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Опубликовано: August 28, 2023 в 2:33 am


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NYC test scores drop in math, increase in reading

A student answers a question on a test using a pencil. New York City’s state test scores showed a significant drop in math and a slight increase in reading.

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Nearly half of New York City’s third through eighth graders passed their state reading tests last school year, while about 38% passed math, according to scores released by city officials Wednesday.

The scores are the first measure of how students across the five boroughs have fared in reading and math since the coronavirus pandemic upended in-person schooling and left many children grappling with isolation and grief. Though schools gave students other city-mandated assessments last year, officials have refused to publicly release the results. 

“During the pandemic, kids went through all kinds of challenges that they’re still recovering from,” schools Chancellor David Banks told reporters Wednesday. “No matter what the latest test results tell you, I can tell you the system is broken in far too many ways. We are trying to create a new way forward.”

Overall reading scores increased slightly, up 1.6 percentage points from 2019, while math scores dropped significantly, down 7.6 percentage points. The city didn’t release results for charter schools.

Looking at grade-by-grade data, however, provides a different picture for reading scores: For the youngest students, third and fourth graders, scores fell by 4 percentage points and 6 percentage points respectively.

City officials compared the scores to 2019 results, noting the past two years of disruptions. The state canceled the exams in 2020. The following year, the state allowed families to opt into taking them the following year. Just one-fifth of city students took them. 

State officials, however, cautioned against comparing the test results to 2019 because of the ongoing effects of the pandemic and the “different rates of participation among students.” Roughly 10% of city students opted out of either reading or math exams, compared with 4% in 2019, education department officials said.  

The percentage of children who passed math tests dropped for every major student group, with the largest decline among Latino students, by 10 percentage points. In contrast, passing rates for reading grew for every student group, with the largest increase among students known as “ever ELLs,” or students who were once considered learning English as a new language but are not anymore. 

Disparities remained between white and Asian American students compared with their Black and Latino peers. About 70.5% of Asian American and 67% of white students passed reading exams, compared with 35.8% of students who are Black and 36.8% who are Latino. For math, 68.3% of Asian American students and 58.5% of white students passed compared with 20.6% of Black children and 23.3% of Latino students. 

Disparities also persisted among students with higher needs. Among students with disabilities, 18.3% passed reading and 14.4% passed math. Among students learning English as a new language, 12. 7% passed reading, while 15% scored proficient in math. 

The scores could be one tool for schools to understand which students need more support this year. In response to the dip in national test scores, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said schools should be prioritizing COVID relief funds to boost academic support and extra tutoring. 

However, as federal funds dry up, schools are receiving less money this year to create extra tutoring programs or provide extra support to students with disabilities. And unlike last year, schools can use that pool of money to hire staff as schools grapple with budget cuts, tied to projected declining enrollment. 

Aaron Pallas, a professor at Teachers College and an expert in testing, doesn’t believe the scores can be compared to 2019 because of declining enrollment and higher opt-out rates. Compared with 2019, 21% fewer children took math tests and 18% fewer children sat for reading tests, according to city data.

Pallas said he expects people to use the scores to bolster arguments that traditional public schools don’t work, as Republican gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin has, but that there’s not enough information to make those conclusions.  

“Quite honestly, I don’t really think [the scores are] that useful, certainly not for building level or district-level decisions about the allocation of resources,” Pallas said, adding that parents also won’t have the right context to understand their children’s results. 

Some advocates said the scores signal that schools need more resources, particularly for younger children who were learning to read when the pandemic first hit, pointing to the dip in reading pass rates for third and fourth graders. Kim Sweet, executive director of Advocates for Children New York, said “it will be critical” to learn from new programs focused on improving literacy. 

The scores could be a factor in middle and high school admissions this year. Schools that screen students were previously allowed to use test scores as one factor for admission, but that was paused during the pandemic and barred last year under former Mayor Bill de Blasio. City officials are expected to announce this year’s admissions criteria soon.  

Banks has been critical of standardized testing, saying that schools that are laser-focused on exams can’t offer a “fully comprehensive learning experience.” On Wednesday, after touring classrooms at his alma mater, Hillcrest High School, Banks emphasized that the measure of student success is whether they’ll be prepared for quality jobs after they graduate.

“The return on investment is not the scores that they got on standardized exams,” Banks said. “Test scores are important, but they’re not everything.”

Unlike past years, Wednesday’s test scores could not immediately be compared to other New York districts or even statewide. In a departure, this year’s scores were released by New York City rather than the state, which has not yet released statewide results.

After initially barring districts from sharing the scores, state officials gave the OK last week for local districts. 

