New York City private school kindergarten results are here! Abacus Guide parents are feeling joy. Three emails we received today:
Happy Kindergarten Notification Day! We are thrilled to tell you that we just received an acceptance letter from <elite girls school> (our top choice)!
Thank you for all of your help!
I’m thrilled to report <child> got into <elite boys school>!!!
Thank you so much for all of your advice over the last year. You were amazing. Please let me know if we can ever serve as a reference - we’d be happy to do it.
Here are the results! What a process.
I really want to thank you for everything you have done. Honestly, you’ve been the most helpful of anyone at any point in this entire endeavor. Including my family!
Every month, we send out our exclusiveNYC Private School Admissions Newsletter. A former client emailed us back:
Thought you might like to know that <son's name> finished his 9th grade in good standing, with a high GPA for the year, even with all the time management struggle with honors classes, after-school sports, and outdoor activities. His goal is to do even better next year, so we're keeping our fingers crossed!
Can't thank you enough for your help in getting him into a good school! I am starting to worry (of course, right?) about what to do with regards to college, but I guess we have time to prepare.
We enjoy your newsletters as always (thank goodness, we can just now read it with amusement as we reflect on our own experience)!
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Abacus Mom received this great info today about Lawrence Woodmere Academy, a rising star for NYC private school students as well as Long Island students seeking a top private high school.
Lawrence Woodmere Academy, founded in 1912, is an elite College Preparatory School. Lawrence Woodmere Academy is private, non-sectarian, and enrolls grades Pre-K through 12. We are proud to offer a premier college preparatory program unique to the south shore of Long Island. Our program is dedicated to helping students reach their full potential while preparing them for the global world which awaits them.
Our small class sizes create an environment where students receive individualized attention, are continually challenged, and can use critical thinking skills in all subject areas. We educate our students in a supportive academic environment while nurturing their personal talents and abilities.
5:1 Student- to-Faculty Ratio (Small Class Sizes)
Ability Based Groupings
Global Scholars Certificate
1:1 Four-Year College Guidance Program
100% Graduation Rate and Matriculation to College
No Mandated New York State Testing Including Regents
My students applying to NYC private schools are taking these tests more than once, and typically seeing score gains on the second administration.The ISEE is required for admission to NYC private middle or high school--you can also take the SSAT, a competing test. With all these options, students are now often taking the tests more than once, seeking the highest possible score. This is a boon to the test companies, and unfortunate for students, as competition ratchets up. Just three years ago, students generally took these tests only once.
Character Skills Snapshot:
More day and boarding schools are requiring or recommending this supplement to the SSAT that is supposed to evaluate students' initiative, intellectual engagement, open-mindedness, resilience, self-control, social awareness, and teamwork. I don't think you can measure character skills by taking an online, at home assessment test. Schools do students a disservice by bringing this test into the admissions process.
Some schools now have a common (shared) middle school essay as well as the common high school essay introduced a few years ago.