Soundview Preparatory School

370 Underhill Ave, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

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A college preparatory day school for approximately 70 students in grades 6-12. Soundview provides rigorous academics in a uniquely personalized and supportive environment promoting self esteem, respect for others and a sense of community. The school was founded in 1989 in the belief that a student best develops academic skills, self-worth and leadership ability in small classes where teachers know the learning style and interests of each student, where each individual feels recognized, supported and valued. Classes at Soundview average 7 students, with an overall 1 to 5 ratio of faculty to students. The 13.8 acre rustic campus, just blocks from the center of Yorktown Heights, includes a Victorian main house, outbuildings, a pond, meadows and woods.

Academics include AP courses, four languages (French, Spanish, Latin and Italian), music, art and electives such as astronomy, computer science, drama and contemporary issues in science. AP courses over the past two years have included AP Biology, Physics, Calculus, European History, US History, Government and Art.

The school offers a full array of extra-curricular activities, including Yearbook and literary magazine, Community Service, Mock Trial, MSG Varsity Media Club, as well as clubs for drama, chess, politics, outdoors, skiing, knitting and more. Soundview athletic teams play other Hudson Valley schools at soccer, basketball Ultimate Frisbee.

Our school seeks to develop the whole person, offering a non-competitive environment where students develop their potential and reach their own goals, set in consultation with faculty, staff and family. Soundview’s non-competitive philosophy is articulated in every aspect of a student’s educational experience. The school has no honor roll, no class rankings, no tryouts, no valedictorian: at Soundview, students achieve not to outpace others but for their own personal success. Students are welcome to join any sports team they wish, take part in any ongoing drama production or start a club to explore their own interests. Our noncompetitive approach allows students to grow into self-confident young adults who value those around them. The philosophy also translates into a warm, accepting, friendly and tolerant atmosphere where kindness to others and a lack of cliques are the norm.

At the same time, the school offers strong academic preparation for college. Recent college acceptances include Bard, Brown, Carnegie Tech, Columbia, Dickinson, Duke, Hartwick, Hobart, Muhlenberg, NYU, Oberlin, Reed, Rhode Island School of Design, RPI, Sarah Lawrence, SUNY, Ursinus, Vassar and Williams.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeDay — Coed Grades 6-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address370 Underhill Ave, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Year Established1989
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)

Tuition & Financial Aid

Day Tuition$34,300-35,500; estimated extras $1500
Need-Based Scholarships Awarded21
Value of Need-Based Scholarships$411,950

Academics & Athletics

Academic CalendarSemester
Advanced Placement CoursesBiology, Calculus, Chemistry, European History, Physics, Studio Art, US Government & Politics, US History
Interscholastic Boys' & Girls' SportsBasketball, Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee

Graduate Placement

Graduate Reference Year2012
Graduates Attending College/Nonpublic Secondary School11
Most Common Graduate DestinationsIthaca 1, Oberlin 1, Muhlenberg 1, High Pt 1, Juniata 1, SUNY-New Paltz 1
Average Math SAT590
Average Critical Reading SAT600
Average Writing SAT540
Average ACT22


Applications DueRolling
Application Fee$50
New Students11
Percentage of Applicants Accepted60
Percent Admitted Who Choose to Enroll (Yield)95
Tests Used for AdmissionISEE


AdministratorW. Glyn Hearn
Administrator's TitleHead of School
In Office Since1989
Administrator's CredentialsBA, MA, Univ of Texas-Austin
Director(s) of AdmissionsMary E. Ivanyi, Director of Admissions

Enrollment & Faculty

Total Enrollment70
Day Students70
Elementary Enrollment (Through Grade 8)13
Secondary Enrollment (Grades 9-PG)57
Student Body EthnicityWhite 85%, Latino 2%, African-American 13%
Average Class Size7
Student-Faculty Ratio4:1
Dress CodeCasual
Teaching Faculty17
Faculty with Advanced Degrees (%)82
Male Teaching Faculty4
Female Teaching Faculty13
Faculty EthnicityWhite 94%, Latino 6%

Campus & Endowment

Buildings on Campus8
Facilities Value$3,000,000
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