NYC Schools

  1. NYC Schools Anyone has received response for Hunter Kindergarten? What is the process like for this year? 1-24-2021 10:44am (2 replies)
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    • the bulk of us here have kids applying for either hs or college. I'm doubtful there is much K activity here 1-24-2021 10:45am
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    • - no subject -...(more) 1-25-2021 4:36pm
      They're doling out round 1 results sloooowly. I haven't heard of anyone who got through to round 2 yet, but have heard a few who didn't make the cut. TBD on what round 2 will involve.
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  2. NYC Schools NYC D13 middle schools -- what do people think of the priority for families who qualify for free and reduced lunch? Does it change how you will rank schools? 1-22-2021 11:19pm (1 reply)
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    • no it shouldn't. The focus is going to be based more on geographic location 1-22-2021 11:20pm
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  3. NYC Schools Admission process for off entry year...(more) 1-21-2021 6:24pm (19 replies)
    Is anyone familiar with the admission process for the off entry year at TT NYC private schools? Have they started interviewing already or do they wait until March when they get the contracts back?
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    • Depends on the year and also the family. They can always make a spot, but often choose not to. 1-21-2021 6:25pm
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        • 7th is not off for anyone. Main entry point for prep students 1-21-2021 6:27pm
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          • what are prep students? for lots of privates, it's 6th & 9th. 1-21-2021 6:28pm
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            • prep for prep, program for URM kids to enter TT schools 1-21-2021 6:29pm
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              • Not just tt. All private’s and boarding 1-21-2021 6:29pm
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              • I know prep for prep, but 1-21-2021 6:30pm
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                • ^ "prep" is something else. 1-21-2021 6:30pm
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              • At a real tt? 1-21-2021 6:33pm
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          • You mean boarding or prep for prep kids 1-21-2021 6:28pm
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        • Uh,mtge entry points are I. 6th and 9th 1-21-2021 6:28pm
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    • Unlikely and unless you know someone or can donate a shit ton, look at tier 2/3 1-21-2021 6:27pm
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      • I don’t think tier matters. Either they really want you, or you are lucky and spots open up and your kid is a good fit 1-21-2021 6:28pm
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      • This is not true 1-21-2021 6:31pm
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    • They will often tell you if they have spots or that they won’t know until March 1-21-2021 6:28pm
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      • - no subject -...(more) 1-24-2021 2:30pm
        If the school opens up application process for non entry year, will they interview everyone who has completed all the steps and submitted an application by the deadline or do they sort out and only interview few and not the others?
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  4. NYC Schools Using Steroids in Athletics and How it Affects Young Hands and women...(more) 1-20-2021 4:01pm (0 replies)
    Steroids are usually at times prescribed by the medical doctor with regard to anemia or even regarding men with some sort of low testo-sterone depend. Abuse involving anabolic steroids means having doasage amounts 10 times in order to 100 times tougher than that prescribed medically. http://www.ironmagazineforums.com/members/1001491-Bobbykic and look at this https://gloriajaozv51.livejournal.com/
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  6. NYC Schools What qualifies as an URM in NYC private school admissions? 1-18-2021 11:55pm (11 replies)
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    • Anybody except rich white people? 1-18-2021 11:56pm
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      • But most Asians are not considered URM I think? 1-18-2021 11:57pm
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        • sure they are. Schools like trinity like to say they are more than 50% URM, but that includes asians and south asians. Still only a very very small number of black students, and...(more) 1-19-2021 12:01am
          they have plenty of applicants they just don't want too many black students.
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          • I've noticed some schools tout that they have a large percentage of students of color but it doesn't necessarily mean those are black students. 1-19-2021 12:02am
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            • it does NOT. we are a black family in the private school system and they are woefully bad about diversity. All of them. They don't want to scare about white families. And the way...(more) 1-19-2021 12:11am
              black students and families are treated is pretty miserable.
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          • - no subject -...(more) 1-19-2021 8:38pm
            You are confusing two different concepts - persons of color (PoC) and underrepresented minorities (URMs). URMs will potentially receive a leg up in admissions but Asian PoCs are unlikely to receive such a leg up.
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    • I dunno bc I don't know what a URM is 1-18-2021 11:57pm
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      • underrepresented minority 1-18-2021 11:57pm
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      • Under represented minority 1-18-2021 11:57pm
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    • not white, not asian. 1-19-2021 12:00am
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    • Black and Latina/o 1-19-2021 12:02am
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  7. NYC Schools NYC D13 middle school parents -- what are people thinking, ms915, dock street, brooklyn prospect, any other thoughts . . . it's all lottery, hard to know, 1-18-2021 5:48pm (1 reply)
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    • - no subject -...(more) 1-28-2021 12:03am
      Hello from district 3 :)
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  8. NYC Schools Not a "Highly Motivated, self-starter"...(more) 1-18-2021 12:32pm (24 replies)
    My teen has ADHD/anxiety and school fell by the wayside during COVID. Very smart and gets good grades/scores somehow. I need a private high school that is mainstream and challenging but supports students with learning difficulties and social anxiety. NYC. Any suggestions?
