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theschoolboards
11-02-2010, 09:40 AM
This from the High School Hustle (http://insideschools.org/blog/2010/11/02/high-school-hustle-when-it-comes-to-ranking-schools-should-looks-matter/) by Liz Willen:
It’s hard to overlook the amenities – or the lack of them – when searching for a New York City Public high school. Who wouldn’t be wowed by Stuyvesant’s swimming pool, Frank Sinatra’s rooftop garden or The Harbor School’s fish tanks and stunning campus? At the same time, some of the best and most coveted high schools in the city can have drab, crowded classrooms in serious need of renovation.

And anyone who is mixing private school tours with public can’t possibly help being wowed by the facilities – (if they aren’t overwhelmed by price tags approaching $36,000 annually).

It’s not fair to compare the two, but a friend who had just come back from the verdant campus of Fieldston with its mini-college campus feel in Riverdale toured the highly rated NYC Lab School for Collaborative Studies with her son the next day and found the crowded classrooms depressing, even though the teaching seemed inspiring.

read more>> (http://insideschools.org/blog/2010/11/02/high-school-hustle-when-it-comes-to-ranking-schools-should-looks-matter/)