reader. He wanted to read books well beyond his age-appropriate level. They challenged my son to be a better reader vs. a faster reader. They taught him how to better understand the content, how to 'read between the lines', how to analysis the authors intent and so on. His ability to grasp what he reads now is truly remarkable. NCS has grown in our 6 years there. The newest initiative is to teach the children more "grit". Failure is a step to success. Hard work is the way to succeed. Ask the admissions people at the areas top school. They ll tell you that NCS students are very well academically prepared to learn and compassionate community leaders. Exactly what I want my children to have accomplished. Read less
Posted by a parent on 07/26/13
My child went to this school for several years. All they care about are so-called gifted kids. The rest of the kids get nothing from this place. They do nothing to provide any additional academic help to any struggling students and in fact all they want there are students who do well, so they can keep
... Read more up their fake image of being great. They have no idea how to teach regular kids. This place is useless for ordinary kids or kids who lack self-confidence. All anyone does there is pat themselves and each other on the back constantly in some sort of mutual admiration society. It's only for wealthy people who think their kids are brilliant. I found it to be an annoying and frustrating snob fest. Avoid this place and don't buy into all their propaganda. Sending my child there was the worst decision I ever made and things have been so much better academically and in all aspects of education since leaving this school. Believe the bad reviews below. The good ones are just self-congratulating propaganda by parents with an overblown sense of their own importance. Whatever you do don't send your child to this place unless you're a rich snob who wants your child to grow up to be the same. Read less
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Saint Louis schools — New City School is located at 5209 Waterman Blvd, Saint Louis MO 63108. 5209 Waterman Blvd is in the 63108 ZIP code in Saint Louis, MO New City School is a Private school that serves grade levels PK - 6.
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