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    • Most NYC privates support LDs. I have a DS exactly like this. Tell me more about him/her and I'll suggest a few schools. 1-18-2021 12:34pm
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      • I'm new here. Do I have to reply in the subject line only? 1-18-2021 12:36pm
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        • I don't know what that means. You can hit reply and type. Hope that helps. 1-18-2021 12:37pm
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          • I just get a subject line. Anyway, thank you so much for responding. He goes to a great middle school that provides a lot of support. He has a 504. Teachers give him extra...(more) 1-18-2021 12:41pm
            tutoring when needed, wobble seat in class, will let him choose his own topics, etc. He also has trouble making friends, so wants a large school with other quirky kids like him. He's good at everything he tries but gets bored with absolutely everything and speaks more like an adult than a teenager.
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            • Grace Church, Friends, Birch Wathen, Dwight Englewood. He sounds great by the way! 1-18-2021 12:47pm
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              • Thank you. I really appreciate it. I research DE. I spoke with many people who said they pay lip service to supports but no real help. I also went to a virtual tour where the...(more) 1-18-2021 12:50pm
                principal intimated that they have "some" help but didn't seem welcoming to those who might be different.
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                • "Researched" 1-18-2021 12:50pm
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      • I'm not sure I agree. There is ADHD at nyc privates. There is not support I'm aware of for LD 1-18-2021 12:37pm
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        • Most have a learning specialists, even Trinity. All schools have kids with LDs. 1-18-2021 12:39pm
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          • Can you provide evidence for that? OP - my recommendation is you get a membership to parent's league. they will give you the straight dope 1-18-2021 12:41pm
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            • What are you requesting evidence of? 1-18-2021 12:42pm
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              • All schools have learning specialists and LDs 1-18-2021 12:43pm
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                • ^my recommendation stands. OP should join parent's league, they will be honest with her and truly know all the schools 1-18-2021 12:43pm
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                • 20-30% of all kids have some sort of learning difference and most independent schools have learning support departments 1-18-2021 12:46pm
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                  • ^^a simple search of target school websites will give you more info 1-18-2021 12:47pm
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                    • They don't really tell you the true situation on websites. They have to SAY they support LD's, but many schools counsel out when it gets to be an actual problem. 1-18-2021 12:52pm
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                      • Or tell you to solve it yourself with tutoring. 1-18-2021 12:53pm
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                  • independent school teacher: many schools do not have the kinds of support that OP's dc may very well need. That is not their mission. 1-18-2021 12:51pm
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    • York Prep 1-18-2021 12:37pm
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      • OR: Depends. If the kid is naturally smart and tests well he/she can aim higher. 1-18-2021 12:37pm
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    • OP. how old is he/she? My ADHD kid became highly motivated in HS and when maturity took over. 1-18-2021 12:41pm
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    • Dwight. Good supports and they differentiate a lot, on both ends. Also CGPS 1-18-2021 12:49pm
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    • I don't have firsthand knowledge but my impression is that most privates screen out any applicant with a known LD. They may provide some support for existing students if an LD...(more) 1-18-2021 11:49pm
      emerges. But they generally aren't open to accepting new applicants with LD's given that they have so many applicants. That's for mainstream privates. There are some privates that specialize in kids with LDs. Like Mary McDowell Friends School or Quad Prep. I think you'd def want to check in with a consultant or the Parents League so you can target schools where you have a good chance.
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  9. NYC Schools What does a successful interview look like for a 4 year old applying to private k? 1-17-2021 10:15pm (93 replies)
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    • Be authentic. They will let you know if they like dc and it's obvious if they don't. Don't make it staged or scripted. What schools are you applying to? I can give more advice....(more) 1-17-2021 10:17pm
      Used to be in admissions at a very competitive private. Retired now.
