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12-27-2011, 10:12 AM
From DNAinfo.com (http://www.dnainfo.com/20111227/downtown/drew-alexander-brings-new-international-focus-lman-manhattan) by Julie Shapiro:

The former Claremont Preparatory School has gone through a lot of changes in a very short time.

After being bought by the international for-profit Meritas group of schools last spring, the 491-student private school also got a new name — Léman Manhattan Preparatory School — and a new leader, Drew Alexander, this fall.

Alexander, 59, hopes to bring a sense of stability and a greater international focus to the six-year-old school, which has grown rapidly with campuses at 41 Broad St. and 1 Morris St., but recently struggled with high turnover among its headmasters, teachers and students. Annual tuition is $34,650, though the school offers some scholarships.

Before taking over Léman Manhattan this fall, Alexander most recently directed the Anglo-American School in Moscow, and has previously worked in Cairo, Singapore and Juneau, Alaska.

Q: Why did Claremont change its name to Léman Manhattan?

It reflects the change of ownership from MetSchools to Meritas, which runs the Léman School in Geneva and the Léman International School in Chengdu, China.

Q: What else has changed besides the name?

We're going to personalize instruction, develop international connections and promote critical thinking. Those are things that are all new since the name change. We're not bound by tradition. What do we want this school to look like? The fact that people have chosen this school knowing it's a new school, knowing that we're creating our own traditions, is an exciting part of being part of Léman Manhattan.

Q: Looking ahead, where do you see Léman Manhattan in five years?

We want to be known as an institution that has high expectations and very, very positive results for our kids. We will have a large international boarding component [with 25 percent of the students traveling from overseas], and we'll be very unique in New York in terms of that. People will be coming here and living and learning and sharing their culture, their language, their experience with the other students.

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