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New York - Education and Schools

While education regulations in the United States are fairly uniform, there's no doubt that there's plenty of room for individuality. One advantage of a city as large as New York City is that there are lots of educational opportunities - both on the basic and advanced learning levels. Whether you have a child who'll be enrolling in a public or private school or you're looking for a college, university or technical program, you're sure to find options in New York City's educational systems.

If a public school is in your child's future, you should probably start at the New York City Department of Education's website at There are several links on this site, including a link to frequently asked questions that will give you answers to issues including immunization requirements, enrollment sites and transportation. You'll need documents to prove residency in the city before you can enroll your child in public school, as well as your child's birth certificate, passport or baptism record. The regulations for proving residency are fairly strict and you should note that employment records including an address, a deed to a home, or utility bills (not including telephone service) are typically required.

For those students who find themselves in NYC as exchange students or who are new to the country, Metro International has lots of information to help make the transition easier. You'll find a wide array of information from currency exchange information and help navigate the city's transit system to emergency numbers and social issues. You'll find more information at the Metro International website at, by visiting the office at 285 West Broadway, Suite 450 (between Canal & Lispenard Streets) New York, NY 10013, or by phoning 212-431-1195.

You should note that most colleges and universities in the New York City area have comprehensive on-site programs to help international students and their families. Check with the college of your choice for specifics.

The Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York lists almost 150 private schools in the New York area. The options for private schools range from preschool through high school, and you can choose from parochial, special needs or special activities schools. For more information about this non-profit organization or the sister organization of the Parent's League of New York, contact them at115 East 82 Street, New York 10028, or by phone at 212-737-7385, or visit their website at

You'll find some 70 colleges, universities and training schools in New York City and the immediate area. From medical degrees to technical training, interior design to music, you'll find an array of opportunities that will serve the needs of almost anyone seeking to expand on their education. If you're looking for culinary training, you'll find several options in New York. You'll find a listing of many of these colleges, universities and training programs at Simply follow the links on the left side of the page for 'Residents,' then to 'Education.' If you're looking for adult literacy or English as a second language classes, you'll also find those at this site.

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