Mission Statement

Our Mission

York Prep is an independent private school in New York City committed to guiding students in grades 6 through 12 toward their maximum potential—intellectually, socially, and physically—and preparing them for college and beyond. Compassionate educators creatively address the needs and interests of a diverse community, and support and challenge students as they progress through a traditional curriculum within a structured environment. York Prep encourages the development of lifelong learners who are responsible members of their community.

We’ve built our community based on a fundamental principle. As our founder and headmaster of 51 years loves to say, “Character trumps Algebra.” While our curriculum is challenging and prepares our students to succeed academically in top schools, we prepare them to do much more than just earn good grades. We prepare them to be confident people of character.

Components of Character

There are a few key components of what we call character. They are the principles that distinguish York students, faculty, and staff:
  • Caring – Being compassionate to those around you and helping those in need
  • Responsibility – Being accountable for your actions and doing the right thing even when it isn’t easy
  • Trust – Being honest and keeping your word
  • Fairness – Being open to viewpoints that don’t agree with yours and valuing justice
Learn more about how York Prep helps to guide students towards their maximum potential