High School Admissions Newsletter – Volume 4

Hi Friends –

I hope everyone is ready to ask a ton of questions and gather a lot of information at the high school fair this weekend!  I have my floor-by-floor plan printed and ready to go.  Hope to see lots of you there.
If you’re not already doing it, you should link your calendar to my HS Admissions Google Calendar so you can just copy events over (let me know if this doesn’t work properly, please).  You can also read older versions of this email on my blog.

As always, please reach out if you have any questions,
If you were forwarded this email by someone else and would like to subscribe to the list directly, please email Michaela Daniel at michaeladaniel@gmail.com or click here.

What You Should Be Doing Now:
Keep Up the Good (Hard) Work!
1. Research lots of high schools (we’re still at the point where you should have an open mind and be ready to learn about as many schools as possible – talk to me if you need recommendations).
2. Visit schools and go to fairs – there’s nothing like seeing a school’s physical space in person, testing the commute, and talking to current students and faculty.  I took the ferry to the New York Harbor School this week – an illuminating (and beautiful) experience!
3. Prepare for the SHSAT, TACHS and other tests. (I know everyone spent the past week doing scrambled paragraphs before bed, right??)
4. Get ready for school auditions – memorize monologues, prepare portfolios, buy ballet slippers (if you need more info about audition schools, check out my blog).

Keep it up!  I wish this process was less complicated, but it’s worth the work, I promise!

Manage Stress

As you’ve probably noticed, this applying to high school thing can be stressful.  This is a big moment for 8th graders – most are just beginning to realize that they won’t be in the same school as their friends next year, they’re overwhelmed by the number of possibilities presented to them in the high school guide (not to mention options outside of public school), and they and have no idea where they’ll be or what they’ll be doing this time next year.  They are terrified that no school will accept them (no matter how qualified they are) and some are starting to regret choices they’ve made in the past (even if it’s not motivating them to make better decisions right now).  At the same time, they’re excited to start this next big chapter in their lives and are eager to have significant input in to deciding where they’ll go to high school.

And parents don’t have it much better!  You are balancing your real job with research, school visits, and nagging your child.  And I’m sure many of you are worried, too, that this won’t work out and that your family won’t have a great option for high school.
This combination of parent-child stress can be disastrous for family relations.  PLEASE take some time this week (and every week) to really enjoy and laugh with your children, tell them that you love them, find a way to boost their confidence, and talk about or do something that has nothing to do with high school.
And if you need someone to remind YOU that this is all going to be ok, call me!

High School Spotlight: Frank Sinatra School of the Arts

Frank Sinatra is a school that takes pride in offering rigorous, high quality instruction in both the arts and academics.  Located in a brand new building in Long Island City, Frank Sinatra offers studio majors in dance, drama, film & media, fine arts, instrumental music and vocal music.  The school also offers multiple Advanced Placement courses (about a quarter of students earn college credit from AP or College Now courses while at FSSA) and 97% of students earn a Regents diploma with an arts endorsement in 4 years.  Students must audition for admission to Frank Sinatra.  For more information about audition requirements for FSSA and other arts schools, please see my audition guide.
Learn more about Frank Sinatra by visiting their website, by reading the InsideSchools review, of by watching one of these videos.

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/

Friday, September 27

  • All City Leadership Secondary School Open House


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
Sunday, September 29, 2013
  • Catholic High School Information Fair
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Xavier High School – 30 W 16th Street Manhattan
  • Bishop Kearney High School Open House
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
2206 60th Street Brooklyn NY 11204

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

  • Millennium Brooklyn Open House
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
237 7th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215
  • Great Boarding Schools Fair: Yale Club (New York, NY)
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Yale Club, 50 Vanderbilt Avenue, New York, NY 10017

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

  • New York Harbor School Open House
4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
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/
4:30 pm – 5:30 AND 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
411 East 76th Street New York, NY 10021
  • Bard High School Early College Queens Open House
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
30-20 Thomson Ave. (6th Floor), Long Island City, Queens
  • Christo Rey Brooklyn High School Open House
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
710 East 37th Street Brooklyn NY 11203

Thursday, October 3, 2013

  • The Beacon School Open House for Manhattan and Bronx Residents 
4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
227 W. 61st Street New York, NY 10023

Sunday, October 6, 2013

  • Christ the King Regional High School Open House
10:00 am – 1:30 pm
68-02 Metropolitan Ave Middle Village NY 11379
  • Monsignor Scanlan High School Open House
11:30 am – 3:00 pm
915 Hutchinson River Parkway Bronx NY 10465
  • Moore Catholic High School Open House
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
100 Merrill Ave Staten Island NY 10314
  • Aquinas High School Open House
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
685 East 182nd Street Bronx NY 10457

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

  • Deadline to Register for SHSAT and LaGuardia High School Auditions
  • Regis High School Open House at 55 East 84th Street New York NY 100 28 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm55 East 84th Street New York NY 10028
  • Loyola School Open House at 980 Park Ave New York NY 100286:00 pm – 8:00 pm980 Park Ave New York NY 10028
  • Baccalaureate School for Global Education Open House6:00 pm – 7:30 pm34-12 36 AVENUE Queens
Thursday, October 10, 2013
  • Bard High School Early College Manhattan Open House @ 525 East Hous ton Street, New York, NY 10002October 10, 2013 at 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Fort Hamilton High School Open HouseOctober 10, 2013 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm8303 SHORE ROAD Brooklyn
Friday, October 11, 2013
  • Convent of the Sacred Heart Open House at One East 91st Street New York NY 10128October 11, 2013 at 8:30 am – 10:30 amOne East 91st Street New York NY 10128
  • St. George Academy Open House at 215 East 6th Street New York NY 10 003October 11, 2013 at 10:00 am – 2:00 pm215 East 6th Street New York NY 10003
  • St. Raymond Academy Open House at 1725 Castle Hill Ave Bronx NY 104 62October 11, 2013 at 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm1725 Castle Hill Ave Bronx NY 10462

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