The Undoing takes us inside the lives of New York City’s elite. There are galas with sparking wine and designer gowns, private offices in glamorous high rise buildings, and lavish apartments with sky-high ceilings and more rooms than I can count. Sure, it was hiding a grisly, horrifying crime behind all that wealth and excess, but it sure was fun to look at.
While we toggle between the courtoom and Franklin’s (Donald Sutherland) home for much of the last few episodes of the series, there’s another central location that turns out to play a big role in The Undoing‘s story: Reardon School, where Henry (Noah Jupe) witnesses his dad, Jonathan (Hugh Grant) and Elena (Matilda De Angelis) talking outside one day.
We see plenty more of the Reardon School throughout The Undoing, between the early crush of paparazzi and news reporters who gather there when the murder news breaks, to Franklin’s intimidating visit to principal Robert Connaver (Jeremy Shamos). It’s at the center of the drama, but is it a real place? Here’s everything you need to know about the posh private school.
IS THE REARDON SCHOOL A REAL PLACE?
If you’re hoping to enroll your child in Manhattan’s prestigious Reardon School after seeing its stately brick courtyard and gated entryway, you’ll have to look elsewhere. There is no Reardon School in New York City — the private school where Henry witnessed his father and Elena chatting is not a real place. Still, there are plenty of private school like it on the Upper East Side where The Undoing takes place, so it’s not such a far stretch from reality.
WHERE IS THE REARDON SCHOOL IN NEW YORK?
While the Reardon School itself isn’t an actual New York institution, the building where The Undoing filmed those school scenes is very much a real place. According to Variety’s Dirt, The Undoing used New York’s Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, which was originally built in 1918 as a stately brick mansion, as a stand-in for the school.
The Synod, an Upper East Side locale with five stories and multiple fireplaces, has been used as a TV school a few times over the years. On Gossip Girl, the courtyard was a popular spot for Serena, Blair and crew to gather between classes. You may have also seen The Synod on The Sinner, where it was used as The Briarton School, or on Gotham, where it was featured as the Falcone Home and School for Orphans. And earlier this year, Prodigal Son showed the Synod as the home of Nicholas Endicott (Dermot Mulroney).
The Undoing fans who are lucky enough to live in the city where the series takes place can even take a trip to The Undoing‘s Reardon School filming location. The Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia is located at 75 East 93rd Street on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
REARDON SCHOOL NYC TUITION: HOW MUCH DOES A NEW YORK CITY PRIVATE SCHOOL COST TO ATTEND?
In The Undoing, Grace mentions that her son’s tuition at Reardon is a whopping $50,000 per year. While that figure sounds pretty high, turns out it’s on par with New York City private school prices. The Wall Street Journal reported back in 2017 that private schools in the city were becoming increasingly expensive, with some reaching tuition costs of over $50,000 per year. And more recently, CNBC reported that the annual average cost of private school in New York City is currently $50,000. The Reardon School may be fake, but its prices are most definitely not.
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