William Shakespeare had his seven stages of man, NYC kids have theirs. Those stages are: Studying to get into elementary school, studying to excel in elementary school, studying to get into middle school, studying to excel in middle school, studying to get into high school, studying to excel in high school, and studying to get into college. (After that, they are no longer kids; though many a mother would disagree.)
Red Tricycle covers the first four stages, highlighting the usual suspects for Kindergarten admissions, elementary and middle school like TestingMom.com (read our interview with her, here), Kumon Learning Centers, Bright Kids NYC and Huntington Learning Centers (get the inside scoop on them all, here.)
But the NY Gifted Education Examiner has even more! You're not done yet! There's also:
Stage 5) Getting Into High School
While grades were only a part of getting your child into a good middle school, when it comes to one of NYC's Specialized High Schools, such as Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, Brooklyn Tech and more, grades don't matter at all. The only thing that determines whether or not your child gets into the Specialized High School of their choice is their score on the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT). But, here's something your average middle school doesn't tell you: The math that's tested on the SHSAT in October isn't even taught in your average middle school until spring of that year. Yeah. That's a problem. One that Kaplan and their SHSAT Prep Courses are happy to help you with. You can take a course in a classroom setting, or pay more and get that plus 20 more hours of practice. There's also the Premiere Package where a tutor will come to you, and you will get his undivided attention for as long as you keep paying.
Stage 6) Excelling In High School
Did you think you were done? You're not done. After all that tutoring starting at the age of 4, did you really think you'd be able to whiz through high-school on your own? City Smarts doesn't promise to prep you for just one test, then leave you to flounder the rest of the time. They promise to prepare you for any test, anywhere, anytime via test taking strategies that go deeper than the quick fixes offered by other companies. They build confidence and mental stamina that allow students to take test after test during a High School Final Exam week without getting rattled or burned out. They also address student weaknesses by assigning materials and practice exams that are consistent with the student's potential score level, rather than their current achievement level. They design, not just assign, problems and tests that supplement the work required by the student's teacher in a variety of academic subjects.
Stage 7) Getting Into College
So now you're at the college admissions stage. (Whew, doesn't it seem like Kindergarten was only a few paragraphs ago?) Here's where all that prepping finally pays off. Colleges care about test scores and grades. So you're all set. Wait... what about the essay portion? Your child still has to write an essay that both conveys how unique they are and how well they'll fit in with the current student body. Essay Intensive is there to do just that. Their objective is the opposite of standardized testing. They want to help bring out the individuality in your child in a way that makes him an attractive candidate for any admissions officer. They also want to do it without the stress endemic to the rest of the process. They want you to be yourself, they want you to like yourself, and they want to make it so others will like you, too.
A warning, though: None of the above comes cheap. While you can't put a price on a good education, you can put one on how much you're willing to spend to get one. That's where InstaEDU.com comes in. They are an online tutoring company (no overhead for the pretty center) where students ages 13 and up can get instantly connected to a tutor from a top college to work in their online lesson space, complete with audio, video and text chat, as well as a collaborative whiteboard and a text editor. Every new student gets a 2-hour FREE trial, and after that, lessons start at just $.40/min for a total of $24 an hour. InstaEdu also offers flexibility in that lessons are billed by the minute, not by the hour, and are available whenever a student needs help, not just at a specified weekly time. Learn more at: http://instaedu.com/about/overview/
Alright, got all that? Good. Because, the September 2014 admissions season begins... now!