For nyc and Montessori, not fluffed. It's $$$.
The one that I looked into is a little over 7k/year. That is for five days/week, three hour days. There is another one in the area that is just slightly less for the same amount of time. Both schools only offer 5 days/week, no less.
20k is ca-raaazy!
Doesn't surprise me at all for NYC. We live in a much lower COL area though:
Full-day preschool is about $7,000/year
Half-day preschool is roughly $3,000/year
Elementary school is right around $5,000/year
I have, however, noticed that Montessori schools can really vary in price even in one area. We only have one in our town, but if I was to drive 50 miles I'd have my choice of several schools and some of them are MUCH more than the prices I've listed.
I pay $165/week for DS to go from 8:30 to 3:30 five days a week. I pay $104/week for DD to go from 8:30 to 12:30 five days a week.
I think it comes out to $5-$7k/year, but that includes summer camp there too.