The reality is ...

School placement in our town is competitive and complex.

NYC schools are the best in the world, yet there are so many great choices with very unique admissions requirements.

Every student has best-fit schools based on their learning profile, community, family values and preferences, and goals.

Successful school placement has to do with planning.

Best plans ...

Consider your child.

Examine a wide variety of schools.

Prepare your child (and you) for the elements of the admission's process.

Support you through the process.

 

General Timeline

Private School 2s, 3s, and Pre-Kindergarten 

Before you begin the application process, determine when you will apply based on your child's birthdate.
Many programs will begin in the fall at either
18 months, 2.2 or 2.5 or 2.9 (this means two years, two months; two years, five months; or two years, nine months)
Spring before you will apply:
  • Create your spring tour action plan, specifically your plan for visiting schools - many schools open their visit schedules in April. These tours get filled up very quickly.
Late Spring/Summer/Fall
  • Ensure your child is preparing for their playgroup by meeting all developmental milestones and school-specific admissions criteria
Tuesday or Wednesday after Labor Day:
  • Access applications and complete in a timely manner
  • Applications should be thoughtfully completed
October through February
  • Attend open houses
  • Complete family visits, parent interviews and student playgroups
  • Write thank-you notes
  • Keep schools informed of your interest
February:
  • Private school notification (currently 2/27)

General Timeline

Public and Private High School in NYC

January/February of 7th grade:
  • Determine what types of schools you will apply to
  • Determine test preparation plan
  • Create a spring tour action plan
February of 7th grade:
  • Begin test preparation - be sure it involves mock testing, lessons, homework and practice, and enough time to master content and testing strategies. All tests will be taken in the fall of 8th grade.
March of 7th grade:
  • Create your spring tour action plan, specifically your plan for visiting schools - many schools open their visit schedules in April. These tours get filled up very quickly.
April/May of 7th grade:
  • Visit schools, narrow down your list
  • Continue test prep
August of summer between 7th and 8th grade:
  • Prep for tests
  • Register for ISEE or SSAT (at least two exams in fall)
  • Start applications (many open up in mid-August for private schools)
  • Write essays
  • Prep for interviews
September of 8th grade:
  • Register for public school tests, interviews, or auditions
  • Register for Specialized High Schools App/Test
  • Visit schools
  • Schedule interviews
  • Complete applications
October of 8th grade:
  • Take SHSAT
  • Take other HS exams

 

November of 8th grade:

  • Take HS exams
  • Get recommendations
  • Get transcripts
  • Complete applications
December of 8th grade:
  • Complete applications (Public school deadline tends to be Dec 1)
January of 8th grade:
  • Private school application process ending
February of 8th grade:
  • Private school notification
March of 8th grade:
  • Public school notification

 

If you would like more information about how Evolved Education can support you through your child's school placement journey - ensuring a "no regrets" process - please connect with us at info@staging2.evolveded.com or by calling us at 646-907-8381.