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12-21-2010, 10:04 AM
This from NY Examiner.com (http://www.examiner.com/gifted-education-in-new-york/one-tip-for-writing-nyc-private-school-admissions-essays) by Alina Adams:
For NYC public schools, even if your child scores gifted, above the 97th percentile on an intelligence test (as 1,788 kids did last year), they still need to enter a random lottery for one of the only 250 seats in the five citywide gifted programs, and may very well end up shut out. (Fact is, those who score in the 99th percentile are served first, so they tend to fill all the seats before the 98th percentiles are even in the running.)

Despite the rumors you will inevitably hear running rampant through the playground, there is, officially, nothing you can do to increase your chances of landing a coveted spot.

For private schools, however, a high-score is only one part of the admissions package (though there are plenty of those, as well; NYC kids score much higher than average as a rule). There are teacher recomendations, there are child and parent interviews, and there is the essay.

In fact, the essay usually comes first. It's included with your initial application and, at some schools, where not everyone is granted an inteview, it may be your only chance to so much as get a foot in the door.

Traditionally, a NYC private school essay asks the parents to briefly describe their child and family.

Traditionally, this is where most NYC parents draw a blank.

What exactly do the schools want to hear?

They want exactly what they say they want. They want to hear why you think your child and, by extension, your family, would be a good fit for their school.

But they want to hear specifics, not generalities.

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