Officials plan to release statewide scores sometime this fall, but have not said when, and blamed the delay on a cumbersome process for releasing both preliminary and final scores this year.

Amy Zimmer and Alex Zimmerman contributed.

Reema Amin is a reporter covering New York City schools with a focus on state policy and English language learners. Contact Reema at [email protected].

Best Manhattan Schools Most Ranking Sites Overlook –

If you’re searching for the best Manhattan schools, you probably already know that the NYC City School District is like no other district in the country.

For one thing, the district is huge. Encompassing five boroughs and more than 1700 public schools, this school district is the largest in the nation. This post is focusing on only one part of NYC: Manhattan. Stay tuned for post about Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and the Bronx.

For another, unlike most public schools, all NYC public schools operate on an application-only basis, even if your family plans to attend the zoned school nearest you. This means your child will apply for school up to five times before college: 3K, Pre-K, kindergarten, middle school, and high school.  

Still, most students end up attending their zoned school, which is why it’s crucial for you to carefully consider the zone in which you purchase or rent.

Finding the right school for your family is tough anywhere– but especially in a city with over 1700 options! (Photo: Heather Shevlin)

The Problem With School Selection Today

Most families today choose schools based on word of mouth and school rankings websites like Both methods, however, will give you only a narrow view of your school options. 

You see, public school ranking websites like GreatSchools factor in test score results in their ranking formulas. In fact, test scores are the biggest influencer of the rankings on these sites, and word of mouth usually mirrors the highest rated schools on these websites.

But research has proven that the most influential factor in predicting test scores is not the school itself or quality of instruction. The most influential factor is parent income.  

The end result is this: people are selecting schools in the most expensive neighborhoods, often in suburbs with long commutes to work, sacrificing time with their family. All this in the name of chasing the “best” schools, when in reality, they are chasing schools with the highest parent income.

Can you find a good school in an affordable NYC neighborhood? Absolutely! (Photo: Hannah Busing)

The SchoolSparrow Solution

SchoolSparrow understands that parent income is the biggest driver of test scores at any given public K-12 school in the US, and our ranking system reflects that. 

We calculate an “expected” test score for each school— that is, the score you’d expect solely based on average parent income at that school. Then, the school is graded based on how it departs from this expected score. 

If the students perform better than expected on standardized tests, that means the school is clearly putting in extra work to make sure these kids succeed. In short, our ranking system elevates schools with socio-economic diversity to the forefront.

Below you’ll find the top 10 Out-Performers in New York City: schools that most ranking websites (and most parents, too) overlook because of the biased metrics. Don’t make that mistake! The schools on this list don’t just exceed expectations on standardized tests: they’re diverse learning communities located in neighborhoods that won’t break your budget.

NYC is full of Out-Performer schools with diverse learning environments and educational excellence. (Photo: Dylan Freedom)

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Top 10 Out-Performer Manhattan Schools

Parents, do not overlook these schools in #NYC! #schoolequity #schoolsparrow


1. PS 188 The Island School (14 minute drive from Times Square)

PS 188’s diversity score and central city location alone would make it a worthy candidate for any family, but if you look at the school’s test score improvement over time, you’ll be floored.  

In a single year, the Island School brought its scores up by 67.5%! Now the 3rd and 8th graders are both scoring at A- level, according to SchoolSparrow rankings, and the other grades aren’t too far behind.


PS 188 The Island School deserves a place among the best NYC schools. (Photo:

Shoutout to the 8th grade teachers, who brought their class up an incredible 39.5 test points in only one year!

PS 188 is only 14 minutes away from Times Square. Located in the middle of the Lower East Side, its zip code has a median sale price of $898,900 and a median list price per square foot of $1,782.

Don’t be fooled by the 3/10 GreatSchools gives The Island School: this K-8 school deserves a ranking among the top elementary schools in NYC!

Address: 442 E. Houston St., New York, NY 10002


2. PS 198 Isador E Ida Straus (16 minute drive from Times Square)

Though its score on GreatSchools is nothing to scoff at, this Out-Performer school deserves far more recognition than it gets! 

PS 198 enjoys a gorgeous day outside! (Photo: http://www.

With a diversity score of 40.0 out of 40 possible points, you can be sure of a rich and inclusive educational environment for your child. What’s more, students at PS 198 Isador E Ida Straus score an average of 20.7 points higher than expected, when adjusted for parent income!


Shoutout to the third graders who scored at A+ level according to the most recent test data: a whopping 90.0 points out of 100! 

PS 198 serves the Carnegie Hill neighborhood, and its zip code is one of the more expensive on our list. The median list price for homes in this area is $1,597,000 or $660 per square foot. 

