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Over the years, many of my educational consulting clients have asked me if it is harder for Asians to get into NYC private school.
Many have heard that it is harder for Asian-Americans to get into college. This week, one of my clients referred me to the LA Times story: For Asian-Americans, A Changing Landscape on College Admissions. Journalist Frank Shyong reports:
Complaints about bias in college admissions have persisted since at least the 1920s, when a Harvard University president tried to cap the number of Jewish students. In November, a group called Students for Fair Admissions filed a suit against Harvard University for admissions policies that allegedly discriminate against Asian Americans. The group cited the 2004 Princeton study and other sources that offer statistics about Asian Americans' test performance.
Is it harder for Asian-Americans to get into NYC private school?
In my sixteen years' experience helping families, I have found that unfortunately it is more competitive for Asians to get into NYC private schools, especially the core, elite group of well-known schools, because more Asian people are applying. New York City's Asian population is growing and more Asian-Americans are seeking NYC private school places.
Thankfully, however, I do not find that there is an "Asian penalty", as is described in Shyong's article about college admissions and SAT scores. I do see that the Asian applicant must work harder to distinguish himself or herself than was necessary when I first started my practice. On the plus side, while I do not have hard numbers, it seems self-evident that more Asian students attend NYC private schools today.
In the New York Times, Kyle Spencer reports in At NYC Private Schools, Challenging White Privilege from the Inside:
This year, according to the National Association of Independent Schools, minority students make up a third of the population of New York City private schools, and 18.5 percent of all students receive financial aid.
While almost all NYC private schools have embraced diversity, they seek a range of diversity. Peoples' opinions run a spectrum on how diversity should be defined in a cosmopolitan city like New York, or how diversity should enter into the allocation of scarce seats.
In my experience at present, if your child is from a well-represented group of applicants, it can be more competitive, especially if your child does not have a noteworthy record of achievement.
I work with my NYC educational consulting clients, from all backgrounds, from preschool to high school, to help them develop customized resumes to help them stand out from other applicants with similar and different family histories. For more information, NYC top private school consultant or 212-712-2228.
Many NYC private schools are announcing they will not accept ERB scores next year for kindergarten entry. Instead, they will step up in-school testing/interviewing, looking to evaluate students' readiness for kindergarten, both academically and socially.
From one Manhattan girls' school:
Hewitt, as suggested by ISAAGNY, will not be requiring, or accepting, the ERB ECAA test for kindergarten or first grade applicants. We will also not be accepting any other standardized test scores in lieu of ERB scores.
Hewitt will continue to see our kindergarten applicants in groups of six girls before meeting with their parents for an interview. The girls will be greeted by two members of the admissions staff and brought to a classroom for group work, individual, and one-on-one work. Our objective is to uncover each girl's strengths and potential contributions. We will use a combination of those activities and games that we have developed ourselves and those that were recommended by ISAAGNY. Our assessment will be tailored to determine readiness for Hewitt's program and the activities will be developmentally appropriate and engaging.
We encourage you to tell your families that the best preparation they can give their children is to talk with them, read to them, make observations together and give them opportunities to draw and build with whatever materials are available.
Other private schools, while not requiring the ERB, may make sending the scores optional.
Meanwhile, Horace Mann WILL require the ERB, and a handful of other schools may as well.
Will a different test be introduced? I'll keep you posted. I'll also be keeping my clients posted on my preparation recommendations.
A note from an Abacus Guide Private School Admissions Support client from Brooklyn today:
We wanted to share the good news on our admissions - we were offered spots at five schools <names of schools: 3 prestigious Brooklyn schools and 2 prestigious downtown Manhattan schools>. We will go with <Brooklyn school> and we couldn't be happier.
There is no doubt that your help was invaluable! Thank you so much for helping us get <child> into a great school.
Every year I meet many families who seek an international school for their children in New York City. Many seek the International Baccalaureate program because it is accepted around the world: perfect for today's frequently relocating international transferee family.
The New York Times has collected a very interesting assortment of articles about the renowned International Baccalaureate program: A Global Curriculum in NYC