our story 

from left to right: founder Danielle Florio, partner Brett Moses, founder Mark Losinger

from left to right: founder Danielle Florio, partner Brett Moses, founder Mark Losinger

When we founded City Smarts ten years ago, it was with a simple goal: to provide really good one-on-one tutoring. We worked with a handful of mostly Brooklyn-based families, providing their sons and daughters with academic support at each stage of their education. When 5th grade math got a little tough, we were there, and when the time came to apply to high school or college, we were there too. We eschewed claims of easier! better! faster! in favor of a decidedly old-school approach. And it worked. City Smarts kids were accepted to the city’s best public and private schools, and ultimately enrolled in the country’s best colleges, confident in their own abilities. 

Today, we work with hundreds of students across the New York City area, but we remain as committed as ever to providing holistic, highly individualized academic tutoring, test prep, and educational consulting tailored to the needs of our community.

So how is City Smarts different? It all starts with our tutors. We recognize that while tests may be standardized, learning is not. And so we hire rockstar educators and brilliant test-takers, unabashed nerds who just love to teach and proven specialists of higher learning. Each “tutor-pairing” is the result of a meticulous process. We take time to understand each student’s individual needs and pair them with the tutor who will be most effective. When questions arise–about learning obstacles, admissions processes, or upcoming tests–we provide careful guidance. And when City Smarts kids receive their report cards and diplomas, we’ve been known to swing by and celebrate. 

City Smarts doesn’t tout web-based, app-driven learning or trademarked methodologies, and we don’t offer shiny score-booster guarantees either. This is by design. We owe our decade in business to a relentless focus on that one simple goal–really good tutoring. We didn’t need a gimmick to go viral. 

To learn more about our offerings, including outstanding SHSAT, ISEE, ACT, and SAT tutoring, K-12 academic tutoring, and a college consulting program that has sent students to Harvard, Yale, and Columbia in the past year alone, you don't have to sign-up, enroll, or login. Simply give us a call. We can't wait to hear from you! 


City Smarts is different from other tutoring companies because of its incredible emphasis on individualized support.
— Katrina, 2018 City Smarts Alum
City Smarts made applying to college something I never thought it could be: fun. I always felt like I was in good hands with City Smarts.
— Andy, 2018 City Smarts Alum