If your child will be going through the application process for 2017 NYC private school admission, now is the time to get started getting help. This is your family's chance to work with Emily Glickman, one of NYC's most experienced and respected private school consultants.
Last year more parents than ever wanted to book with Abacus Guide; we had to turn many families away. Help your child get into NYC's best private schools by signing up early. Now is the Time.
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Best Westchester day camp for your child?
In my sixteen years counseling Manhattan and Brooklyn families, I’ve been struck again and again by how much preschool-aged children mature after a summer at Westchester day camp. At day camp, kids learn critical skills that enable them to be ready to succeed in the competitive fall NYC private school kindergarten admissions process.
Specifically, at Westchester day camp NYC nursery school children play sports and climb all summer, improving their physical and gross motor skills. They have room to roam, unlike in their usual tight Manhattan quarters.
At Westchester day camp, NYC children learn to socialize with a new group of kids outside of nursery school, and adapt to following the directions of a new group of teachers and counselors. By the end of their four, six or eight week day camp session, campers have stronger skills and have gained great confidence in themselves and their abilities. This can translate to an easier time separating from parents at private school interviews and ERB testing.
While many Manhattan families send their preschoolers to city day camps, some run by their own nursery school, I believe that pre-kindergarteners in particular are better off riding the bus to a suburban Westchester camp. Some parents worry that this is too big a step for a small child, but in my experience four-year-olds adapt easily, especially if they have a friend on the bus. Learning separation from parents, and being able to ride the bus gives four years olds a big boost in confidence.
Over the years, I have looked at a number of day camps and discussed them with many of my kindergarten educational consulting clients. For the summer of 2016 I am delighted to have partnered with the one that impresses me most.
This Westchester day camp
is close to Manhattan
offers a special mini-day option, allowing nursery schoolers to go home at 2:30pm rather than the more typical 4pm
has a long history and puts safety first
has many trained teachers as counselors
stretches kids physically, intellectually, and creatively
offers ice skating (!) as well as many other incredible activities
To learn more, email me, and I will connect you to the camp’s lovely director for more information and if you’d like, a special tour of camp. Note nursery school grades at this Westchester day camp fill quickly, so act ASAP.
NYC private school notification and reply dates are set by ISAAGNY, the Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York, a group of private school administrators. I have always been troubled by the kindergarten notification and reply date.
A multitude of NYC families apply to kindergarten, a process that begins as early as mid-August and stretches into early February. Families attend parent interviews, child interviews, open houses, and tours and often additional events such as diversity nights, chapel services, and theater performances. For six months, families must be on call and ready to show great enthusiasm for whatever event NYC private schools decide to organize. Often, parents' work and family schedules are severely compromised as moms and dads work hard to do their best by their children in hopes of succeeding in the admissions game.
And then, on the first Friday in February, notification arrives. Decisions. Acceptances, rejections and wait lists.
My concern? Families get ONLY ONE WEEK to decide.
And note, this is ONLY kindergarten families. Accepted high school applicants have a month to make a decision, and middle school applicants, three weeks. Why should kindergarten families, after this extensive and arduous admissions process, be pressured into making such a quick decision about where their children will likely spend the next thirteen years?
NYC private school kindergarten notification date is today Friday February 5th! And it was Tuesday February 2nd for NYC private school middle school! What an exciting week!
At Abacus Guide Educational Consulting, we love this time of year as our clients keep the celebratory emails flowing into our inboxes. Just now, in from a dad whose child will be going to one of Manhattan's most elite private single sex schools next year:
Definitely the place for <child's name>! No question.
We'll chat more later! Thanks for your help!!
And from another Dad:
Emily, just wanted to share the amazing news that <child's name> was accepted to <top Riverdale private school>.
She is very excited. Thank you very much for all of your assistance and support making this happen!
Avenues college admission--how good is it?
My clients who are interested in Avenues The World School are always most interested in knowing how this relatively new, for-profit school is doing with college admission. Since Avenues will just have its first graduating class in 2016, families are concerned whether graduates will be able to be placed at elite colleges. I have always advised my clients that I thought Avenues students would do just fine in college admission, since the school devotes extensive resources to college counseling and many Avenues students have the kind of exceptional international resumes which colleges appreciate.
Well, my advice turned out to be true. One of my former clients, a parent, emailed me today about Avenues college admission:
This is the first graduating class at Avenues and early decision they have already been accepted to Ivy League schools - Harvard, Yale and Univ of Penn.
Parents, look for Avenues to be trumpeting these college admissions stats in their marketing. With this class, Avenues has established itself in New York City. For better or for worse, Avenues college admissions rates will make a big difference in how much today's parents want to send their children to this private school.
BASIS Independent Brooklyn, a school that is making waves in Brooklyn, writes Abacus Mom:
Open House at BASIS Independent Brooklyn
Teachers who Love Teaching, Teach Students to Love Learning.
On Saturday, October 3rd, we are excited to host a special Open House to introduce prospective families to our teachers at BASIS Independent Brooklyn. A representation of our teaching staff will be available for a "Meet & Greet" and to share their vision of the classroom experience.
BASIS Independent Brooklyn, a Preschool through Grades 12 private school, provides students a nationally ranked Liberal Arts program in a distinguished community of learning.
MEET THE TEACHER OPEN HOUSE
Saturday, October 3
556 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Preschool – Grade 4: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Grades 5 – 12: 2 – 4 p.m.
Register for the Open House>>