High School Admissions Newsletter – Volume 2

What You Should Be Doing Now:
 
Start Compiling a List of High Schools to Consider
It’s time to start thinking about which schools your child might want to apply to.  There are charter schools, public schools, parochial schools, local private schools, and boarding schools to think about, and lots of schools to evaluate within each of those buckets.  This fall is going to fly by, so now’s the time to start putting together a big list that you can narrow down  in October and November.  Right now, the best way to start doing this is to collect as much information as possible, especially by going to school fairs, tours, and open houses.Here are some resources that can help:

  • The NYC High School guidebook (good for basic information only but will give you a good sense of which public schools your child is eligible for based on his/her grades and test scores)
  • InsideSchools (has lots of information, but best for looking up specific schools, not browsing)
  • The Parents League of New York hosts workshops and has information about lots of different kinds of schools (especially private and boarding) on their website
  • The TACHS Handbook has a lot of information about the parochial school admissions process and links to all of the parochial high schools in New York City.
  • For more information about boarding schools, you can go to either the TABS website or Boarding School Review.
Manage Your Calendar and Attend School Open Houses
As you’ll see below in the Upcoming Events section, there are already a TON of things on the calendar.  I want to warn you that this is going to be a very busy fall if you do the process right – there might be weeks when you have 3-4 school visits or Open Houses in one week!
As burdensome as it will be, I urge you to visit as many schools and fairs with your child as possible.  Many schools (both public and private) will give you an advantage in admissions if you have attended an Open House, visit, or fair.  Additionally, your child will have to rank his/her public school list in order of preference in November and is stuck with the school he/she gets into – you want to make sure you really know about the schools you rank on that list!
There’s an Upcoming Events list in every one of these emails, but you can also view my master Google Calendar to see events that are more than 2 weeks away.
 
 
High School Spotlight: Brooklyn Latin School
 

Brooklyn Latin is the smallest of the city’s elite specialized high schools, with just 509 students in grades 9-12.  Students are accepted into Brooklyn Latin based on their score on the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT).High quality, rigorous academics are the rule at Brooklyn Latin – every child takes four years of Latin, completes 150 hours of community service and writes an extended research essay.  Additionally, Brooklyn Latin is the only specialized school (and one of the few in the city) to offer an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, a degree widely accepted at universities in more than 100 countries.  Students participate in Socratic seminars, in which they learn by communicating according to formal rules of discussion. Talking is an important part of the school’s culture. In declamations, students must memorize a poem or speech and present it to the class. All students take four years of laboratory science: physics, chemistry and two years of IB biology.

It should come as no surprise then that Brooklyn Latin has a 100% graduation rate and that it’s graduates go on to some of the top colleges in the country, including Smith, Vassar, Amherst, Brown, Cornell and Emory.
You can read the Inside Schools review of Brooklyn Latin here.
You can also learn more about the school by visiting its website.

Upcoming Events:

Immediately –

  • Register for Bard High School Early College Assessment
(note – students must have an 85+ average and a 3 or 4 on both state exams to be eligible to apply to Bard) To register, please go to: http://bhsec.bard.edu/admission/
  • Register for Eleanor Roosevelt High School Tours

(note – students must have an 90+ average and a 3 or 4 on both state exams to be eligible to apply to Eleanor Roosevelt) To register, please go to: http://erhsnyc.org/apps/pages/?uREC_ID=91117&type=d

  • Register for Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT)
(Students must register and get a ticket from their middle school guidance counselor)
  • Register for the Test for Admission to Catholic High Schools (TACHS) Exam

Register at http://www.tachsinfo.com/

Saturday, September 14 (TOMORROW!!!) –

  • Inspiring Young Minds Prep School Fair
2:00PM – 4:30PM
The Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10027
If you have any interest in boarding schools, this is a great event to go to because lots of different schools will be there and they will have a lot of information about the admissions process and financial aid.
***Don’t forget to talk to schools about fee waivers for the SSAT and applications!
Sunday, September 15 –

  • Diversity Roundtable (DRT) Reception
1:00PM – 2:30PM
Columbia University, Low Library Rotunda, 535 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10027
This is another event for families interested in learning more about boarding schools, hosted by 10 of the best boarding schools in the country.  If you’re interested, you should register using this link: http://www.tenschools.org/pagecalpop.cfm?p=1&bid=174&verbose=2173
Monday, September 16 –

  • Parents League Boarding School Fair
4:30PM – 7:30PM
Loyola School, East 83rd Street between Park and Madison, New York, NY
Yet another event for families interested in boarding schools.  This event, though, is targeted to families across the city, most of whom will be paying full tuition for high school, so there will likely be less information about financial aid and life for students of color at boarding schools than the previous two events.
Tuesday, September 17

  • Parents League Day School Fair
4:30PM – 7:30PM
Loyola School, East 83rd Street between Park and Madison, New York, NY
This is an event for parents learning more about private schools in New York City.  There will be a fair, where lots of different schools will have booths, followed by a panel discussion about the admissions process.http://www.parentsleague.org/events_workshops/day_school_fair_boarding_school_fair/index.asp

Wednesday, September 18 – 

  • Bard High School Early College Manhattan Open House
5:30PM – 7:30PM525 East Houston Street, New York, NY 10002

  • New York Harbor School Open House

4:00PM – 6:30PM

Open Houses begin at 4:45 PM and end at 5:45 PM. Students and their families should plan to arrive at the Battery Maritime Building by 4:00 PM in order to ride the 4:15 PM ferry to Governors Island. Travel directions are located here. Be sure to register for an Open House by completing the form below! http://newyorkharborschool.org/admissions/open-houses/

Saturday, September 21

  • Cathedral Preparatory Seminary Open House

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

56-25 92nd Street Elmhurst NY 11373

Sunday, September 22

  • Last day to register for October 12 SSAT

This is the test that students applying for boarding school have to take.  Please contact me if you have questions about whether your child should be taking this test.

Register here: http://www.ssat.org/test/registration/fees-deadlines#calendar

Monday, September 23, 2013

  • Bard High School Early College Queens Open House
5:30PM – 7:30PM
30-20 Thomson Ave. (6th Floor), Long Island City, Queens

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

  • Bard High School Early College Manhattan Open House
5:30PM – 7:30PM

525 East Houston Street, New York, NY 10002

  • New York Harbor School Open House

4:00PM – 6:30PM

Open Houses begin at 4:45 PM and end at 5:45 PM. Students and their families should plan to arrive at the Battery Maritime Building by 4:00 PM in order to ride the 4:15 PM ferry to Governors Island. Travel directions are located here. Be sure to register for an Open House by completing the form below! http://newyorkharborschool.org/admissions/open-houses/
Friday, September 27 –

  • All City Leadership Secondary School Open House

7:00PM

321 Palmetto Street Brooklyn, NY 11212

Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29 – 

  • Citywide High School Fair @ Brooklyn Tech
29 Ft. Green Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217 10AM – 3PM
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