Does Harvard set a quota on how many Asian-American students are accepted and are acceptance standards for Asian-Americans higher than for other racial groups? A case seen as a referendum on affirmative action is taking place in Boston, with possible repercussions on admissions not only at Harvard but at all colleges. For an excellent discussion of the case, What's at Stake in the Harvard Lawsuit? Decades of Debate Over Race in Admissions
Meanwhile, armchair followers of the case are gleaning admissions hints. The Wall Street Journal helpfully summarizes them: Knowing the 13 Secret Steps into Harvard Doesn't Make Admission Any Easier
Step 1: Move to Montana.
Step 2: Scrap that. Move to New York City or Boston.
Step 3: Persuade your parents to become chefs or car mechanics.
Step 4: Mark "classics" as your intended concentration.
Step 5: Show how much you love learning.
Step 6: Tell your teachers to call you the best student ever. Not just the best this year-the best ever.
Step 7: Tell a compelling story.
Step 8: Don't come off as arrogant, aggressive, unhappy or boring.
Step 9: Do come off as mature, effervescent, kind and focused.
Step 10: Be an all-star ice hockey player.
Step 11: Schedule your alumni interview at a coffee shop and instruct friends to casually stop by.
Step 12: Be very rich. Or very poor. Or the child of an alum.
Step 13: Hurry up.
September 2017 marked the 10th anniversary of The British International School of New York (BIS-NY), the first and only school in the New York City area to offer the high standards of excellence of the English National Curriculum delivered through the portable, global and inquiry-based framework of the International Baccalaureate (I.B.) in the Primary and Middle Years for children from the age of three.
Over the past decade the school has grown in both size and reputation, proudly placing students in the top schools locally in New York, as well as back in the United Kingdom and further afield across the globe. Its placement record is testimony not only to the quality of teaching, but also the preparedness with which students leave the school, and the portability of the curriculum.
Alongside a thriving nursery, early years and middle school, this coming September the school is delighted to announce the expansion to an Upper School, with applications now open for ninth grade. The school will extend each year thereafter to offer a full program through 12th grade to enable students to pursue a program of study at BIS-NY for university entrance.
Recent authorization by the prestigious Cambridge International Examinations (the non-teaching arm of Cambridge University) will enable the school to deliver an Upper program built around the respected and rigorous International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) at 16, and Advanced Level Examinations (A Level) at 18. These courses are taken by over a million students in more than 160 countries around the world and are extremely highly regarded by the leading universities and colleges in the USA, UK and internationally.
Headmaster Jason Morrow expressed the school's enthusiasm for the expansion: “We are excited and proud to be the first school in the city to offer this exceptional academic program to New York families as we know it will equip our students with the knowledge, skills and intellectual enthusiasm to thrive at university and beyond."
For more information on Upper please email email@example.com or visit www.bis-ny.org.
To explore the difference that a BIS-NY education could make for your children please contact the school directly on (212) 481-2700 for a private tour at your convenience.
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<Hunter College Elementary School and Hunter College High School> look very little like the city its students live in, though, a fact that has been true for many years. And as New York City engages in a lively debate about the lack of diversity at eight elite city high schools — with Mayor Bill de Blasio calling the lack of black and Hispanic students there “a monumental injustice” — Hunter’s disparities in some cases are far starker.
At the specialized high schools, 10 percent of admissions offers went to black and Hispanic students last year, and nearly half of the students attending are poor. But just 7 percent of Hunter high school students are black and Hispanic, and only 9 percent come from low-income families. At Hunter’s elementary school, less than 3 percent of students come from low-income families.
Still, Hunter has flown under the radar.
Hunter alums I know have divided opinions about whether and how the school's admissions policies should change.
Two school admissions policies made news last week for opposite reasons — Harvard University, because it is accused of admitting too few Asian-American students, and New York’s most selective public schools, because the city’s mayor thinks it is admitting too many.
Taken together, they illustrate the dilemma faced by the gatekeepers to the most desirable educational opportunities, continually tweaking their formulas and always accused of discriminating against one group or another. As admissions at the nation’s most competitive schools become evermore competitive — Harvard admitted 4.59 percent of applicants this year, while the acceptance rate at New York’s Stuyvesant High School has been estimated at 17 percent — the controversies are a reminder that every change in the admissions equation that increases the chances of members of one group inevitably disadvantage others.
I would like to see preferential admission of recruited athletes under scrutiny at elite academic institutions.
All the parents I see in my practice are concerned about their children's future. They see attending a private school where their children can optimally succeed as a key first step.
After all this expensive education, parents hope their children will emerge to be in a position to obtain good jobs, and not lose opportunities to robots.
The 21st Century parent's concern is addressed in The Wall Street Journal's How You Can Raise Robot-Proof Children. In brief, the Journal recommends teaching your children creativity, entrepreneurship, emotional intelligence, independence and mental agility.