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BASIS Independent Brooklyn, a preschool through grade 12 Brooklyn private school that is generating much positive buzz, has a special event next week, on Wednesday, July 29. The school writes:
High School Information Session
Join the Head of School of BASIS Independent Brooklyn to discover the art and science behind our acclaimed liberal arts, STEM-focused high school program. Learn more about our curriculum, our culture of learning, and why our students excel in high school and at top colleges and universities.
Meet the Head of School
Before arriving in Brooklyn, Ms. Hadley Ruggles was Head of School at the #2 ranked high school in the nation and last year served as founding Head of School at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley.
It's summer. I hope your children are happy and having an enriching and broadening season. How wonderful that we have summers to give our children experiences beyond what they have at school!
As an educational consultant and a parent, I think quite a bit about summers. Many people, planning for private school or college admission, hire me to make recommendations for programs or objectives.
When advising families and making decisions for my own children, these are some of the questions I consider:
What are my goals for my child? Of course you want her to have fun, but do you also want her to gain confidence, social skills, knowledge of a subject she doesn't learn in school, preparation for future learning or career, exposure to a new community or place, etc.? Every year, as your children grow, you can revisit this question for each.
What are my child's goals for himself? Summer is the time that students are liberated from schoolwork and many adult expectations. Giving them the power to spend the summer doing what they enjoy helps them know themselves better and perhaps learn best.
Where will I learn about suitable programs or camps? Besides Internet research, from which you can glean much highly useful information, you can consult with free consultants such as The Camp Lady or EverythingSummer. Note that consultants receive referral fees, so they have an incentive to enroll your child.
How well is the program or camp I have chosen run? I have noticed that many traditional, established camps have more robust camper and parent welcome/support programs than do some academic programs. It's important to research the counselors' qualifications, counselor:camper ratios, food service, accommodations and other issues that matter to you. Before enrolling your child, interview administrators extensively and ask to speak to current parents. Think about what your child needs to be happy and successful.
Have I left enough time for relaxation and family time? Unfortunately, many students have sports practices and other academic and extracurricular obligations that start as early as mid-August. You may want to enroll your child in fewer organized programs to have more time for informal summer adventures.
Blue School is expanding to middle school. Sophia Hollander of The Wall Street Journal reports that Blue School, the downtown Manhattan elementary school founded by members of the Blue Man Group theater company, is adding a middle school: The Blue Man Group Tries Out Middle School
Hollander explains in detail Blue School's new middle school offerings, which include a fresh approach to academia, social activism, and STEM.
Hollander asked me my view of what New York City parents seek from a private middle school. I said:
New York City parents prefer middle schools that continue through high school, to spare their families the stress of running another admissions gauntlet, said private-schools consultant Emily Glickman, who founded Abacus Guide Educational Consulting.
Perhaps more worrisome is feedback she has heard from clients—including enrolled families—who “are concerned about the Blue School because they think that creativity is foremost and rigor is less important,” she said.
By middle school, academic standards become even more critical, she said, and parents look for a school that will prepare their children to excel in high school and succeed in the competitive college admissions process. For older children with more at stake, those concerns are “going to be even more magnified,” she said.
Blue School maintains that they will well prepare their middle school students, stating “We don’t see play or project-based learning and standardized testing as mutually exclusive.”
It is always exciting when private schools expand or open, adding to the pool of available seats for New York City students.
I am now giving NYC Private School Admissions Corporate Talks, speaking to professional parent groups about NYC Private School Admissions -- How to Get Into Lower, Middle and High School.
I have been in the admissions field now for over 20 years (!), so I am excited to share my expertise about NYC private schools with working parents in corporate settings. Working parents are often too busy to do educational research on their own. I love showing them efficient and effective ways to help their children succeed.
Most recently, I spoke about NYC Private School Admissions to law firm Davis Polk's Parents' Group. Organizers emailed me:
Thanks again for coming to speak to our parents group. The feedback from your presentation has been extremely positive.
The other organizer wrote:
It was a pleasure to meet you. Thank you so much for coming to speak to my colleagues and our firm's clients. One of the best presentations we have had all year. I do hope to keep in touch! It was a pleasure to introduce you.
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.