More and more new New York City private schools are opening. New for-profit private schools are popping up all over Manhattan and Brooklyn, broadening seat supply in affluent areas with high demand.
My clients have been most excited by Avenues, a runaway success, and by Brooklyn's BASIS Independent, a STEM-focused school that opened in 2015.
In 2017, BASIS plans to expand into Manhattan with BASIS Independent Manhattan. Located on the Upper West Side, the school will serve kindergarten through 8th graders.
AltSchool, a Brooklyn Heights-based K-6th grade school for students who want a technology-focused, team-centered, individualized educational program, will open an East Village location in 2016. The school's approach has been widely covered in the media, including this New Yorker article.
Portfolio School, opening this fall, is "about creative problem solving, a skill that will be ever more important for our future generations." The school will stress self-paced, project-based learning. Portfolio School plans to eventually enroll K-12, but will start by accepting middle schoolers.
The international space continues to attract new for-profit players who see a niche enrolling affluent children from New York's large international population. New schools include The New York International School, which opened in 2015, which provides dual language immersion in either Spanish or Mandarin and The German School Brooklyn, for bilingual German students in K-3rd grade.
Wetherby-Pembridge will open in 2017 for families who want their children to follow the English National Curriculum. The school writes: "The boys' form will be called Wetherby and the girls' form will be called Pembridge Hall."
Another new entrant, the Nord Anglia International School, also provides the English National Curriculum, along with an exclusive Juilliard-branded performing arts curriculum.
STEM, portfolios, Mandarin, German, technology, English curriculum --Brooklyn and Manhattan now offer so many choices.
New York is a tough market. Most families prefer established schools. With so many new schools opening, only the ones that know best how to appeal to picky New Yorkers will survive.
NYC private school notification and reply dates are set by ISAAGNY, the Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York, a group of private school administrators. I have always been troubled by the kindergarten notification and reply date.
A multitude of NYC families apply to kindergarten, a process that begins as early as mid-August and stretches into early February. Families attend parent interviews, child interviews, open houses, and tours and often additional events such as diversity nights, chapel services, and theater performances. For six months, families must be on call and ready to show great enthusiasm for whatever event NYC private schools decide to organize. Often, parents' work and family schedules are severely compromised as moms and dads work hard to do their best by their children in hopes of succeeding in the admissions game.
And then, on the first Friday in February, notification arrives. Decisions. Acceptances, rejections and wait lists.
My concern? Families get ONLY ONE WEEK to decide.
And note, this is ONLY kindergarten families. Accepted high school applicants have a month to make a decision, and middle school applicants, three weeks. Why should kindergarten families, after this extensive and arduous admissions process, be pressured into making such a quick decision about where their children will likely spend the next thirteen years?
NYC private school kindergarten notification date is today Friday February 5th! And it was Tuesday February 2nd for NYC private school middle school! What an exciting week!
At Abacus Guide Educational Consulting, we love this time of year as our clients keep the celebratory emails flowing into our inboxes. Just now, in from a dad whose child will be going to one of Manhattan's most elite private single sex schools next year:
Definitely the place for <child's name>! No question.
We'll chat more later! Thanks for your help!!
And from another Dad:
Emily, just wanted to share the amazing news that <child's name> was accepted to <top Riverdale private school>.
She is very excited. Thank you very much for all of your assistance and support making this happen!
Avenues college admission--how good is it?
My clients who are interested in Avenues The World School are always most interested in knowing how this relatively new, for-profit school is doing with college admission. Since Avenues will just have its first graduating class in 2016, families are concerned whether graduates will be able to be placed at elite colleges. I have always advised my clients that I thought Avenues students would do just fine in college admission, since the school devotes extensive resources to college counseling and many Avenues students have the kind of exceptional international resumes which colleges appreciate.
Well, my advice turned out to be true. One of my former clients, a parent, emailed me today about Avenues college admission:
This is the first graduating class at Avenues and early decision they have already been accepted to Ivy League schools - Harvard, Yale and Univ of Penn.
Parents, look for Avenues to be trumpeting these college admissions stats in their marketing. With this class, Avenues has established itself in New York City. For better or for worse, Avenues college admissions rates will make a big difference in how much today's parents want to send their children to this private school.
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