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  1. NYC Schools So excited about CGPS!...(more) 3-10-2019 4:39pm (8 replies)
    My DD is starting CGPS for kindergarten next year and we’re thrilled! An amazing education in a place that values kids having balanced lives. Why all the UB/Youbemom hate for such a wonderful place? FWIW their college exmissions are fantastic too.
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    • Congrats. It’s an excellent school. 3-10-2019 4:39pm
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    • Great school! My DD was waitlisted and we always wondered what might have happened if we pursued it more. 3-10-2019 4:40pm
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      • Where did she end up? There are lots of great options! 3-10-2019 4:45pm
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        • my dd went there--great school. She is at Cornell now! 3-17-2019 10:30pm
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          • ps--balanced loves comes to a hard stop around 6th grade 3-17-2019 10:31pm
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    • This post sounds like an advertisement 3-17-2019 10:31pm
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      • you are an idiot--what the fuck am I advertising-- 3-17-2019 10:33pm
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  2. NYC Schools High School Privates - choices made? If so where? 3-9-2019 12:48pm (7 replies)
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    • Yes. Don’t want to put myself 3-9-2019 12:49pm
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      • How could you? 100's of peeps looking at schools and deciding. Why would it out you? 3-9-2019 1:01pm
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    • Nope, probably boarding unless WL moves this week. 3-9-2019 12:50pm
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      • Waitlisted where? 3-9-2019 1:01pm
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      • Have heard the waitlist will move after all acceptances are in. Kids still doing revisits. 3-9-2019 1:03pm
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        • I am not sure which ones, and if they can move for dc but will try. 3-9-2019 1:11pm
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      • Did you apply to boarding or do you do that after? How does that work? We didn't but wonder. 3-9-2019 1:15pm
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  3. NYC Schools 8th graders are starting to get into arguments over the SHSAT controversy. They need to release school offers stat to get these guys less wound up. 2-28-2019 7:45am (9 replies)
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    • What is the controversy? 2-28-2019 7:52am
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      • Mayor is seeking to change admissions policy to be specialized high school mid-admissions season. Supposedly to address low representation of blacks and hispanics in the schools....(more) 2-28-2019 7:55am
        There is a pending lawsuit over it alleging it is racially discriminatory against Asians.
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        • I agree with it 2-28-2019 7:57am
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          • They are setting some kids up to fail. Discovery program admits used to go to the SHSAT schools with cutoffs close to their score. Now th y will be enrolling kids who failed to...(more) 2-28-2019 8:05am
            score above the cutoff for the least competitive schools to the most competitive schools.
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          • I don’t 3-1-2019 8:48pm
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          • I agree with the lawsuit. 3-1-2019 8:51pm
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        • In reality, the proposed admissions tinkering is unlikely to do much. The elephant in the room that no one is discussing is that groups that attend in low proportions also apply...(more) 2-28-2019 8:00am
          in lower proportions and have higher rates of declining offers of admission. Proposal does not address why these schools seem unpopular among these communities.
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          • - no subject -...(more) 3-1-2019 8:48pm
            actually, number of black and hispanic kids applying is quite high, last year 5,730 black kids, 6,495 latino, 5,139 white, 8,809 asians applied, the minority kids just don't score high enough to get in, see the stats in the article: https://admissionsquad.org/blog/2018/8/1/shsat-results-by-race-2018-vs-2017
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            • A lower proportion Sit for the test compared to their proportion of the student population...(more) 3-4-2019 8:13pm
              . Especially Latinos, over 40% of the stud t body but a small fraction sits for the test.
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  4. NYC Schools Which AP course is harder: (US) Government or Psychology? 2-27-2019 2:45pm (16 replies)
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    • Probably just depends on the kid & their interests. 2-27-2019 2:46pm
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    • Psychology 2-27-2019 2:46pm
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      • Psych? Too bad. DS is more interested in taking psych, but I think he's going to be pretty overloaded. 2-27-2019 2:47pm
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        • np- my rising senior will be taking Psych next year but isn't taking too many APs 2-27-2019 2:48pm
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          • DS will be a senior too. He does well but is not the most diligent student, so I don't want him to be swamped. He has to take an AP math, since that's all that's left, and he...(more) 2-27-2019 2:53pm
            wants to take at least one more....