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      • Np here - collegiate and hm? Any insight ? 1-17-2021 10:18pm
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        • For K? 1-17-2021 10:19pm
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          • Yes 1-17-2021 10:19pm
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            • Are you applying next year or have you already applied? 1-17-2021 10:20pm
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              • Already applied :) hoping the fact he wasn't great in his zoom interviews (hm,) will be treated kindly 1-17-2021 10:21pm
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                • What do you mean by "wasn't great"? 1-17-2021 10:22pm
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                  • He didn't really want to participate in the beginning. Was over all the zoom. But once it started he did well. The interviewer was very h friendly :/ compared to all of the other...(more) 1-17-2021 10:24pm
                    Interviews we had
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                    • Yes this year is particularly difficult and strange. Did HM require a video of your child? Most privates are 1-17-2021 10:25pm
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                      • No, only one was trinity but we didn't get an interview anyways. I heard girls schools required ? Dalton didn't 1-17-2021 10:26pm
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                        • Did HM require any additional supplements for the application for the child? 1-17-2021 10:28pm
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                          • They had their own exam (zoom) called the first look assessment. Different than the other schools (t,&e). 1-17-2021 10:29pm
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                            • I thought so. How did DC do on the t&e? 1-17-2021 10:32pm
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                              • They don't give results . I couldn't watch or listen..I know on the first look he did very well but it seemed easier than the t&e 1-17-2021 10:33pm
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                                • Yes I know. But sometimes you can guess. Did you prep at all? 1-17-2021 10:34pm
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                                  • He prepped. We had to be in sight with headphones on and eyes down so I can't even guess. He seemed confident so hopefully he did well 1-17-2021 10:36pm
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                                    • I'm sure it went just fine! Well GL and update us on the acceptances 1-17-2021 10:37pm
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      • This is crazy. If they like yoir 4yo? I can’t wrap my head around interviews for school for children. 1-17-2021 10:23pm
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        • Usually children applying for Kindergarten have "playdates" where it's easy to detect their focus, adaptability, social relationships, behavior, helpfulness etc 1-17-2021 10:24pm
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          • They didn't do that this year bc of covid 1-17-2021 10:25pm
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            • They tried to do Zoom-friendly activities. I've heard from colleagues in the admissions world that it's harder to get to know the kids and I think everyone is giving grace this...(more) 1-17-2021 10:27pm
              year with regards to Zoom unfamiliarity among the little kids.
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              • None of the schools we applied for had activities - most didn't even see dc (they all relied on the t&e). Only hm and Riverdale interviewed dc 1-17-2021 10:28pm
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                • Strange. I'm hearing the opposite from ss schools. Trinity and dalton too 1-17-2021 10:29pm
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                  • ^Was it really only the t&e?? 1-17-2021 10:30pm
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                    • Yes. Dalton collegiate only the t&e and the parent (zoom ) interview. We only applied to a few schools so I can't say abt the others. They didn't observe the classroom and never...(more) 1-17-2021 10:31pm
                      saw the child. They used t&e as exam and interview even though it wasn't a school person who administered it
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                      • I'm sorry. This year is really strange. I used to work at one of the "TT" schools and never thought they would rely on t&e 1-17-2021 10:34pm
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                        • I was shocked when dalton and collegiate didn't interview dc. 1-17-2021 10:36pm
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                          • I'm shocked too. And that puts a lot of pressure on the parents to sell your child! 1-17-2021 10:37pm
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                            • Or it could be that they are just relying on PSDs and their recommendations. 1-19-2021 1:31am
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        • As an admissions officer how would this go over? 1-17-2021 10:30pm
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          • I replied below 1-17-2021 10:36pm
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        • Which school (I'm the one replying above ) 1-17-2021 10:32pm
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          • A competitive PS-12 private in Brooklyn. 1-17-2021 10:35pm
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        • The counting stuff really doesn't matter as much as you would think. They're mostly testing her approach to problem solving/persistence. As long as she got to 10 she'll be just...(more) 1-17-2021 10:36pm
          fine.
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          • Ok. Thank you. She did get to 10. This process just feels like kind of a crapshoot. We 1-17-2021 10:38pm
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            • re a "normal" family. Not super fancy. Just really hard to tell what our chances are. 1-17-2021 10:38pm
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              • URM? 1-17-2021 10:39pm
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                • We are a mixed race family but it's not an underrepresented minority I don't think. 1-17-2021 10:40pm
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                  • Totally fine. It really is a numbers game honestly, good luck. Report back with acceptances! 1-17-2021 10:43pm
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            • It's a total crapshoot. 100% 1-17-2021 11:01pm
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    • Make sure your child doesn't ask for salary until he gets an offer. 1-17-2021 10:17pm
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    • Do you have a resumé? 1-17-2021 10:17pm
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    • This sentence is exactly the reason why we left the city when we had DCs. -- I was not going to have my toddlers interview. 1-17-2021 10:23pm
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      • How else do admissions officers get to know the kids? 1-17-2021 10:28pm
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    • For admissions replier- what are the tt really.looking for in the child? 1-17-2021 10:38pm
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      • Academic promise (I know, I know it's hard to tell in a 4 yo...), healthy relationships w/ peers and adults, enthusiasm. But parents play a huge role. They want to know that...(more) 1-17-2021 10:42pm
        you're open-minded, will contribute to school (URM or $ or volunteering/PTA), just be personable and normal. I always tell people normalcy is underrated. You'd be surprised at the number of parents playing it up so drastically, it just turned me off. And lastly make sure they know you take your child's academic career seriously and want to support them! Hope this helps
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        • ^adding that preschool director is very important. 1-17-2021 10:44pm
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          • I believe my DC's preschool director doesn't play the game. Does this mean we're screwed? 1-17-2021 10:46pm
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            • They all do. Their goal is to get kids into schools. Unless she/he has a particular issue with you, you'll be fine. 1-17-2021 10:48pm
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              • I know for a fact that like 5 kids from my DC's class have applied to one of the same schools as us. Is the director really going to advocate for all of us to get into this...(more) 1-17-2021 10:51pm
                private k?
