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!
BASIS Independent Schools is redefining education in New York City. Positioned in two prime locations, Red Hook, Brooklyn (Preschool–Grade 12) and its newest campus on the Upper West Side in Manhattan (PreK–grade 8), BASIS Independent Schools has certainly garnered the attention of families around the city.
In the short time since opening in 2013, BASIS Independent Brooklyn has grown to a population of over 800 students and has received great recognition already, particularly within their impressive (and growing) selection of over 50 extracurricular offerings. They not only cheered their girls’ volleyball team to a regional win this past year, but they experienced major wins in MATHCOUNTS, the National Latin and Spanish exams, and the Scholastic Arts Competition, just to name a few. The Brooklyn school has filled so quickly this admissions season that only a few select seats are left for the 2018–19 school year.
Here are a few more reasons why you shouldn’t miss your opportunity to check them out:
They are history-makers in motion.
BASIS Curriculum Schools co-founders Dr. Michael and Olga Block sought to revolutionize the K-12 experience in the U.S. by taking a blend of the top progressive and traditional education practices from around the globe and putting them in one program. Their mission is to raise the standards of student learning to the highest international levels, and to create a learning environment where curiosity is celebrated and students actively seek answers and participate in their learning. Since their programs first became eligible for national rankings, they’ve been ranked among the top high schools in the country.
Their advanced, well-rounded curriculum lays the foundations for high-level learning.
The BASIS Curriculum, inspired by global best practices and honed for nearly 20 years, offers students an impressive array of classes in both the core disciplines and electives, including
Engineering and Mandarin starting as young as PreK, all three sciences in the middle school grades, and conceptual courses like Logic. The curriculum is built to give students the opportunity to discover, to inquire, and most of all, to love learning.
Their teachers are real experts and invested mentors.
BASIS Independent Schools teachers are some of the most passionate educators around. Subject Expert Teachers, named as such due to their advanced degrees or expertise in a particular discipline, lead content delivery and, in the primary grades, work alongside Learning Expert Teachers who are experts in pedagogy. Together this two-teacher unit monitors students’ individual needs, skills, challenges, victories, all while providing academic, social, and emotional support. This culminates in a trusting student-teacher bond that not only curates the learning experience, but also encourages student mastery.
They inspire excellence in all forms.
At the core of the program is the belief that motivation and hard work results in extraordinary outcomes – students are ahead of global peers in readiness for college and beyond, and possess the self-direction and autonomy to tackle any challenge. With BASIS Curriculum Schools occupying 5 of the top 10 spots on U.S. News and World Report’s list of Best High Schools, it is clear that there is something to this philosophy.
If you’d like to learn more about BASIS Independent Brooklyn, join school leadership at an Open House on January 20 to learn more about their program, meet their faculty and staff, and get a taste for their dynamic, engaging classroom environment.
With two campuses in New York City—their flagship in Red Hook, Brooklyn (Preschool–Grade 12), and their newest location on the Upper West Side (PreK–8)—BASIS Independent Schools are quickly becoming a mainstay in the New York City school landscape.
The schools have seen incredible growth since opening: their Brooklyn school has just a few seats open for next year and their Manhattan campus – having just opened this fall – is poised to grow their nearly 170 count student body by leaps and bounds next year.
So, what are BASIS Independent Schools all about? They fashion themselves as a unique option amidst the vast number of prized independent schools in our city. Their mission is to raise the standards of student learning to the highest international levels. They teach a curriculum they’ve developed and honed for nearly 20 years since the first BASIS Curriculum Schools campus opened – a curriculum that consists of an impressive range of classes, such as Engineering and Mandarin starting as young as kindergarten, a project-based Connections classes where students solve complex challenges with the knowledge they’ve gained from their other subjects, and three science classes taken simultaneously in middle school. And that’s just a few examples.
BASIS Independent Schools teachers are not only subject experts, but have a true passion to inspire students to love every subject. In the primary grades, each class has different Subject Expert Teachers for each subject and a Learning Expert Teacher that stays with them throughout the day, helping to curate their learning experience, ensuring needs are met, and focusing on student mastery.
The culture of the program is one that places an emphasis on and celebrates hard work, effort, and the value of learning from mistakes. The school believes that any motivated student can achieve academic excellence, and that hard work and intellectual pursuits result in extraordinary outcomes.
Extraordinary, indeed, are the outcomes of a BASIS Curriculum Schools education. BASIS Curriculum Schools occupy 5 of the top ten spots on U.S. News and World Report list of Best High Schools. Not to mention, their students have accumulated some impressive and highly selective colleges and universities acceptances, and most importantly, the honed the skills to be successful in any pursuit they choose.
There are a few upcoming opportunities to learn more about BASIS Independent Brooklyn & BASIS Independent Manhattan in the coming weeks:
Abacus Mom recently received this information from Lawrence Woodmere Academy, which is actively seeking students from the Manhattan / Brooklyn Area to attend its beautiful 10 acre campus:
Now in our second century, Lawrence Woodmere Academy prides itself as an outstanding college preparatory school. Founded in 1912, our founding families understood the importance of being responsive to the individual needs of every student. Our goal of academic excellence is supported by small classes, an innovative curriculum, and a superb faculty. Our four guiding principles make this commitment clear:
We value our culturally diverse student body.
We seek to develop empathy and understanding.
We recognize that flexible problem solving requires considering more than one point of view.
We support individual strengths and learning difference.
We feature a program that reflects a global curriculum. This sentiment is expressed when we say that our students are "at home with the world." We see this as essential to the success of our students after graduation. We are proud of the success of decades of alumni who consistently tell us that the education we provided prepared them well for the future.
Everything we do at Lawrence Woodmere Academy is intentionally designed to build confidence and success for all our students. To achieve this goal, we focus on realizing the potential of each individual student. Content and skills are taught in an environment that customizes the learning process, enabling every student to achieve their very best. We are proud of the fact that 100% of our graduates attend colleges and that our college list continues to be impressive.
Lawrence Woodmere Academy believes in developing good citizens of the world. We begin this process by understanding what is needed to create a positive school community. Our head teachers and advisors spend a significant amount of time teaching community values. The lessons our students learn to support the development of good character are perhaps the most important outcomes of our program. Each morning I stand in the front hall to greet every student with a handshake. We make eye contact and a positive tone is set for the day. This is just one way that we underscore the importance of community.