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Before the 1970's and 80's, NYC private schools were almost exclusively white and wealthy. With desegregation, schools became increasingly diverse. Today, many private schools enroll a class that is at least a third nonwhite. At Dalton and Fieldston Lower Schools, the percentage is almost 50%.
Recently many NYC private schools have attempted to move from not openly discussing race, or having race discussed exclusively during racial affinity group meetings, to mandatory school-wide programs. Two recent articles illuminate this development.
Can Fieldston Un-Teach Racism? by Lisa Miller, New York Magazine
At New York Private Schools, Challenging White Privilege From the Inside, by Kyle Spencer, New York Times
NYC private schools, home of New York's wealthiest families, are racing to build new facilities and improve existing ones, using public money.
According to Martin Z Braun of Bloomberg Business, NYC private schools borrow through Build NYC Resource Corp., a city agency that facilitates nonprofits raising money through the municipal-bond market.
In his article NYC Prep Schools Binge on Debt to Lure Rich With New Pool, Labs, Braun explains that the schools later repay investors, who earn lower interest rates which they accept because the income is nontaxable. NYC private schools are eager to quickly improve their offerings, as today's parents are very demanding.
“It exactly parallels what is happening with colleges,” said Emily Glickman, a New York City-based private school admissions consultant. “If you have to pay a boatload of money, you want to get the most that you can. It’s hard to claim to be a really prestigious private school if your facility looks old.”
Avenues, a for-profit school that opened almost three years ago in a 10-story Chelsea warehouse, raised the standard for what a private Manhattan school should look like, said Glickman, the admissions consultant. With a bi-lingual curriculum of Spanish or Mandarin and English, it costs $45,350 a year to attend.
Braun details building projects going on at Riverdale, Fieldston, Saint Ann's, Packer, and La Scuola.
Municipal bonds are debt obligations issued by cities and other governmental entities to raise money to build schools and other projects for the public good. Is it a public good when only those lucky and wealthy enough to go to private school benefit? Mayor De Blasio's spokesperson says yes, because all this expansion means more jobs.
Parents with children of all ages, including, sadly, infants, regularly ask me about Ivy League admission.
As an alumni interviewer for an Ivy League school as well as an educational consultant who regularly speaks to college admissions experts, I carefully track what schools desire from applicants.
Elite colleges seek students who take the hardest classes their schools offer, earn superb marks, get top scores on standardized tests, are well liked by teachers, interview well, and show demonstrated and remarkable achievement in their areas of passion.
Unfortunately, the bar for admissions to Ivy League schools gets higher every year. In 2015,Harvard's acceptance rate dips to record low: 5.3% of an exceptionally qualified pool.
Other Ivy League and equivalent schools posted similar numbers. Many very bright students were disappointed by a process that may seem arbitrary and unfair.
As a parent, you want to enjoy parenthood. Spending your child's early years worrying about Ivy League gatekeepers can be a real killjoy.
Fortunately, we live in a society where graduates of all kinds of colleges can be highly successful. In fact, research indicates that going to a less prestigious college may increase your chances of graduating with a highly sought-after and marketable science, technology, engineering, or math degree. This is because when you're not surrounded by the best of the best who seemingly ace every course, you have more patience with your own learning curve approaching a new and difficult subject.
Ultimately, our goal is for our children to be happy, academically successful, and prepared to have an impactful, rewarding, and meaningful career. Happily this can happen at many colleges, both in and out of the Ivy League.
Frank Bruni and Malcolm Gladwell explore these points in their insightful books:
New York City private schools are adding more and better facilities to stay competitive with demanding families, just like the colleges.
Dalton, Manhattan Country School, Trinity, Collegiate, Chapin, Dwight, Avenues, Speyer, Heschel, Riverdale and more NYC private schools are seeking to or have already put on additions, created new buildings, and partnered with other institutions as they add more of what today's parents want, such as STEM education and better sports.
Local residents aren't always appreciative of these improvements. In The Wall Street Journal's Private Schools Seeking to Expand Face Opposition, Laura Kusisto and Sophia Hollander note:
Expansion pushes by several of the city's top private schools are meeting opposition from wary residents on the Upper West Side and Upper East Side.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.