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05-11-2011, 07:49 AM
From NY Gifted Education Examiner (http://www.examiner.com/gifted-education-in-new-york/school-tours-hewitt-admissions-2012?CID=examiner_alerts_article) by Alina Adams:
As per my husband's wishes, we toured our first all girls' school: Hewitt (http://www.hewittschool.org/).

Located on 3 East 76th Street (Lower Division) and 45 East 75th Street (Middle and Upper Division), it is an independent school for young women in grades Kindergarten through 12th, comprising of around 500 student overall.

Our tour was led by an 11th grader who was, in a nutshell, everything I would want my daughter to be: Bright, articulate, poised, friendly, and self-confident.

She took us through the Lower Division, where we visited the Kindergarten teachers in their classrooms, learning about a typical day at Hewitt, inspecting the children's work on the walls, and getting a sense of what a Hewitt education entailed.

We also visited the second and third grades and saw some gorgeous classrooms with wall-sized windows looking out onto the greenery of 76th Street.

In the latter, as a mystery writer myself, I was most intrigued to learn that the girls were learning how to write a mystery, complete with structure, plotting and vocabulary. When not writing mysteries, they wrote and published biographies of notable women ranging from Eleanor Roosevelt and Rosa Parks, then dressed up in costume and acted out their role models for the younger grades.

Hewitt is a laptop school, and their technology program includes robotics and programming. The school keeps a blog (password protected) that teachers and students contribute to.

Perhaps the most impressive feature of our visit (it's somewhat difficult to get a full sense of a school when the classrooms are empty; but this was only an Open House, when you apply, parents get a full tour during the day of both buildings) was the phenomenal artwork on the walls.

Hewitt teachers are trained in the Responsive Classroom approach, which focuses on children's social-emotional health as the springboard for academic engagement, and has been proven to increase reading and math scores.

My biggest take-away from Hewitt was that they seemed focused on meeting each child on their level, encouraging their strengths and bolstering their weaknesses in a truly supportive and nurturing environment.

read more>> (http://www.examiner.com/gifted-education-in-new-york/school-tours-hewitt-admissions-2012?CID=examiner_alerts_article)
Other articles from Alina Adams' Admissions 2012 series:


Getting ready for the NYC 2012 (yes, 2012) Kindergarten Admissions season (http://www.theschoolboards.com/showthread.php/1232-Getting-ready-for-the-NYC-2012-%28yes-2012%29-Kindergarten-Admissions-season)
Sibling policies in New York City public and private schools (http://www.theschoolboards.com/showthread.php/1247-Sibling-policies-in-New-York-City-public-and-private-schools)
Single sex school options (private and public) in NYC (http://www.theschoolboards.com/showthread.php/1281-Single-sex-school-options-%28private-and-public%29-in-NYC)
Jewish Day School options in Manhattan (http://www.theschoolboards.com/showthread.php/1298-Jewish-Day-School-options-in-Manhattan)
Speyer Legacy - Thoughts from our tour (http://www.theschoolboards.com/showthread.php/1300-Speyer-Legacy-Thoughts-from-our-tour)
School Tours - Harlem Academy (http://www.theschoolboards.com/showthread.php/1316-School-tours-Harlem-Academy)