PRESENTING: The 12 most prestigious preschools in New York City

New York City is arguably one of the most competitive landscapes for private preschools in the US. With limited class sizes, legacy policies, and religious affiliations, it’s no wonder why every year, parents fight for a singular spot. 

“In order to get into private school kindergarten in NYC, children must have preschool experience so that they have social skills, pre-reading and math skills, and have the ability to share, be independent, and to be active learners,” education consultant Wendy Levey told Business Insider.We rounded up advice and suggestions from preschool consultants and insiders to pick out the 12 best programs in Manhattan and Brooklyn — what they offer, how much they cost a year, and the most important things to note if you want your kid to stand out and get in.