For the last five years or so, I have been getting calls from Chinese consultants assisting Chinese clients with American private school admission. A number of these consultants have sought to partner with me as they try to place a growing number of teens from China in American private schools. In New York, these students have often hoped to attend Horace Mann and Riverdale.
Sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, well known as a financier, started his career in the 1970's as a teacher at Dalton. Charged this month with sex trafficking and conspiracy to traffic minors for sex, Epstein is known as a powerful man about town, consorting with powerful political, royal and entertainment figures. Little known until the Times reported it, is his connection with Dalton.
While Epstein's behavior as a teacher was "noticed", thankfully no former students have reported that he sexually abused them. The Times notes:
None of the female students who spoke to The New York Times in recent days remembered Mr. Epstein making unwanted physical contact with them, and he has not been accused of any crimes related to his time at the school.
But a few students said they had been discomfited by a close relationship he had with one of their female peers, a concern that had escalated so much that one of them had raised the issue then to a school administrator.
In 1976, Dalton terminated Epstein, judging that he was inexperienced and not "up to snuff".
We are pleased to share that Trevor Day School’s Nursery program continues its exciting growth as a foundational step in our ongoing Nursery–Grade 12 school. We began this program to meet the growing needs of our families and our neighborhood, and we are thrilled to announce the expansion of our Nursery experience with the opening of a second classroom for the 2019–2020 school year. We invite you to share this news with your families...we would love for them to visit and explore Trevor.
Our Nursery program is available to children who will be at least 2.8 years old by September 1st. We offer full-day and half-day enrollment, as well as early drop-off and extended-day options. Trevor Nursery classrooms are play-based and driven by our students’ inquiries. Each is staffed by two expert teachers. We take frequent trips to Central Park and also utilize an outdoor play terrace. Art, Spanish, music, physical education, and library classes are integral parts of every week.
Our friends at TestingMom.com sent Abacus Mom this top SSAT guide for students and parents.
The Secondary School Admissions Test, or the SSAT, is a standardized admissions test that is offered at hundreds of testing centers throughout the United States. Like the ISEE, the SSAT is a highly popular exam that is used by private middle schools and high schools. The test is currently being offered to students in grades 3 through 11.
Like the ISEE, the SSAT consists of three levels, which are as follows:
The Elementary Level (EL)- Grades 3-4
The Middle Level (ML)- Grades 5-7
The Upper Level (UL)- Grades 8-11
No matter which level of the test the student completes, the SSAT will always present one with the same three sections. The SSAT consists of several multiple-choice sections that include quantitative (mathematics), reading comprehension, and verbal questions. In addition, the test also includes an unscored essay that is sent to the private schools to which the student is applying. Both the ISEE and SSAT are used for admission to private middle and high schools. Typically, schools will accept either test for admissions, which is great because you and your child have a choice of which test is a better fit for their learning style. If the school gives the student the option of deciding which test they will take, encourage them to choose the one that plays to their strengths!
Our friends at TestingMom.com sent Abacus Mom this top AABL guide for students and parents.
The AABL is an iPad-administered exam for children ages 4 through 6 for admissions into gifted and talented programs. With fun graphics covering verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, early literacy and mathematics, the screening process is engaging for your young child.
The test itself assesses your child’s verbal and quantitative reasoning, early literacy, and mathematics skills. The scores are then compared to other children taking the test at the same level throughout the United States, giving an accurate level where your child is performing.
What specific skills are covered, you may be asking? For quantitative reasoning, the following list gives you a clear picture:
counting, adding and subtracting
patterning, sequencing, ordering, classifying and comparing
solving mathematical problems, understanding concepts of relativity, directionality, time and measurement
For verbal reasoning, your child will be tested on his or her ability to tune in, understand, and reason using language they hear or pictures they see.
Finally, for early literacy, your child will be tested on the following:
Identifying numbers, letters, shapes
rhyme and alliteration
breaking words into syllables
knows books are read from left to right, top to bottom, squiggles on page represent letters that make sounds that combine to make words
knows stories have a beginning, middle and end
creatively making up stories based on pictures in a book
The AABL test is administered by the ERB at specific test sites. The testing will occur on a one on one basis for a child entering preschool. For a child entering kindergarten, it will be five students and one proctor. For first grade, it will be six students and one proctor.
Our friends at TestingMom.com sent Abacus Mom this top ISEE guide for students and parents.
The Independent School Entrance Exam, or the “ISEE”, is an achievement and reasoning test that is used to evaluate children around the country for private school entry. The ISEE was developed by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB), as an important part of their admissions criteria. It is worth mentioning that although the ISEE scores are an important component of the student’s application, additional factors such as school records and interviews also determine entry into a school.
You may be wondering which grade levels qualify to sit for this exam. Currently, the ISEE can be given to students in 2nd grade through high school. It is offered to students at four different levels with each level consisting of four sections plus an optional section.
The four levels are as follows:
Primary- Students entering grades 2-4
Lower- Students entering grades 5-6
Middle- Students entering grades 7-8
Upper- Students entering grade 9-12
The ISEE has five sections (Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Math Achievement, Reading Comprehension as well as an optional writing exercise). Except for the primary level, all ISEE levels include five sections. The primary level only has reading, math, and optional writing sections. Students entering 2nd grade will be provided with an auditory (listening) section, as well.
The next question you may be asking yourself is both “where” and “how” is the ISEE administered? Your student has a few options! A student has the choice of taking part in “large group testing” at school, or “small group testing” that is offered at a variety of testing offices. Currently the test is offered in both an online and paper-based format (The primary level is only available online). Both formats contain the same number of questions, as well as the same timing.