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
William Rick Singer is the college consultant who helped some rich and famous people cheat their way into elite colleges. Singer's "side door method" helped those unable to scale the ivy walls via merit (front door) or donations, influence and connections (back door). The San Francisco Chronicle concisely sums up Singer's modus operandi:
* Administrators of college entrance exams such as the SAT and ACT were bribed to allow third parties to pose as students or correct their answers after they had finished taking the tests.
* College coaches were bribed to designate students as athletic recruits, regardless of their ability to play the sport.
* Third parties took classes instead of the actual students and earned grades for them. The federal complaint describes an incident in which a parent was offered a stand-in for their child to take an online course.
* Students submitted college applications with fake awards and athletic activities as well as fraudulent exam scores and grades.
* The bribery payments were laundered through a bogus charity.
In my twenty years in practive, have I heard of "side door" methods being used for elite NYC private school admissions? Fortunately, never.
However, unsurprisingly, wealthy and connected parents sometimes have a significant advantage in their children's admission, whether to college or to private school. Innumerable press articles have been written on this subject, none more than in the last week or so.
Also, being brought to light is the huge advantage that athletes enjoy in college admissions. One example from the Wall Street Journal:
At Harvard University, which doesn't award athletic scholarships, the admission rate for recruited athletes was 86%, and 34% for applicants who had at least one parent attend the school, compared with 6% for people who were neither.
From an Abacus Guide client whose child is moving from a NYC public school to a top tier private:
Thank you so much, Emily!!! I shared the news with <child> last night and he was overjoyed!!! His spirit has been lifted in a way that boosts his confidence and relief from all the private school pressure. Those words are probably still an understatement. We feel so blessed to have met you and your guidance throughout this whole process. You took the time to get to know our child and our family. Simply put, you cared! And for that, you will always be dear to my heart because we seriously could not have done this without you. Thank you 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
I will keep stay in touch and let you know of any further updates!
Thank you so much for the great advice. We accepted <NYC private school's> offer and signed the contract. We could not have done this without you. A BIG THANK YOU from our family. When our son gets older, he will realize that you are one of the most important people who helped shape his future. Thank you!