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                • Nope. She/he will choose the best 1 or 2 and advocate for them. The directors need to be trustworthy and won't advocate for a child if they aren't the right fit. Again, their goal...(more) 1-17-2021 10:53pm
                  is to place all of the students, whether at TTs or not.
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                  • Ugh so if she thinks my kid isn't one of the best 1 or 2 she's not going to advocate? Even though all of the kids are typical 4 you and we all pay the same tuition? Feels...(more) 1-17-2021 10:56pm
                    unfair.
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                    • Not that this process is supposed to be fair . . . 1-17-2021 10:56pm
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                      • It's not fair at all. It's simply a numbers game. At the school that I used to work at we would reject tons of worthy kids each year. 1-17-2021 10:59pm
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                        • I'm loving getting all of this inside intel. Thank you so much! Right now some schools are hosting various zoom events for prospective families to attend. I'm going to attend...(more) 1-17-2021 11:02pm
                          all of them and send a TY after each. Does doing this actually help our chances?
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                          • No problem! I love telling people about this stuff. Also my kids are in college and husband sleeping so my hands are free. Definitely attend zooms. TY after each is unnecessary...(more) 1-17-2021 11:09pm
                            though, admissions people get flooded with emails already. An "I love you" letter is a must and even a maybe a call with a few questions/thank you call. Remember, have enough contact with the school that they notice you but don't be overbearing. I remember a family sending emails/calling every few days and honestly every time we saw their name again we'd think "oh no not ___ again!" (the kid did not end up getting accepted)
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                            • Ok. I sent a first choice email to my top choice. Never heard anything back. Does that mean we prob aren't getting in, or do they just not respond to those sometimes? 1-17-2021 11:13pm
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                              • Imagine if they responded to each fc letter, that's all they would spend their time doing. Send another letter a few weeks before the deadline thanking them for their events etc...(more) 1-17-2021 11:17pm
                                and being enthusiastic about the school. Don't worry that you didn't hear back
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                                • Ok thank you. This is some good advice! Anonymous messaging board FTW! 1-17-2021 11:17pm
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                                  • Yes! Glad I could help. GL with acceptances 1-17-2021 11:18pm
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                            • Ps interesting re love letter. Our lady said noone does this anymore and it's totally unnecessary :/ we sent emails to our top 2 but I don't know why she said rhat 1-17-2021 11:44pm
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                              • I would just send a letter a few weeks prior to the deadline thanking them for everything (like the events) and telling them how passionate you are about the school. Only do this...(more) 1-17-2021 11:48pm
                                if you have a shot though.
