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.
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Dr. Luthar writes that today affluent students are growing up under tremendous pressure to achieve in every domain: academic, athletic and personal. She raises numerous insightful points about the ensuing costs to children and society.
I am very sorry that Insideschools' exceptionally helpful columnist Judy Baum ("Ask Judy") died on December 20th shortly after writing her last column, "What to Do Over the Holiday Break?"
I never had the pleasure of meeting Judy, but I have been an avid reader and fan for many years. Judy's columns, unlike much of what you find on the Internet, are well-written, accurate, and unfailingly useful. In her last column, Judy recommended some interesting and entertaining family activities, one of which I immediately put on my family calendar. It was very near the day we visited the New York Transit Museum Holiday Train Show, thanks to Judy, that I learned of her death.
With Judy's passing, New York City parents lost a wise, informative and caring resource. I extend my condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues atInsideschools.
... in the city’s public school system, the French dual-language program, in which half the classes are in French and the other half in English, is booming. Eight public schools offer a French/English curriculum for about 1,000 students, making it the third-largest dual-language program, after Spanish and Chinese. And demand continues to grow, with two more schools scheduled to join this year and at least seven groups of parents in different areas of the city lobbying their schools to participate.
Among my NYC private school consulting clients, with the exception of those from French and British backgrounds, the vast majority of children taking language instruction are learning Mandarin or Spanish, and sometimes both. Many children also study the language of their heritage. Recently I have met clients learning Hebrew, Tagalog, Hindi, Urdu, Assamese, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Sanskrit, Japanese, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, German and more.
The Perfect Score Project is about Debbie Stier's attempt to increase her SAT score, while at the same time motivate her unmotivated teenage son. Since every week someone with an unmotivated son calls me for advice, I was very interested in her ideas on this topic. In short, Stier believes kids benefit from deep parental involvement, seeing firsthand the benefits of hard work, and learning to work hard starting from a young age.
ReadingThe Perfect Score Project , I was struck by just how vital standardized test score results are in determining students' opportunities. Whether it's getting into college or NYC private school, selective public school, advanced college courses or high school and middle school honors programs, standardized test results can either open or close the door. In this high stakes environment, students had better be good test takers.