Is it Harder for Asians to Get Into NYC Private School?

Over the years, many of my educational consulting clients have asked me if it is harder for Asians to get into NYC private school. Many have heard that it is harder for Asian-Americans to get into college.  This week, one of my clients referred me to the LA Times story:  For Asian-Americans, A Changing Landscape … Continue reading Is it Harder for Asians to Get Into NYC Private School?

Fascinating NYC Schools News

As we enter a new year, here are some fascinating NYC schools news articles: A Stuyvesant student scores $72 million investing in the stock market. Or not. How the $72 Million Kid Duped New York Magazine The elite Episcopal School seeks a new director. Episcopal Seeks New Head of School Some needed perspective for us … Continue reading Fascinating NYC Schools News

NYC Private School Kindergarten Admission 2014: Who Requires the ERB?

ISAAGNY, the Independent Schools Association of Greater New York, has published a chart for NYC private school kindergarten admissions, confusingly titled ISAAGNY ERB Chart. What ERB test are they talking about?  Is it the ECAA kindergarten test?  It seems so, because the columns are titled "ECAA".  ECAA stands for Early Childhood Admission Assessment (ECAA). What … Continue reading NYC Private School Kindergarten Admission 2014: Who Requires the ERB?

New NYC Private School Kindergarten ERB Test Announced for 2014-2015

Big news that the old NYC private school ERB--the WPPSI--is being replaced with a new ERB--the AABL (Admission Assessment for Beginning Learners) at Horace Mann and Riverdale.  As the summer approaches, we will see which other private schools will follow. From Horace Mann's site: Horace Mann School requires the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) Admission Assessment for … Continue reading New NYC Private School Kindergarten ERB Test Announced for 2014-2015

NYC Private School Kindergarten: Testing Changes–What You Need to Know

Many NYC private schools are announcing they will not accept ERB scores next year for kindergarten entry. Instead, they will step up in-school testing/interviewing, looking to evaluate students' readiness for kindergarten, both academically and socially. From one Manhattan girls' school:  Hewitt, as suggested by ISAAGNY, will not be requiring, or accepting, the ERB ECAA test … Continue reading NYC Private School Kindergarten: Testing Changes–What You Need to Know

Are You Too Late to Apply to New York City Private School?

At this time of year, I regularly take calls from parents whose children got waitlisted or worse, rejected, everywhere.  Typically the conversation starts like this: Caller:  "Hi, this is Jane Jones.  My child got waitlisted everywhere.  I just heard about your service from my friend Mary Cohen.  She said she used you and her son … Continue reading Are You Too Late to Apply to New York City Private School?

Another Wave of Bad Publicity for Horace Mann

Horace Mann is in the news yet again: Horace Mann College Counselor Arrested for Revenge-Porn Threat Also a Harvard-Educated Tiger Woods Impersonator According to New York Magazine: As if his life weren’t colorful enough already, the man charged with getting kids into college at the elite, high-pressure prep school Horace Mann has been accused of misbehaving … Continue reading Another Wave of Bad Publicity for Horace Mann

ISAAGNY Changes the Wait List Policy for NYC Private Schools Back to What It Was Two Years Ago

This is a big year for wait listing by NYC private schools. Last year, ISAAGNY changed the wait list policy to be better for families.   In short, you could continue to remain active on waitlists after the applicable ISAAGNY reply date, even after you had signed a contract with another school, as long as you … Continue reading ISAAGNY Changes the Wait List Policy for NYC Private Schools Back to What It Was Two Years Ago

Horace Mann Letters Arriving Now

Congratulations to my clients who were accepted into Horace Mann today. An email from one: "<Child's name> got into Horace Mann! I thank you again for your help. It means a lot to us. I’m glad <spouse> made good decision to contact you." From another: "<Spouse>  and I couldn't be more delighted!  We both couldn't … Continue reading Horace Mann Letters Arriving Now

Great Day Here Today at Abacus Guide Educational Consulting

We are thrilled to announce that so far today our clients have been accepted to 2nd -8th grade at Dalton, Riverdale, Sacred Heart, Marymount, Nightingale, Avenues, UNIS, Berkeley Carroll, Brearley,Trevor Day, Friends Seminary, Poly Prep, Fieldston and more NYC private schools... Keep up the good news! From one client: "Emily, you made all the difference … Continue reading Great Day Here Today at Abacus Guide Educational Consulting