2x ISAL Girls Varsity Basketball Champions

  A goal was set and conquered! Last year the girls’ varsity basketball team completed the season undefeated in the league and went on to win the ISAL championship. This year, the exact same feat was accomplished. The girls’ varsity …

February 14, 2019

Digital Arts Students Curate Pop-Up Photo Gallery

  York Prep’s Maker Space has turned into a pop-up art exhibit!  For the past few weeks, the 12th-grade Digital Photography students, lead by Ms. Shoshana Spencer, were asked to come up with an inventive curatorial display for an imaginary exhibition …

February 12, 2019

York Prep Delegates attend 35th Annual ILMUNC

York Prep’s Model UN team has returned from participating in the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference in Philadelphia, sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania. A busy four days saw a team of 14 delegates working with nearly 3000 students from …

February 11, 2019

Top Prize Awarded to Genesis

  Genesis, York Prep’s literary magazine, has won yet another award for their spring 2018 issue and are proud to announce they have been awarded a rank of Nominated for REALM First Class in the 2018 NCTE Recognizing Excellence in Art and Literary …

February 11, 2019

Seniors go to the Opera

For the tenth year, the entire Senior Class went to a working rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera for the day. They saw the amazing soprano, Pretty Yende, in Donizetti’s ‘’La Fille du Regiment’’. The Met have always been generous to …

February 6, 2019

Athletes of the Month-January

7th grader Mircia Cortez is a player on the middle school girls’ basketball team. She had little basketball experience coming into the season. She is now a huge asset to our program putting up 51 total points so far this …

February 1, 2019

Headmaster’s Thoughts February 2019

The first day (a Thursday) I arrived at my college at Oxford, I was standing in the porter’s lodge, which is effectively the entrance hall, and a tall (and, to me, huge) man stopped me and gave me a sheet. …

February 1, 2019

1000 Point Scorer for the Lady Panthers!

On January 25th, Junior, Jennah DeGout made York Prep history by scoring her 1000 point as a Lady Panther! Jennah is one of four players in the 50 year history of York Preparatory School to accomplish such a feat. She …

January 31, 2019

York’s Athletic Director with Distinction

York Prep School is pleased to announce our very own Director of Athletics & Physical Education, Mr. Peter Bianco, has been recognized by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) as a Certified Athletic Administrator! To earn this distinction, Mr. Bianco has …

January 30, 2019

Athletes of the Month-December

York Prep’s first year competing in varsity swimming, 10th grader Mika Korvyakov, has worked extremely hard this last month. On this small team, Mika has been improving each and every practice mainly because of her dedication and perseverance. Mika often …

January 10, 2019

First Place Win for Literary Magazine

York Prep’s award-winning literary magazine, Genesis, proves itself to be among the best of the best. Last year’s 2018 Spring issue of Genesis won first place from the American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) in their annual contest and review for scholastic yearbooks, magazines, and newspapers. Wonderful …

January 8, 2019

Headmaster’s Thoughts January 2019

  Happy New Year. I mean that sincerely. Happy New Year! All right…we got that out of the way. Let us talk about gadgets. I grew up with very few; my family had a telephone and a radio. I say …

January 1, 2019

The 2018 Fall Production “Is He Dead?” + “Just Dance”

Was he dead, was he alive, or did anyone really care since they were laughing so hard!  That was the upshot of the Drama Club’s Fall Production, another comedy, called “Is He Dead?” by Mark Twain and updated by David …

December 19, 2018

Athletes of the Month-November

Freshman, Benny Mermelstein, has helped the JV Boys Basketball team to a 1-1 record in the month of November. He has scored more than 30 points in both games and currently leads the team in almost every statistical category. His …

December 6, 2018

Headmaster’s Thoughts December 2018

Happy holidays! This is the time of the year when over-statement is the norm. We are in the selling season and therefore everything is “the best”, “the finest”, with the subtext that “it is the one you should buy.”  Hyperbole …

December 1, 2018

Welcome York Prep’s Dance and Cheer Squad

This year basketball season will be exceptionally pepped with the introduction of York Prep’s very own Dance and Cheer squad! Sponsored by Ms. Fiona Hutchison and Mr. Lance Martin, this has been a dream come true for many students who …

