Getting in! Solving the NYC secondary school admissions puzzle

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*:


• Gary Miller is Director of Admissions Emeritus, Horace Mann School. He is Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Summer on the Hill, a year-round enrichment program at Horace Mann School for NYC's promising public school students. For 27 years until retirement, he served as Director of Admissions at Horace Mann. In the summers, Gary and his family direct Camp Merriwood for girls, a Miller family-owned camp for three generations.


• Elaine Perlman is a one woman panel of experts! A long time teacher and author of Be the Parent You Wish You Had: For All Parents and Grandparents, she is a parent advisor for the nonprofit Parents League of NY which helps thousands of families each year with school admissions and offers parenting and educational resources. Previously, Elaine was Dean and then a Director of Admissions at Columbia Grammar and Prep School.


• 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 admissions 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 – helping parents better understand the process and clarify 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: $20 per person for members of The Brown Club in NY  CLICK HERE for members' tickets

$25 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:   Thursday, April 27, 2017


Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm



This event is not recommended for children under the age of 12. All attendees must be registered in advance.


* Panel participants subject to change without notice. Because this event had to be rescheduled due to snowstorm on original date, there may be changes in panel participants. Please check back closer to event date for updates or email Karen Berlin Ishii.


Please note that this venue has steps. Anyone requiring accessibility, please contact Karen Berlin Ishii.


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