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                                • ^What do you mean by "our lady"? Educational consultant? 1-17-2021 11:49pm
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                                  • Gah spell correct I meant our psd haha 1-17-2021 11:54pm
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                                    • Oh I see. I really don't know why she/he said that. It's possible that the director doesn't think you have a shot at a few so is advising you not to bother? 1-18-2021 12:08pm
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                                • How do we even know if we have a shot? Hm and c famously give no hints :/ 1-17-2021 11:55pm
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                                  • How did the parent interview go? 1-18-2021 12:08am
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                                    • I think we'll? Jason is Soo nice. We had a nice talk with c admissions head too . 1-18-2021 12:10am
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                                      • ITA! I'm close with Jason. It means your application is serious since they gave you head of admissions. Schools don't like to say but they always do this! 1-18-2021 12:12am
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                                        • Np. Does that mean if you don't interview with him that you aren't in the running? 1-18-2021 11:47pm
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                                        • Is this also this case for HM MS admissions? We and our DC interviewed with someone else. 1-19-2021 11:18pm
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                              • NP. It could be that your PSD is doing the work for you by advocating on your behalf and that is why she feels it's unnecessary. 1-19-2021 12:01am
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                    • TTs are really looking for the best of the best. And it's entirely possible that director advocates for none of them. But usually parents apply to enough schools so everyone gets...(more) 1-17-2021 10:58pm
                      into a few places. I mean if all 4 kids are extraordinary then maybe it would happen but very unlikely since schools don't take more than 2-3 kids from 1 preschool (normally)
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                      • We applied to one top choice TT school and two that are not TT. While I guess I'll be happy to just get in somewhere, I'm going to be sad if its not our top choice. The waiting...(more) 1-17-2021 11:00pm
                        is hard
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                        • Yes it's very stressful! Most parents apply to more than 3 schools. Is there any reason you only applied to 3? 1-17-2021 11:02pm
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                          • I limited it to schools where we have connections or a reasonable chance of getting in. It just felt too futile otherwise. 1-17-2021 11:07pm
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                            • Kind of regretting that now 1-17-2021 11:07pm
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                              • I'm sure you'll get in somewhere. Shutouts are relatively unusual, schools talk to each other and make sure most students have a place somewhere. 1-17-2021 11:11pm
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                                • Really?? This is interesting ! ,You mean the admissions people speak to each other at diff schools abt candidates ? 1-17-2021 11:13pm
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                                  • You make it sounds much more devious than it is! They really do want each student to get in somewhere and yes they talk, it's not negative though!! 1-17-2021 11:15pm
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                                    • Not devious! I guess I didn't realize they talked amongst themselves lol 1-17-2021 11:20pm
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                                      • I mean imagine if Trinity, Dalton, and HM all rejected John Bill and Ted but those 3 were the only schools they applied to. Then they would be shut out. In reality, the schools...(more) 1-17-2021 11:23pm
                                        would make an agreement to each take one of them. This is a little bit oversimplified but it's essentially how it often plays out.
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                                        • Do the TT schools coordinate in this way with non-TT schools? Like is the admissions person at Trinity in touch with an admissions person at a school like, for example, Basis...(more) 1-17-2021 11:33pm
                                          Independant?
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                                          • Not as much but preschool director will make sure dc gets in somewhere if the schools aren't communicating. 1-17-2021 11:36pm
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                                        • But I don't think it's uncommon to get shut out if those are the only schools you apply to. If that were the case, people would only apply to their top choices. 1-19-2021 12:59am
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                    • Did she tell you which schools she thought would be a good fit for your dc? That can give you a hint as to which schools she'll be advocating for. 1-19-2021 12:04am
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        • What kind of info is the psd giving them quietly? Are they telling them if x parents contributed, or gossip abt the kids etc ? 1-17-2021 10:44pm
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          • It isn't nearly as gossipy as parents think! LOL. It's mostly how they've seen the kid act, how the parents behave in the community. Don't care as much about $. The schools really...(more) 1-17-2021 10:46pm
            just want as much info as possible to determine if the child would be a good fit.
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            • Thank you!! This is so helpful. We really hope we are accepted .. it's so stressful. 1-17-2021 11:06pm
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              • No problem! Totally sympathize with the stress, it's horrible. GL 1-17-2021 11:12pm
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  10. NYC Schools This post has been deleted. 1-17-2021 9:31pm (3 replies)
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      • yes 1-17-2021 9:33pm
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        • I don't know we're applying now too. I sent 2 I like you emails no reply 1-17-2021 9:35pm
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  11. NYC Schools Anyone have feedback about chapin new head of upper school and new head of school? dd applying for 9th and curious about the new leadership. 1-17-2021 7:16pm (1 reply)
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    • New head of school is excellent. Don't know about upper school though. DD applying for 9th too! GL 1-17-2021 11:31pm
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  12. NYC Schools Application for twins...(more) 1-17-2021 6:09pm (4 replies)
    Would TT private schools in NYC reject both the twins if they see one as a good fit but not the other one? Anyone has experience applying for twins?
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    • Both of mine were accepted. It wouldn’t work for us if one was accepted and one rejected. Maybe it’s different for b/g twins. Mine are identical 1-17-2021 6:10pm
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    • I know a.set.of.twins was accepted tomtrinity from my kids preschool last hear- but not sure if they were legacy 1-20-2021 7:23pm
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  14. NYC Schools ISEE scores for NYC TT middle schools...(more) 1-17-2021 5:05pm (7 replies)
    Do TT schools such as HM and Riverdale mostly accept students with 8s and 9s in MS? Please can you share your scores (and anything else that you think helped) if you got into one of those schools? Thanks.
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    • HM 6th grade 7,7,7,8. 7s were high end of the stanine FWIW. 1-17-2021 5:07pm
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    • My friend's son got into HM with at least one 5. It was for 7th grade though, which is an off year. Came from another lower tier private school. 1-17-2021 8:49pm
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        Thanks. Did your friend's son have something else such as a strong EC that you think might have helped get in?
