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

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 …

July 31, 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

York Music Teacher in NY Musical Festival

York Prep Music Teacher Mr. Thomas Hodges has  exciting news about his musical Sonata 1962.  Thanks to the Arch and Bruce Foundation which has awarded him a grant for the production, Sonata 1962 is being done this summer at the …

April 23, 2018

English Teacher’s Poem Published in New York Times

York Prep head of the English department and an accomplished poet, Leah Umansky was featured in the New York Times Magazine section this past weekend. The poem, from her new collection, “The Barbarous Century,” draws inspiration from HBO’s hit fantasy television …

April 10, 2018

March Athlete of the Month

Here is the March Athlete of the Month. Though we only have one due to the liminted number of school days and contests in March, Andrew Shaz more than makes up for it! Seventh Grader, Andrew Shaz is a member …

April 6, 2018

Freshman Wins National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Two months ago, freshman Philip Winter garnered the attention and respect of the NYC Scholastic Art & Writing Awards jurors for his impressive artistic creations. He won Gold and Silver key for two revolutionary war uniforms he made and waited patiently to …

April 5, 2018

York Senior Wins First Prize in Golden Classical Music Awards

The New York Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition recognizes talented musicians and performers of all nationalities and ages. The purpose of this music competition is “to discover artists of outstanding personality and provide awards which can help to launch …

March 23, 2018

Mandarin Students Explore Chinatown

Escorted by teachers Ms. Ruan, Mr. Abreu, Ms. Hersh, a special field trip started with a ride on the B train down to Grand Street. Twenty students taking Mandarin from 8th to 12th grade visited Chinatown on Thursday, March 8. …

March 13, 2018

February Athletes of the Month

Male: Benny Mermelstein Eighth grader, Benny Mermelstein, was instrumental in the success of the Middle School Basketball team this season. He led the team in steals, rebounds, and points. He also matured over the course of the season with his …

March 2, 2018

Students Share Talent in Out Loud Mid-Winter Showcase

When the clock struck 5:00 p.m. on the evening of Thursday, February 15, the chapel was filled with students ready to perform. English teacher Mr. Ethan Pennington welcomed everyone to the 6th Annual Out Loud Midwinter Showcase. As in years …

February 16, 2018

Girls Varsity Basketball Undefeated ISAL Champs

The 2017-2018 Girls Varsity Basketball Team has had an undefeated season. With every practice and game, the girls brought their talent, enthusiasm, hard work, and dedication to the court. Coaches Turcio and Fazio, as well as senior captains Maya Finard …

February 15, 2018

Sixth Grader Plays at New York Open Exhibition

Sixth grader Summer Chandler had the honor of being selected to play at the opening night exhibition game of the first New York Open ATP World Tour Tennis Tournament. At NYCB Live’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum this past Sunday, Summer played in …

February 15, 2018

2nd Annual History Day

The History Department took over Room 405 on Tuesday, February 13, for York’s second ever History Day exposition and competition. You might recall last year’s “science fair for history” where students completed the kind of research they would for papers, and …

February 14, 2018

Freshman Recognized by NYC Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

For the second year in a row, the NYC Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has seen fit to award one of York Prep’s talented artists. This time, freshman Philip Winter has garnered the attention and respect of the jurors for …

February 12, 2018