Sarah Garland provocatively reports in The Atlantic and in The Hechinger Report Growing income achievement gap overshadows race that nowadays well-to-do children are experiencing a widening educational gap with their less economically fortunate peers. Affluent children usually enjoy not only superior schooling but also better private education after-school through ongoing and extensive enrichment programs. Garland writes that … Continue reading Why Children Born to Affluent Families Have a Huge Head Start
As we New Yorkers await private school decisions, some of us may now have a moment to reflect on other topics like, drumroll, raising powerful and confident daughters. PBS Parents has an excellent new article on the topic: Raising Powerful Girls Thanks to Katharine Page of Westchester's Confident Kid Club for sharing this story which includes useful … Continue reading Thoughts for Parents of Girls
Right in time for the New Year, ISAAGNY (Independent Schools Admission Association of Greater New York) debuted its swanky new website. Redesigned with new fonts, new color photos of member NYC private schools, and even new information, the freshened site adds pizazz and allegedly, "transparency". The ISAAGNY directors helpfully note: For that selection process to … Continue reading ISAAGNY (Independent Schools Admission Association of Greater New York) Gets a Swanky New Website
Is it (a) St. Bart's (b) Vail (c) The Wiggles (d) Doc McStuffins on Ice (e) Museum of Math Of course, (e)! Parents, at least, are raring to go. Some kids are just as enthusiastic; some kids don't have a choice. The brand new Museum of Mathematics at Madison Square Park opened on December 15th, … Continue reading What is the Hottest Ticket for NYC Families for Winter Break?
Abby Ellin has a fascinating article in the New York Times: Tutors Take on Duties of Therapists and Personal Assistants Ellin writes how some affluent Manhattan and Brooklyn families now hire tutors not only to help students with homework and test prep, but also with family and personal issues. Shockingly, she features a number of college students who … Continue reading NYC Private Tutors Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before
Why is it so obvious that The New York Times' most emailed article is Raising Successful Children? An opinion piece by Madeline Levine, this article summarizes the points raised in Levine's excellent new book, Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success Here are my thoughts on the book: Madeline Levine teaches parents to focus on character … Continue reading How to Raise Successful Children: Wouldn’t We All Like to Know
All is relatively quiet on the NYC private school admissions front. Incoming 9th graders and high school students are finalizing their decisions; all of my clients this year are struggling to choose between multiple exciting options. The new crop of kindergarten aspirants are starting to emerge. Families are booking for my School Selection and Private … Continue reading March: A Quiet Month for NYC Private School Admissions?
New Moon Girls is a magazine for girls 8 and up. Unlike all other girls' magazines (American Girl, Discovery Girls, Girls Life, etc.) it is edited by girls, with almost all of its content chosen and created by them. What that means is that not only can your daughter get her work published in an international … Continue reading New Moon Girls: Where Girls Learn to Be Strong Women (and Can Be Editors of an International Publication)
Thanks to Andover's Jane Foley Fried for a truly helpful, insightful article about how all of us can better cope with life's challenges and disappointments, including thin envelopes from the private schools of our choice. Fried makes the point that when one door shuts, another opens, which I think is inspiring advice in all situations. In thirteen … Continue reading First Really Meaningful, Uplifting Advice I’ve Ever Read Coming from a Private School Admissions Office
I recently highlighted The School Boards as an up-and-coming website for New York parents. I had a chance yesterday to chat with the founder of The School Boards, Will Pan. I was deeply impressed by his integrity and persistence in setting up an exciting new site for families. Will writes: The whole idea of the site came … Continue reading The School Boards — NYC Private Schools, Public Schools, and More Online