Are NYC Private Schools Taking in Families Fleeing the Common Core?

Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Riverdale families fleeing Common Core testing are seeking out NYC private schools, according to Avi Wolfman-Arent of Uptown Radio:  Courting Common Core’s Discontents Wolfman-Arent interviewed me for the story; transcript below. But private school admissions consultant Emily Glickman says just because parents oppose excessive testing doesn’t mean they’re against the kind of rigor … Continue reading Are NYC Private Schools Taking in Families Fleeing the Common Core?

Public School Shortage in Downtown Manhattan?

Joe Anuta of Crain's New York Business reports that downtown Manhattan is being overbuilt with luxury condos filled with young families who will have nowhere to go to public elementary school:  Locals, pols fear school shortage Downtown population surge fuels worries of classroom shortfall. Avenues and downtown private schools will surely benefit as many NYC preschool … Continue reading Public School Shortage in Downtown Manhattan?

Want a NYC Public School Gifted and Talented Seat? Good Luck

Beth Fertig at the New York Times and Philissa Cramer at Gotham Schools posted some shocking statitstics about New York City Gifted and Talented (G&T) programs: 40% of students who tested for the G&T kindergarten program tested as gifted. 68% of eligible "gifted" kindergarten applicants actually received G&T offers These statistics suggest: Test prep works. … Continue reading Want a NYC Public School Gifted and Talented Seat? Good Luck

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?

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”

PTA Power at Some Top NYC Public Schools

Kyle Spencer of The New York Times broke an important story today about how Manhattan parents at some public schools in affluent areas have done an amazing job fundraising for their students, in some cases raising more than a million dollars a year.  I said: “Many now have amenities that can compete with private school offerings,” … Continue reading PTA Power at Some Top NYC Public Schools

Emphasizing Performance vs. Character at Elite NYC Schools

Thanks to David Brooks for his superb opinion piece, Why Our Elites Stink In this provocatively titled article, Brooks discusses how over the last generation, the meritocracy took over from the old Protestant establishment, rising to positions of power in banking and government.  In his view, the meritocracy believes in the power of an individual's performance, … Continue reading Emphasizing Performance vs. Character at Elite NYC Schools