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[ tales out of school ] Haute Hewitt girl bare-legged in a blizzard

The Hewitt School 45 East 75th Street and 3 East 76th Street www.hewittschool.org Girls, Day Grades/Enrollment: K-12/506 Ivy Placement Rate: 4.3 percent of the class of 2010 Uniform: Plaid skirt, collared shirt. Girls can wear black ballet flats and footless tights. Famous Alums: Betsy von Furstenberg, Edith Kingdon Gould, Juliet Hartford, Julie Harris, Lady Pamela Hicks, Barbara Hutton, Patricia Knatchbull, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma, Ilona Rich, Jean Stein, Elizabeth Stribling Street Rep: Hewitt girls are fashionobsessed and can be spotted meeting Buckley boys on the corner before and after classes (the two schools are just a block apart). Backstory: “The Hewitt girls were always very good at accessorizing. One girl in my class had a Louis Vuitton book bag. They were also particularly skilled at shortening the uniform as far as it could go. During the winter, you could always spot the girls who went to Hewitt—they were the ones with bare legs in a snowstorm.” —Ariel Levy, author of It Could Be Worse, You Could Be Me

The Spence School 22 East 91st Street www.spenceschool.org Girls, Day Grades/Enrollment: K-12/684 Ivy Placement Rate: 28.75 percent of the 2005-2009 graduating classes Uniform: K-4, plaid jumper and white shirt; Middle School, navy blue skirt or pants and white shirt; Upper School, gray skirt or slacks with any shirt that has sleeves and covers the midriff. No boots (thanks to Uggs).

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Famous Alums: Serena Altschul, Sloan Lindemann Barnett, Tatiana von Furstenberg, Lauren Helm, Jade Jagger, Amy Lumet, Jennifer Lumet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Emmy Rossum, Kerry Washington Street Rep: Spence is where the cool, smart, pretty girls (who date boys from nearby St. Bernard’s) are groomed for superstar status à la Paltrow, Washington, Jagger and Altschul. Backstory: “My mother, Ginny Bond, and Mick Jagger chaperoned our fifth-grade dance. It was crazy—we had no idea why so many people were trying to get into the dance. I think we would have understood better if it was Madonna or the J. Geils Band.” —Ginny Bond Fein, socialite

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Founded in 1976, AVENUE is a must-read among the city’s most discerning, stylish and savvy audiences. As Manhattan’s oldest society magazine...

AVENUEinsider September 1, 2010  

Founded in 1976, AVENUE is a must-read among the city’s most discerning, stylish and savvy audiences. As Manhattan’s oldest society magazine...