NYC Private School Admissions Consulting

NOW is the Time: NYC Private School Admissions Consulting... If your child will be going through the NYC private school application process for 2021 Manhattan, Brooklyn, Riverdale or Westchester private school admission, now is your time to get started getting help. With some families thinking of relocating due to the COVID pandemic, we are also … Continue reading NYC Private School Admissions Consulting

NYC Private School Admissions Trends in 2018

NYC Private School Admissions Trends in 2018 What We Noticed This Year ISEE and SSAT: My students applying to NYC private schools are taking these tests more than once, and typically seeing score gains on the second administration.The ISEE is required for admission to NYC private middle or high school--you can also take the SSAT, … Continue reading NYC Private School Admissions Trends in 2018

Trends in College Admissions

Trends in College Admissions An Eventful Year Are SAT Subject Tests (SAT IIs) on their way out? Today, few institutions require the tests, and many require them only of STEM and engineering applicants. What this means is that for many students, 11th grade is not the nightmare it used to be. For more information: Are the … Continue reading Trends in College Admissions

New York City’s Leading Private School Consultant for 20 Years

New York City's Leading Private School Consultant for 20 Years We are proud to announce that in 2019 Abacus Guide Educational Consulting will celebrate our 20th year helping students find and get into top New York City and Westchester schools. It's a been a very satisfying journey for everyone involved. As NYC's leading private school … Continue reading New York City’s Leading Private School Consultant for 20 Years

Parent with Child at Top Riverdale Private School Writes

From a client today whose child will be starting a top Riverdale private school this fall: Looking at the whole process in retrospect, I just wanted to thank you for giving scaffolding to the otherwise-chaotic-appearing admissions season. Your "bedside manner," your knowledge about the school and your faith in us as a family made us … Continue reading Parent with Child at Top Riverdale Private School Writes

NYC Private School Notification and Reply Dates

NYC private school notification and reply dates are set by ISAAGNY, the Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York, a group of private school administrators. I have always been troubled by the kindergarten notification and reply date. A multitude of NYC families apply to kindergarten, a process that begins as early as mid-August and … Continue reading NYC Private School Notification and Reply Dates

Is it Harder for Asians to Get Into NYC Private School?

Over the years, many of my educational consulting clients have asked me if it is harder for Asians to get into NYC private school. Many have heard that it is harder for Asian-Americans to get into college.  This week, one of my clients referred me to the LA Times story:  For Asian-Americans, A Changing Landscape … Continue reading Is it Harder for Asians to Get Into NYC Private School?

NYC Private School Kindergarten Admission 2014: Who Requires the ERB?

ISAAGNY, the Independent Schools Association of Greater New York, has published a chart for NYC private school kindergarten admissions, confusingly titled ISAAGNY ERB Chart. What ERB test are they talking about?  Is it the ECAA kindergarten test?  It seems so, because the columns are titled "ECAA".  ECAA stands for Early Childhood Admission Assessment (ECAA). What … Continue reading NYC Private School Kindergarten Admission 2014: Who Requires the ERB?

Another Wave of Bad Publicity for Horace Mann

Horace Mann is in the news yet again: Horace Mann College Counselor Arrested for Revenge-Porn Threat Also a Harvard-Educated Tiger Woods Impersonator According to New York Magazine: As if his life weren’t colorful enough already, the man charged with getting kids into college at the elite, high-pressure prep school Horace Mann has been accused of misbehaving … Continue reading Another Wave of Bad Publicity for Horace Mann

Horace Mann Letters Arriving Now

Congratulations to my clients who were accepted into Horace Mann today. An email from one: "<Child's name> got into Horace Mann! I thank you again for your help. It means a lot to us. I’m glad <spouse> made good decision to contact you." From another: "<Spouse>  and I couldn't be more delighted!  We both couldn't … Continue reading Horace Mann Letters Arriving Now