Children: If you would like your child to attend school while in the United States, please be certain to bring the following documents with you:
- A record of all of the child’s immunizations. If you do not have proof of immunization the child will be required to receive all inoculations as specified by the U.S. Department of Health and the Board of Education. U.S. standards can be more stringent than those of your home country and your child may be required to receive additional inoculations called booster shots.
- It is helpful to have school records showing the last grade completed and any information about English language ability.
- A notarized translation of the child’s birth certificate.
- Proof of residence in the United States.
Public Schools: Public schools are free of charge. However, public schools in New York City vary considerably as to safety and caliber of education. Generally, individuals are not permitted to choose which public schools they wish to attend; it is decided upon by the child's home address. Nevertheless, exceptions may be made for short-term visitors.
Private Schools: Private schools do provide a higher level of instruction, are considered to be safer, and class sizes tend to be smaller. However, private schools can be expensive (anywhere from $10,000 and up per year) and often have a limited number of openings (some private schools have long waiting lists, for example 2-3 years).
Parochial Schools: Parochial schools are usually less expensive than private schools. The admission procedure may differ with each school and application tests and interviews may be required. Most parochial schools do not require religious affiliation with the school.
Day Care: If your child is below the school age (less than 5 years old), day care is available, and can be expensive. Day care centers may also have a long waiting list. Most bookstores in New York should have helpful publications describing childcare and schooling options.
Spouses: While New York offers a plethora of cultural activities, the university itself is somewhat limited in spouse-orientated activities. Within the Law School there is a students’ group for married law students which organizes events for students and their spouses. Additionally, the International Students and Scholars Office sponsors monthly excursions for spouses. These excursions provide excellent opportunities to see New York and to make new acquaintances, particularly for those individuals who are not fluent in English.