I have worked as an educational consultant for almost twelve years. One obvious recent trend: parents are increasingly concerned about their young children obtaining hard skills. When I talk to parents about what they seek in a private school, increasingly they cite academic rigor, early reading, math, and sometimes early foreign language as key priorities. … Continue reading NYC (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Riverdale, Westchester) Private School Admissions Trends
Here at Abacus Guide Educational Consulting, we help families in NYC and around the world prepare for private school interviews. Whether it's a nervous parent or an inexperienced incoming middle or high schooler, we'll help you know what's asked and help you perform your very best at private school interviews. You won't make costly mistakes … Continue reading Help with Private School Interviews: Why Private School Interview Prep Matters
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Pamela Paul, author of Parenting, Inc., an expose about the rising (and often unnecessary) costs of modern parenting, turns her attention in the Times to another parenting trend: redshirting. More parents are holding their children back because of societal pressure, and because of the demands placed by today's kindergarten.
The New York Times had two interesting articles recently about real estate and public schools. Like most of my clients say, Parents' Real Estate Strategy: Schools Come First. Author Christine Haughney writes of the central problem now facing many NYC parents: Families like the Binstocks helped raise the tide of New York real estate prices in … Continue reading Top NYC Public Schools, Top Westchester and Connecticut Schools and Homes
It's hard enough for New Yorkers to find and get into the best private and public schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Riverdale, Westchester, Connecticut, Long Island, and New Jersey, but try doing it when you're living in Asia. At Abacus Guide, we help families from around the country and the world find their way in New … Continue reading Help Finding the Best Private and Public Schools for New New Yorkers
Unfortunately, some parents of incoming Manhattan public school kindergarteners are receiving wait list letters. According to The New York Times, The lists are longer this year at some schools on the Upper West Side and Upper East Side in Manhattan. Public School 87, on West 78th Street, has space for 130 kindergartners, and 111 children are on the … Continue reading Now NYC PUBLIC School Incoming Kindergarteners Waitlisted
Every year, many British families call me seeking private or public schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the New York City suburbs. While there is a British private school in New York, many British families seek American schools for a full cultural experience. Particularly in the younger years, British kids can easily transfer back and forth … Continue reading We’re British; Where Do We Send Our Children to School in New York?
Parents often ask me about Hackley. How does Hackley compare to the Hill schools in Riverdale? How does Hackley compare to Westchester public schools? What does Hackley require for admission? All in all, my clients who have applied to and attended Hackley have been impressed by the school. A number were surprised and delighted by … Continue reading Hackley School in Westchester