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    NYC High School Preparation Guide for Sixth Grade 2021

    • March 04, 2021
    • NYC Mentors.org Staff

    The transition from fifth grade to sixth grade is significant. For most students, this is the first time that they will be adjusting to a new school environment with new expectations regarding their work and learning. Though the start of middle school can be daunting for most families, this guide will show that there is nothing to be afraid of! By following these steps, families can make the most of the start to their child’s middle school career and begin preparing for the high school admissions process.

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    Public Schools With Sports Programs Around NYC

    • February 26, 2021
    • Maybelle Keyser-Butson

    Finding public high schools for athletes in New York City -- a city filled with academic high schools, performing arts high schools, and technical high schools, but very few athletic high schools -- is not as easy as it sounds. Finding an athletic public high school that also offers the academics that match your athletic child’s abilities can be even more difficult. Parents can spend hours clicking on slow-to-load high school ranking sites, only to find that the schools are not easily accessible from their home, or not academically rigorous enough, or not a public high school.

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    Virtual Auditions - New Guidelines for Applying to NYC Arts High Schools in 2021

    • February 10, 2021
    • Oliwia Caes

    Global pandemic or not, the time to apply to high schools has come. There is no need, however, to become intimidated by an online audition process. Truth be told, the fact that it is virtual allows you to present your best work from the comfort of your own home and hopefully gives you all the more reason to apply.

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    How to Write High School Admissions Essays

    • February 08, 2021
    • Jacob Brucker

    A key part of the high school admissions process is writing essays. For me, these essays were the chief part of the application and the thing I placed the most emphasis on. These essays would vary in length, question type, and style, but through my time applying to high school, I found there were three universal steps that helped my writing. I continue to use these three criteria in my normal essays and know they can help you write your high school essays for applications. Here are the three criteria I use for my essays.

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    AH! A Test! NYC High School Exam Studying Tips to Help You Conquer Test Stress

    • February 03, 2021
    • Halina de Jong-Lambert

    High school exams can seem intimidating, with more content and weight than most other tests. However, with this guide, you will learn more about them and good test preparation strategies that will help you tackle these exams and your anxiety! New York City has nine specialized schools, all public, eight of which solely determine admission based on your score on their exam, the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT). This is a good option for middle school students who feel the test grade would reflect their academic ability better than their transcript.

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    My Admissions Story: Oliwia Caes

    • February 01, 2021
    • Oliwia Caes

    When I moved to New York City in sixth grade, I was already beginning to hear stories about “the dreaded” high school admissions process. I had no clue what it all entailed but already felt afraid. I rushed to do more research on the topic to catch up to the many students around me that had already been exposed to some aspects of it, by the sheer fact that they had grown up in New York City. I was quickly overwhelmed by the hundreds and hundreds of schools - specialized, performing arts, private - what did it all mean?

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