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Independent Schools: A special report

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Scholarskills Special Report A Guide to Independent Schools The best schools that you ve probably never heard of ScholarSkills for STARS 2020 A guide to Independent private schools that can help your children become their best and brightest SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 1

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Scholarskills Special Report 1 A Guide to Independent Schools 1 A guide to Independent private schools that can help your children become their best and brightest 1 Introduction 4 What are independent schools 5 How do students get admitted to independent schools 12 Admissions Tests for Independent Schools 13 What is the ISEE 13 What is the SSAT 14 ScholarSkills for S T A R S 16 Where are independent schools located 17 Brooklyn 18 Manhattan 21 Queens 39 Bronx 41 Staten Island 42 What is ScholarSkills for STARS 43 School Selection Help from Scholarskills 44 4 Ways to Improve Reading Comprehension and Writing Skills 47 Contact ScholarSkills for More Information 50 SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 2

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Introduction What are independent schools How do students get admitted to independent schools Where are independent schools located What are the best ways to choose the best schools for your children How to improve your children s reading and writing skills SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 4

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What are independent schools Independent schools are perhaps the best private schools that most parents have never heard of They offer incredibly small and personalized class sizes along with progressive interactive teaching methods and curricula that enable children to develop their true brilliance These schools are independent in that they don t have to offer any of the State s curricula or exams Though these schools are not free they offer financial aid especially to children of color from disadvantaged communities Parents who want their children to get an elite education that prepares them for excellence in school SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 5

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and in the real world should definitely consider applying to these schools The New York State Association of Independent Schools defines and describes independent private schools in the following manner More than 2 000 independent private schools across the United States provide highquality education to more than 700 000 students from pre K through high school Independent schools are close knit communities that provide students with individualized attention They challenge students to stretch their minds and go beyond academics to develop responsible independent and community oriented students SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 6

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What makes independent schools independent Independent schools are independent in Philosophy each is driven by a unique mission The way they are managed and financed each is governed by an independent board of trustees and each is primarily supported through tuition payments and charitable contributions They are accountable to their communities and are accredited by state approved accrediting bodies Independent schools come in all shapes and sizes Independent schools include elementary and secondary schools day and boarding schools single sex and coeducational schools SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 7

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Some independent schools are religiously affiliated and others are not They vary in size and educational approach Independent is a key word for an independent school is free to develop and carry out its own philosophy of education free to choose those students it can serve best and free to employ as teachers those it deems best fitted to instruct and to lead the young Independent schools are different in a number of ways They are different in that independent school teachers interact with their students not only as instructors in a classroom but as counselors coaches and leaders in all aspects of school life SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 8

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They are different in that curriculum is faculty determined different in that teachers are accorded great freedom to teach in individual styles and to choose materials they deem appropriate to the particular students they teach They are different in that they are not generally comprehensive schools but are rather designed for particular elements in the community be they the gifted the learning disabled the verbally or the visually oriented or those with special academic artistic or athletic bents They are different in that their simple administrative structure enables them to respond rapidly to changing conditions and needs to develop appropriate methods and SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 9

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materials to take advantage of new discoveries in learning to dispose of practices which no longer serve their students best interests They are different in that parents play an active part in the governance of most schools choosing trustees and through trustees the school heads They are different in that they are financed almost entirely by private means through tuitions contributions and fundraising activities They do not seek public funding because they know that public funding brings public regulation and with it the loss of the independence so vital to their being They are different in that they are directly accountable to parents Independent schools SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 10

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which do not meet parents standards do not last because parents withdraw their children and with them financial support They are different in that they are actively self regulating actively promoting selfimprovement through their member accrediting agencies They are different in that they are each free to seek the most effective ways to educate the particular children in their charge and in so doing to provide for the needs of a diverse population Different children learn in different ways Different independent schools provide those ways1 SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 11

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How do students get admitted to independent schools Independent schools are very selective They often require students to take extremely challenging admissions exams such as the ISEE The Independent Schools Entrance Exam or the SSAT the Secondary Schools Admissions Test which require intensive preparation Students should also have a history of excellent grades and school attendance Parental and student interviews also play a large part in the admissions process Independent schools also offer financial aid to excellent candidates SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 12

