Can Trinity School Fight the Class War?

Can Trinity School fight the class war? Trinity School's headmaster, John Allman, sent shock waves through the city's private-school world by calling out parental entitlement and self-interest. The Times reports that Allman wrote a letter pointing the finger at: consumerist families that treat teachers and the school in entirely instrumental ways, seeking to use us … Continue reading Can Trinity School Fight the Class War?

New York City Private Schools Closing

With all the new New York City private schools opening, it is not surprising that shortly after, some new New York City private schools are already closing. Manhattan is a tough market, and not every private school can make it. The Rocket Group, an education group that purchased the Mandell School in 2013, closed it … Continue reading New York City Private Schools Closing

New NYC Private Schools Opening

New NYC private schools are opening at a rapid pace. Miriam Souccar of Crain's New York writes in For-Profit Schools Flooding New York's Education Market: A record number of new NYC private schools are flooding the New York market, while existing schools are expanding at a rapid pace. The boom comes in response to skyrocketing … Continue reading New NYC Private Schools Opening

Pip’s Island Show Opens

Pip's Island sent Abacus Mom this information about a new immersive children's show: Born out of an urgent need to break the mold of traditional family entertainment, and to create high-quality, immersive, and rewarding experiences for children, Pip’s Island is the brainchild of brother-and-sister co-creators Rami and Rania Ajami and Creative Director Walter Kudrop. During … Continue reading Pip’s Island Show Opens

Wetherby School NYC? Prince George’s School Has a NYC Branch

Wetherby School NYC?  Wetherby School, the elite London private school that Prince George will attend, will open a New York City branch, to be called Wetherby-Pembridge, in 2017. Will British posh translate? Both schools are owned by the education company Alpha Plus Group. New York's Wetherby School will be housed on the Upper East Side … Continue reading Wetherby School NYC? Prince George’s School Has a NYC Branch

“Tested” Film about Selective School Admission, Free Screening

Lincoln Center will host  a free screening of the movie "Tested". The documentary closely follows about 20 NYC middle schoolers from varied backgrounds as they attempt to obtain a seat at a specialized high school. Experts discuss admissions policy and its implications for underrepresented minorities. From the website: As part of the Roundtable’s focus on … Continue reading “Tested” Film about Selective School Admission, Free Screening

More and More New New York City Private Schools Open

More and more new New York City private schools are opening.  New for-profit private schools are popping up all over Manhattan and Brooklyn, broadening seat supply in affluent areas with high demand. My clients have been most excited by Avenues, a runaway success, and by Brooklyn's BASIS Independent, a STEM-focused school that opened in 2015. … Continue reading More and More New New York City Private Schools Open

Off Broadway 20at20 $20 Tickets February 22-March 13, 2016

Abacus Mom just got the following exciting news from The Off Broadway Alliance announcing the next 20at20 discount ticket promotion: Off Broadway Alliance has announced that its hugely popular semiannual ticket promotion 20at20 will return from February 22nd to March 13th, 2016. 20at20 makes $20 tickets available to most Off Broadway shows 20 minutes prior to … Continue reading Off Broadway 20at20 $20 Tickets February 22-March 13, 2016

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