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Yesterday, it was announced that the Rocket Group has acquired the for-profit Mandell School: "Berkery Noyes, a leading independent investment bank providing mergers & acquisitions and capital raising advisory services to the information and education markets, announced today that it represented The Mandell School in its sale to Rocket Group. Terms of the transaction were [...]

The Mandell School's 2013 Class have been accepted to the following high schools*: Avenues World School Berkeley Carroll Bronx Science Brooklyn Friends School Brooklyn Tech Darrow School Eleanor Roosevelt High School Emma Willard School Grace Church High School for Fashion Industries Léman Manhattan Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School Loyola School Middlesex [...]

The Mandell School

The mission of the Mandell School, located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, is to help children become responsible, reliable adults by providing a nurturing environment through intellectual stimulation and emotional support. Students' natural curiosity lends to a learning structure that is wholly their own, each individual child eventually growing to become his or her [...]

As reported in Jenny Anderson's NY Times article, The Calhoun School and the The Mandell School will drop the E.R.B. admissions requirement in Fall 2010. Not only do I highlight, but I celebrate the moral courage of these two Upper West Side schools and their leaders, Gabriella Rowe and Steve Nelson: “The reality is that [...]

The Mandell School will be opening classes for 5th and 6th grades beginning in the Fall of 2010. These classes will be housed in their new 60,000 square foot facility that opens in August at 795 Columbus Avenue, on the Upper West Side. This new facility will include a black box theater, gymnasium, cafeteria, classrooms [...]

The School Choice Group (SCG), the leading global education consultancy headquartered in New York, in collaboration with the Parents of Accelerated Learners, NYC [PALNYC], announced yesterday the second annual Michael Perelstein Memorial Scholarship Fund Discover Your Passion competition winners. This competition is targeted toward New York City students from 2nd through 8th grade who show [...]

In May 2010, Shamir Khan, Ph.D., Founder & Publisher of the NYC Private Schools Blog, celebrated the courage of the Mandell and Calhoun Schools for dropping the ERB kindergarten admissions requirement. In that post, he said, As a clinical psychologist who has administered many of these psychological assessments, I believe they can, in and of [...]

Heads of independent schools across America have united to call on President Obama and national policy leaders to "do everything necessary to stem this tide of senseless gun violence." This group, "Heads of Schools Against Gun Violence" (HOSAGV) has launched a website, Heads of Schools Against Gun Violence, established Twitter (@HOSAGV) and Facebook accounts, and [...]

One of the hallmark catchphrases of our time is "eco-friendly," also known as "green." These terms are used to designate an institution that is environmentally conscious, or a product whose manufacturer considered the environmental impact that product would have. Organizations that have taken steps to reduce their carbon footprint and to make policies that help [...]

NYC Private Schools Blog has reviewed many different private schools in all five boroughs of New York City. Below is a partial list of Manhattan private schools, which include Manhattan preschools, Manhattan nursery schools, Manhattan elementary schools, Manhattan middle schools, Manhattan high schools, Manhattan religious schools, Manhattan independent schools, Manhattan nonprofit schools, Manhattan for profit [...]

Congratulations to the NYC Private School & Public School Teachers who won the 2011 Blackboard Awards! The Blackboard Awards, from Manhattan Media, highlight and celebrate the outstanding achievement of schools, teachers, and principals in NYC. Here are the 2011 Outstanding Teachers (along with a link to their profiles from the Blackboard Awards site): Special Categories [...]

Congratulations to the NYC Private & Public Middle School winners of the 2010 Blackboard Awards! The Blackboard Awards, from Manhattan Media, highlight and celebrate the outstanding achievement of schools, teachers, and principals in NYC. Here are the Middle School winners (with a link to their Blackboard Award profile): NYC Private Schools: Diversity Efforts Award: Friends [...]

The Parents League of New York is hosting two fairs for parents interested in applying to either Boarding Schools or NYC Private Schools. Both fairs are in NYC and are free of charge for all families. The fairs allow parents to learn more about NYC Independent Day Schools and Boarding Schools. Each event is divided [...]

Best Colleges Online recently highlighted some of the competition to get in Kindergarten (around the world). While they also mentioned San Francisco and China, they heavily focused on the Kindergarten process in NYC for both specialized public schools and private schools. They cited aNew York Magazine article: "Hunter College Elementary School students who make it [...]

Early Steps programs are all about diversity. The Early Steps program in New York City has been going strong for over 20 years to help families of children of color who are applying for Kindergarten and First Grade. The program advocates for the families of these children during the process of applying for New York [...]

Students from four Upper West Side private and public schools teamed up on May 24th to beautify the community and take care of trees located on 94th, 96th and 97th streets between Amsterdam and Columbus avenues. The Street Tree Initiative Planting Day was part of Kids Grow New York, The Mandell School’s kindergarten yearlong class [...]

On Saturday, May 22nd at 9:00am four Upper West Side neighborhood schools, P.S. 166, Manhattan Children’s Center, P.S. 163 and The Mandell School will gather to care for their street trees on their respective blocks. By fundraising through sales of a calendar filled with their own tree artwork, Kids Grow New York is able to [...]

We are excited to announce that Megan Kiefer, Co-Founder of Take Two Film Academy, will join us as a regular blog contributor in the area of the arts. Megan is the co-founder of Take Two Film Academy, an after-school, weekend and summer film school for kids 5 to 15 years old. Her co-founder is Matthew [...]

New York Family is sponsoring an All-Star Nursery School Admissions Seminar on the Upper East Side. If you have a young child and are interested in learning more about the nursery school admissions process in the city, this is a great seminar to attend. They will provide a panel of five experts--including school directors and [...]

New York Family and Baby Bites are co-sponsoring a Nursery School Admissions Seminar on the Upper West Side. The seminar will give an overview of the private nursery school admissions process and will include: * Gabriella Rowe, The Mandell School * Cathleen Vasserman, International Preschool * Roxana Reid, Smart City Kids * Fourth Panelist, TBA [...]

The next application cycle for NYC Nursery Schools will begin in Fall '09. If you are planning to apply for this cycle or just want to get oriented to the process, we recommend New York Family's upcoming Nursery School Admissions Seminar. The seminar will give an overview of the private nursery school admissions process and [...]