NYC private school notification dates...results are almost here!
Kindergarten Notification Date
Mail or email on Friday, February 9
Respond by Friday, February 16
On-Going Schools, 2, 3, 4 year olds only, Notification Date
Mail or email on Wednesday, February 7
Respond by Tuesday, March 6
2, 3, 4 year olds, Notification Date
Mail or email on Thursday, March 1
Respond by Friday, March 9
1st Grade - 8th Grade Notification Date
Mail or email not before Tuesday, February 6
Respond by Tuesday, February 27
9th Grade- 12th Grade Notification Date
Mail or email not before Thursday, February 15
Respond by Thursday, March 15
Good luck everyone!
BASIS Independent Schools is redefining education in New York City. Positioned in two prime locations, Red Hook, Brooklyn (Preschool–Grade 12) and its newest campus on the Upper West Side in Manhattan (PreK–grade 8), BASIS Independent Schools has certainly garnered the attention of families around the city.
In the short time since opening in 2013, BASIS Independent Brooklyn has grown to a population of over 800 students and has received great recognition already, particularly within their impressive (and growing) selection of over 50 extracurricular offerings. They not only cheered their girls’ volleyball team to a regional win this past year, but they experienced major wins in MATHCOUNTS, the National Latin and Spanish exams, and the Scholastic Arts Competition, just to name a few. The Brooklyn school has filled so quickly this admissions season that only a few select seats are left for the 2018–19 school year.
Here are a few more reasons why you shouldn’t miss your opportunity to check them out:
They are history-makers in motion.
BASIS Curriculum Schools co-founders Dr. Michael and Olga Block sought to revolutionize the K-12 experience in the U.S. by taking a blend of the top progressive and traditional education practices from around the globe and putting them in one program. Their mission is to raise the standards of student learning to the highest international levels, and to create a learning environment where curiosity is celebrated and students actively seek answers and participate in their learning. Since their programs first became eligible for national rankings, they’ve been ranked among the top high schools in the country.
Their advanced, well-rounded curriculum lays the foundations for high-level learning.
The BASIS Curriculum, inspired by global best practices and honed for nearly 20 years, offers students an impressive array of classes in both the core disciplines and electives, including
Engineering and Mandarin starting as young as PreK, all three sciences in the middle school grades, and conceptual courses like Logic. The curriculum is built to give students the opportunity to discover, to inquire, and most of all, to love learning.
Their teachers are real experts and invested mentors.
BASIS Independent Schools teachers are some of the most passionate educators around. Subject Expert Teachers, named as such due to their advanced degrees or expertise in a particular discipline, lead content delivery and, in the primary grades, work alongside Learning Expert Teachers who are experts in pedagogy. Together this two-teacher unit monitors students’ individual needs, skills, challenges, victories, all while providing academic, social, and emotional support. This culminates in a trusting student-teacher bond that not only curates the learning experience, but also encourages student mastery.
They inspire excellence in all forms.
At the core of the program is the belief that motivation and hard work results in extraordinary outcomes – students are ahead of global peers in readiness for college and beyond, and possess the self-direction and autonomy to tackle any challenge. With BASIS Curriculum Schools occupying 5 of the top 10 spots on U.S. News and World Report’s list of Best High Schools, it is clear that there is something to this philosophy.
If you’d like to learn more about BASIS Independent Brooklyn, join school leadership at an Open House on January 20 to learn more about their program, meet their faculty and staff, and get a taste for their dynamic, engaging classroom environment.
$50,000 private schools tuition in NYC is now becoming more common as private schools' tuition increases, again.
Trinity School and other NYC private schools' tuition plus fees now equal more than $50,000 according to Leslie Brody of the Wall Street Journal. John Allman of Trinity says he believes the tuition system is broken: "we're stymied in trying to figure out a way into a different funding model that looks really sustainable for families across the economic spectrum."
The charges, many private-school leaders say, don't cover the full cost of the rigorous educations provided. Their customers want small classes, arts, extracurricular activities, intensive college advising and teachers with advanced degrees. Leaders of these institutions say most depend on fundraising to fill the yearly shortfalls, in addition to holding capital campaigns for new construction.
Drivers of mounting tuitions include teacher salaries, health insurance, technology upgrades, more services for students with learning disabilities, and maintenance for expanded facilities, school leaders said.
It is clear that top private schools don't have strong pressure to keep down prices, as they are deluged by demand from parents who want the best for their children, and who will often pay multiples of current tuition for access.
Meanwhile, over in the UK, Prince George's parents, William and Kate, have to pay only $26,000 for his elite kindergarten: The best English education money can buy!' Prince George's £20,000-a-year prep gets rave reviews in Good Schools Guide
Abacus Mom received this note today from BASIS.ed:
BASIS.ed was recently honored as the first education case study featured in the online global learning resource PISA4U.org developed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operations and Development (OECD). The program was chosen as a case study in an effort to identify global good practices, since students at BASIS.ed-managed schools consistently outscore the world's highest-performing countries in math, reading, and science on the international OECD Test for Schools (based on PISA – Programme for International Student Assessment). The evaluation measures critical thinking and application of knowledge, unlike traditional assessment tools.
The recognition of the BASIS.ed program as a proving ground for best practices in education is something that students benefit from daily. Says one parent of their Brooklyn campus, “Many schools offer a competitive academic environment, but ultimately BASIS.ed’s focus on cultivating students' sense of independence, ownership and, above all, interest in learning helped us choose BASIS Independent Brooklyn for our kids three years ago. It's a decision we would make all over again today!"
The first BASIS Independent campus in New York City opened in Red Hook, Brooklyn in 2014, and is now in its third full academic year as a robust Preschool - Grade 12 program. The second BASIS Independent Schools campus in New York City -- BASIS Independent Manhattan -- opens on the Upper West Side this coming fall, to grades K-8. The application deadline for fall 2017 admissions on both campuses is January 24th.
Both schools offer ample opportunities to learn about the BASIS Independent program, including tours, information sessions, and student shadow days. The final Open House of the current academic year is scheduled for January 21st and an expert panel discussion on OECD PISA assessments will take place on January 19th.
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.
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.