Breakneck Admissions Change Continues

Colleges drop SAT II Subject Tests and SAT Essay Requirements, upping importance of APs NYC Dept. of Ed. to end current Gifted and Talented Testing for 4-year-olds after 2021 Dept. of Ed. ends selective admissions for middle school and local geographic admissions for high school, Sci High test next week under fire All this public … Continue reading Breakneck Admissions Change Continues

Darrow School Welcoming City Students for Spring 2021

Abacus Mom received this announcement from the Darrow School, which is accepting applications for the Spring Semester. The Darrow School is a private co-education boarding and day school for grades 9-12 and Post Graduate. Located in the Hudson Valley, at the Berkshires' foothills, our 365-acre campus is at the center of world-renowned arts and culture. Founded … Continue reading Darrow School Welcoming City Students for Spring 2021

NYC Private Schools Rely on Zoom Admissions

New York’s 4-Year-Olds are mastering Zoom to get into elite NYC private school kindergartens, writes Amanda Gordon of Bloomberg. Gordon comprehensively covers the extreme lengths some parents are going to, including hiring test prep tutors and video editors, to help their children master private schools' video requirements for kindergarten applicants. In 2020-2021, due to Covid … Continue reading NYC Private Schools Rely on Zoom Admissions

New York’s 4-Year-Olds are mastering Zoom to get into elite NYC private school kindergartens

New York’s 4-Year-Olds are mastering Zoom to get into elite NYC private school kindergartens, writes Amanda Gordon of Bloomberg. Gordon comprehensively covers the extreme lengths some parents are going to, including hiring test prep tutors and video editors, to help their children master private schools' video requirements for kindergarten applicants. In 2020-2021, due to Covid … Continue reading New York’s 4-Year-Olds are mastering Zoom to get into elite NYC private school kindergartens

How to Prepare for the Thinking & Engagement (T&E) Assessment

Our friend Karen Quinn, co-founder of http://www.TestingMom.com , sent us this invaluable intel for AbacusMom readers. ** Recently, 27 independent schools in New York City announced that they would be giving the Thinking & Engagement Test to assess students for admissions to kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year.   Schools participating in this exam are Allen-Stevenson, Berkeley … Continue reading How to Prepare for the Thinking & Engagement (T&E) Assessment

NYC Private School T&E Kindergarten Test, aka Zoom Test

Akane Otani of The Wall Street Journal gives the new NYC Private School Thinking and Engagement (T&E) Assessment a more apt moniker: the Zoom Test. In Elite New York Private Schools to Test Preschoolers Over Zoom, Otani writes: But experts have doubts about how well parents can truly prepare their children and how the tests can capture a … Continue reading NYC Private School T&E Kindergarten Test, aka Zoom Test

New NYC Private School Kindergarten Test Starts this Fall

A new online test, the "Thinking and Engagement Assessment" (T&E), is now required for 2020-2021 kindergarten admission to almost 30 NYC private schools...with more schools possibly to come. While many of the city's most competitive schools are on the list, interestingly, the Riverdale schools are not. Also interestingly, unlike previous kindergarten admissions tests, the T&E … Continue reading New NYC Private School Kindergarten Test Starts this Fall

Continued NYC Private Schools Enrollment Churn: Online vs In Person

Jessica Dickler of CNBC explains: When it comes to public vs. private schools, some families may choose based on reopening plans. Dickler writes: As many institutions evaluate reopening plans for the fall, some families will choose the schools that hold in-person classes, regardless of whether they are public or private. At the same time, the … Continue reading Continued NYC Private Schools Enrollment Churn: Online vs In Person

NYC Private Schools Fall Enrollment Hit

Jessica Dickler, of CNBC warns: As wealthy families flee, New York City’s private schools brace for an uncertain fall. Dickler writes: When the coronavirus crisis hit New York, many of the city’s wealthiest families went elsewhere. Without knowing what the fall will look like, some are debating if they will return to New York at … Continue reading NYC Private Schools Fall Enrollment Hit

No More AABL: Kindergarten Admissions Test Trashed

The Educational Records Bureau (ERB) has trashed the AABL exam. The AABL exam, administered to prospective kindergarteners since 2014, has been quietly relegated to the dumpster starting this admissions year. Recently, only Riverdale and Horace Mann required the test for admission, but since many families applied there, many students took and prepped for this iPad-administered … Continue reading No More AABL: Kindergarten Admissions Test Trashed