From a client today whose child will be starting a top Riverdale private school this fall:
Looking at the whole process in retrospect, I just wanted to thank you for giving scaffolding to the otherwise-chaotic-appearing admissions season. Your "bedside manner," your knowledge about the school and your faith in us as a family made us much less anxious about all the steps that we and (name) needed to take to get in. There are so many "perfect" candidates for each admissions spot, and I have no doubt that your coordination made the critical difference that made our family stand out and (name) achieve admission.
So *THANK YOU.*
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.
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.
Abacus Mom received this note today from BASIS.ed:
BASIS.ed was recently honored as the first education case study featured in the online global learning resource PISA4U.org developed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operations and Development (OECD). The program was chosen as a case study in an effort to identify global good practices, since students at BASIS.ed-managed schools consistently outscore the world's highest-performing countries in math, reading, and science on the international OECD Test for Schools (based on PISA – Programme for International Student Assessment). The evaluation measures critical thinking and application of knowledge, unlike traditional assessment tools.
The recognition of the BASIS.ed program as a proving ground for best practices in education is something that students benefit from daily. Says one parent of their Brooklyn campus, “Many schools offer a competitive academic environment, but ultimately BASIS.ed’s focus on cultivating students' sense of independence, ownership and, above all, interest in learning helped us choose BASIS Independent Brooklyn for our kids three years ago. It's a decision we would make all over again today!"
The first BASIS Independent campus in New York City opened in Red Hook, Brooklyn in 2014, and is now in its third full academic year as a robust Preschool - Grade 12 program. The second BASIS Independent Schools campus in New York City -- BASIS Independent Manhattan -- opens on the Upper West Side this coming fall, to grades K-8. The application deadline for fall 2017 admissions on both campuses is January 24th.
Both schools offer ample opportunities to learn about the BASIS Independent program, including tours, information sessions, and student shadow days. The final Open House of the current academic year is scheduled for January 21st and an expert panel discussion on OECD PISA assessments will take place on January 19th.
A record number of new NYC private schools are flooding the New York market, while existing schools are expanding at a rapid pace. The boom comes in response to skyrocketing demand from a growing number of families—and larger families at that—who are choosing to raise their kids in the five boroughs.
“I’ve been in practice since 1999 and I’ve never seen so many new schools opening at once,” said Emily Glickman, head of Abacus Guide Education Consulting, a firm that helps parents with the application process. “The for-profit education market is looking to open schools in affluent places, so it makes sense that New York families are being courted.”
Souccar profiles Wetherby Pembridge, Nord Anglia, AltSchool, Portfolio School and BASIS, all new NYC private for-profit schools with diverse missions. Wetherby Pembridge and Nord Anglia offer the British curriculum, AltSchool and Portfolio offer customized curricula, and BASIS is focused on STEM.
In my own practice, I have worked with clients interested in applying to both Wetherby and BASIS.
Academy of St. Joseph, a Catholic School downtown serving prekindergarten - 8th graders, shared news with Abacus Mom today:
I trust this finds you well. I wanted to reach out to you to say hello and to share some exciting news from the Academy.
We had our first graduating class in June. These graduates are now attending some of the finest High Schools in the city: Horace Mann, Fordham Prep, Trevor Day and Xavier High School. We are so proud of their stellar placements.
Since we last spoke, we have added a Science Lab and an Art Space to our school.
We now have provisional membership with NYSAIS. They have been a wonderful network of educators to be supported by.
We have an upcoming Open House on September 27th, if any of your clients are interested.
Angela M Coombs
Head of School
Academy of St. Joseph
111 Washington Place
New York, New York