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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
Wetherby School NYC? Wetherby School, the elite London private school that Prince George will attend, will open a New York City branch, to be called Wetherby-Pembridge, in 2017. Will British posh translate?
Both schools are owned by the education company Alpha Plus Group. New York's Wetherby School will be housed on the Upper East Side on East 96th Street, in the building last occupied by Manhattan Country School, which will move to the West Side.
London's Wetherby School previously educated Princes Charles, William, and Harry. British mothers desperately phone the school as soon as their children are born to try to win them places. From the Daily Beast's Inside Wetherby, London's School for Princes:
Kate Middleton has bowed to the inevitable and is to allow her son, Prince George, to be educated at Wetherby, the same private school Prince William and Prince Charles attended, and long famed among aristocratic Londoners for being the city’s most exclusive and intensively academic private “pre-prep” school.
Opening a new New York City private school is a challenging business. For New York families, the question will be if the British school's elite reputation and well-respected offerings translate. It will be fascinating to observe if New Yorkers are willing to view Wetherby-Pembridge as a peer to top Manhattan and Brooklyn private schools. Having a royal connection may give this new Manhattan international school a leg up in attracting discerning families.
October 3, 2016 Update
Sophia Hollander of The Wall Street Journal profiled Wetherby School New York in the Wall Street Journal: British School That Taught Princes is Coming to Manhattan. Thank you, Sophia, for quoting me in your article.
How many times can you take the ISEE when you are applying to NYC private middle and high school?
The Educational Records Bureau, taking advantage of an easy source of additional revenue, has changed their testing rules so students applying to 5th - 12th grade can take the ISEE one to three times per admissions season. From their site:
Starting in August of 2016, students may register to take the ISEE up to three times in a 12-month admissions cycle, once in any or all of three testing seasons. The seasons are Fall (August-November), Winter (December-March), and Spring/Summer (April - July).
The ERB states that "ISEE does not encourage multiple testing, but we do offer students and families that option." By offering this option, and splitting the seasons so that students can easily take the test in both fall and winter (November and December), the ERB in fact does encourage multiple testing. In response to the testing rules change, many families have been anxiously contacting me, wondering if their children should sign up for multiple test dates.
The ISEE, an admissions test required for admission to most NYC private middle and high schools, competes with a rival admissions test, the SSAT, offered by another company. Students have always been able to take the SSAT multiple times, which contributed to the SSAT's popularity. By changing the number of times students are allowed to take the ISEE, the ERB should gain more test-takers as well as more students taking multiple tests.
In my experience, taking the ISEE or the SSAT once is usually enough. For more information or to sign up for my NYC private middle and high school educational consulting program, email New York's best private school consultant.