Not that we're keeping score, but recent years have regularly brought news of private school sex scandals. Trevor Day, York Prep, and now Sidwell Friends in DC, where President Obama's children go. From The New York Times: Father Sues Elite Washington School, Saying Psychologist Had Affair With His Wife
Barbara Martinez of The Wall Street Journal today addresses the growth in the number of children testing as gifted: Parents Fret as Kids Seek 'Gifted' Status Martinez writes that the number of incoming kindergarteners taking the OLSAT and Bracken to get into NYC G & T programs increased by 13%, as did the number of children … Continue reading Manhattan Overflowing with Gifted Preschoolers, Naturally
We have just emailed out the April edition of our exclusive monthly newsletter, News about Schooling, Enrichment, and Parenting. It's not too late to get your free copy. Simply email info(at)abacusguide.com or click on newsletter sign up form. We'll send your copy right out. You'll learn about NYC (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Riverdale, Westchester) private school admission for kindergarten, … Continue reading Free, Expert Information on NYC Private School Admission
If you have, or work with, hyperlexic or other special needs children, you will be interested in Priscilla Gilman's new memoir, The Anti-Romantic Child. The book is about Gilman's experience shepherding her young hyperlexic son, Benj, through babyhood, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school. Gilman covers in great detail Benj's developmental delays, social skills deficits, experiences with pediatricians, … Continue reading Help for Hyperlexia (Thoughts on Gilman’s The Anti-Romantic Child)
I felt sick today reading Louis Uchitelle's excellent Times article, Even in Wealthy Town, Schools Feel Pinch. Uchitelle details how some in top Westchester public school district Bronxville, one of Westchester's most affluent towns, are fighting school tax and teacher pay increases. Uchitelle writes: But even here — as in other affluent enclaves — corners are … Continue reading Top Westchester Public Schools Cutting Funding>>>More Demand for Riverdale and Westchester Private Schools
This is a tough time of year for families whose preschoolers are developing at their own pace. Sometimes preschool directors and others suggest to parents that children were shut out of schools because they have special needs. In twelve years of tracking, I have come to believe that much diagnosis of four-year-olds is faulty and … Continue reading Shut Out Because Your Child May Have “Special Needs”?
The NYC Department of Ed announced this today for the NYC public school high schools: Students and their families are invited to attend the New High Schools Fair this weekend. At the fair, students will be able to meet with representatives from the new small high schools scheduled to open in September 2011. The fair will be … Continue reading NYC High Schools: Selecting the Right Schools for You, Public and Private
Kristina Dell, of Newsweek and The Daily Beast, authored this insightful story today: The Problem With Holding Kids Back from Kindergarten. Dell writes: Holding back kids so they'll enter kindergarten at the ripe old age of six has become such a common practice there's even a term for it: redshirting, a word borrowed from the sports … Continue reading Kindergarten Redshirting: Should I Hold My Child Back? He Has a Summer Birthday.
What do Manhattan educational consultants and school advisors do? We speak to people about private schools. In 2010, I talked to hundreds of parents, students, teachers, administrators, and psychologists. Here’s the scoop in private school admissions trends: Competition for top private schools continues to be strong. Despite the economic pain in the country as a … Continue reading Top 5 Private School Admissions Trends for 2010
Reached your limit with Junior? Ever wondered if you should hire a homework helper? If you live in Manhattan, Brooklyn or Westchester, you're not alone. (But according to Sarah Maslin Nir's New York Times article Like a Monitor More than a Tutor if you live in Florida, you are.) Her article explores pros and cons of the … Continue reading Manhattan Homework Helper: Help or Hindrance?