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Admissions Tests for Independent Schools What is the ISEE The ISEE is an admission test that has three levels a Lower Level Middle Level and Upper Level The Lower Level is for students currently in grades 4 and 5 who are candidates for admission to grades 5 and 6 The Middle Level is for students in grades 6 and 7 who are candidates for grades 7 and 8 The Upper Level is for students in grades 8 through 11 who are candidates for grades 9 through 12 In addition there is a Primary ISEE for students applying for grades 2 3 and 4 SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 13

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What is the SSAT The SSAT is a standardized test used by admission officers to assess the abilities of students seeking to enroll in an independent school The SSAT measures the basic verbal math and reading skills students need for successful performance in independent schools There are three SSAT levels Elementary Level SSAT For children currently in 3rd and 4th grades who are applying for admission to 4th and 5th grades Middle Level SSAT For children currently in grades 5 7 who seek admission to grades 6 through 8 SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 14

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Upper Level SSAT For children currently in grades 8 11 who are applying for admission to grades 9 through PG Post Graduate SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 15

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ScholarSkills for S T A R S Programs such as ScholarSkills for STARS offer scholarships to students from low income households so that they can get the advanced help they need to get into and succeed within these elite schools ScholarSkills for S T A R S awards test preparation scholarships to economically disadvantaged students who are Studious Tenacious Ambitious Responsible To learn more about the S T A R S Scholarship Program please contact us at 718 258 4647 or email contactme scholarskills com SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 16

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Where are independent schools located Independent schools are located throughout the five boroughs of New York throughout New York State and throughout various geographical regions across the country Some of these schools are day schools Some are boarding schools and others offer a combination of day and boarding opportunities to prospective students The following is a list of Independent Schools in New York City by borough SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 17

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Brooklyn Bay Ridge Preparatory School www bayridgeprep org Lower Middle Schools bayridgeprep bayridgeprep org Tel 718 833 9090 Grades K 12 Coed None Berkeley Carroll School 718 789 6060 www berkeleycarroll org Grades PreK 12 Coed Brooklyn Friends School 718 852 1029 www brooklynfriends org Grades PreK 12 Coed Brooklyn Heights Montessori School 718 858 5100 www bhmsny org Grades PreK 8 Coed Other Brooklyn Waldorf School 718 783 3279 www brooklynwaldorf org Grades N 8 Coed SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 18

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Co op School The Provisional School 718 576 6470 www thecoopschool org Grades K 7 Coed Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School 718 455 3555 www cristoreybrooklyn org Grades 9 12 Boarding Greene Hill School 718 230 3608 www greenehillschool org Grades pre k 8th g Coed Hannah Senesh Community Day School 718 858 8663 www hannahsenesh org Grades K 8 Coed Other International School of Brooklyn 718 369 3023 www isbrooklyn org Grades Pre K 8 Coed Mary McDowell Friends School 718 855 0141 new marymcdowell org Grades K 12 Coed Other Packer Collegiate Institute 718 250 0222 www packer edu Grades PreK 12 Coed SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 19

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Poly Prep Country Day School 718 836 9800 www polyprep org Grades N 12 Coed Saint Ann s School 718 522 1660 www saintannsny org Grades PreK 12 Coed SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 20

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Manhattan Abraham Joshua Heschel School 212 595 7087 www heschel org Grades Nursery 12 Coed Academy of St Joseph Provisional Member 212 243 5420 www academyofsaintjoseph org Grades PreK 8 Coed All Souls School 212 861 5232 www allsoulsschoolnyc org New York NY Grades Prek Coed Allen Stevenson School 212 288 6710 www allen stevenson org New York NY Grades K 9 All Boys Avenues New York Associate Member 212 524 9000 https www avenues org New York NY Grades Nursery School 12 Coed SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 21

