Jenny Anderson reports inIn Private School World, a Rush to Be ‘International’that Claremont Prep, with enrollment at only one third of capacity, has changed its name to Léman Manhattan Preparatory School. In a direct swipe at new kid on the block Avenues, headmaster Drew Alexander states:
“We truly believe Avenues is seeing the right stuff,” Mr. Alexander said, arguing that more educational options for families are best for everyone. “But what our school offers is reality. We’re backed by an international system of schools, and Avenues wants to put that in place,” he said. (Avenues plans to build 20 campuses around the world, starting in 2014.)
To my mind, only so many Manhattan parent consumers care about a NYC private school's distinguishing "international" feature. I think they care about another feature much more--and any private school who wants to find out is welcome to call me for a consultation. (Over the years, I've consulted with a number of private school investors and administrators.)
The layoffs are the latest reductions in an industry hampered by weak earnings, regulatory uncertainty and a global economic malaise. HSBC is cutting 30,000 positions. Credit Suisse said it would eliminate 2,000 positions. And Lloyds Banking is cutting 15,000 jobs.
These layoffs include parents applying to NYC private schools, potentially making for a rocky admissions year. Historically, whenever there is financial undertainty, parents are more reluctant to pay for private school, particularly those that are less elite. The complicating issue in 2011-2012 is that strong Manhattan and Brooklyn public school places are in shorter supply relative to demand.
We wish all our best to families dealing with layoffs.
I was surprised today to receive a beautiful bouquet. When I emailed a thank you to the kind mom who sent them, she wrote back: (with identifying details removed)
The bouquet is actually late – I should have sent it immediately after our last phone call.
<Child's name> is still at summer camp. She will meet the people at <well-known private school> after she gets back. So we have no idea whether she will get in but our fingers are crossed.
I wanted to thank you because even this chance to get into <well-known private school> is due entirely to your good counsel. During our first phone call, you recommended that we apply to more than just one school. During that same phone call, you suggested that I call <private school #1> to find out whether they would even have spaces available in next year’s class. Based on that excellent advice, I called <private school #2> to ask them the same question, which is what led to our being asked to come in right away because they had an opening. I should actually have sent you a CHECK, not flowers, but I couldn’t figure out how to calculate what I owed you and I knew you would decline if I asked you. So – flowers. And genuine gratitude (and I want to add “affection,” which seems preposterous, given that I barely know you, but I feel it anyway).
I do hope <child's name> gets into <well-known private school>this year. If she doesn’t, we’ll probably try for next year and you will be hearing from me!
Barbara Schainman from the well-known, well-respected Camp Mohawk sent Abacus Mom the following info: Calling Manhattan Kindergarteners & Preschoolers: Mohawk Country Day School Has Space for You This September Newly Renovated Classroom Space Designed for the 2012-2013 Year is Ready Now! Offering Two-Way Transportation and Relief to Waitlist Woes
Due to many inquiries and early construction completion, Mohawk Country Day School is opening its doors to Manhattanites for the upcoming 2011-2012 year. In response to the city's overcrowding issue, the private school located 30 minutes from Upper Manhattan in Westchester County is offering kindergarten, first grade and 4 year-old students newly renovated classroom space; to which the school will provide two-way transportation service. The tuition is approximately half that of Manhattan private schools, and offers equally competitive programming.
The Schainmans have been serving camp families from the city for years. To bestow the same luxury for school children, at a time when the demand for quality education far exceeds the supply, seems only logical.The 80 year old school comes equipped with an experienced permanent staff and is chartered by the New York State Department of Education.
Mohawk Country Day School is considered one of the best in its class, with a significant international population, and a unique indoor/outdoor learning environment. Located on a 40-acre facility in White Plains- complete with an operating farm, play village, bicycle center, nature trails and more, for NYC parents and kids, the opportune answer to education woes, may be just a bus ride away. $16,210 for Kindergarten and 1st grade, $13,140 for 4 year olds, optional hot lunch and transportation to and from Manhattan, public school birthday requirement for kindergarten children turning 5 by December 2007. Serves children from 2 years, 9 months through first grade.
Students "sourcing" ingredients and cooking lunch for other students
Wednesday field trips
"March Madness" = independent projects
Chewing over ideas from the information age library in the cafeteria next door
My advice to Grace Church? If you get too weird, modern-day parents shy away and go for traditional programs. Maybe follow Avenues' lead, and put in a college prep "Mastery" program or something like that.