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How is Avenues college admissions? Clients have been asking me how Avenues does in college admissions ever since the school opened. In 2016, for the first time, students will be graduating from Avenues The World School and going onto college. Avenues has just published where students got in. See the Avenues College Admissions List for yourself.
Avenues has a lot riding on where students go to college. If Avenues students don't get into big-name colleges, parents won't want to send their children to Avenues. The school will not be successful and profitable. Understandably then, Avenues has an impressive college counseling program, called the "Mastery Program". Avenues college admissions tactics are explicitly defined in school materials:
Beginning in the ninth grade, we counsel students on how they can make strong academic and extracurricular choices that reflect the values of Avenues. These values include: academic excellence; identifying and pursuing academic and extracurricular passions through the Mastery Program; engaging in our community—as well as in communities abroad—in ways that bring about social good; becoming proficient in more than one foreign language; and building a portfolio of writing, artwork, design projects, social innovation pursuits, internships, athletic achievements and international experiences that will distinguish them in the application pools of selective colleges and universities.
Over the coming years, as the school becomes more selective and established, the Avenues college admissions list should continue to include many sought-after college brand names.
Lincoln Center will host a free screening of the movie "Tested".
The documentary closely follows about 20 NYC middle schoolers from varied backgrounds as they attempt to obtain a seat at a specialized high school. Experts discuss admissions policy and its implications for underrepresented minorities. From the website:
As part of the Roundtable’s focus on equity and access in our 15-16 program series, we are thrilled to partner with The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Lincoln Center Education in hosting an exclusive screening of the film Tested, including a Q&A with the director, Curtis Chin.
Currently available by private screening only, Tested addresses the fact that the make-up of NYC’s elite public high schools do not reflect the diversity of our city, and has been sparking conversations around the country about equal access to educational opportunities. During our post-screening discussion, we will look at what the NYC DOE is currently doing to close this gap, including the Middle School Arts Audition Boot Camp, explore connections to inequities in arts education and brainstorm how we as a Roundtable community can be part of the solution.
Mandell families have started calling us for assistance in school placement. Families have let us know that Mandell School's kindergarten-8th grade will close in 2017. Rocket Group, the for-profit parent group of Mandell, does not want to continue operating Mandell since it is not sufficiently profitable. Mandell wrote its families:
The Mandell K-8 School opened nine years ago. It has succeeded in delivering a superb education to hundreds of children. Regrettably, the K-8 school revenues have never come close to covering the costs of providing that education. The current owner, Rocket Group, has contributed significant capital to maintain and enhance the K-8 school.
Fascinatingly, BASIS Independent school will take over the building, also operating it as a K-8.
BASIS is a very successful school, doing so well in its less than two years in operation that it is now expanding into Manhattan from Brooklyn. BASIS is very smart with this building acquisition. I am sure that many Mandell families will happily flock to BASIS, giving the school a head start in enrollment. BASIS--with its emphasis on academic rigor and STEM--has done a superb job differentiating itself in a crowded for-profit school marketplace. Its low tuition--approximately half of other private schools--is another draw. Mandell's location on the Upper West Side is also helpful for a new private school as I believe there is sufficient demand to support a private school with a clear and sought-after mission.
More and more new New York City private schools are opening. New for-profit private schools are popping up all over Manhattan and Brooklyn, broadening seat supply in affluent areas with high demand.
My clients have been most excited by Avenues, a runaway success, and by Brooklyn's BASIS Independent, a STEM-focused school that opened in 2015.
In 2017, BASIS plans to expand into Manhattan with BASIS Independent Manhattan. Located on the Upper West Side, the school will serve kindergarten through 8th graders.
AltSchool, a Brooklyn Heights-based K-6th grade school for students who want a technology-focused, team-centered, individualized educational program, will open an East Village location in 2016. The school's approach has been widely covered in the media, including this New Yorker article.
Portfolio School, opening this fall, is "about creative problem solving, a skill that will be ever more important for our future generations." The school will stress self-paced, project-based learning. Portfolio School plans to eventually enroll K-12, but will start by accepting middle schoolers.
The international space continues to attract new for-profit players who see a niche enrolling affluent children from New York's large international population. New schools include The New York International School, which opened in 2015, which provides dual language immersion in either Spanish or Mandarin and The German School Brooklyn, for bilingual German students in K-3rd grade.
Wetherby-Pembridge will open in 2017 for families who want their children to follow the English National Curriculum. The school writes: "The boys' form will be called Wetherby and the girls' form will be called Pembridge Hall."
Another new entrant, the Nord Anglia International School, also provides the English National Curriculum, along with an exclusive Juilliard-branded performing arts curriculum.
STEM, portfolios, Mandarin, German, technology, English curriculum --Brooklyn and Manhattan now offer so many choices.
New York is a tough market. Most families prefer established schools. With so many new schools opening, only the ones that know best how to appeal to picky New Yorkers will survive.
Abacus Mom just got the following exciting news from The Off Broadway Alliance announcing the next 20at20 discount ticket promotion:
Off Broadway Alliance has announced that its hugely popular semiannual ticket promotion 20at20 will return from February 22nd to March 13th, 2016. 20at20 makes $20 tickets available to most Off Broadway shows 20 minutes prior to curtain time. Now in its 10th year, 20at20 has become one of New York’s most eagerly anticipated promotions for people who want to see exciting shows at steeply discounted prices, making live, up close and personal, up to the minute,and classical theater accessible to everyone for about the price of a pizza.
Peter Breger, President of the Off Broadway Alliance, said: “The great thing about being in New York is that the magical experience of great live theatre is always available and the great thing about 20at20 is that it makes that experience available to everyone. Why not go see a show or two or three or four – when you can pick up a ticket for just 20 bucks?”
20at20 has options for everyone: Parents who want to watch their little ones’ faces light up can chose between a number of charming and adorable shows like The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, The Berenstain Bears ,
and Gazillion Bubble Show are the shows for you.
For people interested in exciting new dramas, there’s Body of an American , Boy, Straight, and Dot, or, if you’ve missed them, some long-running favorites like Sistas, Newsical the Musical, and STOMP. There’s the exciting new musical Daddy Long Legs and the wonderful perennials, The Fantasticks and Avenue Q . And you won’t want to miss the chance to see theatre legend Len Cariou in Broadway & the Bard.
20at20 is presented by The Off Broadway Alliance (OBA), a nonprofit corporation organized by theater professionals dedicated to supporting, promoting and encouraging the production of Off Broadway theater and to making live theater increasingly accessible to new and diverse audiences.