Want to read about wild parties? No need to follow Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, or Justin Bieber. Unluckily the tabloids now consider NYC private school parties pressworthy, and give them the full gossip treatment. From the New York Post: Posh high schools battle boozy sex ragers Elite private school parents turn blind eye to parties. … Continue reading Wild Parties at NYC Private Schools?
NYC Elite Private Schools are Not Really “Diverse”
In the thick of admissions season, as I read NYC private schools' websites and brochures, I am struck again and again by how often elite schools emphasize their "diversity". Certainly private schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Riverdale and Westchester are trying to broaden their ethnic makeup, and reach kids who live in different places and have … Continue reading NYC Elite Private Schools are Not Really “Diverse”
Horace Mann Student’s College Applications Undercut by Saboteur
Sophia Hollander of The Wall Street Journal reports Horace Mann Airs a Case of Sabotage Director of College Counseling Says Untrue Information About Student Sent to Schools Students may sometimes fantasize about knifing competitors in the back, but fascinating and depressing that someone actually did it this year. Horace Mann's college counselor transparently addressed the situation … Continue reading Horace Mann Student’s College Applications Undercut by Saboteur
One More Criterion for Choosing a NYC Private School: Who’s Its Insurer?
According to Chris Dolmetsch of Bloomberg, N.Y.'s Horace Mann School Sues Insurers Over Coverage New York City prep school Horace Mann sued units of American International Group Inc. (AIG) saying they refused to defend and indemnify the school for damages stemming from sex-abuse claims by former students against teachers. The Bronx school sued AIG’s Granite State … Continue reading One More Criterion for Choosing a NYC Private School: Who’s Its Insurer?
Kindergarten Redshirting in NYC Got Tougher?
Sarah Gonser has a New York Times article today: Kindergarten ‘Redshirting’ Gets Tougher in N.Y.C., With Repercussions . The article confuses me, because holding your child back for public school kindergarten in NYC has always been extremely difficult. It's only in NYC suburbs and in private schools where parents can easily hold their kids back. According to … Continue reading Kindergarten Redshirting in NYC Got Tougher?
Another Article about Horace Mann’s History of Rampant Sex Abuse, This Time in the New Yorker
The New Yorker, the New York publication least likely to publish articles about city private schools, this week features a shocking and enthralling story: The Master by Marc Fisher. Fisher, a Horace Mann alumnus, describes in detail the psychological and sexual manipulation practiced for years by an influential and brilliant English teacher, Robert Berman, upon his vulnerable … Continue reading Another Article about Horace Mann’s History of Rampant Sex Abuse, This Time in the New Yorker
Last Chance for a Consultation about NYC Private School Kindergarten “Bucketing”
I have two spots left to consult with you about how to "bucket" your NYC private schools list for your preschool director. Consultation includes advice about sending I Love You/ strong interest letters and First Choice letters, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Westchester private and public school options, confidential thoughts about various schools. Call now, 212-712-2228 or … Continue reading Last Chance for a Consultation about NYC Private School Kindergarten “Bucketing”
NYC Private School Kindergarten Application Trends in 2012
With the increase in kindergarten applicants to Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Riverdale private schools and the opening of a well-funded new school (Avenues), schools are: Releasing applications earlier. Many NYC private schools for the first time released applications over the summer, relieving the post-Labor Day crunch. Imposing character counts on essays. Apparently, there is only so … Continue reading NYC Private School Kindergarten Application Trends in 2012
Is the Sex Abuse Scandal Stopping People From Applying to Horace Mann?
It's interesting that families I work with are as interested in Horace Mann as ever. For many people, the Riverdale private school's reputation for top-tier academics trumps all other concerns. Given that Horace Mann recently announced that all teachers will be subject to background checks and staff training, it may now be the safest place … Continue reading Is the Sex Abuse Scandal Stopping People From Applying to Horace Mann?
If You Give Up Your NYC Private School Spot, Will You Lose a Year’s Tuition?
The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal both weigh in today about what happens when families who sign a contract for Manhattan private school then back out, often because the child has been admitted to a top public school. A number of schools, including Mandell, Friends, York Prep, and Little Red, have sued … Continue reading If You Give Up Your NYC Private School Spot, Will You Lose a Year’s Tuition?