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            • my kid will have an interesting mix...AP Psych, but also AP French, Middle Eastern Studies, and Anatomy/Physiology...plus Marketing. sounds more like a college schedule to me. 2-27-2019 2:56pm
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              • ^this year she knocked out a lot of requirements and took APUSH, pre-calc, etc 2-27-2019 2:56pm
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              • Wow. DS took Calculus this year. Will take AP psych and AP or honors Government, AP Computer Science, English Lit and Creative Writing, Honors Spanish, Physics and two or three...(more) 2-27-2019 3:04pm
                music classes (he's at a performing arts school). It might make sense for him to take AP Government and and no Psych, since I think he'll have a pretty challenging schedule without it and he has to take SS anyway.... (Of course, this is all up to him, but I still think about this stuff!)
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    • Gov is easy acc to my now-college freshman 2-27-2019 2:47pm
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    • i thought psych was so easy. was one of my majors 2-27-2019 2:48pm
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      • dd is taking it and finds it difficult but i think the teacher is bad. 2-27-2019 2:49pm
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        • Are you the person who said psych was harder? Or is that a different poster? 2-27-2019 2:54pm
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    • I can't compare but junior dd is taking AP psych this year - she loves it, but it's harder than she thought it would be. 2-27-2019 3:01pm
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  5. NYC Schools This post has been deleted. 2-25-2019 4:24pm (0 replies)
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  7. NYC Schools Horace Mann vs. City and Country for 3s and beyond?...(more) 2-23-2019 12:31pm (12 replies)
    We're currently very happy at City and Country, but have the unexpected option to switch to Horace Mann. Of course, the educational approaches are completely different at each--we understand that. But HM goes all the way to 12 and would be one of the best outcomes hoped for should our DC stay at C&C through 8. Main thing holding us back is our phenomenal experience at C&C. Firmly believe in their early childhood approach. DC absolutely loves going to school and has made lots of friends. On paper, HM seems perhaps the obvious choice, but we're finding it a much tougher call to make in actuality. Thoughts?
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    • I would always go for the k-12 option and academic rigor but that isn’t for everyone, you’re right. 2-23-2019 12:32pm
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      • We are all for "academic rigor" as well, but we have seen how well C&C works in the early years for ourselves 2-23-2019 12:34pm
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    • if you are Jewish or Asian, HM. If not no way. It is predominantly jewish and Asian. 2-23-2019 12:36pm
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      • Aren't there going to be a lot of Asians and Jews at any good NYC school? 2-23-2019 12:43pm
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    • I’m not in NYC anymore but wouldn’t pull a kid out of a good situation for HM. 2-23-2019 12:36pm
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      • Interesting. Mind detailing further? Thought HM was sort of a "no brainer". 2-23-2019 12:38pm
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        • For all the reasons you are outlining and are giving you pause. 2-23-2019 12:40pm
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    • If C&C works for your child and you believe in their approach, then stay with it. 2-23-2019 12:38pm
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    • While the education at hm is unparalleled, I haven’t been that impressed with their college selections thus far this year from what I’m hearing. Hard to stand out and not...(more) 2-23-2019 12:40pm
      guaranteed top tiers
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    • I would say give your child the benefit of a great young education. Pick a high school when you have some sense of what kind of environment motivates your child. 2-23-2019 12:43pm
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    • Are you Asian ? If so okay. Otherwise no 2-23-2019 12:44pm
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      • Haha what? Need more color (no pun intended). 2-23-2019 12:46pm
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  8. NYC Schools What's the word on public high school admission offer delays? Heard that the mayor's attempt to change the admissions guidelines for SHSAT schools midstream is delaying the...(more) 2-15-2019 12:22pm (8 replies)
    decision date from the originally scheduled Mar. 4? But to when?
