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05-24-2012, 08:46 AM
From WSJ.com (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304840904577422613565778288.html) by Sophia Hollander:

A relative newcomer on New York City's private-school scene will open the city's first international high-school boarding program as it looks to boost enrollment and its reputation among elite competitors.

About 40 students from at least three continents will enroll in Léman Manhattan Preparatory School this autumn, officials said. They will share studio apartments at 37 Wall Street, a luxury building several blocks from the high school building.

"Certainly, the time has come—probably it's past due," said Drew Alexander, the head of school at Léman Manhattan Preparatory School. "New York City is such a tremendous destination, has such an international flavor and is such a highly sought-after location."

Total cost will be $67,000 a year, officials said, a steep increase from day-student tuition of $36,400. The difference in prices could be summarized in three words, Mr. Alexander said: New York City. "It's basically the cost of the apartments and the cost of living," he said.

Some education experts cited those costs to explain why New York, which boasts some of the country's most prestigious private schools, has yet to offer an internationally renowned boarding school.

The average tuition for boarding schools in New York and New Jersey was $46,875 in 2011-12, about $2,000 higher than the median tuition nationally, according to the National Association of Independent Schools.

Léman may not be alone for long. Avenues: The World School plans to create boarding facilities for its Chelsea location, set to open in September. It is expecting to board as many as 20 international students in temporary housing next year, said CEO Chris Whittle.

"You're going to have to deal with a lot more security—real and perceived—and the fact that, gosh, if the kid isn't home early, you're not just looking around the local Friendly's for where they're hanging out," said Suzanne Rheault, founder and CEO of Aristotle Circle, an educational advisory and tutoring company.

Still, she and others agreed it was a savvy expansion for Léman, which is seeking to rebrand itself as one of the city's premier private schools.

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