NYC Private School Enrollment Down at Less Competitive Schools

Nic Querolo writes in Bloomberg that NYC private school enrollment is down by 2.2% whereas suburban school enrollment and Florida school enrollment are up. Emily Glickman, founder of Abacus Guide Educational Consulting, said she has seen her private school consulting business continue to grow with increased interest in the city’s top tier private schools, like … Continue reading NYC Private School Enrollment Down at Less Competitive Schools

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

NYC Elite Private Schools are Not Really “Diverse”

In the thick of admissions season, as I read NYC private schools' websites and brochures, I am struck again and again by how often elite schools emphasize their "diversity". Certainly private schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Riverdale and Westchester are trying to broaden their ethnic makeup, and reach kids who live in different places and have … Continue reading NYC Elite Private Schools are Not Really “Diverse”

Leman Readies New Advertising Plan

Leman Manhattan Preparatory School announced on its website recently:  Exclusive First Look at the New Advertising Campaign Leman, witnessing the extraordinary success of Avenues' advertising campaign (effective ads that ran in many major publications including The New York Times, New Yorker, New York, and more), seems to want in on the enrollment action.  Avenues, which hasn't … Continue reading Leman Readies New Advertising Plan

Just How Messed Up the New York City Public Schools Kindergarten Situation Is

Today a mom emailed me for information about my NYC private schools admissions consulting programs.  This is what the mom wrote: How Can We Help You:    Need to find out if we can get into a good private school as a back up if daughter can't get in a good public NYC school That is how messed … Continue reading Just How Messed Up the New York City Public Schools Kindergarten Situation Is

ERB Test Prep: What Do the Private Schools Think about the Explosion in ERB Prepping?

In tomorrow's Times, Jenny Anderson breaks the story of how the private schools are reacting to the ERB prep explosion.  Private School Screening Loses Some Clout we learn, with the schools themselves.  We also learn that Mandell and Calhoun are dropping the ERB as an admissions requirement.  This is big news. Anderson's article also makes clear the … Continue reading ERB Test Prep: What Do the Private Schools Think about the Explosion in ERB Prepping?

And Decisions are Out (Mostly)!

Families have received decisions from private schools for kindergarten, 6th grade, and 9th grade. Overall, 2010 was a more challenging year than 2009, and more in line with 2008.  Last year, schools over-accepted, figuring that due to the economy, many accepted applicants wouldn't come.  They were wrong.  This year, schools were more conservative in their … Continue reading And Decisions are Out (Mostly)!

What is “Brokering”?

Brokering is when NYC private school admissions directors talk privately to nursery school directors about which students they want.  Nursery school directors often pass this information on to parents, who then may have a choice whether they want to communicate orally or in writing their intent for Junior to attend that school.  If they do, … Continue reading What is “Brokering”?