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

Avenues College Admission

Avenues college admission--how good is it? My clients who are interested in Avenues The World School are always most interested in knowing how this relatively new, for-profit school is doing with college admission. Since Avenues will just have its first graduating class in 2016, families are concerned whether graduates will be able to be placed … Continue reading Avenues College Admission

Going to a NYC Private School Costs More than an Ivy League College

Sophia Hollander of The Wall Street Journal broke news today with her story about how New York City private school annual tuition has risen to $40,000. Private School Tuition Bill Tops $40,000 As I told Hollander in a phone call, given that demand for top school slots outstrips supply, I am not surprised that tuition bills … Continue reading Going to a NYC Private School Costs More than an Ivy League College

Private School Authority Snags Renowned ISEE and SSAT Tutor Nick Ordway

Abacus Guide's ERB / ISEE and SSAT tutoring division, Private School Authority, is expanding rapidly.  Families throughout Manhattan (and also interestingly Westchester, Boston, LA, Germany, and Singapore) are signing up for our uniquely personalized and efficient program, geared exclusively toward ERB /ISEE and SSAT test success. Our specialty is motivating our students - progress can only … Continue reading Private School Authority Snags Renowned ISEE and SSAT Tutor Nick Ordway

Asians and New York City Private Schools

As someone who works with Asians and non-Asians helping them cultivate the social skills and messaging necessary to succeed in NYC private school admissions, I was fascinated by Wesley Yang's exceptional article, Paper Tigers / Asian Like Me.  New York Magazine describes the essay: Amy Chua’s triumphalist screed about intense Asian-style parenting triggered hysteria among other … Continue reading Asians and New York City Private Schools

Are You So Mad at Your Preschool Director that You Want to Sue Her?

One York Avenue Preschool mom is. From Jose Hernandez at The New York Daily News Manhattan mom sues $19K/yr. preschool for damaging 4-year-old daughter's Ivy League chances: In court papers, Nicole Imprescia suggests York Avenue Preschool jeopardized little Lucia's chances of getting into an elite private school or, one day, the Ivy League. She's demanding a refund of the … Continue reading Are You So Mad at Your Preschool Director that You Want to Sue Her?

ERB (ISEE): When Should I Take the ERB (ISEE) to Get Into a NYC Private High School or Middle School?

Generally, it's best to take the ERB (ISEE) in December.  The ISEE is an academic-based test, the more you have learned, the better you do.  You're graded against a same-grade based peer group. From the ERB, the people who administer the ISEE: It is important to note that the ISEE may not be taken for … Continue reading ERB (ISEE): When Should I Take the ERB (ISEE) to Get Into a NYC Private High School or Middle School?

Hackley School Seeks to Raise Its Profile (Think of It as a Riverdale Campus School with a Slightly Longer Commute)

Rumor has it that Hackley School is seeking to expand its pool of applicants to include more students from Manhattan.  The school wants more full-tuition and diverse candidates.  Given that Hackley is already one of the two  most competitive private schools in Westchester, the New York school is clearly looking to increase its selectivity and … Continue reading Hackley School Seeks to Raise Its Profile (Think of It as a Riverdale Campus School with a Slightly Longer Commute)

York Avenue Preschool Fights Back

A client alerted me to York Avenue Preschool's revised website, which has testimonials from real-life parents about the school's many benefits.  Disappointingly, nobody reveals the real juice: Harvard admissions stats. York Ave. Preschool Website