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A FAMILY INVESTMENT
In this special editorial issue of our weekly community newspapers, we suggest you think about a better, more personalized education at one of the private high schools for which we have compiled information. (When we get information about a school we will update this story throughout the year, so check back.)
Learn from this guide and explore what these private high schools have to offer in advanced placement classes, after-school clubs and truly organized athletics. Take a look through any of the school’s websites, and one can see that there might be as many as eight sports teams in action in a given day. On one day that we checked, St. Francis Prep in Fresh Meadows had soccer, volleyball, tennis, baseball, bowling and gymnastics all going on after school. CONTINUE READING
SCORING A SCHOLARSHIP
Our research on the scholarships available to our Top High Schools is quite revealing. Scholarship money available at specific schools varies little year to year, and although a general focus on the type of student doesn’t change much, there are typically slight changes in how they give out scholarships. If parents stay informed, you might just catch a school at the right time for your child.
Scholarships and financial aid are quite different. Most of the information gathered is to help parents apply for academic-based scholarships. Most of these schools also offer need-based financial aid, so call the school early for your best shot. CONTINUE READING
ACING THE OPEN HOUSE
As parents begin the task of picking the best fit for their high school-bound children, few aspects of the process can appear more daunting or tiring than the flurry of open houses they’ll undoubtedly attend.
With a tremendous amount of information and self-promotion packed into each session, these tours can sometimes feel a bit tedious. However, a little strategic planning and an eye towards certain features can go a long ways in reaping the most out of each school visit, experts say.
“Open houses are very important for prospective families because it gives them a hands-on look at the school,” said Elieen Symmons, director of Communications for Saint Mary's in Manhasset. “They can meet the faculty and the administration, but also the students.” CONTINUE READING
No matter what Top High School you choose, alumni will be just as important to your child's education and development as the school's faculty. At The Mary Louis Academy in Jamaica, alumni help current students find their passion within fields of interest.
Mentors for their program include an engineer, a foreign correspondent with the Associated Press, a former assistant Secretary of State under former president Bill Clinton’s administration and the former president of the National Organization of Minority Architects.
With the help of mentors, students have been able to secure internships and jobs once they graduate. An internship with a mentor led to one former student eventually working for the Department of State overseas.CONTINUE READING