"I'm really enjoying telling other parents my son is going to Stuyvesant!" 

With so much time and effort spent navigating the High School selection process, it inevitably comes up in conversation. A parent told me last week that when this happens, she's been surprised how much she's enjoyed saying that her son is going to Stuyvesant. "The conversation kind of stops after I say that." She continued, "I mean, I didn't go to Harvard..." At which point I felt compelled to interject, "Yes, but he might!"

Even if your child decides to attend a non specialized high school - to Beacon, Bard or Millennium - it's nice to know, and be able to say, they had the choice to attend Brooklyn Tech, Bronx Science or Stuyvesant.