Navigating Public and Private School Admissions
A 3-PART SERIES TO GUIDE FAMILIES IN MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL APPLICATIONS
One of the biggest issues for families continues to be the upset in children's learning as a result of the pandemic. Whether at school or online, education has entered uncharted waters. Some families may find themselves unexpectedly seeking different educational options for their children. Others, already planning school changes, suddenly are facing different procedures and concerns than in usual times. Where do families begin when they are considering a change of school for their children?
The Brown Club in NY is ready with experts to help! Our experts will share evidence-based strategies for parents to support home learning and positive family dynamics, as well as key tips and guides to those considering applying out – whether to public or private schools.
(1) Finding a Seat in the NEW NYC Public School Admissions
Tuesday, April 13, 7:00-8:00 pm EDT
Dramatic changes are here for New York City public school system admissions, from pre-K talented and gifted, to coveted neighborhood middle schools, up to the crown jewels of the NYC system – its eight specialized high schools. In this webinar, longtime NYC public school über-expert Maurice Frumkin will discuss the landscape of public school admissions in NYC, impacts due to COVID, and the current state of selective public school admissions. Bring your questions for Q&A, too!
Maurice Frumkin is President of NYC Admissions Solutions, former Deputy Executive Director of High School Admissions with the NYC Department of Education, and former independent school admissions officer. He has over 15 years of experience counseling schools, families and other organizations on school admissions. Maurice and his team of admissions experts work personally with families to help navigate both public and private school admissions for Pre-K through college.nycadmissionssolutions.com
(2) An Introduction to Private Middle to High School Admissions
Monday, April 19, 7:00-8:00 pm EDT
Choosing to apply to middle- or high school can be a daunting process: Which school is the best fit for your child and your family? Should you limit your search to local options or consider boarding school? 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 – especially given the changes and disruptions of the pandemic. The Brown Club is thrilled to have two terrific experts – in both boarding schools and NYC independent schools – together to address these topics and more!
Krista Peterson is a College and Secondary School Admission Consultant with College Goals, an educational consulting firm founded and directed by a former longtime Brown University Dean. Krista brings many years' experience as an independent school admission associate, as well as a college advisor. Now an independent educational consultant working with boarding school and college applicants, Krista brings tremendous insight and range to advising students and parents. collegegoals.com
Evie Gurney is School Advisor for the Parents League, New York City's prime and longtime esteemed independent schools organization counselling families applying to private schools, as well as public, parochial and boarding schools. Evie specializes in middle and high school admissions. Previously, Evie was Director of High School Placement at Bank Street School for Children, where she annually placed 40 eighth grade students at a wide range of high schools. parentsleague.org
(3) Getting a Handle on Testing for Middle and High School Admissions
Tuesday, April 27, 7:00-8:00 pm EDT
In this illustrated presentation geared to parents, master test prep tutor Karen Berlin Ishii will explain the key differences between the most popular private school entrance exams, as well as the latest on the SHSAT, NYC's specialized high school exam. She'll share the low-down on test prep resources, managing test anxiety, how and when to get your child started on test prep, and of course, tips and techniques to avoid those trick answer choices!
Karen Berlin Ishii, a Brown alumna with over 20 years’ test prep teaching experience, specializes in individualized prep for the ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, SAT, ACT 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. She edits Barron's prep books for the ISEE and SSAT and is a faculty member at Summer@Brown, where she conducts SAT and ACT prep workshops.karenberlinishii.com
If you have questions you are thinking of already, please send them to us in advance, so our experts can use them to guide their presentations! Please send your questions to Karen Berlin Ishii at email@example.com, indicating for which presentation they are intended.
Presenters subject to change without notice.
ALSO: Don't miss the first event of our series on Pandemic Parenting:
"Pandemic Parenting in Transition,"
Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 7:00-8:00 pm EDT
Questions? Email: Karen Berlin Ishii at firstname.lastname@example.org