Easily accessible by public transportation and only 7 minute drive from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, PS 198 is a great option for families looking for a home with an urban feel!

Address: 1700 3rd Ave., New York, NY 10128


3. PS 19 Asher Levy (18 minute drive from Times Square)

This K-5 school provides leadership in educational excellence to the East Village area, but with a 6/10 on GreatSchools, it’d be easy to overlook. Don’t make that mistake! Overall, students at Asher Levy are performing a whopping 18.6 points above expected, when normalized for parent income. 

Out-Performer PS 19 Asher Levy counts as one of the best NYC schools! (Photo:

Special shoutout to the fifth graders, who perform at A+ level, according to the most recent data!

Located an 18 minute drive from Times Square, this school’s zip code has a median sale price of $976,700. Median list price per square foot is $1,204 (compared to New York’s overall average of $660), though prices have been declining over the past year. 

With a 20.0 diversity score (out of 40.0 possible points), great test scores, and innovative use of the workshop model in math classrooms, Asher Levy deserves a place on your school search list! 

Address: 185 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003


4. PS 1 Alfred E Smith (20 minute drive from Times Square)

Only 20 minutes away from Times Square, this K-5 school features a great diversity score and even better test scores. Students at this school score an average 11.7 points higher than expected on standardized tests. 

Though you wouldn’t guess it from its GreatSchools score, this school is rocking it! (Photo:

PS 1’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders all score at B level or above according to SchoolSparrow metrics, but other school ranking websites often underrate this Out-Performer elementary school. GreatSchools, for example, gives it only 6/10. 

Take a look at the raw data, however, and you’ll see that this school deserves a place among the best NYC elementary schools.

PS 1’s zip code has a median list price of $1,800,495. That’s $1,837 per square foot, making this neighborhood slightly more expensive compared to the overall city’s average of $660

Address: 8 Henry St., New York, NY 10038


5. River East Elementary (13 minute drive from The Met)

River East Elementary ranks among the best NYC elementary schools because their students score an average 20 points higher than expected on standardized tests when normalized for parent income. 3rd and 5th graders are doing especially well, with A and A- scores, respectively! 

River East Elementary is an Out-Performer, a top NYC school hidden in plain sight. (Photo:

Like the first three schools on our list, River East Elementary has a great diversity score (20.0 out of 40 possible points), but GreatSchools only gives it a 3/10 rating. That’s what makes this school an Out-Performer and one of the best schools in NYC! 

River East is a 22 minute drive away from Times Square, and its zip code is the one of the most affordable on our list! The median list price of homes in this school’s area is $549,000, and the median rent price is almost $900 lower than the New York median price.

Address: 2351 1st Ave., New York, NY 10035


6. PS 30M Rafael Hernandez / Langston Hughes  (14 minute drive from The Met)

PS 30M Hernandez/Hughes serves approximately 350 students in the East Harlem community, and with its great diversity score, this K-5 school promises a warm and welcoming community for any family.

GreatSchools gives PS 30M a 5/10 rating, but take a closer look at their test scores.

In one year, PS 30M Hernandez/Hughes brought its test scores up by 35.7%! Now 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders score an average of 7.3 points higher than expected, making this Out-Performer one of NYC’s best elementary schools. 



Principal Austin, it’s clear that you and your wonderful staff are doing something right! 

A 21 minute drive from Times Square, this school shares a zip code with River East Elementary (see above), and its prices are just as low: the median list price of homes in this school’s area is $549,000, and the median rent price is almost $900 lower than the New York median price.

Address: 144-176 E. 128th St., New York, NY 10035


7.  Community Health Academy of the Heights (16 minute drive from The Met)

Community Health Academy stands apart from the other schools on our list because it serves a unique section of NYC students: 6th through 12th graders. This Out-Performer school gets only 4/10 on GreatSchools, but a closer look at the test scores reveal they deserve closer to a 8/10 rating. 

The Community Health Academy of the Heights deserves a place on your family’s school search list! (Photo:

With an 8.8% improvement over the span of one year, Community Health Academy’s students now score an average of 5.2 points higher than expected, giving the school a solid B level rating. 

Located in Northern Manhattan, Community Health Academy’s zip code has a median home price of $469,000, making it the most affordable option on our list. What’s more, its median rent price is almost $1000 lower than the New York median!

Address: 504 West 158th St., Manhattan, NY 10032


8. PS 83 Luis Munoz Rivera (11 minute drive from The Met)

PS 83 Luis Munoz Rivera ranks as one of the best NYC elementary schools based on diversity stats alone: 30 out of 40 possible points. But this Out-Performer has multiple factors going for it.

