The Smith School began on September 17, 1990. The initial name for the school was The Tutoring School Learning Center. The school began with one student, in the lower level of The Beekman School and grew rapidly. Students who were unable to stay abreast with the classes in The Beekman School were sent to The Tutoring School Learning Center to work on an individual basis. In 1998, the school separated their ties with The Beekman School. The school moved to The Epiphany Church on 74th and York. New address, new beginnings, new name... The Smith School. The school spent eight years on York Avenue, then moved into the Jewish Center on 86th and Columbus, where it now still resides.
The purpose of the school was always to afford students the best opportunity to learn, to be themselves, and to be productive. Even though the school started as a small 1 on 1 tutorial facility, over the years, it rapidly grew into small classes of 4-6 students. The school provides a safe haven and a caring community for all its students. It encourages all the students to be college bound, regardless of their race, ethnicity and affordability. The mission of the school has always remained true to afford each and every student regardless of their learning style, an opportunity to excel in a smaller setting, both socially and academically.