What are Bragging Rights Worth?

"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.