The face of Claremont Prep was altered early yesterday morning—Monday, October 3—when the school officially changed its name to Léman Manhattan Preparatory School.

Around 9am, the school gathered in their Ballroom to hear words from Head of School Drew Alexander and meet guests form Léman sister schools in Switzerland and China. Then, several 4th grade students gave a presentation on how the former Claremont Prep uniforms were being donated to a school in Africa through a program called The US-Africa Children’s Fellowship. Following this, the ceremony moved outside where the old Claremont flag was taken down and replaced with the new Léman Manhattan insignia.

Along with the new name and headmaster, the school will also be borrowing a number of new educational practices from the College du Léman boarding school in Switzerland. The New York school will become a partner with the nine other schools in the Meritas organization. The partnership works to educate 11,500 students living in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and North America.

The school formerly known as Claremont, a private institution of 500 students from grades pre-k to 12 on two campuses in the financial district, already based itself on principals of independent thinking and competent decision.

“Much will remain the same, including the high-quality education and the close partnerships among students, parents, and teachers,” Alexander said, “but the new name marks a pivot point.”

To adapt some of the Léman ideals, the school will begin to put more emphasis on personalized instruction and collaboration that builds independence, character and confidence.

The lower school includes well-lit classrooms with SMART boards, a 25-meter pool, a cafeteria offering organic foods, a ballroom, a rooftop playground, art and woodworking studios, a music room and two science labs.

The middle and high school will feature many of the same elements but will also include an aquatic and athletic center, café with trained chefs, professional theater, art studios, and common spaces for social gatherings.

—Carmen Bica & Matt Essert