Take a closer look at Luis Munoz Rivera School’s test scores: you might be surprised at what you find. (Photo:

It’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders have all scored above expected based two years in a row. (Shoutout to the 3rd grade teachers, whose students score at A level according to the most recent data!) Plus, the school has seen a 10.6% improvement in scores over a one year period: these scores are going to get even higher!

GreatSchools gives this school a mere 6 out of 10— we’d rank it closer to an 8 –but that just makes this Out-Performer an even more valuable find. Don’t overlook PS 83 Luis Munoz Rivera: it ranks as one of the top NYC schools! 


Another school in the East Harlem neighborhood, PS 83’s zip code offers houses at a slightly higher price than New York City overall. Median list price per square foot? $1,102 (compared to $660 for NYC overall). Median price of listed homes? $840,000.

Address: 219 East 109 Street, Manhattan, NY 10029


9. The New York STAR Academy PS 63 (20 minute drive from Times Square)

With a 5/10 rating on GreatSchools, it’d be all too easy to overlook this Out-Performer K-5 school, but STAR Academy ranks as one of the top schools in NYC— for more than one reason! 

The S.T.A.R. Academy’s welcoming community could be perfect for your child! (Photo:

STAR Academy boasts a 20.0 diversity score (out of 40 possible points), and its students score an average of 15.8 points higher than expected on standardized tests. A huge shoutout to the fourth graders, who’ve been absolutely rocking it for the past two years!


Only 20 minutes away from Times Square, STAR Academy finds itself in a zip code with a median home value of $862,011 and median rent price of $3,400 per month.

Address: 121 E. 3rd St., New York, NY 10009


10. PS 129 John H Finley (20 minute drive from Times Square)

Don’t miss this Out-Performer just because of its low rating (4/10) on GreatSchools. PS 129 John H Finley should be counted among the best schools in NYC. Take, for example, its diverse and inclusive student body (20.0 out of 40 possible points) and the marked improvement in test scores it’s made: in a single year, PS 129’s scores increased by more than 30 percent! 

John H. Finley Elementary deserves a place among the best schools in NYC! (Photo:

This positive trend suggests PS 129 scores are only going to keep getting better over the next few years. The 3rd through 6th graders are all scoring between 7/10 and 10/10, and a special shoutout goes to the fourth grade teachers, whose students’ scores increased by a whopping 30 points over a one year period!

Located in the Manhattanville community, this school is only three blocks from the Hudson River and a 12 minute drive from the Yankee Stadium! PS 129’s zip code features a median list price of $1,267,500— about $1,242 per square foot.

Address: 425 W 130th St, New York, NY 10027


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New York Private Schools: Best Schools, Cost

Features of private schools in New York, their pros and cons, the secrets of choosing the right boarding house

Ask a question about New York private schools

What is the difference between private schools in New York, how to choose the right boarding school and what amounts should those who want to study in the USA expect? We answer common questions from parents.

Features of secondary education in the USA

The American school is distinguished from the Russian one by several important features. First of all, this is the duration of training: the basic school course of the High School Diploma lasts 12 years. It includes Elementary school – elementary school, Middle school – high school from grade 6 to grade 8, High school – grades 9-12, where students are preparing to enter the university. After that, you can spend an additional year at the school to take the Advanced Placement course. You can also study in the USA under the International Baccalaureate program.

An important point is extra-curricular activities, physical education and social activities, which are given no less attention than academic disciplines. Achievements in sports, creativity and volunteering add points to the graduate when entering the university.

As for the affiliation of secondary schools, there are public and private schools in the United States. The latter are divided into day schools and boarding schools. Non-residents have the right to study in a public school for only one year, so most foreign children study in private schools.

Best Private Schools in New York

Hackley School

Hackley School is a college preparatory school: only grades 9-12 study here. Compulsory disciplines correspond to traditional liberal arts education: to obtain a certificate, you must pass an English and foreign language program, three years of history, mathematics, three years of natural sciences (physics, chemistry and biology), a year of performing or visual arts. The choice of additional courses and electives is extremely wide: from philosophy and economics to computer science, from marine biology to music theory. By the way, Hackley has its own music school where you can learn to play any instrument and take vocal lessons. School football, ski racing, fencing, lacrosse, track and field teams replenish the piggy bank of sports achievements every year, and the Hackley squash team is one of the best in the country.

The Stony Brook School

Another school to prepare for the university, teenagers aged 13-18 study here. Included in the Preparatory Ivy League, and is one of its first members. The emphasis in the curriculum is on an interdisciplinary approach, as well as the development of students’ critical thinking and the ability to reason, to argue their point of view in writing. The school offers 21 Advanced Placement courses and numerous elective courses in engineering, innovation and design, ethics and politics, and creativity. The school has an innovation center where children learn programming and robotics. You can train or implement your projects at Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory. Every student at Stony Brook plays a sport.

