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A new private high school makes big promises. Inside Higher Ed reports on a new and dramatic change in a private high school's sell to families: a top college admission guarantee.
A private, for-profit high school in Orange County, California, Fairmont Private Schools, does not just "help" your child obtain admission or brag about prior graduates' success. They actually guarantee top college admission, and even scholarships.
"Fairmont Private Schools, Orange County's largest and oldest nonsectarian private school, is boosting the return on investment in education with the Fairmont College Promise, which guarantees that Fairmont Preparatory Academy graduates will be accepted to and receive scholarships for tuition at the Top 100 U.S. colleges or universities. The school also says it will convert up to 100 percent of tuition paid to attend its high school into a scholarship to the college of choice if the promise is not met."
No private school in New York has yet followed Fairmont's lead. But is this fortunate?
According to Inside Higher Ed:
Myra A. McGovern, vice president of the National Association of Independent Schools, ... said she was troubled by any high school designating only a certain kind of college as appropriate.
"Does that serve students well?" she asked. "The idea of a school isn't that it produces one outcome exclusively, but that it helps a student develop into an adult." Defining success as being admitted to a college praised by U.S. News "is a relatively narrow outcome."
She pointed to her association's code of ethics, which has a provision that warns against any relationships that would have school officials favoring some colleges over others in admissions advising.
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
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$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.