Getting in! Clinching the perfect NYC secondary school for your child

Making smarter choices – from prep to applications to enrollment

Choosing a high school in New York City can be a daunting process: Public or private? Which school is the best fit for your child and your family? From finding time for test prep to writing the admissions essay, from conjuring up a school list to crunching tuition figures, the school admissions process is fraught with big questions and challenges for students and their parents.

How do you make sense of all of the options and navigate your way through the deadlines?

The Brown Club in New York is proud to present a panel of trusted experts – each with a unique perspective on the process – to help your family make wise school application decisions, whether your student is just embarking on private or public school admissions.


About our panelists:


Andrew Hume is the Director of Enrollment and External Relationships at Calhoun School, a progressive, coed PreK-12 school on the Upper West Side.  Before coming to Calhoun in 2003, Andrew was Director of Admission at The College School in St. Louis, MO.


Alexandra Hancock is Director of Student Enrollment at the brand-new BASIS Independent Brooklyn school, the newest of the BASIS schools located throughout the country. As of fall 2015, the school will welcome classes K-9, going up to K-12 over the next three years. BASIS schools are notable for their academic rigor, innovative approach to STEM education, and competitive tuition rates. Learn more at


Dana Haddad has been involved in education for more than a decade, first as a teacher and then as Director of Admissions at Claremont Preparatory School in Manhattan and Associate Director of Admissions at Horace Mann School. She has worked with over 6,000 families, helping them navigate the private school admissions process to find the right fit for their children’s educational needs.


Maurice Frumkin is former Deputy Executive Director of High School Enrollment at the NYC Department of Education. Previously, he served as middle and high school admissions officer with a top NYC independent school. With over 15 years’ New York City area school experience, he is an expert in NYC high school admissions.

Karen Berlin Ishii, a Brown alumna with over 20 years’ teaching experience, specializes in individualized prep for the ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, and other school and college entrance exams. She has taught for The Princeton Review and headed Boston Academic Tutors, creating courses for The British School in Boston, among others.


Our experts will share their ideas, tips and key information based on years of experience in their fields, to help you and your child get through competitive middle school and high school prep, admissions and choice process – step-by-step, with understanding and clearer goals. There will be dedicated time for attendees’ questions, as well.

The event is open to alumni, family, and friends. Space is extremely limited so please register soon!

Light refreshments will be served.


Cost: $25 per person for members of The Brown Club in NY  CLICK HERE for members' tickets

$35 per person for non-members   CLICK HERE for non-members' tickets

Where: The Culture Center

410 Columbus Ave, NY NY 10024 (between 79/80th Streets)


When: Saturday, March 7, 2015


Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm


This event is not recommended for children under the age of 12.

Panel participants subject to change without notice. 

For additional information, please contact Karen Berlin Ishii at