Looking to play college tennis
  | By New York Tennis Magazine Staff
WTA Tour professional Kristie Ahn is a 2010 graduate of Professional Children’s School


You don’t have to choose between your tennis dreams and a great education

Juggling the demands of training & competitions with traditional school can be a challenge for any young scholar-athlete however committed they and their families are to an academic education. Professional Children’s School has been helping young people and their families navigate those challenges for over 100 years.

Professional Children’s School is a “real” school with a full-time schedule of classroom learning, while offering the opportunities for distance/remote learning when it’s necessary for students to travel, train or compete. The school offers a college prep curriculum in grades 6-12 that is both challenging and engaging and tailored to each individual student’s needs. The schedule is designed to be flexible, allowing students to balance time in school with professional demands outside, and the PCS community of master educators and devoted peers provides the social and emotional support children need to excel. 

A healthy teacher/student ratio ensures that students are known and cared for by many adults. Students meet regularly with advisors, who serve as their primary advocates and help balance their academic goals with their professional commitments. Understanding that each student is unique not only in their pursuits but in their abilities, the school offers the support of a full-time learning specialist. Whether a student needs help transitioning from another school, developing study skills, or working with mild learning differences, the school ensures that students have the tools to succeed. Professional Children’s School graduates are regularly accepted in the most competitive colleges and universities in the country. 

PCS is a dynamic community—students come from all over the world, from public schools and private schools, and from a host of different economic and ethnic backgrounds. The student body includes actors and singers, tennis players and ice skaters, entrepreneurs, dancers and equestrians who share a common passion—they know what it’s like not to have time for after school activities, what it’s like to balance homework and practice, and what it is to find fulfillment from reaching the highest levels of their craft.

At many schools, the myriad demands placed on professional and pre-professional students are in competition with each other: class work and career, practice and study, mind and body, flexibility and routine. PCS ensures that homework levels are reasonable and grade level-appropriate and that the school allows the flexibility students often need, while maintaining the integrity of its curriculum. At Professional Children’s School, students’ aspirations for excellence are recognized as integral to who they are, and the school community is dedicated to helping students achieve their academic goals in partnership with their professional goals.

Located in Manhattan’s Lincoln Square neighborhood, a block from Columbus Circle, the school’s modern facilities include science labs, drama & art rooms, cafeteria, auditorium and gymnasium. At Professional Children’s School, students don’t need to choose between a great education and their dreams.