Are you the parent of a 5th grader?
If so, you probably just completed the process of ranking preferred middle schools. And if you're like many other 5th grade parents, you spent last month confused - trying to figuring out the best strategy to get your child into their (or your) top choice school.
After weeks of thinking about the process, and especially after watching this video that explains the system (as applied to matching med schools grads to residencies), I've come to a conclusion:Read More
"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.Read More
On Wednesday evening, the DOE announced changes to the 2017 SHSAT. As expected, the Scrambled Paragraphs section was removed. The rationale for this change was that these questions were not aligned with the Common Core, and consistent with this reasoning the Logic section was also removed. These two sections will be replaced with questions on punctuation and grammar.Read More
Newsweek ranked four NYC Specialized High Schools as among the top 500 in the country - all falling within the top 100.
Stuyvesant High came in at #3 in the country, and perhaps more interestingly, Staten Island Tech ranked #13 nationwide and number 2 in New York state.Read More
Has your child used some of the first weeks of summer getting better prepared for the SHSAT?
If so, now may be a good time for a full length practice test!
There are full length tests in most of the commercially available study guides. Or you can use one of the two published by the DOE in the Specialized High Schools Handbook.Read More
What should my child do over the summer to prepare for the SHSAT?
Almost all parents ask me this question, and for most my answer is the same: have them study a topic each week and take a full practice test at the end of each month.Read More
Understanding an alarming – and misleading - statistic in the High School Directory.
On page two of the New York City High School Directory is a section titled “Navigating High School Admissions”, whose first section is aptly “Understand Admission”. On the next page is introduced the seemingly important issue of “seats” available for 9th graders at each the school.Read More