Free NYC Private School Admissions Newsletter

Every month, we send out our exclusive NYC Private School Admissions Newsletter.  A former client emailed us back: Thought you might like to know that <son's name> finished his 9th grade in good standing, with a high GPA for the year, even with all the time management struggle with honors classes, after-school sports, and outdoor activities. His … Continue reading Free NYC Private School Admissions Newsletter

NYC Private School Admissions Trends in 2018

NYC Private School Admissions Trends in 2018 What We Noticed This Year ISEE and SSAT: My students applying to NYC private schools are taking these tests more than once, and typically seeing score gains on the second administration.The ISEE is required for admission to NYC private middle or high school--you can also take the SSAT, … Continue reading NYC Private School Admissions Trends in 2018

Parent with Child at Top Riverdale Private School Writes

From a client today whose child will be starting a top Riverdale private school this fall: Looking at the whole process in retrospect, I just wanted to thank you for giving scaffolding to the otherwise-chaotic-appearing admissions season. Your "bedside manner," your knowledge about the school and your faith in us as a family made us … Continue reading Parent with Child at Top Riverdale Private School Writes

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

NYC Private School Admissions Corporate Talk

I am now giving NYC Private School Admissions Corporate Talks, speaking to professional parent groups about NYC Private School Admissions -- How to Get Into Lower, Middle and High School. I have been in the admissions field now for over 20 years (!), so I am excited to share my expertise about NYC private schools … Continue reading NYC Private School Admissions Corporate Talk

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?

AABL Test Prep and KRT Test Prep Now Available for NYC Kindergarten

With the debut of the AABL test and the KRT test in 2014, NYC families applying for kindergarten are naturally seeking AABL test prep and KRT test prep for their preschoolers. Despite the claims from the test makers that the AABL and KRT tests are not preppable, as always, children who have been pre-exposed to … Continue reading AABL Test Prep and KRT Test Prep Now Available for NYC Kindergarten

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