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How do I pick a school for baking and pastry in New York?

After two years at community college with a liberal arts degree, I’ve decided that I want to go to school for baking and pastry. My ultimate goal would be to open my own bakery, but obviously that is just a dream right now. Now that I’ve made the decision, I have no idea where to start. I live on Long Island, and I know that the Culinary Institute of America in New Hyde Park would be my best choice, but its simply too far. A school in Manhattan would be optimal, and I know there are plenty, but my question is, which are the best schools to apply to? It is important that the school is accredited because if not I won’t be on my dad’s health insurance.
I’ve looked at the Culinary Academy of Long Island and the Art Institute of New York, and have read about the French Culinary Institute and the Institute of Culinary Education. How do these schools rank on terms of credibility?
So I need to know what the best accredited schools for pastry and baking are in New York, preferably in Manhattan. It also wouldn’t hurt to know which schools not to apply to. Thank you in advance!

First of all good for you and secondly, go visit the schools to have an opportunity to watch the other students while in class. You would also have an opportunity to chat with them about why they decided to attend that particular school. Visit with an admission rep about accreditation. The other thing I would do is google some well known pastry chefs in your area and find out where they went to school.