Leman Manhattan Preparatory School

Léman Manhattan teaches children from kindergarten through grade 12 according to the standard American curriculum, with an individual curriculum for each student. You can also study under the IB program.

The school is located in the heart of New York, in Manhattan. It is very well equipped: there is a huge library, modern computer classes, music and art studios, a large sports center with a swimming pool. Léman teachers use many special programs in teaching that make education as technologically advanced as possible: courses in computer graphics, digital video, etc. The school also offers many sports and creative activities.

Whitestone Academy

Children aged 11-18 study at Whitestone Academy. The school is distinguished by a family atmosphere and small class sizes: there are only 140 students, and there are 11 children per teacher. In addition to academic training, students are offered a varied sports program, interactive activities, creative workshops and circles, excursions and trips. 90% of graduates successfully enter universities.

Dwight School

The youngest students of this school are 3 years old, the oldest – 19. The school is part of the international Dwight network, which, in addition to the campus in New York, also includes schools in London, Seoul, Dubai and Shanghai – this allows students to participate in intercultural educational programs. Dwight School is one of the oldest private schools in the city, but at the same time one of the most innovative. The three pillars of their work are individual approach, social development and global education. The program includes many disciplines and implies the mandatory application of theoretical knowledge in practice. High school students can get internships in large companies.

Private school in New York: pros and cons

Private American schools have advantages that public schools cannot offer:

  • Unique learning experience;

  • Excellent academic preparation, allowing you to enter the best universities;

  • Innovations in teaching and the best teachers;

  • Comfort and safety;

  • Development of self-discipline and independence;

  • Opportunities for personal growth;

  • International study programs;

  • A variety of extracurricular activities – creativity, sports, interest clubs;

  • small classes;

  • High level of English at the end of school;

  • Useful acquaintances and friendships that last a lifetime.

Of course, studying in a private school does not consist of only pluses. Future students and their parents should take into account the shortcomings of private schools and the potential difficulties of such education:

  • High prices. Education in private schools is quite expensive, but even more expensive are boarding schools, where accommodation and meals are included in the price.

  • Separation from family. Some children have difficulty with it, sometimes leading to problems such as boarding school syndrome. Before sending a child to study in another country, it is important to make sure that he is psychologically ready for this.

  • Difficulties of adaptation. It takes time to get used to a different educational system, a new setting and environment.

  • The problem of choice: without the help of a specialist, it is quite difficult to find out which school is best for a child.

Tuition fees

The best private schools in New York offer intensive and versatile education, comfortable accommodation and vivid impressions. Such opportunities are expensive: the minimum price for a year of study at the school from our selection is $28,500, the maximum is $63,200.

Accommodation options

For foreign children who study in private schools in the United States, there are two options for accommodation: a boarding house or a host family. Most often, parents choose the first option when children live in residences on school grounds. But some day schools do not provide such an opportunity, and then you can resort to the services of a host family. In this case, children spend school days at school, and evenings and weekends at home. Of course, such families go through a rigorous selection process before accepting foreign children, and undergo regular checks.

New York Boarding Schools: Frequently Asked Questions

What are the entry requirements?

Requirements vary by school policy. In any case, you will need an academic transcript (grade statement), letters of recommendation from teachers, an English language exam certificate. Younger students, as a rule, pass only an interview, however, in schools with competitive selection, there are also entrance tests in the main subjects – both for high school students and for secondary school students. You may need a letter of motivation and evidence of personal achievement – diplomas, certificates, etc. A study abroad consultant will help you find out the requirements of specific schools.

How to choose a private school in New York?

There are several factors to consider when choosing a school. First, it is necessary to find out the academic features of candidate schools: what programs they offer, what methods they use, what abilities the child is ready to develop.

Secondly, it is necessary to compare schools in terms of living conditions. The child will have to spend several years at school, so it is important to take into account all the little things: where he will sleep, what to eat, what surrounds the campus, what is nearby – in a word, you need to find out everything related to the concept of “comfort”.

Thirdly, find out if schools are oriented towards foreign students, and if so, what is being done to adapt children.

How old can you be to apply?

The optimal age is 12-13 years old: it is already easier for a child to part with their parents and get used to a new environment, but there is still time to get involved in the educational process, learn the language and calmly prepare for the university. It should be borne in mind that admission to a private American school takes about a year: during this time you need to choose a boarding school, improve your language, collect documents and apply, and then get a visa and prepare for departure.