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        • Sporty boy, but nothing beyond typical. Very friendly and chatty kid. Probably did well in the interview. 1-17-2021 9:07pm
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    • 8999, she is very nice and ambitious 1-17-2021 11:32pm
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  15. NYC Schools Grace Church Headmaster is leaving (in one year)...(more) 1-16-2021 10:02am (8 replies)
    Does anyone know why?
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    • I mean he's been there a very long time. could just be a natural retirement. 1-16-2021 10:04am
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    • Don't know, but I can imagine there will be a huge turnover in private school administrators over the next couple of years. 1-16-2021 10:06am
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    • He’s white and male. Time to go. Replacement will be a black woman. 1-16-2021 10:25am
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      • You think they fired him? 1-16-2021 10:27am
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        • No. But he won’t be replaced with a white guy. That’s for damn sure. 1-16-2021 10:40am
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    • Actually 18 months. He’s retiring. This is the standard timeline. They will launch a national search committee that will interview and select candidates over next year and the...(more) 1-16-2021 10:27am
      née HOS will be in place for summer of 2022
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    • He probably regrets not retiring two years ago 1-16-2021 10:28am
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  16. NYC Schools High School for American Studies at Lehman College. Can anyone offer feedback? 1-14-2021 12:55pm (5 replies)
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    • Some of the smartest kids in the city - same SHSAT - and also the smallest, if that's an issue. 1-14-2021 12:57pm
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      • What is the school culture like? Competitive, collaborative? How are are teachers? 1-14-2021 12:59pm
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    • Not a good option if your kid is a math kid 1-14-2021 12:59pm
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    • If you are still watching this, yes. My child is a senior there. 1-14-2021 1:44pm
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      • Can you tell me a bit about your experience? Faculty? school culture? support? ty 1-14-2021 3:46pm
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  17. NYC Schools If you had the choice: Riverdale or Fieldston (for highschool) and why? TIA. 1-12-2021 9:43am (52 replies)
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      • ^^^Fieldston---prefer progressive is what I meant 1-12-2021 9:44am
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        • how much different do you think the 2 are in high school? 1-12-2021 9:45am
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          • Fieldston is much more artsy with more celeb parents. The academics are better at Riverdale. 1-12-2021 9:47am
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            • huh - i didn't know that - thought they were similar academically 1-12-2021 9:48am
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              • So did I, in fact I've heard Fieldston slightly better. 1-12-2021 9:49am
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                • np - me too. i thought it was HM, Fieldston, then Riverdale in terms of academic rep. I know Fieldston is more artsy so more kids would choose a less academic college maybe, but...(more) 1-12-2021 9:51am
                  not reputationally less rigorous
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                • No they aren't. Fieldston used to be but then it switched. Schools change rank. 1-12-2021 9:51am
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                  • do you have kids there? 1-12-2021 9:53am
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          • We toured both a couple years ago. The vibes are certainly different, but they are both great schools. We did progressive for K-8, so Fieldston would have been a better fit. In...(more) 1-12-2021 9:48am
            the end, DD ended up at a traditional SS school and it was fine.
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            • ditto, but I didn't like hill schools 1-12-2021 9:48am
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              • why not? 1-12-2021 9:49am
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              • how come? 1-12-2021 9:49am
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              • I love the Hill schools. They are beautiful and I like that my kids are outside so much. I should say that K-8 they were in SS (boys) then moved them to Riverdale for high school. 1-12-2021 9:50am
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                • I agree - being outside of the city and having open space every day is wonderful 1-12-2021 9:51am
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    • Horace Mann 1-12-2021 9:44am
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      • np - you can't follow directions so maybe you need to go back to school 1-12-2021 9:44am
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        • It was a joke 1-12-2021 9:45am
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          • actually the joke is on me - i thought the choice was between HM and FIeldston and i was looking for a "why" - i'm an idiot! 1-12-2021 9:45am
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    • what is this? southern mom 1-12-2021 9:44am
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      • two schools in a residential area in the Bronx that are very well respected and get a lot of students from Manhattan and Westchester 1-12-2021 9:45am
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        • wow- isn't west Chester in the STATE of NJ? how are students crossing state lines to attend school? 1-12-2021 9:47am
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          • It's in NY state; private school you can cross state lines. 1-12-2021 9:48am
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            • west Chester is in NYC? oh I did not know this. thanks 1-12-2021 9:50am
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              • Not in NY City, but north of NYC in NY State 1-12-2021 9:50am
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      • nyc private schools, situated in the bronx 1-12-2021 9:47am
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    • OMG neither, but with a gun to my head Riverdale 1-12-2021 9:44am
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      • why not and where would you prefer? 1-12-2021 9:46am
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        • too much racial tension at Fieldston. I'm not a fan of hill schools 1-12-2021 9:47am
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          • racial tension? Meaning trying to create a safe learning environment that accepts BIPOC students? 1-12-2021 9:48am
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    • Riverdale. Hands down. It is pretty progressive and I love the academics, the campus and most importantly, the administration/teaching staff. I could not be happier with a school. 1-12-2021 9:46am
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      • materialistic, terrible if you're a minority, just crass 1-12-2021 9:47am
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        • Minority? We are a normal family. Not Jewish and not materialistic. DCs love Riverdale. It has really changed over the past ten years. 1-12-2021 9:49am
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          • so you're a "normal" family - not a minority? LOL ok. 1-12-2021 9:52am
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            • I can tell you like to argue and I'm not about to enter into that with you. I am trying to convey that we are not wealthy and we are not Jewish (the two stereotypes about...(more) 1-12-2021 9:56am
              Riverdale).
