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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.
Best Westchester day camp for your child?
In my sixteen years counseling Manhattan and Brooklyn families, I’ve been struck again and again by how much preschool-aged children mature after a summer at Westchester day camp. At day camp, kids learn critical skills that enable them to be ready to succeed in the competitive fall NYC private school kindergarten admissions process.
Specifically, at Westchester day camp NYC nursery school children play sports and climb all summer, improving their physical and gross motor skills. They have room to roam, unlike in their usual tight Manhattan quarters.
At Westchester day camp, NYC children learn to socialize with a new group of kids outside of nursery school, and adapt to following the directions of a new group of teachers and counselors. By the end of their four, six or eight week day camp session, campers have stronger skills and have gained great confidence in themselves and their abilities. This can translate to an easier time separating from parents at private school interviews and ERB testing.
While many Manhattan families send their preschoolers to city day camps, some run by their own nursery school, I believe that pre-kindergarteners in particular are better off riding the bus to a suburban Westchester camp. Some parents worry that this is too big a step for a small child, but in my experience four-year-olds adapt easily, especially if they have a friend on the bus. Learning separation from parents, and being able to ride the bus gives four years olds a big boost in confidence.
Over the years, I have looked at a number of day camps and discussed them with many of my kindergarten educational consulting clients. For the summer of 2016 I am delighted to have partnered with the one that impresses me most.
This Westchester day camp
is close to Manhattan
offers a special mini-day option, allowing nursery schoolers to go home at 2:30pm rather than the more typical 4pm
has a long history and puts safety first
has many trained teachers as counselors
stretches kids physically, intellectually, and creatively
offers ice skating (!) as well as many other incredible activities
To learn more, email me, and I will connect you to the camp’s lovely director for more information and if you’d like, a special tour of camp. Note nursery school grades at this Westchester day camp fill quickly, so act ASAP.
NYC private school notification and reply dates are set by ISAAGNY, the Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York, a group of private school administrators. I have always been troubled by the kindergarten notification and reply date.
A multitude of NYC families apply to kindergarten, a process that begins as early as mid-August and stretches into early February. Families attend parent interviews, child interviews, open houses, and tours and often additional events such as diversity nights, chapel services, and theater performances. For six months, families must be on call and ready to show great enthusiasm for whatever event NYC private schools decide to organize. Often, parents' work and family schedules are severely compromised as moms and dads work hard to do their best by their children in hopes of succeeding in the admissions game.
And then, on the first Friday in February, notification arrives. Decisions. Acceptances, rejections and wait lists.
My concern? Families get ONLY ONE WEEK to decide.
And note, this is ONLY kindergarten families. Accepted high school applicants have a month to make a decision, and middle school applicants, three weeks. Why should kindergarten families, after this extensive and arduous admissions process, be pressured into making such a quick decision about where their children will likely spend the next thirteen years?
NYC private school kindergarten notification date is today Friday February 5th! And it was Tuesday February 2nd for NYC private school middle school! What an exciting week!
At Abacus Guide Educational Consulting, we love this time of year as our clients keep the celebratory emails flowing into our inboxes. Just now, in from a dad whose child will be going to one of Manhattan's most elite private single sex schools next year:
Definitely the place for <child's name>! No question.
We'll chat more later! Thanks for your help!!
And from another Dad:
Emily, just wanted to share the amazing news that <child's name> was accepted to <top Riverdale private school>.
She is very excited. Thank you very much for all of your assistance and support making this happen!