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Bank Street School for Children 212 875 4420 www bankstreet edu New York NY Grades Nursery 8 Coed Barrow Street Nursery School 212 633 1203 www barrowstreetnurseryschool com New York NY Grades 2s 3s Pre K Coed Beekman School The Associate Member 212 755 6666 www beekmanschool org New York NY Grades 9 12 Coed Birch Wathen Lenox School The 212 861 0404 www bwl org New York NY Grades K 12 Coed Blue School 212 228 6341 www blueschool org New York NY Grades 2 year olds 8th Grade Coed SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 22

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Brearley School 212 744 8582 www brearley org New York NY Grades K 12 All Girls Brick Church School 212 289 5683 www brickchurchschool org New York NY Grades Twos K Coed British International School of New York Associate Member 212 481 2700 www bis ny org New York NY Grades Nursery Grade 10 Coed Browning School 212 838 6280 www browning edu New York NY Grades K 12 All Boys Brownstone School The 212 874 1341 www brownstoneschool org New York NY Grades Prek Coed SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 23

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Buckley School 212 535 8787 www buckleyschool org New York NY Grades K 9 All Boys Caedmon School 212 879 2296 www caedmonschool org New York NY Grades PreK 5 Coed Calhoun School 212 497 6500 www calhoun org New York NY Grades PreK 12 Coed Cathedral School of St John the Divine 212 316 7500 www cathedralnyc org New York NY Grades K 8 Coed Chapin School 212 744 2335 www chapin edu New York NY Grades K 12 All Girls Chelsea Day School 212 675 8541 www chelseadayschool org New York NY Grades 2 3 years old 5 years old Coed SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 24

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Churchill School and Center 212 722 0610 www churchillschoolnyc org New York NY Grades K 12 Coed City and Country School 212 242 7802 www cityandcountry org New York NY Grades Nursery 8 Coed Collegiate School 212 812 8500 www collegiateschool org New York NY Grades K 12 All Boys Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School 212 749 6200 www cgps org New York NY Grades PreK 12 Coed Convent of the Sacred Heart 212 722 4745 www cshnyc org New York NY Grades PreK 12 All Girls SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 25

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Cooke School and Institute 212 280 4473 www cookeschool org New York NY Grades K Age 21 Coed Corlears School 212 741 2800 www corlearsschool org New York NY Grades Nursery 5 Coed Cornelia Connelly Center 212 982 2287 www connellycenter org New York NY Grades 4 8 All Girls Cristo Rey New York High School 212 996 7000 www cristoreyny org New York NY Grades 9 12 Coed Dalton School 212 423 5200 www dalton org New York NY Grades K 12 Coed De La Salle Academy 212 316 5840 www delasalleacademy org New York NY Grades 6 8 Coed Other SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 26

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Dwight School Associate Member 212 724 6360 www dwight edu New York NY Grades Preschool 2s 12 Coed Early Steps Association Member 212 288 9684 www earlysteps org New York NY Grades K 1 Coed Episcopal School 212 879 9764 www episcopalschool org New York NY Grades Pre K Coed Ethical Culture Fieldston School 718 329 7300 www ecfs org New York NY Grades PreK 12 Coed Friends Seminary 212 979 5030 www friendsseminary org New York NY Grades K 12 Coed SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 27

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Gateway School The 212 777 5966 www gatewayschool org New York NY Grades K 8 Coed George Jackson Academy 212 228 6789 www gjacademy org New York NY Grades 5 8 All Boys None Gillen Brewer School 212 831 3667 www gillenbrewer com New York NY Grades PreK 5 Coed Grace Church School 212 475 5609 www gcschool org New York NY Grades PreK 12 Coed Harlem Academy 212 348 2600 www harlemacademy org New York NY Grades 1 8 Coed Hewitt School 212 288 1919 www hewittschool org New York NY Grades K 12 All Girls SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 28

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IDEAL School 212 769 1699 www theidealschool org New York NY Grades K 12 Coed International Preschools 212 371 8604 www ipsnyc org New York NY Grades Pre K K Coed La Scuola D Italia Guglielmo Marconi 212 369 3290 www lascuoladitalia org New York NY Grades PreK 12 Coed Lang School The Provisional Member 212 977 7777 www thelangschool org New York NY Grades 1 12 Coed LearningSpring School 212 239 4926 www learningspring org New York NY Grades K 8 Coed SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 29

