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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 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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