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Abacus Mom received this news today from Trevor Day School, which is adding a nursery school:
I am writing to announce the reestablishment of Trevor’s Nursery program, effective for the 2017-2018 school year. We are currently enrolling students for fall 2017 and will appreciate your keeping Trevor in mind for this entry point as you support families through their school search.
As many of you may remember, a Trevor Nursery program is a return to our roots. We started as a Nursery program in 1930 and only moved away from offering this grade level three years ago. Our recently completed strategic plan led us back to this important foundational program and I am thrilled to be able to offer a Trevor education to even more families.
Available to children ages 2.8 through 3, the Nursery program is an engaging first step within a school setting, and into a Trevor education. In nurturing spaces, and guided by two stellar teachers, students will develop fine and gross motor skills, socialize, master language development, and tackle the many exciting building blocks of learning. Enriching experiences taught by Trevor specialist teachers in art, music, physical education, and Spanish are also a part of every Nursery school week, as are trips to Central Park.
Abacus Mom received this note today from BASIS.ed:
BASIS.ed was recently honored as the first education case study featured in the online global learning resource PISA4U.org developed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operations and Development (OECD). The program was chosen as a case study in an effort to identify global good practices, since students at BASIS.ed-managed schools consistently outscore the world's highest-performing countries in math, reading, and science on the international OECD Test for Schools (based on PISA – Programme for International Student Assessment). The evaluation measures critical thinking and application of knowledge, unlike traditional assessment tools.
The recognition of the BASIS.ed program as a proving ground for best practices in education is something that students benefit from daily. Says one parent of their Brooklyn campus, “Many schools offer a competitive academic environment, but ultimately BASIS.ed’s focus on cultivating students' sense of independence, ownership and, above all, interest in learning helped us choose BASIS Independent Brooklyn for our kids three years ago. It's a decision we would make all over again today!"
The first BASIS Independent campus in New York City opened in Red Hook, Brooklyn in 2014, and is now in its third full academic year as a robust Preschool - Grade 12 program. The second BASIS Independent Schools campus in New York City -- BASIS Independent Manhattan -- opens on the Upper West Side this coming fall, to grades K-8. The application deadline for fall 2017 admissions on both campuses is January 24th.
Both schools offer ample opportunities to learn about the BASIS Independent program, including tours, information sessions, and student shadow days. The final Open House of the current academic year is scheduled for January 21st and an expert panel discussion on OECD PISA assessments will take place on January 19th.
A record number of new NYC private schools are flooding the New York market, while existing schools are expanding at a rapid pace. The boom comes in response to skyrocketing demand from a growing number of families—and larger families at that—who are choosing to raise their kids in the five boroughs.
“I’ve been in practice since 1999 and I’ve never seen so many new schools opening at once,” said Emily Glickman, head of Abacus Guide Education Consulting, a firm that helps parents with the application process. “The for-profit education market is looking to open schools in affluent places, so it makes sense that New York families are being courted.”
Souccar profiles Wetherby Pembridge, Nord Anglia, AltSchool, Portfolio School and BASIS, all new NYC private for-profit schools with diverse missions. Wetherby Pembridge and Nord Anglia offer the British curriculum, AltSchool and Portfolio offer customized curricula, and BASIS is focused on STEM.
In my own practice, I have worked with clients interested in applying to both Wetherby and BASIS.
Pip's Island sent Abacus Mom this information about a new immersive children's show:
Born out of an urgent need to break the mold of traditional family entertainment, and to create high-quality, immersive, and rewarding experiences for children, Pip’s Island is the brainchild of brother-and-sister co-creators Rami and Rania Ajami and Creative Director Walter Kudrop. During its three-year workshop and development process, the Ajamis and Kudrop assembled an extraordinary team of internationally renowned artists, designers, puppeteers, technology gurus and performers all responsible for bringing the boundless magic of Pip’s Island to life, assuring an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience for its young audiences.
An interactive first in children’s entertainment, Pip’s Island boasts a synthesis of animation, live actors, multi-sensorial environments, and a compelling narrative, which the audience helps shape through explorer challenges. Graphic novels, web series, broadcast animated series, mobile apps and video games will be used to explore the rich story world using the fully developed visual language developed by the in-house animation team.
Pip’s Island is a wildly entertaining, revolutionary new theatrical adventure blending brilliant artistry with the latest in modern technology to create a unique, unparalleled experience. Each 60-minute journey (interactive performance) plays out based on the wild imaginations of its enthusiastic young participants -- the explorer, dreamer, artist, scientist and action-hero in your life – who are invited to take a direct part of the storytelling and help the Island’s inhabitants save the day! Upon entering this exciting new immersive experience, the entire family will be instantly transported straight to Pip’s Island, a magical, faraway island: a realm of sights, sounds and wild adventures with an array of amazing characters to stimulate and inspire every child’s imagination. The whole hour-long fantasy world has been created for guided groups of children aged 4-10 with hour-long immersive “expeditions.”
Abacus Mom, a NYC top private school consultant, was thrilled to get these two emails from happy clients recently.
I just want to reach out and tell you that your advice from the past two years has been amazingly spot on. The classes and tutoring and clubs that you suggested after hearing about <child's> interests and the approach to the process and the rigor you advised with interviewing... It's been incredibly helpful. Obviously this is your business, so it's expected to an extent. But I think you have a very nice, authentic touch which makes all the difference. We feel very positive about how things are going, and I attribute it to your help to a big degree.
and from another parent:
honestly, i wouldn't make it through this process without your help. having kids, i know you know -- there is no greater gift to us than helping us with our children's education. we love your down to earth and upfront style -- it helps us to really know which direction to turn and where to steer clear. also, your positive energy is so appreciated and means a lot. you have made this process seem doable and less daunting and we cannot thank you enough.
Academy of St. Joseph, a Catholic School downtown serving prekindergarten - 8th graders, shared news with Abacus Mom today:
I trust this finds you well. I wanted to reach out to you to say hello and to share some exciting news from the Academy.
We had our first graduating class in June. These graduates are now attending some of the finest High Schools in the city: Horace Mann, Fordham Prep, Trevor Day and Xavier High School. We are so proud of their stellar placements.
Since we last spoke, we have added a Science Lab and an Art Space to our school.
We now have provisional membership with NYSAIS. They have been a wonderful network of educators to be supported by.
We have an upcoming Open House on September 27th, if any of your clients are interested.
Angela M Coombs
Head of School
Academy of St. Joseph
111 Washington Place
New York, New York