If you are considering a NYC Private School for your young child next fall, (the 2010-2011 School Season) you will need to start planning for your child’s testing and application process now.
The first steps for NYC Private School Applications
For children applying for private school spots in the Kindergarten and 1st grade levels, parents can begin the application process now by asking BTDT parents about their experiences last year and trying to get a feel for the kinds of factors that may have played a role in a successful application.
Spring time is a perfect time to schedule and plan for your young child’s ERB test. The ERB site itself says:
For Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 2 applicants, the spring and summer months offer a relaxed, unhurried atmosphere, when children have been in school for the major part of the school year, are secure and in good health. Many parents are discovering that testing during the spring and summer months works well, when there are not as many school and career commitments. Remember, there is no advantage to waiting.
The tests for Pre-K, K, and Grades 1 and 2 are administered individually and yield useful information about a student’s current level of development. The tests do not predict long-range school success.
The test is scored on a developmental scale, and standardized using a national population. Each child is compared with a child his or her age in the general population. Consequently, there is absolutely no advantage to waiting until a child is older inasmuch as the comparison is always with children of the same age. If you wait until your child is a few months older (and presumably wiser) so is any other child who has also made strides during this time. Remember, the older you are, the more that is expected
Getting all of your ducks in a row in the Springtime helps ensure that you and your child aren’t rushing through the application process and either forgetting key points or, worst case, causing undo stress on your child. (Which also results in lower test scores and lower admission rates.)
Waiting until your child is “just a little bit older” for testing provides no advantage, as they are only tested against other children in the same age range.
At the very least, you should take the time now to look over the ERB testing website and familiarize yourself with the process as you set up a testing appointment for admission into a NYC Private School.