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In an effort to simplify and expedite the selection of top candidates for matriculation at the historic Ivy League school, the admissions department of Harvard University announced that they would refine their process by directly growing new students from the DNA of top donors.
For the last five years or so, I have been getting calls from Chinese consultants assisting Chinese clients with American private school admission. A number of these consultants have sought to partner with me as they try to place a growing number of teens from China in American private schools. In New York, these students have often hoped to attend Horace Mann and Riverdale.
Sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, well known as a financier, started his career in the 1970's as a teacher at Dalton. Charged this month with sex trafficking and conspiracy to traffic minors for sex, Epstein is known as a powerful man about town, consorting with powerful political, royal and entertainment figures. Little known until the Times reported it, is his connection with Dalton.
While Epstein's behavior as a teacher was "noticed", thankfully no former students have reported that he sexually abused them. The Times notes:
None of the female students who spoke to The New York Times in recent days remembered Mr. Epstein making unwanted physical contact with them, and he has not been accused of any crimes related to his time at the school.
But a few students said they had been discomfited by a close relationship he had with one of their female peers, a concern that had escalated so much that one of them had raised the issue then to a school administrator.
In 1976, Dalton terminated Epstein, judging that he was inexperienced and not "up to snuff".
We are pleased to share that Trevor Day School’s Nursery program continues its exciting growth as a foundational step in our ongoing Nursery–Grade 12 school. We began this program to meet the growing needs of our families and our neighborhood, and we are thrilled to announce the expansion of our Nursery experience with the opening of a second classroom for the 2019–2020 school year. We invite you to share this news with your families...we would love for them to visit and explore Trevor.
Our Nursery program is available to children who will be at least 2.8 years old by September 1st. We offer full-day and half-day enrollment, as well as early drop-off and extended-day options. Trevor Nursery classrooms are play-based and driven by our students’ inquiries. Each is staffed by two expert teachers. We take frequent trips to Central Park and also utilize an outdoor play terrace. Art, Spanish, music, physical education, and library classes are integral parts of every week.
Since the opening of the first school in 1998 by Michael and Olga Block, the BASIS school network has grown and expanded. There are now 37 BASIS Curriculum Schools around the world, including 2 independent schools in New York - BASIS Independent Manhattan and BASIS Independent Brooklyn.
In April 2019, Spring Education Group acquired the five U.S. private BASIS Independent Schools. Spring Education Group provides BASIS Independent Schools with an even greater level of long-term stability -- because of Spring Education Group’s resources, dedication to the mission of providing excellence in education, and its extensive network of schools. They are committed to maintaining the world-class BASIS Curriculum and high teaching and learning standards for which the BASIS schools have become known.
BASIS Independent Schools will operate as a separate, standalone division of Spring Education Group, led by the same management team that is now running BASIS Independent Schools. The BASIS Curriculum will continue to be managed and supported by the same educators who are experts in the BASIS Curriculum, and who are school leaders within the BASIS Independent School network. This team is committed to ensuring the schools have the support and resources they need. Parents should rest assured that this ownership change will not change BASIS Independent’s high standards for academic excellence, the BASIS Curriculum, the day-to-day operations of each campus for our students or families, or our bright and passionate faculty and staff.
Our friends at TestingMom.com sent Abacus Mom this top SSAT guide for students and parents.
The Secondary School Admissions Test, or the SSAT, is a standardized admissions test that is offered at hundreds of testing centers throughout the United States. Like the ISEE, the SSAT is a highly popular exam that is used by private middle schools and high schools. The test is currently being offered to students in grades 3 through 11.
Like the ISEE, the SSAT consists of three levels, which are as follows:
The Elementary Level (EL)- Grades 3-4
The Middle Level (ML)- Grades 5-7
The Upper Level (UL)- Grades 8-11
No matter which level of the test the student completes, the SSAT will always present one with the same three sections. The SSAT consists of several multiple-choice sections that include quantitative (mathematics), reading comprehension, and verbal questions. In addition, the test also includes an unscored essay that is sent to the private schools to which the student is applying. Both the ISEE and SSAT are used for admission to private middle and high schools. Typically, schools will accept either test for admissions, which is great because you and your child have a choice of which test is a better fit for their learning style. If the school gives the student the option of deciding which test they will take, encourage them to choose the one that plays to their strengths!