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    • where did you hear that? 2-15-2019 12:24pm
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      • Comments sections on Chalkbeat and The School Boards online discussion forum. 2-15-2019 12:27pm
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      • DOE apparently disclosed the cutoff scores for an SHSAT offer under both the old and proposed admissions rubrics in the course of the litigation on this, too. (486 old way, 481...(more) 2-15-2019 12:28pm
        new way).
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    • do specialized and regular come out the same day? 2-15-2019 12:24pm
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      • Historically, yes. A lot of kids have to choose between an SHSAT offer and a regular application offer, so I don't think they'd release them separately. 2-15-2019 12:26pm
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    • I thought it was always march 8? 2-15-2019 12:27pm
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      • it was last year. nt always the same exact day. 2-15-2019 12:27pm
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        • ah, I guess I saw that. I hope my ds is happy with his results. 2-15-2019 12:29pm
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  9. NYC Schools What's the waitlist protocol for privates? 2-14-2019 5:46pm (0 replies)
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  10. NYC Schools This post has been deleted. 2-14-2019 8:44am (3 replies)
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    • no - not for a month 2-14-2019 8:44am
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    • Private? I recall boarding schools coming in the morning and day schools in the afternoon. 2-14-2019 8:45am
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      • Yeah private.. thanks! I know the guidelines say not before Feb. 14 so I didn't know if that actually meant today or what. 2-14-2019 8:51am
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  11. NYC Schools High schools...(more) 2-12-2019 1:41pm (2 replies)
    has, elro, or laguardia and why? tia.
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    • Laguardia no question. Isn't Elro zoned UES? no thanks. 2-12-2019 1:52pm
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    • hsa = highschool of american studies at Lehman? If you get into all 3, then you should be looking at quality of life factors (commute, class size, any friends there, etc) and...(more) 2-12-2019 2:01pm
      focus -- what does dc like best? A lot of reading and writing and going very deep into topics? performing arts most? or a general ed college prep program?
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  12. NYC Schools Anyone have experience with Leman Manhattan for a kid who needs supportive learning environment but not a candidate for an LD school? 2-11-2019 1:53pm (1 reply)
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    • TBH, I'd avoid any for-profit school, especially if a kid needs support. 2-11-2019 1:54pm
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  13. NYC Schools How far would you allow your 6th grader to commute for school? No school bus - subway or carpool 2-11-2019 1:45pm (2 replies)
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    • Three miles 2-11-2019 1:45pm
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    • - no subject -...(more) 3-13-2019 2:47pm
      i traveled 1.5 hours to high school from fresh meadows, queens to laguardia hs. train makes it an easier commute.
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  14. NYC Schools Any York Prep parents on? Do kids travel from Brooklyn or downtown? 2-11-2019 11:31am (2 replies)
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    • Not a parent there but DD's good friend is there and I know there are kids all the way from NJ. 2-11-2019 11:32am
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    • I know downtown kids there. Pretty much every middle and hs I. Manhattan has kids traveling from all over the city 2-11-2019 11:33am
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  15. NYC Schools Looking for a supportive school in downtown Manhattan for kid with mild LD's - not a candidate for an LD school. 2-11-2019 11:12am (7 replies)
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    • not public? 2-11-2019 11:13am
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      • looking for private 2-11-2019 11:16am
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    • Really depends on the LD. Does your dc need specific support. Do they need a lot of structure. 2-11-2019 11:19am
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      • Does not need a ton of structure, but would do well with a small class and attention to writing and processing. Reading and math are grade level. Just needs a nurturing...(more) 2-11-2019 11:22am
        uncompetitive environment with the possibility of extra support from learning specialists when needed. No behavioral issues and could stay at his current competitive private and struggle. But I would rather that he flourish.
