New York City's Leading Private School Consultant for 20 Years
We are proud to announce that in 2019 Abacus Guide Educational Consulting will celebrate our 20th year helping students find and get into top New York City and Westchester schools. It's a been a very satisfying journey for everyone involved.
As NYC's leading private school consultant for 20 years--one of the first in practice--we have helped thousands of New York City and Westchester families through the stressful private school admissions process, guiding them into all the best Manhattan, Brooklyn, Riverdale and Westchester schools. Some of our earliest clients have now graduated from college. All this experience, as well as our steady commitment to caring service, means we can help everyone who works with us do their best and feel their best.
How have we helped families get into top private schools for 20 years? Our secret is truly doing the best job we can for our families. Most of our clients are recommended to us by former clients. For your child's chance to work with us, call 212-712-2228 or email New York City's Leading Private School Consultant for 20 Years
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
Respond by Thursday, March 15
Good luck everyone!
To the relief of many Columbia Grammar and Prep families distressed at increased levels of security at school, the Trumps have withdrawn their son. According to my sources as well as Vanity Fair, many Columbia Grammar parents were stressed with the first son in attendance and welcome what should now be relaxed security.
Now Barron is to attend St. Andrew's School in Potomac, MD, the first presidential child ever to go there. According to my colleagues in DC, St. Andrew's is a lower-profile school dedicated to educating all kinds of learners within the Episcopalian tradition. While pundits expected a more conventional choice, a big-name and conservative school, they were wrong.
St. Andrew's is an intriguing school. I respect that it seeks to help all students with all levels of ability. It is easy to teach traditionally bright students, and much harder to help those who need more support in their learning. The school's Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning is specifically dedicated to using the latest educational research to help all students.
Another email from clients whose child will be attending a top NYC private school kindergarten:
We’ve been busy writing thank you notes to all those who wrote letters and made calls on (child's) behalf and we now have the most important note to write, and that is to you. We absolutely would not be here if it wasn’t for you and will be forever grateful for having your guidance.
We cannot believe (child) will be at (top NYC private school) next fall and have not stopped jumping up and down with excitement since we heard. We did it!!
We truly feel blessed to have been able to work with you through the process. We could not have felt more prepped for our parent interview, your advice on when and how to send letters was spot on and your support through the entire process was priceless. You knew exactly what to say to us when we were feeling anxious and gave us the confidence we needed to successfully get through the admissions process.
You are amazing at what you do and you will forever hold a special place in our lives. Sending (child) to (top NYC private school) is our dream and the best gift we could give her. Thank you, Emily, from the bottom of our hearts.
Abacus Mom received this note today from BASIS.ed:
BASIS.ed was recently honored as the first education case study featured in the online global learning resource PISA4U.org developed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operations and Development (OECD). The program was chosen as a case study in an effort to identify global good practices, since students at BASIS.ed-managed schools consistently outscore the world's highest-performing countries in math, reading, and science on the international OECD Test for Schools (based on PISA – Programme for International Student Assessment). The evaluation measures critical thinking and application of knowledge, unlike traditional assessment tools.
The recognition of the BASIS.ed program as a proving ground for best practices in education is something that students benefit from daily. Says one parent of their Brooklyn campus, “Many schools offer a competitive academic environment, but ultimately BASIS.ed’s focus on cultivating students' sense of independence, ownership and, above all, interest in learning helped us choose BASIS Independent Brooklyn for our kids three years ago. It's a decision we would make all over again today!"
The first BASIS Independent campus in New York City opened in Red Hook, Brooklyn in 2014, and is now in its third full academic year as a robust Preschool - Grade 12 program. The second BASIS Independent Schools campus in New York City -- BASIS Independent Manhattan -- opens on the Upper West Side this coming fall, to grades K-8. The application deadline for fall 2017 admissions on both campuses is January 24th.
Both schools offer ample opportunities to learn about the BASIS Independent program, including tours, information sessions, and student shadow days. The final Open House of the current academic year is scheduled for January 21st and an expert panel discussion on OECD PISA assessments will take place on January 19th.