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The New York International School is opening this fall, welcoming students from Pre-Nursery to Grade 8 (ages 2-13). The school combines high academic standards, an international perspective and a Spanish or Chinese language immersion program. It has a challenging and stimulating curriculum and a low student-teacher ratio, with the aim of enabling children to attain excellence in English and Math, speak Spanish or Chinese fluently and acquire a passion for learning. The school has a generous financial aid program available at Preschool and Lower School to all families who need it.
The New York International School is located in a landmark building at 4 East 90th Street, on NY’s Upper East Side, next to Central Park and right on Museum Mile. NYIS is established by one of the world's leading school networks, with schools in America, Europe and Asia, a tradition of excellent academic results and top college placements.
The school follows a rolling admissions process and a fast response policy to alleviate families from the stress of NY school admissions. The school is now accepting applications for fall 2015-16 and 2016-17. For more information, visit www.nyis.org.
Parent tours of the school are available Saturday, March 14th and Saturday, March 21st at 9:00am for one hour. Tours can be scheduled by emailing email@example.com or calling (212) 641-0260.
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 on College Admissions. Journalist Frank Shyong reports:
Complaints about bias in college admissions have persisted since at least the 1920s, when a Harvard University president tried to cap the number of Jewish students. In November, a group called Students for Fair Admissions filed a suit against Harvard University for admissions policies that allegedly discriminate against Asian Americans. The group cited the 2004 Princeton study and other sources that offer statistics about Asian Americans' test performance.
Is it harder for Asian-Americans to get into NYC private school?
In my sixteen years' experience helping families, I have found that unfortunately it is more competitive for Asians to get into NYC private schools, especially the core, elite group of well-known schools, because more Asian people are applying. New York City's Asian population is growing and more Asian-Americans are seeking NYC private school places.
Thankfully, however, I do not find that there is an "Asian penalty", as is described in Shyong's article about college admissions and SAT scores. I do see that the Asian applicant must work harder to distinguish himself or herself than was necessary when I first started my practice. On the plus side, while I do not have hard numbers, it seems self-evident that more Asian students attend NYC private schools today.
In the New York Times, Kyle Spencer reports in At NYC Private Schools, Challenging White Privilege from the Inside:
This year, according to the National Association of Independent Schools, minority students make up a third of the population of New York City private schools, and 18.5 percent of all students receive financial aid.
While almost all NYC private schools have embraced diversity, they seek a range of diversity. Peoples' opinions run a spectrum on how diversity should be defined in a cosmopolitan city like New York, or how diversity should enter into the allocation of scarce seats.
In my experience at present, if your child is from a well-represented group of applicants, it can be more competitive, especially if your child does not have a noteworthy record of achievement.
I work with my NYC educational consulting clients, from all backgrounds, from preschool to high school, to help them develop customized resumes to help them stand out from other applicants with similar and different family histories. For more information, NYC top private school consultant or 212-712-2228.
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 similar material do better on test day. As long as NYC private schools require tests for admission, parents will want their children to be successful.
So how can you help your child? Here's a round-up of AABL test prep and KRT test prep.
The first workbook specifically written for AABL test prep and KRT test prep is this one from Aristotle Circle, a well-known name in NYC private school kindergarten testing preparation. Check out this new workbook: AABL and KRT Test Workbook
Testing Mom, a test prep website, offers a subscription service.
The Educational Records Bureau, the company that developed and administers the AABL, offers a Quick Facts Guide on their website for AABL test prep.
ISAAGNY explains the KRT on their website.
In 2014-2015, the AABL was required by Horace Mann, Riverdale, Collegiate and Avenues. The KRT was required by Berkeley Carroll, Cathedral School, Chapin, Sacred Heart, Dalton, Mandell, Marymount, Poly Prep, Riverdale and Saint David's.
While the NYC private schools have not yet announced which tests schools will want from their kindergarten applicants in 2015-2016, my guess is that AABL use will spread. Unfortunately, the trend is toward NYC private schools desiring that children be more academically mature, whether that is developmentally appropriate or not.
I am now advising my clients on tutoring as well as private school kindergarten consulting options.
New York City private school acceptances are pouring in for my clients this week, with great news so far from Horace Mann, Dalton, Riverdale, Collegiate, Brearley, Spence, Poly, Chapin and many more elite schools.
It's a delightful week for me, hearing exciting news from happy clients.
Today, in my email box, from one client:
<Child's name> received offers from <two top coed schools>. We are so happy! <Child> got his first choice.
Your great work and exquisite guidance helped us reach our desired destination and <Child> could start a new journey this year.
Thank you so much and congratulations!
Thanks to you we felt very informed throughout the process and appreciated your candor, guidance and support.
From a third:
It feels like NFL Draft Day...
Someone loves us!
Thank you for your excellence...
And a fourth:
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Accepted into every school to which we applied!
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If you're looking for a NYC international school for your child, you have more and more choices. From Manhattan's Dwight and the United Nations School, to the French, Italian, and British schools, the last few years have spawned Avenues, Leman Meritas, World Class Learning Academy, International School of Brooklyn and now New York International School.
As Sophia Hollander reports in the Wall Street Journal, NYC international schools may be international in name or community, but not necessarily in their use of the well-known International Baccalaureate curriculum: NYC International Schools Set Own Course. Hollander writes:
The so-called IB program—which was created in the 1960s to educate the children of ex-pat families living in Switzerland—has become one of the fastest-growing educational movements in the U.S., lauded for boosting test scores and improving college-admission rates. In 2014, more than 1,800 IB programs were offered in public and private schools around the country, up from 500 in 2004.
But several newer international schools in New York City have opted not to embrace the program, which they say is expensive and unnecessary for younger grades.
The rise of these international schools is coupled with the rise of for-profit schools, as Leman, NYIS and WCLA are all part of global for-profit educational networks. Avenues, with its NYC international school flagship, plans to build other for-profit sites domestically and abroad. The International Baccalaureate is expensive to offer, which surely impacts these institutions' decision.
Many international relocating families come to me for help choosing between these schools and established, city schools. For admissions help for your child, contact NYC's best educational consultant.