FAQ

Q. Why should my family choose Léman Manhattan Preparatory School?

You’re seeking an international education for your child.

Léman prepares students to become engaged citizens of the world.  We offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and have sister campuses around the world.  We bring horizon-changing learning opportunities to our students, whose families hail from more than 50 countries of origin.

You want a school that celebrates each child’s unique interests and strengths.

Each Léman student in grades K-12 creates an individually tailored Personal Learning Plan in partnership with their family and teacher, which outlines academic and enrichment goals for the year. We educate the whole child and place value on fostering both academic and personal growth.

You value academic rigor that will stretch and support your child.

At Léman, rigor means something different for every student.  Our approach is to meet your child where he or she is, provide a disciplined approach to instruction, and use data to help accelerate growth.

You want to be part of a strong school community.

The home/school partnership is critical to every student’s success.  We invite parents to be visible, present, and involved in our school.

Q. When was Léman Manhattan School founded?

We are ushering in our second decade this year. Our school opened its doors in September 2005 to serve the growing number of families in Lower Manhattan with a welcome alternative to crowded public schools and limited independent schools in the area.

Léman has grown consistently every year as more and more families call downtown their home; today our students hail from many Manhattan neighborhoods and all five boroughs.  In 2011, Léman became part of the Meritas Family of Schools, an international network of 10 independent schools with a focus on globalism and personalization serving more than 10,000 students. 

Joining Meritas provided students and faculty with a constant exchange of ideas, cultures and experiences. In 2015, Léman Manhattan became an affiliate school of Nord Anglia Education, one of the world’s largest private K-12 schools organizations, with 42 schools educating more than 30,000 students. Through the Nord Anglia network, our students and staff are part of an even larger vibrant global community, with access to expanded resources.

Q. What is Léman Manhattan’s philosophy on diversity?

Diversity is central to the Léman Manhattan mission, and it takes many forms. We have a wide range of students, faculty, and staff with diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. Our student body is representative of many socioeconomic statuses, family configurations, and countries of origin. Our faculty bring a variety of career experiences to Léman, including work in public, international and specialized schools.  We celebrate our differences.

Q. What does it mean to be a “for profit” school?

A school is considered “for profit” if it is governed by an ownership group or proprietary family with a Board of Directors. In both cases, educational decisions rest with the Head of School and divisional leadership.

An Advisory Board governs Léman Manhattan. Educational decisions rest with the Head of School. Additionally, there is a completely independent parent association with 501c3 non-profit status called the Léman Community Association that works tirelessly in support of the school.

Q. What is the current enrollment?

750 students as of August 2016.

Q. What is the class size and the student to teacher ratio?

The average class size at Léman Manhattan is 18 students with a 6: 1 student-faculty ratio.

Q. What are the school hours?

PreK3                      9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

PreK4                      9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Kindergarten           8:45 A.M. to 3:15 P.M.

Grades 1-5              8:30 A.M. to 3:15 P.M.

Grades 6-8              8:30 A.M. to 3:10 P.M.

Graders 9-12           8:30 A.M. to 3:20 P.M.

We also offer before school care beginning at 8:00am and an after school program for students in PreK4 through Grade 5.

Q. Do you have an After School program?

We offer an extended day program for students in PreK3, which is staffed by our PreK3 teachers, and runs from 1pm to 3pm.

For students in PreK4 through Grade 5, Léman + offers a variety of after school class options in subject areas that may or may not be available during their school day. Classes are offered in athletics, visual and performing arts, STEM, financial literacy, and more. The Léman + class offerings change mid way through the year and carry an additional fee. All of these programs are optional. Many programs are offered on multiple days and repeat the second session. Léman + is run by the Director of After School and Summer Programs, Steve Levin. In the Upper School, students are encouraged to participate in a wide array of athletics, clubs and activities.

Q. How can parents get involved at Léman Manhattan?

Léman Manhattan provides constant opportunities for collaboration between parents, teachers, students and administrators. The parent community at Léman Manhattan is active and enthusiastic. Lower School parents are encouraged to walk their children directly to the classroom where they can greet our teachers awaiting their arrival. They also often accompany their children’s classes on field trips, attend publishing parties, or help with classroom projects. Many parents support the annual Book Fair and Spring Benefit, help out in one of the libraries, and attend open parents association meetings.

Q. How do I get to Léman?

Thanks to our location in the Financial District, our school is easily accessible by nearly every subway line in Manhattan, and many families are close enough to walk to school. 

The closest subway stops are:

J/M to Broad St

2/3 to Wall St

4/5 to Bowling Green or Wall St

1 to Rector St

In addition, families can also take advantage of the public options offered by New York City’s Office of Pupil Transportation, which provides both the Yellow School Bus Service or a MetroCard for Public Transportation.

Q. What security measures are in place?

Student safety is our top priority and germane in assuring a comfortable school environment. Security guards are located at the entrance corridor of the school. Cameras are located in the lobby and throughout the school. Only those persons who are dropping off a child, have a scheduled appointment, or have approval from a Léman Manhattan administrator are permitted in the building.

Fire drills are conducted in accordance with New York State Law. The faculty is trained and prepared in the event that evacuation of the building is necessary. Lockdown and Shelter-In Place drills are scheduled each year. Each campus also has an evacuation plan in place.

Q. Is there a lunch program?

Lunch and snacks are provided by the Léman Manhattan culinary team and are included in the tuition. Our culinary team provides nutritious and delicious food to our students and is well versed in accommodating a variety of nutritional needs.

Contact Us

  • Phone
  • 212-232-0266
  • Fax
  • 212-232-0284
  • Lower School
  • 41 Broad St
  • New York, NY 10004
  • USA
  • Upper School
  • 1 Morris St
  • New York, NY 10004
  • USA

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