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        • City & Country, Little Red, Corlears are all progressive and have small classes. My LD dc was at C&cC and LREI for hs. They definitly need to be self directed , meaning they...(more) 2-11-2019 11:27am
          don’t need a lot of structure and you do have to get your own tutors if needed. The learning support staff at both are incredible. I know a few kids with LDs at corlears or who were there and it seemed very supportive
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  16. NYC Schools How can one truly assess nyc private schools.. the commentary of the select few on this website can't possibly be the only place to glean important information.. any leads? 2-7-2019 6:40pm (0 replies)
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  17. NYC Schools LREI for high school...pros/cons 2-7-2019 5:55pm (14 replies)
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    • Really poorly regarded. 2-7-2019 5:57pm
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      • By whom? 2-7-2019 6:08pm
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      • I went there as a kid, then public HS in NJ, then Yale. not so poorly regarded 2-7-2019 6:09pm
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        • Are the kids who go their happy? Do they go to the colleges of their choice? Do they go on to lead successful lives?...(more) 2-7-2019 6:12pm
          This is how I determine whether a school is "good" or not..
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      • by people who don't get progressive ed 2-7-2019 6:09pm
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    • We left at MS 2-7-2019 6:10pm
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    • You have to be on board with progressive education. Where is DC now? 2-7-2019 6:11pm
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      • DC is in a progressive MS 2-7-2019 6:12pm
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        • We toured coming from Bank Street and know several families there whose HS kids are happy. 2-7-2019 6:14pm
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          • ^^^my DD thought the vibe there was "low energy," which is not a bad thing but it wasn't her thing 2-7-2019 6:15pm
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            • OP: My dc thought the kids looked bored.. I didn't think so at all. 2-7-2019 6:19pm
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  18. NYC Schools First choice letters...(more) 1-29-2019 11:11am (1 reply)
    Any downside to sending one? Our preschool director keeps saying she will let us know if our first choice wants one. Isn’t it late at this point? Are decisions really still being made?
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    • I would send first choice letter to let admissions know your intention to enroll if DC is admitted 2-5-2019 10:50am
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  19. NYC Schools Are admissions notifications sent via email or snail mail? (private school) 1-25-2019 9:04am (4 replies)
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    • Email mostly 1-25-2019 9:06am
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    • we're only heard from two (catholic) schools so far, but they both notified online. 1-25-2019 9:08am
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    • Or through their online application systems? 1-25-2019 1:43pm
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    • Email, or you sign in to the portal. 1-25-2019 1:46pm
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  20. NYC Schools Anyone transfer DC from public to private mid-high school?...(more) 1-24-2019 9:12am (0 replies)
    If so, where did they go? Was it a positive experience?
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  22. NYC Schools When do most kids do SHSAT prep? Spring of 7th? Summer courses? 1-3-2019 4:51pm (7 replies)
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    • depends on the kid. Take a practice test an assess. A,good program can raise score 50-75 pts 1-3-2019 4:53pm
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      • op: do you know the name of a good program? 1-3-2019 4:57pm
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        • where do you live? 1-3-2019 5:08pm
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          • We're in the South Slope 1-3-2019 5:15pm
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            • Smith Street Workshop 1-3-2019 5:36pm
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        • The Tutorverse - highly recommended. DC ISEE score improved significantly 2-5-2019 10:58am
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    • We did a sample test spring of 7th, then got him a book and an online prep program (forget the name, it's listen on Inside Schools website) that was under $100 and had him work on...(more) 1-17-2019 1:14pm
      it over the summer.
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  23. NYC Schools Xpost:what is staten island tech like? 1-2-2019 4:38pm (4 replies)
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  25. NYC Schools Does anyone share their experience of a child with good grades but low isee scores who has already been through the process. Did they get into any of their high school choices....(more) 12-21-2018 12:33pm (6 replies)
    I'm not talking top tier but not bottom either.
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    • what is isee? 12-21-2018 12:34pm
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      • a test you take to get into independent high schools in NYC 12-21-2018 12:34pm
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    • unless there's a special talent or donor-level money, i would aim for mid to bottom tier. 12-21-2018 12:42pm
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      • Do you think interviews matter? 12-21-2018 1:10pm
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    • How low is the ISEE? If 5/6 there is still a chance for a good mid tier school. Below that would be tougher 1-1-2019 9:20am
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    • - no subject -...(more) 1-16-2019 11:18am
      Df kid got into a Hills school with low ISEEs but good grades from a steller MS.
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