November 13, 2018

Headmaster’s Thoughts November 2018

(With kind help from Dr. Chuck Kaszynski.) A word about our building. When Jayme and I started York Prep in 1969, we occupied the former premises of the New York College of Music. This college flourished in three brownstones on …

November 1, 2018

Athletes of the Month–October

Shane Fisher led the Middle School soccer team with ten goals in seven games, including four games where he found the back of the net multiple times. In addition to his knack for scoring Shane provided invaluable leadership. His encouragement …

October 31, 2018

Alumnus work featured in New York Magazine

Congratulation to our alumnus, photographer Michael Avedon, who had his work featured in New York Magazine.  His portfolio is a harrowing account of bravery and survival. Outstanding work, Michael!

October 31, 2018

Field Trip to the Dodge Poetry Festival

On Friday, October 26st,  English teacher and Poet, Ms. Umansky took the following six students to the bi-annual Dodge Poetry Festival for Student Day in Newark, New Jersey: Nia Moore, Jenna Saevitzon, Nicole Rashkover, Anders Pryor, Cecilia Cuddy, and Sophia Graham. …

October 31, 2018

York Prep Student in Fencing World Cup Win

  Congratulation to sophomore Ethan Kushnernik as he traveled this past weekend to represent Team USA during the fencing Cadet World Cup in Klagenfurt, Austria. Out of a team of four, Ethan has the distinction of being the youngest member …

October 29, 2018

Grade 7 History Class Pays a Call on the Ancient Egyptians

On Friday, October 12, the 7–1 Ancient History class walked through Central Park on a radiantly sunny autumn day to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The students and their teachers, Mr. Eric Tull, and Ms. Alexandra Gardiner split into …

October 22, 2018

Seasoned Sports Writer has Bright Future

Watch out, Bill Pennington! York Prep has an up-and-coming sports writer and her name is Haley Smilow. Haley, in her senior year at York Prep School, is already a seasoned writer for publications such as Sports Illustrated Kids and Mlblogs.com. …

October 4, 2018

Headmaster’s Thoughts October 2018

Workspace is important. At York, we try to constantly improve the working spaces for our students. So this year we have added a makerspace and re-arranged, with new chairs and tables, the configurations of several classrooms. Every year, the student …

October 1, 2018

Students at York Prep enjoy a day at Tibbet’s Park

The York Prep community came together to celebrate the start of another great year with our annual Fall Field Day at Tibbetts Brook Park. Thanks to the great planning and enthusiasm of the faculty and students, the day was a …

September 28, 2018

Student Get Involved with Clubs and Activities

It’s that time of year when excitement fills the gymnasium at York Prep for our Annual Clubs and Activities Fair that took place on September 17th during Period 7. All faculty members were encouraged with the purpose of getting the …

September 20, 2018

Genesis Hits Gold

We are thrilled to announce that Genesis, York Preparatory School’s literary and art magazine, has been awarded a “Gold Medal Certificate” from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) for the magazine’s spring 2018 issue. The magazine, features poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, photography, and …

September 12, 2018

Headmaster’s Thoughts September 2018

This is my first essay of the new school year, and with it let me welcome all of our parents, students and anyone else who reads my monthly “thoughts.” I started writing these back in 2004, and they have become …

September 1, 2018

Tennis Star Meets Her Hero

Some dreams do come true! Especially for one York Prep student, Summer Chandler, who was lucky enough to meet her idol, tennis champion Serena Williams, at an event for Nike. Williams was speaking to dozens of young women from New …

August 31, 2018

Broadway Accolades!

Sonata 1962, a musical written by York Prep Music Teacher Mr. Thomas Hodges, was nominated for 9 awards and won 3 including Best Orchestrations, Best Lead Performance, and an Arts Advocacy Award at the 2018 New York Musical Festival! “Sonata …

August 9, 2018

Headmaster’s Thoughts – August 2018

Since these are my August thoughts, and since we are on summer break, I am going to take the liberty of writing about a horse. C.B. (this is the name we used for the horse), was originally picked out by …

August 1, 2018

Victory for York’s Fencing Champion

York Prep would like to congratulate rising Sophomore Ethan Kushnerik on his win during the 2018 USA Fencing National Championships and July Challenge held in St. Louis during June 28-July 7. Ethan won the National Championship in his age group, …

July 11, 2018

York Students beat National Average in Advanced Placement U.S. Government

York Preparatory School students turned in an impressive performance on this year’s Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics Test, easily besting the national pass rate and average score on the test. Nationwide, roughly 50% of students who take the …

July 5, 2018

Get Started on Your Summer Reading

Check out the Summer Reading Program for the 2018 – 2019 school year and find a few books to sink your teeth into! There are specialized lists of fiction and non-fiction works for both the Upper and Middle schools curated …

June 15, 2018

Missed the Ceremony? Watch the 2018 York Prep Graduation Videos Here!