Private school in New York with Allterra Education

To make studying abroad as effective as possible, you need to have comprehensive information and know how to apply it. Allterra Education specialists will tell you about other features of New York schools, help you collect documents for the ideal school and enroll in it, and then supervise your child throughout the entire education.

Top 10 acting schools in New York

There are several alternatives available to anyone who wants to become an actor, and such an aspirant may need to attend one of the best acting schools in New York.

They can be outstanding performers in musical theater and serious productions. In addition, they can illuminate large and small television or movie screens.

Even the biggest celebrity has to start somewhere, and that place doesn’t always have to be in the glittering lights of New York.

New York City is the perfect place for artists to go to any of New York’s top acting schools to hone their craft because it’s the home of Broadway and most of the major television studios.

And those who come to study have a variety of options, from private tutors to public school lectures through any of New York’s top acting schools.

Therefore, this article will cover everything you need to become an actor and point out the best acting schools in New York.


How much does an acting class in New York cost?

So you want to work as an actor. You can cross your fingers and hope you get noticed immediately by a willing casting director. However, you will most likely need help, whether it be acting lessons, workshops, or private acting lessons.

Don’t feel like you need to limit your search to one area of ​​the country, because there are great opportunities all over the country, even though there are many well-known programs centered in and around New York and Los Angeles.

The cost of acting education should be the deciding factor.

You can also check: Top 12 acting schools in the world

How much do acting classes cost?

Acting lessons typically cost between $150 and $2,000, although factors such as location, class size, and the instructor’s reputation can greatly affect this range.

In Los Angeles and New York, group acting classes typically cost between $20 and $80 an hour.

Outside of these significant markets, this range is largely applicable. For example, the Texas Actors Workshop in San Antonio charges $180 for four sessions; Drama Inc. in Atlanta charges $425 for six weeks of on-camera training, and the Portland Acting Conservatory charges $250 for a stage study course.

There are many benefits to using this method, including giving you much more control over your schedule, how long you study, and how much you spend per session.

Don’t forget to also read: 10+ Best Acting Schools in New Jersey | Top Rated

How Much Does Acting Course Cost?

According to T. Schreiber’s studio in New York (T. Schreiber charges $80 to $180 for private lessons), acting instructors typically charge $50 to $300 an hour.

Private coaching sessions are available at Margie Haber Studio for $130 an hour for studio members and $180 an hour for non-members.

Private coaching is available at The Acting Studio in person and online for $95 per hour or $425 for a 5 session package.

Don’t forget to also read: 10 Best Acting Schools in Houston | Top Ratings

Acting in New York Vs. Los Angeles

Although Los Angeles is the epicenter of the national film and television industry, theater actors have a better chance in New York.

For many actors, choosing the coast that best suits their pursuit of acting is one of the most difficult decisions they have to make. The more people you consult about Los Angeles versus New York, the less sure you are.

Ultimately, it all comes down to where you are most likely to achieve your goals as an actor in New York or Los Angeles.

Of course, it never hurts to be diligent in your research and consider the pros and cons of each market.

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New York


New York is one of the most dynamic and distinctive cities in the world. There is an endless source of inspiration.

Millions of ambitious people living in New York strive to become the best in their fields. In this city, complacency is not an option that can inspire you in a constructive way.

Finding opportunities to improve your craft is easy. Somewhere in the city there is always a reading, a master class, a play or a student film.

The community is already present in the densely populated metropolis, making it easier to form creative coalitions.

New York is still the theatrical capital of the world. Talented writers tell innovative and compelling stories in dimly lit black box theaters and temporary creative spaces far beyond the flickering lights of Broadway.

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  • Living in New York is affordable, and deciding to settle in the Big Apple is no easy task. While New York City is a fantastic place, everything about it is more complicated: the weather, the hectic pace of everyday life, and the cost of living.
  • Several films and series are filmed in New York every year, but keep in mind that this is still a theater city. New York may not be the ideal place if you’re only interested in TV or movies.
  • Depending on your goals, you may feel like the New York market has peaked. You can appear so many times in Law & Order. Although pilots are often filmed here, there are not many opportunities due to the small number of projects.

Los Angeles


  • The amount of television and film production in Los Angeles exceeds New York. If Hollywood is your first passion, you should probably move your next mailing address to Los Angeles.
  • Los Angeles has much more to offer than just casting; it is extremely varied and interesting. It’s much more intriguing than you think. Contrary to popular belief, Red Cat and Pasadena Playhouse are just a couple of respectable and noteworthy theaters in and around the city.
  • While this may not seem like a big deal, sunshine and great beaches can help improve mental health. No doubt you have to put in a lot of effort to be successful in Los Angeles, but with care.


