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    Tag Young Scholar

    Hi,

    Would someone be able to share their thoughts on TAG versus other citywide schools in terms of curriculum, safety, commute, enrichment etc etc.

    Thank you so much!

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    I would love to hear as well. I didn't get a lot of answers on the tour unfortunately.

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    I was very impressed during the tour.


    Anyone goes there from downtown? How long does it take by school bus/subway?

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    I would be happy to answer questions about TAG. Current parent of an elementary student and have been extremely impressed at the quality of education and student body at the school. The diversity of the student body at the school is really unique and the students really benefit from students that truly represent a variety of the city, which absolutely is the case at TAG.

    The curriculum is rigorous in an appropriate way (it ranks highest in academic performance among the citywide schools and 2nd in the state consistently). I've been consistently impressed by the opportunities for public speaking and creativity in the classroom that don't get mentioned enough (for example, the chance to write and act out in student led plays, etc.), great field trips, and a lot of emphasis on STEM and growth mindset in the classroom. The area is safe, and in fact safer than some districts elsewhere in Manhattan though statistics are available online that you should review for your own comfort. Buses run east and wide sides from the DOE and there a variety of private lines elsewhere.

    The PTA website has a lot of information on extra-curricular activities; there is free after-care until 6 through the YMCA onsite and also a variety of popular classes (Chess, Spanish, Mandarin, Piano, etc.). Generally, TAG doesn't get as much "press" as some of the other schools but many of us feel so fortunate to send our children there. Lastly, I don't know if students from the upper grades are speaking on this year's tours (they have in years past as TAG Ambassadors), but if they are, please take a moment to hear them speak, too, as they really are incredible. They are articulate, bright, and engaged in their schools and communities; they really are the best way to asses the school since they are so impressive and really make the best case for the school!
    Last edited by TAGmom12; 05-07-2019 at 02:11 PM.

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    quick question on tag. i went to open house and i was really impressed on the kids work for kindergarten, first grade and second grade which i thought was better than nest and anderson.
    if you look at the link however, it looks like the percentage of kids getting into specialized high school is slightly higher for nest and anderson. any thoughts why?



    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/...-students.html

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    It's interesting too bc nest goes to grade 12, meaning some kids will stay there. OTOH nest k-8 is like twice the size of tag. But even so less tag kids take it so even if 100% of those taking got in the number would still be less than the other two.

    Note too that if this is a deciding factor for some reason, that the mayor has a proposal up to remove the specialized high school test and his replacement proposal will cap the number of kids eligible from these schools just mentioned drastically.
    Last edited by GregsTutoringNYC; 05-08-2019 at 08:51 PM.
    Passionate tutor of Elementary School subjects specializing in NY state tests, and the specialized high/middle school tests (SHSAT, Hunter, TACHS/CHSEE, ISEE, SSAT, ERB, ...)

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