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L man Manhattan Preparatory School Associate Member 212 232 0266 www lemanmanhattan org New York NY Grades PreK3 12 Coed Boarding Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School 212 477 5316 www lrei org New York NY Grades PreK 12 Coed Loyola School 212 288 3522 www loyolanyc org New York NY Grades 9 12 Coed Lyc e Fran ais de New York 212 369 1400 www lfny org New York NY Grades Nursery 3 12 Coed Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church Day School 212 288 9638 www mapcds org New York NY Grades Twos Pre K Coed SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 30

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Manhattan Country School 212 348 0952 www manhattancountryschool org New York NY Grades PreK 8 Coed Manhattan High School for Girls 212 737 6800 www manhattan hs org New York NY Grades 9 12 All Girls Marymount School of New York 212 744 4486 www marymountnyc org New York NY Grades Nursery 12 All Girls Metropolitan Montessori School 212 579 5525 www mmsny org New York NY Grades PreK 6 Coed Nightingale Bamford School 212 289 5020 www nightingale org New York NY Grades K 12 All Girls Notre Dame School of Manhattan 212 620 5575 www cheznous org New York NY Grades 9 12 All Girls SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 31

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Oliver Scholars Program The Association Member 212 430 6025 www oliverscholars org New York NY Grades 7 12 Coed Parents League of New York Association Member 212 737 7385 www parentsleague org New York NY Parkside School 212 721 8888 www parksideschool org New York NY Grades K 5 Coed Prep for Prep Association Member 212 579 1390 www prepforprep org New York NY Coed Professional Children s School 212 582 3116 www pcs nyc org New York NY Grades 6 12 Coed SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 32

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Quad Preparatory School Provisional Member 646 649 3913 www quadprep org New York NY Grades K 12 Coed Ramaz School 212 774 8000 www ramaz org New York NY Grades Nursery 12 Coed Regis High School 212 288 1100 www regis org New York NY Grades 9 12 All Boys Resurrection Episcopal Day School 212 535 9666 www redsny org New York NY Grades PreK K Coed Robert College of Istanbul 212 843 5550 www robcol k12 tr New York NY Grades 9 12 Coed Boarding SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 33

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Robert Louis Stevenson School 212 787 6400 www stevenson school org New York NY Grades 7 PG Coed Rodeph Sholom School 646 438 8550 www rodephsholomschool org New York NY Grades N 8 Coed Rudolf Steiner School 646 626 8605 www steiner edu New York NY Grades Nursery 12 Coed Other Saint David s School 212 369 0058 www saintdavids org New York NY Grades PreK 8 All Boys Saint Thomas Choir School 212 247 3311 www choirschool org New York NY Grades 3 8 All Boys Boarding Schechter Manhattan 212 427 9500 www schechtermanhattan org New York NY Grades K 8 Coed SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 34

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School at Columbia University 212 851 4215 www theschool columbia edu New York NY Grades K 8 Coed Shefa School The 212 873 1300 shefaschool org New York NY Grades 1st 8th Coed Smith School Associate Member 212 879 6354 smithschool org New York NY Coed Spence School 212 289 5940 www spenceschool org New York NY Grades K 12 All Girls Speyer Legacy School The 212 581 4000 www speyerlegacyschool org New York NY Grades K 8 Coed SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 35

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St Bernard s School 212 289 2878 www stbernards org New York NY Grades K 9 All Boys St Hilda s and St Hugh s School 212 932 1980 www sthildas org New York NY Grades PreK 8 Coed St Luke s School 212 924 5960 www stlukeschool org New York NY Grades PreK 8 Coed Episcopal Stephen Gaynor School 212 787 7070 www stephengaynor org New York NY Grades PK 8 Coed Studio School Provisional Member 212 678 2416 www studioschoolnyc org New York NY Grades PreK 8 Coed Town School 212 288 4383 www thetownschool org New York NY Grades Nursery 3 8 Coed SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 36

