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I am now giving NYC Private School Admissions Corporate Talks, speaking to professional parent groups about NYC Private School Admissions -- How to Get Into Lower, Middle and High School.
I have been in the admissions field now for over 20 years (!), so I am excited to share my expertise about NYC private schools with working parents in corporate settings. Working parents are often too busy to do educational research on their own. I love showing them efficient and effective ways to help their children succeed.
Most recently, I spoke about NYC Private School Admissions to law firm Davis Polk's Parents' Group. Organizers emailed me:
Thanks again for coming to speak to our parents group. The feedback from your presentation has been extremely positive.
The other organizer wrote:
It was a pleasure to meet you. Thank you so much for coming to speak to my colleagues and our firm's clients. One of the best presentations we have had all year. I do hope to keep in touch! It was a pleasure to introduce you.
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.
With the debut of the AABL test and the KRT test in 2014, NYC families applying for kindergarten are naturally seeking AABL test prep and KRT test prep for their preschoolers. Despite the claims from the test makers that the AABL and KRT tests are not preppable, as always, children who have been pre-exposed to similar material do better on test day. As long as NYC private schools require tests for admission, parents will want their children to be successful.
So how can you help your child? Here's a round-up of AABL test prep and KRT test prep.
The first workbook specifically written for AABL test prep and KRT test prep is this one from Aristotle Circle, a well-known name in NYC private school kindergarten testing preparation. Check out this new workbook: AABL and KRT Test Workbook
Testing Mom, a test prep website, offers a subscription service.
The Educational Records Bureau, the company that developed and administers the AABL, offers a Quick Facts Guide on their website for AABL test prep.
ISAAGNY explains the KRT on their website.
In 2014-2015, the AABL was required by Horace Mann, Riverdale, Collegiate and Avenues. The KRT was required by Berkeley Carroll, Cathedral School, Chapin, Sacred Heart, Dalton, Mandell, Marymount, Poly Prep, Riverdale and Saint David's.
While the NYC private schools have not yet announced which tests schools will want from their kindergarten applicants in 2015-2016, my guess is that AABL use will spread. Unfortunately, the trend is toward NYC private schools desiring that children be more academically mature, whether that is developmentally appropriate or not.
I am now advising my clients on tutoring as well as private school kindergarten consulting options.
I have helped many families whose children now attend Avenues.
Today I received this email from Soraya Díaz Tamayo, who is Director of Avenues School Admissions:
We have three admissions cycles:
Early admissions—sibling and employee applicants
Application deadline October 1 / File complete November 21 / Notification December 17 / Parent reply January 9
Early notification—first-choice applicants for all grades
Application deadline November 3* / File complete December 17 / Notification January 9 / Parent reply January 16
* We will accept early notification forms after this date provided the application has been submitted and all interviews and supporting materials are completed by December 17.
Regular notification—all applicants
Application deadline December 1 / File complete January 16 / Parent reply as per ISAAGNY dates
In addition to open admissions for typical entry grades – nursery, kindergarten, sixth and ninth – we have a limited number of openings in other grades for the 2015-2016 school year. All applications will be fully processed regardless of the notification cycle, though priority consideration will be given to early notification candidates. All regular notification applicants will be interviewed, including nursery, pre-K, K and 1 (Note: this is a change from an earlier communication). Applicants to grades 2–4 must demonstrate age-appropriate language proficiency in either Spanish or Chinese.
Change to Immersion Format
For the 2015–2016 school year, immersion instruction will go through the fourth grade. Our 50/50 immersion program is now on an alternating day schedule rather than a half-day schedule. Students spend one full day in their immersion classroom and the next full day in their English classroom. This has allowed us to recover about one hour of instructional time and reduced the number of transitions our students must manage.
I appreciate Avenues' transparency with their admissions process.
Thanks to Sophia Hollander of The Wall Street Journal, whose article New Test for Private-School Applicants Assessment for Kindergarten Takes 5-7 Minutes via an iPad summarizes just how complicated NYC kindergarten testing has become this year.
For more than 45 years, schools relied on the ERB WPPSI for NYC kindergarten testing. In 2014, presto! the WPPSI is gone, replaced by the ERB AABL at some schools (Horace Mann, Riverdale, Avenues), the KRT (Dalton, Marymount, Poly and more), no testing required (many other NYC private schools) and no testing accepted (the rest). It's a lot for a parent to digest, let alone a preschooler to undergo. I said:
This year "the admissions process has become dramatically more complex," said private-schools consultant Emily Glickman, who founded Abacus Guide Educational Consulting. "It's really hard for parents now," she said. "They don't know which end is up."
Hollander's article details the scientific thinking behind the new "Kindergarten Readiness Task", the 6 minute iPad game that purports to measure preschoolers' "executive function" and academic success trajectory. The researcher states:
"These basic foundational skills turn out to be a better predictor of long-term outcomes than intelligence as it's usually assessed," Mr. Zelazo said.
The skills are also less susceptible to test prep, he said. Since it isn't a knowledge-based exam, it is more difficult to teach.
While it is possible to improve executive function with practice, "that would be a genuine improvement in the important skills involved in learning," he said.
Well to me, if you can improve executive function with practice, that sounds like test prep. And then test prep is learning. So I am not sure why a new test solves anything.