Whether you are looking for a 2s, PreK, Kindergarten, Middle or High School Placement for 2021, looking for a new placement for Fall of 2020 OR looking to relocate out of NYC this fall, this article has the answers to many of your questions.

What do I do if my child's school has closed? Is there a way to find a new placement for this coming fall?

Yes, most certainly, you can find a new placement for your child. The actual options for each school will vary and we have no way of knowing if new spots will open up this fall. That said, there are a few things you can do right now to explore your options:

 

1. Create a School List

We always start any school placement by learning about your child as well as your "wish list". For our youngest families, we want to know also where you want to go next - so we can plan with you for those options. For our older students, we can determine the fit fairly well and seek places where a student can successfully take advantage of the highest level of rigor and programming that a school can offer.

Here are a few metrics we like to consider when looking for schools:

  • Instruction style/offerings: (e.g. Montessori, Reggio-Inspired, play-based, hands-on, required level of independence in learning, level of material presented, the volume of material presented, level of rigor required to do well in the program, teacher-driven or student-driven, inquiry-based or textbook style instruction)
  • Curriculum offerings (courses, classes, schedule, actual curriculum)
  • Ability to successfully access the highest rigor of program offered
  • Parent involvement
  • Academic support, as needed
  • Therapeutic support, as needed
  • Size of school and classes
  • Proximity to home
  • Extra-curricular options
  • Mission of school
  • Hidden culture of the school (feeder schools, homework/test/quiz considerations, competitiveness among peers)

2. Be sure your child is ready for any assessments or interviews.

For off-cycle admissions, your child may need to perform an on-screen interview. It is essential to prepare for this.

Standardized testing is canceled for now, but schools may ask for in-home testing. Be sure your child's overall academic aptitude is assessed before you reach out to schools and that you are working on filling in any gaps (this will be good to do as you begin any school regardless of admission's work).

Grades will need to be supplied and if there is a course that shows a challenge, be ready to talk about what has happened.

For young children, you will want to be sure your child is developing well overall.

Feel free to access our PDFs of our 24 month, 36 month and 48 month developmental checklists (created from norm-referenced inventories such as the DAY-C and HELP) to check in on how your child is developing.

3. Connect with schools and ask about options.

You can certainly email the admissions departments to ask about openings for the Fall of 2020.

Something simple and to the point -

Dear__

I am writing to inquire if there might be seats available for __ grade for the Fall of 2020. We are inquiring for our child, ___.

We look forward to hearing from you.

If a school says they do not have seats, you can certainly ask if you could be considered in case anything opens later.

What if I want to move out of NYC at this time. How does that work with schools? How can I find out about my options?

Each suburban or town has its own schools and where your child attends school will be determined by where you live.

You will want to look into the quality of the schools.

Some good resources for that will be:

Niche.com

Greatschools.org

In Westchester, we work with a school consultant, Sarah Bergin, who can share school information with you which dives deep into the student and family experience.

You will also want to source an excellent realtor to find the best properties for you. Please email us to learn who we tend to work with!

What changes will happen for the fall 2021 admissions process?

As of now (April 2020):

  • We are not anticipating any significant changes to the private school admissions process. Students will need to fill out an application, complete standardized testing, tour & interview (both parents and student), and submit transcripts and recommendations.
  • Public school admissions will likely change drastically. There will be fewer admission criteria for schools to use for admissions purposes, putting more emphasis on either past years' testing, grades and/or school-specific testing, portfolios or auditions. There is talk about creating more unscreened schools for middle and high school in NYC. So far, the SHSAT remains the only way to gain admission to the Specialized High Schools (excluding LaGuardia). It is important to place yourself on the update emails from the NYC DOE to be aware of changes to current rubrics and protocols.

What should I be doing right now to ensure a successful admissions process if I anticipate being in NYC in the fall of 2021?

1. Be sure you are spending this time to prepare your child for any assessments.

Young students will need to perform well during playgroups. You can email us for more information about what is involved.

Older students will need to take standardized tests such as these exams:

For Private Schools - students can take the SSAT or ISEE:

ISEE Exam (for NYC Day Schools and High School Boarding Schools)

  • Primary 2, 3, or 4 ISEE (for students entering grades 2, 3 and 4)
  • Lower-Level ISEE (for students entering grades 5 or 6)
  • Middle-Level ISEE (for students entering grades 7 and 8)
  • Upper-Level ISEE (for students entering grade 9 or 10 or above)

SSAT Exam (for NYC Day Schools and Boarding Schools)

  • Elementary Level (for students applying to grades 4 and 5)
  • Middle Level (for students applying to grades 6 through 8)
  • Upper Level (for students applying to grades 9 and up)

For Specialized High Schools, students will take the SHSAT.

For Hunter Elementary, email us for more information.

For G & T, students will take the NNAT and OLSAT exams in January 2021.

Evolved Education can provide remote assessments for your child for any of these exams. Email us to set this up.

2. You can work on defining your school list.

Similar to the above, we start school placement processes by understanding the student and the family. We make recommendations based on a set of criteria that we form in collaboration with the family.

Here are a few metrics we like to consider when looking for schools:

  • Instruction style/offerings: (e.g. Montessori, Reggio-Inspired, play-based, hands-on, required level of independence in learning, level of material presented, the volume of material presented, level of rigor required to do well in the program, teacher-driven or student-driven, inquiry-based or textbook style instruction)
  • Curriculum offerings (courses, classes, schedule, actual curriculum)
  • Ability to successfully access the highest rigor of program offered
  • Parent involvement
  • Academic support, as needed
  • Therapeutic support, as needed
  • Size of school and classes
  • Proximity to home
  • Extra-curricular options
  • Mission of school
  • Hidden culture of the school (feeder schools, homework/test/quiz considerations, competitiveness among peers)

Many schools are having spring virtual tours. Spend time viewing schools in these ways for two reasons:

  1. You can narrow down your list by connecting with schools in the Spring - thus having a more efficient process in the fall.
  2. You can show interest in the schools you are most connected to by attending what they have to offer you.

If you have additional questions for us or wish to schedule a consultation, please email Stephanie at admin@evolveded.com to set up a consultation.

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