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    • fieldston for sure - don't like AT ALL what i hear about riverdale student body and families 1-12-2021 9:47am
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      • What do you hear? 1-12-2021 9:47am
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        • showy, all about money, not at all diverse, untrained staff, parents who have basically cancelled any effort at diversity programs or training 1-12-2021 9:50am
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          • untrained staff? 1-12-2021 9:53am
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            • right, no diversity training, horrible environment for anyone who isn't white, rich, and jewish 1-12-2021 9:53am
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          • Riverdale parent here and you couldn't be more wrong. Riverdale is outstanding in their commitment to diversity, communicating with students (and parents) and the teaching staff...(more) 1-12-2021 9:53am
            is top notch.
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            • What do you think of Fieldston? Really trying to get a sense of the differences. 1-12-2021 9:54am
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              • I'm the Riverdale parent about. Fieldston is an excellent school. We toured there twice. It was just too hippy-dippy for all of us. If you have a kid who wants to pursue music or...(more) 1-12-2021 9:58am
                th e arts then I would highly recommend Fieldston.
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                • I have heard that but the 5 families I know there have kids who are athletes. Interested to hear more if anyone has knowledge. Hard not to be able to tour in person this year. 1-12-2021 10:13am
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            • tell that to the black families who send their kids there. 1-12-2021 9:54am
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              • You obviously have some kind of gripe. 1-12-2021 9:59am
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          • HM is the more materialistic of the schools but HM has excellent academics and also has normal parents as well. All the NYC school have materialistic families and normal families....(more) 1-12-2021 9:55am
            When you are in a position to pay 60K per kid you are going to find very wealthy families. In fact that is the only thing you need to think about "How will I feel when Johnny and Mary are home and almost all their classmates are at one of their several homes?"
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      • Please do not listen to this board. DCs almost didn't apply to Riverdale because of the stereotypes on this board. It is such a great school. I suggest you tour them all and talk...(more) 1-12-2021 10:01am
        to families that are there. The administration will put you in touch with people. That is what we did. GL.
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    • Can anyone comment about the upper school teachers and do they support the kids/helpful if they need academic support or do kids need to rely on tutors??? I am not op but also...(more) 1-12-2021 2:35pm
      interested in those two schools. TY
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      • Riverdale offers more support than Fieldston. Fieldston kids are treated like college kids and expected to be independent and self-advocates. Works for some, for others it does 1-16-2021 2:50pm
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    • Fieldston 100000% 1-17-2021 11:33pm
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  18. NYC Schools Anyone in D2 applying to MS? How are you feeling about the new process this year? 1-11-2021 9:59pm (2 replies)
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    • I’m in D2 - what’s the new process? 1-11-2021 10:00pm
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      • Meaning the lottery vs using test scores/grades 1-11-2021 10:01pm
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  19. NYC Schools What K schools have people gotten feedback from so far? 1-11-2021 12:15pm (0 replies)
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  20. NYC Schools Reposting here. Anyone have insight into the Character Skills Snapshot and which areas are most important for high school admissions? ty 1-10-2021 2:53pm (11 replies)
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    • OMG - DD took it a few days ago. It is so stupid. Just make sure DC answers honestly. I'm not sure why exactly you're asking this...it's not like you're going to tell DC: "OK ...(more) 1-10-2021 2:54pm
      make sure you answer ____ so that _____ is strong."