  • Community. This word is used again. You must have a car in Los Angeles. The two of you will become fast friends, so I recommend a list of great audiobooks and a comfortable driving seat. Unlike New York, there is a community here, but you have to look for it.
  • Your auditions will be scattered because Los Angeles is so big. I went to auditions in Brentwood, West Hollywood and Culver City. You will need to give yourself more time than you think for each audition, unlike in New York where many of your auditions often take place within a seven or eight block radius.
  • There are many more projects filmed in Los Angeles, but there are many more actors. The number of views for a simple breakdown can be in the thousands, for example, in the lead role. It’s not easy to stand out if you’re not working with a top tier agency. Even in this case, there is no guarantee that you will be noticed.

What are the top 10 acting schools in New York?

1. New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts

NYCDA, located in Manhattan’s Chelsea/Flatiron neighborhood, teaches students the Meisner Technique, which emphasizes emotional preparation, repetition, and improvisation, to prepare them for a film acting career. and on television.

Despite the NYCDA having 257 students, a small student-faculty ratio of 18:1, and an acceptance rate of 92%, the majority of those who want to study there will have that opportunity. The $32,742 tuition fee may seem a little high, but 100% of students receive some financial aid.

The New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, with its membership of film and television stars such as Becky London, Neil Lerner and Lane Binkley, is uniquely positioned to train the next generation of great actors, which is why it is part of New York’s finest acting school. York.

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2. Pace University

Although founded in 1906 as a business school, Pace University has grown into one of the top acting schools in New York.

When the school’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts began filming the famous Inside the Actors Studio interview program, Pace’s acting program gained popularity.

The acting department at Pace University describes itself as a “loving and challenging environment” taught by professionals such as Julie Lawrence-Edsell and Jorge Luis Cacheiro.

Of particular interest is the unique International Performing Ensemble (IPE), which teaches students ensemble theater techniques and offers opportunities to study in the UK, Brazil and Thailand.

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3. Cuny School Brooklyn

Brooklyn College, a division of the City University of New York, has earned the nickname “Poor Man’s Harvard” thanks to its alumni, including Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

But his Bachelor of Arts in Acting program is commendable for producing artists such as Obba Babatunde, James Franco and Jimmy Smits. Due to high competition, only 10–12 students are admitted to the program each year.

However, those who succeed are individually trained and can perform at 8-10 concerts a year.

Directors include Brooklyn College faculty, FFA director candidates, and guest directors. This made the small Brooklyn School one of the best acting schools in New York.

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4. New York Film Academy

Founded in 1992 by film producer Jerry Sherlock, New York Film Academy educates more than 5,000 students every year, regardless of their level of experience. NYFA focuses more on real experience than theory, which explains its position among the best acting schools in New York.

With professionals working in its departments, including actors Bill Duke and Matthew Modine and directors Nag Ashwin and Michael Zelniker, NYFA is committed to getting its students in front of the camera and on stage as quickly as possible. To make and show their work, NYFA has partnered with Brooklyn, Whitney, MOMA, and even NASA to give their students this experience.

Their special two-year music-theater program puts on two major stage performances each year, providing graduates with “numerous on-camera clips, voice-overs, and extensive screen experience.”

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5. New School

One of the nation’s most innovative and respected universities, The New School is ranked #1 in Niche ‘s list of America’s Best Colleges and #6 in America’s Most Diverse Colleges. The School of Drama at the New School guarantees “rigorous training” based on “authenticity of expression”.

The BFA in Dramatic Arts at The New School provides students with acting skills for stage and camera and culminates in a presentation to high school students. To improve their performances in front of the camera and on stage, students of the three-year Faculty of Contemporary Theater and Performance receive a special education.

Actors Mark Ruffalo and John Turturro, and playwrights John Robin Beitz and John Patrick Shanley were former regular performers at The New School, considered one of the best acting schools in New York.

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6. Marymount Manhattan College

Marymount Manhattan’s Bachelor of Arts in Acting is a course of study for students who want an in-depth training in a variety of acting techniques, from contemporary theater to Shakespearean drama.

The focus of the program is “acting, voice, speech and movement training”. It concludes with the fourth year of study in advanced topics.

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7. NYU Tisch School of the Arts

He prides himself on combining “rigorous conservatory training with a comprehensive and empowering academic program,” according to the NYU Tisch Drama program. This is a strong statement, but the school’s excellent list of alumni demonstrates that they can back it up.

Any commendable program has artists as diverse as Rachel Bloom, Alec Baldwin, Rul Esparza and Lady Gaga. Tisch, one of the nation’s most amazing institutions, is part of a college ranked 30th among national universities by US News & World Report and 30th among most innovative schools.

