Getting An A In Admissions: New York Family’s 2015-2016 Admissions Guide

An essential reason why many families are choosing to stay in the city, even if they have the means to live elsewhere, is because they are happy with their school choices. And often, when parents are evaluating their school options, they want to explore more than one sector before deciding which way to go. So, to help you take a big-picture approach to all the potential possibilities, here’s an overview of the three largest school sectors: Public (including charter schools), independent (including nursery), and Catholic.

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Public Schools 

The public school section focuses on admissions policies and procedures for pre-K, Kindergarten, G&T, and charter. Stay tuned for an expanded version including sections on middle school, high school, special needs, and other related education topics.

Independent Schools 

For our section on independent school admissions, we start with the nursery school process, which is similar to the process for Kindergarten admissions, but also has some important distinctions. Stay tuned for an expanded version of the story featuring a discussion of admissions to middle school, high school, and boarding school.

Catholic Schools

This is a review of the admissions process for Catholic schools under the Archdiocese of New York, a process which is undergoing significant changes, and also happens to attract a substantial number of non-Catholics as well as Catholics. Of course there are other educational institutions in the city with religious foundations but most of those schools operate independently. Stay tuned for an expanded version of this story which will include a list of prominent Jewish schools and other religious schools.

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German School Manhattan International Pre- & Lower School

<p><span style="caret-color: #222222; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; background-color: #ffffff;">GSM uses small classes to make a big impact. Expertly trained educators teach in their native language, while the intimate group settings allow for dedicated student-teacher interaction. The English curriculum that is offered starting in Kindergarten, exposes students to the modern standards of ELA (English Language Arts), complementing the German Curriculum that stems from a long tradition of educational pedagogy. A new location was added this year to offer full German immersion Preschool for learners ages 3 and 4. Music and dance are an integral part of the ambitiously blended curriculum that adheres to internationally benchmarked standards. Knowledge of German is not a prerequisite to apply.</span></p> <p><span style="caret-color: #222222; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; background-color: #ffffff;">Sign up for open house and apply: <a style="color: #1155cc;" href="http://germanschoolmanhattan.org/apply" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://germanschoolmanhattan.org/apply&source=gmail&ust=1637084909991000&usg=AOvVaw1QKL2dJfmFISIMablkr29Z">germanschoolmanhattan.org/<wbr />apply</a></span></p>

Friends Academy

<h1>Since 1876, Friends Academy has set the standard of academic excellence on Long Island.</h1> <p>Since 1876, Friends Academy has set the standard of academic excellence on Long Island. Our timeless values elevate our outstanding academic program to create a unique educational experience, where our students are empowered to inquire, reflect, and engage in real-world, life-changing ways. Friends Academy graduates are exceptionally prepared for college and the world.</p> <p>Friends Academy educates students, ages 3 through 12th grade. We offer outstanding experience in our Little Friends Daycare program, and a best-in-class education for every level of your child’s development in our Early Childhood, Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools. At every step of our students’ journey, they are seamlessly prepared for the next grade, division, and challenge in life. Our students are known, embraced, and loved by a community of dedicated, experienced teachers who provide individualized attention through our small class sizes and outstanding curriculum.</p> <p>Founded 148 years ago, we are the #1 ranked private school on Long Island by Niche.com and have been ranked #1 in the following categories for four years in a row:</p> <p>#1 K-12 private school</p> <p>#1 private College Prep HS</p> <p>#1 private High School</p> <p>Please visit our website @ friendsacademy.org or call our Admissions team at 516-676-0393 to schedule a visit and find out how Friends Academy might be the smartest investment you can make for your child's future.</p>

Amazing Explorers Academy Williamsburg

<p>Welcome to Amazing Explorers Academy, a premier STEAM-based preschool dedicated to fostering a love of learning and exploration in children aged 0 to 5. Our innovative and dynamic programs provide a nurturing environment where young minds can thrive and develop essential skills that will shape their future.</p> <p>At Amazing Explorers Academy, we embrace the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) approach, integrating these disciplines into our comprehensive curriculum. Through hands-on experiences and age-appropriate activities, children are encouraged to inquire, investigate, and discover, igniting their natural curiosity.</p> <p>We have many Enrichment programs included in our curriculum like Tiny Chefs, where your child is introduced to the joys of cooking and nutrition. Under the guidance of our incredible team, they learn to create delicious and healthy treats, fostering independence and creativity in the kitchen. Music and Movement is another integral part of our curriculum, enhancing children's motor skills, coordination, and self-expression. Beyond being a creative outlet, music’s rhythmic and melodic patterns stimulate the brain, exercising it and aiding memory development.</p> <p>We also place a strong emphasis on Nature Exploration, recognizing the importance of connecting with the natural world. Nature as a classroom allows children to engage all their senses, appreciate nature, and form stronger connections to their environment and community.</p> <p>Central to our philosophy is the belief in the power of play-based learning. We understand that children learn best through play, and our skilled educators design play-based activities that promote cognitive, social, and emotional development. Play-based learning nurtures creativity, problem-solving, and communication skills, all essential for success in the 21st century. Our highly trained and caring teachers are committed to creating a safe and nurturing atmosphere, where every child feels valued and supported.</p> <p>At Amazing Explorers Academy, we strive to inspire a lifelong love of learning, providing a solid foundation for future academic and personal achievements. Join us on this exciting journey of exploration and discovery, where every day is an opportunity to learn, play, and grow together!</p>