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      • This isn't for NYC Public High School? 1-10-2021 2:57pm
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      • Just asking out of curiosity. dc took it a week ago and i am just interested in hearing insight or perspective, not looking to influence the outcome. 1-10-2021 2:59pm
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        • Where is dc applying? Mine took it for Chapin. 1-10-2021 4:11pm
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          • same 1-10-2021 4:16pm
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            • It seems pretty bizarre that they make them do that. Doesn't seem accurate at all. 1-10-2021 4:17pm
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              • Where else is dd applying? 1-10-2021 4:17pm
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              • interested in ss girls schools, chapin is only school that requires this test. Report seems interesting but not sure it is accurate 1-10-2021 4:22pm
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                • So B, C, S, N? 1-10-2021 5:15pm
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    • Dont sweat it . Word its they are getting rid of it. Just have you dc think about being his best self while doing it. 1-13-2021 11:11am
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  21. NYC Schools Is 9,8,6,7 a good enough ISSE score for Riverdale or HM or Dalton 1-9-2021 3:23pm (28 replies)
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    • maybe, no, probably not 1-9-2021 3:24pm
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    • are you full pay? 1-9-2021 3:24pm
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    • context. how is the rest of the application? It's not a definite no. 1-9-2021 3:25pm
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      • All As and A-s; "well rounded", athlete, outgoing, interviews well 1-9-2021 3:27pm
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        • my kid (I've told you this before)...(more) 1-9-2021 3:29pm
          got in with scores lower than those. Everything else was outstanding. It wasn't a great day for him - those scores are to see if they can hack it at the school, not be the best. But now he's getting all As in honors classes, admissions did right.
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          • nice! how did admissions figure that out though? 1-9-2021 3:30pm
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              • wow and he's at one of op's schools? 1-9-2021 3:33pm
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                  • thats great! my ds got 9s on all and didn't get into our posh little private in the suburbs. 1-9-2021 3:40pm
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              • are you the 7,7,7,7 Trinity 1-9-2021 3:33pm
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                • ^mom 1-9-2021 3:34pm
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                  • no :) but I'm glad there are a few of us. 1-9-2021 3:35pm
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          • Thank you! 1-9-2021 3:30pm
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    • Yes though dc needs something else to actually get in 1-9-2021 3:25pm
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      • of course, just curious as to whether scores are in the ballpark 1-9-2021 3:29pm
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    • the 6 and 7 are in what? 1-9-2021 3:25pm
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      • 6 - reading comp and 7 - math acheivement 1-9-2021 3:26pm
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        • reading comp is the one privates are most concerned about. 1-9-2021 3:28pm
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        • 6 will be an issue at those schools, esp the 2nd two 1-9-2021 3:28pm
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    • Boy it girl? Better odds for a girl 1-9-2021 3:27pm
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    • You should (and I assume you do) have other schools on your list. The reading comp score is not a deal-breaker, but schools will have questions. 1-9-2021 3:34pm
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      • yes we do, but those are her favorites 1-9-2021 3:34pm
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    • For MS or for HS? 1-10-2021 4:02pm
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  22. NYC Schools Is there one section of the SSAT that schools look at more than the others, or place more importance on? 1-9-2021 3:10pm (7 replies)
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    • I think they don't like scatter. 1-9-2021 3:11pm
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      • What is considered scatter? Mine kid was 90s in math, 80s in verbal and 70s in reading comp 1-9-2021 3:13pm
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    • SHSAT? 1-9-2021 3:11pm
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      • No, SSAT. My ds took for private high school applications. 1-9-2021 3:12pm
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    • Curious about this too. My dd got 99% in verbal but 83 in math and 77 in reading. 1-9-2021 3:12pm
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    • This year the SHSAT is going to be a hot mess. Schools will be proctoring their own students, test security issues I am sure will be a thing and there will be schools that will...(more) 1-9-2021 3:14pm
      end up being closed (K-8) b/c of covid cases and no testing will be allowed on Jan 27 in those buildings
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    • Also interested in this! DD applying to middle school, has two sets of SSAT scores, in each case with two sections in the 90s and one section lower. 1-10-2021 10:55am
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  23. NYC Schools I am applying to grad school, and my TOEFL score is 10 points lower than needed...(more) 1-8-2021 2:28pm (5 replies)
    (I got 100, but the school requires a minimum of 110). Is it worth writing to school, explaining that this score does not reflect my mastery of the English language, or is better not to attract attention to this? What are my chances of getting in if the rest of my application is stellar?
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    • Can you retake the test? 1-8-2021 2:28pm
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      • I tried. It's the highest score I was able to get. 1-8-2021 2:30pm
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    • When i applied to college I barely spoke English. I was accepted but had to take English classes over the summer and pass 1-8-2021 2:29pm
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    • Do yo have an admission rep fighting for you? did they recruit you? 1-8-2021 2:30pm
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      • No, it's for grad school 1-8-2021 2:31pm
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  25. NYC Schools Anyone know anything about High School for Health Professions & Human Svcs? 1-7-2021 12:25pm (0 replies)
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