No wonder only 17% of applicants are accepted to a prestigious school. However, those who are accepted will have the opportunity to learn from the legend. Therefore, this university is among the best acting schools in New York.

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8. Columbia University

The only Ivy League institution on this list and one of the most prestigious universities in the world is Columbia University. However, his acting program is head and shoulders above the rest.

Columbia University provides aspiring actors with a solid foundation for their profession with faculty including casting director James Callery, Hollywood screenwriter David Klass and award-winning writer James Schamus. It is clear why this institution is ranked sixth on the list of the best national colleges for the performing arts, thereby making it to the top acting schools in New York.

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9. Juilliard School

When it comes to art, Juilliard needs no introduction. For more than 100 years, the private conservatory has been preparing the world’s most talented musicians, actors and dancers.

Despite this impeccable reputation, Juilliard prioritizes self-expression and vulnerability, encouraging students to share “intellectual and creative courage, generosity of spirit, and fierce commitment to truthful play.” The school offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in acting, each lasting four years.

Students take specialized acting and liberal arts classes for the first three years and prepare for a performance in the fourth year.

Those who study in the master’s program take unique drama courses during the first two years and perform performances in the third and fourth years.

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10. American University Dramatic Academy

One of the top acting schools in New York is the American Academy of Music and Drama, a conservatory that guarantees small class sizes and daily studio rehearsals.

Founded in 1968 by renowned filmmaker Philip Burton, AMDA has built a reputation for producing performers who represent their time. Actress and musician Janelle Monáe, Paul Sorvino and Anthony Ramos are former students.

Despite an acceptance rate of 30.8 percent, AMDA still has an 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Due to fewer classes, each acting student gets ample one-on-one time with instructors, maximizing their skills and potential for career prospects.

Students in the acting program have the opportunity to learn from teachers including Sheila Head, Gail Dennison and Christopher Giordano.

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What are the best acting courses in New York?

  • HB Studio
  • Kimball Studio
  • Michael Howard Studio
  • Studio T. Schreiber
  • Barrow Group
  • Ted Bardi Studio
  • Abrons Art Studio
  • New York Academy of the Performing Arts
  • Actors New York Connection
  • New York Film and Television School of Acting

Who are the active agencies in New York?

There must be acting agencies in New York. Below are the best acting agencies you can find in New York.

  • Abrams Artists Agency
  • Telsi + company
  • Casting Donna Grossman
  • Grant Wilfi Casting
  • Backstage casting
  • Ford Models
  • Steinberg Talent Management
  • Register agency
  • Los Angeles Talent Agency
  • Models of goods

Private education versus public education

Public and private acting schools cost very different amounts of money, especially if you live in the state.

According to the 2021 study, the average cost of studying at a public university was 9. 580 dollars per year. This has grown to $33,150 per year for a private school.

Even for out-of-state students, public universities are often cheaper (but it makes sense to try to become a resident if possible).

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), probably the best public university with an acting school, charges $13,000 from in-state students and $43,000 from out-of-state students.

Compared to top private institutions like Carnegie Mellon ($51,000), Brown ($59,000), or NYU-Tisch ($59,000), the amount seems exorbitant.

See also: Best acting schools in California

Traditional college versus acting conservatory

Some established conservatories provide programs in addition to the regular four-year institutes and universities. In fact, these schools are completely focused on training professionals in the arts, from mastering the intricacies of the craft to understanding acting.

There are many things to consider before entering a conservatory, such as variable time commitments and lack of a comprehensive education, but the cost must come first.

For an example of what to expect, here are tuition fees estimates for some of the best operating conservatories in the country:

  • Juilliard School: $51,230.
  • American Academy of Dramatic Arts: $37,575
  • New York Film Academy: $18,653
  • New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts: $35,000.
  • Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute (one-year program): $19,650 domestic, $19,750 overseas.
  • Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theater: $8,500.


A lot of information is covered in acting schools in New York. We delved into the easily accessible schools and classes one could take to become an actor.

We went even further to compare acting schools in New York and Las Vegas and discuss the pros and cons of both places. This will allow people to compare and contrast when making decisions.

In addition, a visual description of the costs and prices of these schools was discussed so that an appropriate budget could be sketched out.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to move to New York to study at the conservatory?

Nope! You can train from anywhere in the world. Distance learning is allowed for all students of the Conservatory. We will then move on to hybrid learning in the spring semester. If you want to move to New York and finish the year in person, you can! If you prefer to stick with distance learning – you can! In addition, arrangements may be made for students who would like to spend only part of the spring semester in New York.

Do I need a high school diploma to apply?

All applicants must have a high school diploma or nationally recognized equivalent.

Do you have age limits for applicants?

We are open to all ages.