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.