Yet another school year has drawn to a close and as all of our students and teachers begin their exciting summer vacations, we look back on our end of year celebrations. The biggest celebration marking the end of the school …

June 15, 2018

May Athletes of the Month

Male: Chris Rupp Freshman, Chris Rupp, is a very skillful 1st singles player on the Boys Varsity tennis team. His confidence, commitment, knowledge, work ethic, power and strategic mindset, is what makes him one of the top tennis players in …

June 1, 2018

What Are The Chances: York Probability Fair Fun

The Second Annual Probability Fair was held on Tuesday, May 22nd in the gym. The fair will ran for the entirety of the day and all classes were encouraged to visit at their leisure. Just like last year’s carnival style …

May 30, 2018

Art Teacher Selected for Blue Mountain Gallery Show

After submitting artwork samples for 10 years to Blue Mountain Gallery in Chelsea, York Prep art teacher Gary Schwartz finally hit the mark. The following painting will be included in the Juried Summer Show from July 10 – 28 at Blue …

May 29, 2018

Freshmen Attend Poetry Intensive at Sarah Lawrence

Ninth graders, Nia Moore and Nicole Rashkover were selected by Ms. Umansky to attend the High School Poetry Intensive on Saturday May 5th at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY.  The day involved several workshops with published poets, and teenagers …

May 21, 2018

York Prep’s First Dance Recital Streamed Live

After practicing in and after school for weeks, York Prep dance students performed a recital for the entire school on Thursday, May 17. Having studied with Performing Arts Department Chair Ms. Fiona Hutchison and dance teacher Mr. Lance Martin all …

May 19, 2018

The Paw is Back With A Farewell to Principal Viscusi

This year’s Spring issue of The Paw is back with plenty of in-depth articles including a well written interview with the outgoing principal, Mr. Art Viscusi. Advised by English teacher Ms. Hilary Hersh, the staff of The Paw did yet …

May 17, 2018

York Prep Dance Program Flourishes

The robust arts department at York Prep has, for years, put great emphasis on visual arts, from paintings to ceramics, to even film-making. In more recent years, the performing arts half of the department has grown tremendously, continuously producing better …

May 14, 2018

New Issue of Genesis Bigger Than Ever

After a year of receiving more submissions than ever before, the staff of Genesis had a difficult task. Putting together this year’s annual literary magazine meant picking out the best of the best. The staff compiled a great collection of …

May 8, 2018

April Athletes of the Month

As the school year reaches towards it’s end and the spring sports season picks up steam, all of our York athletes are playing hard and doing their best. Two of these talented student athletes have done a particularly good job …

May 7, 2018

Little Women Impresses Audiences

During a period of movements regarding women’s rights and female empowerment like #MeToo and #TimesUp, a musical about four young sisters and their passage from childhood into womanhood seems fitting. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic 1869 semi-autobiographical novel, this musical …

May 4, 2018

College Attendance List for the Class of 2018

With the last day of classes, finals, prom and commencement approaching, we are happy to announce the college placements of our senior class. Although they have been accepted to many colleges, at this point, this is where the seniors have …

May 3, 2018

Thirty-Third Annual Athletic Banquet

On Friday, April 27, the York Prep Athletic Department celebrated York Prep’s 33rd annual sports awards event. Called the “Breakfast of Champions” the event included a catered meal fit to start of any day. With plates full of pancakes, sausage, …

April 27, 2018

Eighth Graders Take Over the Capitol

At the start of the month, the annual trip to Washington D.C. led by Mr. Art Viscusi went off without a hitch. Scheduled for April 4-6, Mr. Viscusi looked forward to taking yet another class of 8th graders to the …

April 27, 2018