For-profit schools are piling into New York’s education market

For parents in New York City, trying to get their kids into quality schools can be a long, hard slog. But help is on the way.

A record number of new private schools are flooding the New York market, while existing schools are expanding at a rapid pace. The boom comes in response to skyrocketing demand from a growing number of families—and larger families at that—who are choosing to raise their kids in the five boroughs.

Some of the education newcomers are trading on reputations built elsewhere to break into the New York market, but few have pedigrees like Dalton, the prestigious Upper East Side prep school. The majority are branches of relatively new for-profit education companies with schools in multiple cities across the U.S. and overseas that focus on innovative learning techniques and the desire to help kids compete internationally.

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