When I meet with clients, I often discuss strategic summer activity choices to maximize school admission. But of course, everyone should balance preparation with fun and letting your kid be a kid. Children only have a limited number of summers before they grow up.
Happily, this excellent article Overnight Summer Camps are Better than SAT Prep Classes argues that sleepaway camps build creativity and independence, two crucial characteristics in successful adults. So you can let yourself feel good about whatever you and your child decide.
To the relief of many Columbia Grammar and Prep families distressed at increased levels of security at school, the Trumps have withdrawn their son. According to my sources as well as Vanity Fair, many Columbia Grammar parents were stressed with the first son in attendance and welcome what should now be relaxed security.
Now Barron is to attend St. Andrew's School in Potomac, MD, the first presidential child ever to go there. According to my colleagues in DC, St. Andrew's is a lower-profile school dedicated to educating all kinds of learners within the Episcopalian tradition. While pundits expected a more conventional choice, a big-name and conservative school, they were wrong.
St. Andrew's is an intriguing school. I respect that it seeks to help all students with all levels of ability. It is easy to teach traditionally bright students, and much harder to help those who need more support in their learning. The school's Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning is specifically dedicated to using the latest educational research to help all students.
Manhattan boarding school...sound like something your child would be interested in? Right now, New York City has one boarding school: Leman Manhattan. The Manhattan boarding school attracts high school students from all over the world.
Given the explosion of highly affluent international families looking to educate their children in American universities, it isn't surprising that more and more families are looking to send their children to boarding school in the US, and especially in Manhattan, the most international of cities.
Fascinatingly, while New England and other places offer many options, right now, NYC offers just Leman Manhattan.
I'm sure this will change soon. With so many international educational companies looking to expand, New York City is an obvious choice. As a consultant, I regularly get calls from international families, wealth and real estate consultants to these families and investors looking for market advice. Manhattan boarding school is highly attractive to many families.
Business Insider gives a fun photographic tour of Leman Manhattan. The Times profiled it in 2013.
Private school sex abuse cover-ups--too many crimes and too little accountability.
Over the last number of years, we have read article after sickening article about sex abuse at elite private schools: Horace Mann, Poly Prep, Choate, St. George's School and more. Most recently the Times exposed "passing the trash", whereby a teacher, accused of sex abuse at one school, was packed off to be unknowingly hired by another school, putting more students at risk.
Thanks to Executive Director Mary Pulido's letter in the Times (below), I learned about efforts by the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children to help students:
While I applaud the continued coverage of the child sexual abuse scandal at Choate Rosemary Hall, I am perplexed that attention is not being drawn to the fact that in New York State, private school administrators do not have to make a report to the law enforcement authorities if a child is sexually abused by a teacher, a staff member or a volunteer.
A bill (A. 5371/S. 4342) that would ensure that these protections for the 475,000 children attending private schools, and one that my agency helped write, has been passed by the Senate Children and Families Committee but has stalled in the Education Committee in the Assembly.
It is dumbfounding that there is a double standard of reporting child sexual abuse. Children in private schools must have the same protections as children in the public schools. Let's not read about another scandal; let's take action to prevent it!
MARY L. PULIDO, NEW YORK
The writer is executive director of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
The Specialized Science High Schools Exam (SHSAT) will have small changes to its content this October, in keeping with a campaign promise by Mayor de Blasio that he would work to increase diversity at these schools and make their student populations more in line with the city's.
Bello and Mernin, who have each tutored the SHSAT for two decades, are skeptical. They believe winners will be students with access to test prep. Their arguments are sound.
Another email from clients whose child will be attending a top NYC private school kindergarten:
We’ve been busy writing thank you notes to all those who wrote letters and made calls on (child's) behalf and we now have the most important note to write, and that is to you. We absolutely would not be here if it wasn’t for you and will be forever grateful for having your guidance.
We cannot believe (child) will be at (top NYC private school) next fall and have not stopped jumping up and down with excitement since we heard. We did it!!
We truly feel blessed to have been able to work with you through the process. We could not have felt more prepped for our parent interview, your advice on when and how to send letters was spot on and your support through the entire process was priceless. You knew exactly what to say to us when we were feeling anxious and gave us the confidence we needed to successfully get through the admissions process.
You are amazing at what you do and you will forever hold a special place in our lives. Sending (child) to (top NYC private school) is our dream and the best gift we could give her. Thank you, Emily, from the bottom of our hearts.