New York City private schools middle school admission success!
Here at Abacus Guide, we are having a wonderful week as our clients call and email us to report their children's success getting into top NYC private middle schools. Everyone has so far reported getting into at least three of their top choice schools. We're proud of the advice we've given to make their dreams for their children a reality.
Then there's the newest entry in the field, from WeWork, the office space-sharing company that recently jolted New York's retail universe with its purchase of the Lord & Taylor building. This month, the company announced that it was starting its own school next year, called WeGrow. One of the company's founders, Rebekah Neumann described WeGrow in a blog post as "a new conscious, entrepreneurial school committed to unleashing every child's superpowers."
WeWork envisions its educational and real estate businesses as mutually reinforcing, offering parents the chance to drop their children off at school in the same building where they work, and where they could possibly meet them for lunch. In the long run, the company foresees replicating the school in many of the 52 cities where WeWork operates, so that parents who need to travel or move for work purposes could transfer their children from one WeGrow outpost to another, as easily as plugging in a MacBook Air at a new location.
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!
$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
Can Trinity School fight the class war? Trinity School's headmaster, John Allman, sent shock waves through the city's private-school world by calling out parental entitlement and self-interest.
The Times reports that Allman wrote a letter pointing the finger at:
consumerist families that treat teachers and the school in entirely instrumental ways, seeking to use us exclusively to advance their child's narrow self-interest." He called for a dismantling of "this default understanding of Trinity as a credentialing factory," warning that without it, students would merely ascend to "a comfortable perch atop a cognitive elite that is self-serving, callous and spiritually barren." Without a shift in ethos toward greater commitments to the common good, toward social justice and activism, he said in the letter, "I am afraid we are, for a majority of our students, just a very, very expensive finishing school.
Allman further wrote:
We seek to incorporate public service and civic activism into all aspects of our program in part because we believe that individualism unredeemed by a commitment to purposes beyond the self leads to unhappiness and meaninglessness. Attentiveness to others is essential to well-being.
With all the new New York City private schools opening, it is not surprising that shortly after, some new New York City private schools are already closing. Manhattan is a tough market, and not every private school can make it.
The Rocket Group, an education group that purchased the Mandell School in 2013, closed it only three years later, announcing that 2016-2017 would be the school's last year in operation for K-8.
Now another casualty. The New York International School, chartered by the British Schools Foundation, lasted just two years after moving into Trevor Day School's old elementary school building, part of the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest, on East 90th Street.
The British Schools Foundation runs about 10 schools around the world, as well as the New York International School. The NYIS offers a US curriculum from a global perspective, and a dual language program in Spanish or Mandarin. According to Wikipedia, the New York International School will be closed "due to the failure of the Board of Directors", after only two school years.
I feel sorry for all these families needing new private schools ASAP! That is the problem with enrolling in new schools. Some percentage of them will fail. As an educational consultant, I make it my business to advise my clients on which new schools seem most stable and likely to succeed.