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theschoolboards
01-11-2011, 01:29 PM
This from NY Examiner.com (http://www.examiner.com/gifted-education-in-new-york/conception-and-the-ny-gifted-child)by Alina Adams:
Full disclosure: We will not be telling you here how to conceive a gifted child. (Tip: Baby Einstein for Fetuses doesn't work. And the Mozart Effect has been proven to have no... effect, at all.)

What we will tell you is when to conceive your child to maximize the chances of him/her being judged gifted by the standards used by NYC public and private schools (http://www.theschoolboards.com/him/her%20being%20judged%20gifted%20by%20the%20standar ds%20used%20by%20NYC%20public%20and%20private%20sc hools%20%20Continue%20reading%20on%20Examiner.com: %20Conception%20and%20the%20NY%20Gifted%20Child%20-%20New%20York%20gifted%20education%20%7C%20Examine r.com%20http://www.examiner.com/gifted-education-in-new-york/conception-and-the-ny-gifted-child#ixzz1AlDeYI7F)(which is a completely different thing).

The first and most important detail to know is that the public and private schools have different birthday cut-offs regarding when a child is eligible for kindergarten.

For public school, a child must turn 5 years old by December 31 of the year in which they begin Kindergarten...

Private schools, on the other hand, will tell you that their cut-off is September 1 (and a few even earlier in the summer). They lie. The official date may be September 1, but private schools are full of children who turned 6 the August, July, June, and sometimes even May the year before starting Kindergarten. (And some private schools will not even entertain applications from children with 5 year old August birthdays, telling the parents to come back next year.)

So what does this mean for you?

Basically, if you're on the fence about private v. public, shoot for a baby born between January and April. Not only will they qualify for the same Kindergarten cut-offs, but they will be on the older and more mature end for public school, and right in the middle for private.

If you're sure you will only be applying to public school, then your best bet is a summer, early Fall birthday. Not so old that they have to get a perfect score on the G&T test, but not so young that they might have trouble sitting still for the entire thing.

FYI: The worst thing you can have in NYC is a bright boy born in August. It puts them on the too-young end to start private school at 5, and on the immature side of the calender for public school testing.

I know. I have one.

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