March: A Quiet Month for NYC Private School Admissions?

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?

Private School Authority Relocating Clients Accepted Into Top New York City Private Schools

ERB / ISEE tutor Anthony-James Green and I are delighted that a number of our Private School Authority clients whom we assisted with ISEE test prep, interviewing, applications, and essays have just been accepted into elite Manhattan private schools off the regular admissions cycle.  One client just emailed me this afternoon: <Child's name> has been accepted to … Continue reading Private School Authority Relocating Clients Accepted Into Top New York City Private Schools

More on When Should My Child Start Kindergarten

Thanks to Jessica Kelmon of GreatSchools for her excellent article, When should kids start kindergarten?  Kelmon writes: Yet another part of the equation with today’s high-stakes testing is that we expect more of kindergartners. Unfortunately, they’re less prepared for success. "Kindergarten is much more academic than ever," says Emily Glickman, a Manhattan-based educational consultant. "Many people feel that kindergarten is … Continue reading More on When Should My Child Start Kindergarten

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

NYC ERB / ISEE and SSAT Test Prep and Tutoring: Now is the Time to Book for Fall 2011

If you live in NYC and you're still dithering about ERB/ ISEE or SSATtest prep for Manhattan or Riverdale private high school or middle school admission, now is the time to get cracking. We know your child is about to leave for camp.  Unfortunately the ERB / ISEE is still right around the corner.  Tutoring … Continue reading NYC ERB / ISEE and SSAT Test Prep and Tutoring: Now is the Time to Book for Fall 2011

Again, Not Enough Room in Some NYC Public School Zoned Kindergartens

Do you pay your city taxes? Do you think your children are entitled to decent schooling in your own neighborhood? Well, forget it. If you live in Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Queens, for another year, overcrowding is leading to waitlists at some renowned local public kindergartens.  The New York Times's Fernanda Santos tells the story:  In Packed … Continue reading Again, Not Enough Room in Some NYC Public School Zoned Kindergartens

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?

Is Junior Kumon the Fast Track to Private School Kindergarten?

Some parents think so.  According to Kate Zernike's article, Fast-Tracking to Kindergarten? Ms. Goldman, who works at an agency representing artists, took her son, Huxton, to Kumon last September, shortly after he turned 5, in an effort to make sure, she said, “that he wouldn’t be behind the curve” when he started kindergarten the next year. … Continue reading Is Junior Kumon the Fast Track to Private School Kindergarten?

Least Expensive NYC Private Schools?

Thanks are due to a Good Samaritan on UrbanBaby, who posted what looks to be solid information about less expensive NYC private and parochial schools.  A list of New York City area independent schools with tuition equal to or less than 25K/year Urbanbaby is a fascinating place.  Some of the anonymous NYC schools chat is gossip … Continue reading Least Expensive NYC Private Schools?