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Trevor Day School 212 426 3360 www trevor org New York NY Grades Nursery 12 Coed Trinity School 212 873 1650 www trinityschoolnyc org New York NY Grades K 12 Coed Twin Parks Montessori Schools Associate Member 212 595 2000 www twinparks org New York NY Grades PreK K Coed United Nations International School 212 684 7400 www unis org New York NY Grades K 12 Coed Village Community School 212 691 5146 www vcsnyc org New York NY Grades K 8 Coed SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 37

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Washington Market School 212 233 2176 www washingtonmarketschool org New York NY Grades Pre K Coed West End Day School 212 873 5708 www westenddayschool org New York NY Grades K 6 Coed West Side Montessori School 212 662 8000 www wsmsnyc org New York NY Grades PreK K Coed Winston Preparatory School 212 496 8400 www winstonprep edu New York NY Grades 4 PG Coed Xavier High School 212 924 7900 www xavierhs org New York NY Grades 9 12 All Boys York Prep Associate Member 212 362 0400 www yorkprep org New York NY Grades 6 12 Coed SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 38

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Queens Garden School 718 335 6363 www gardenschool org Jackson Heights NY Grades Nursery 12 Coed Kew Forest School The 718 268 4667 www kewforest org Forest Hills NY Grades Preschool 12 Coed Lexington School for the Deaf 718 350 3050 www lexnyc org Queens NY Grades P 12 Coed Martin Luther School 718 894 4000 www martinluthernyc org Maspeth NY Grades 6 12 Coed Windsor School Associate Member 718 359 8300 www thewindsorschool com Flushing NY Grades 6 12 Coed SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 39

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Yeshiva University High School for Girls 718 479 8550 YUHSG org Holliswood NY Grades 9 12 All Girls SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 40

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Bronx Fordham Preparatory School 718 367 7500 www fordhamprep org Bronx NY Grades 9 12 All Boys Horace Mann School 718 432 4000 www horacemann org Bronx NY Grades Nursery 12 Coed Riverdale Country School 718 549 8810 www riverdale edu Bronx NY Grades PreK 12 Coed SAR Academy SAR High School 718 548 1717 www saracademy org Riverdale NY Grades PS 12 Coed St Ignatius School 718 861 9084 http sis nativity org Bronx NY Grades 6 8 SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 41

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Staten Island Staten Island Academy 718 987 8100 www statenislandacademy org Staten Island NY Grades PreK 12 Coed For more detailed information about independent schools please visit https parents nais org SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 42

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What is ScholarSkills for STARS ScholarSkills for STARS SFS is a federally recognized 501C3 not for profit educational organization SFS identifies exceptional students from low income households and provides scholarships to help them get the long term after school enrichment they need to get top scores and get into top schools ScholarSkills for STARS helps these students to cultivate their extraordinary potential and serve as inspirational role models to their peers For more information about the S T A R S Scholarship Program Please contact the S T A R S Program at 718 258 4647 or email contactme scholarskills com or visit us on the web at https www scholarskills com scholarskills for stars html SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 43

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School Selection Help from Scholarskills A Planning Guide for Parents The Six Key Questions Parents Should Ask When Looking for the Best Schools for Their Children I The Most Important Question Parents should not ask What is the best school They should ask which school is best for my children II Location Where do you draw the circle within a radius of distance Where would you NOT allow your children to go in terms of distance or area Is the commute going to interfere with their extracurricular activities SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 44

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III Uniqueness What are your children s unique strengths and weaknesses What weaknesses do you know of that need special nurturing or attentiveness in order for them to succeed in a competitive school environment IV Learning Styles How does your child learn What type of environment produces the best results in your child Is it a large medium sized or small environment Where does your child thrive Where has your child thrived before Does your child embrace competition and adversity Does he or she like to be challenged SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 45

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V Structure Does your child need more or less structure in the learning environment Is discovery based or experiential learning the key to your child s mind Or does your child need more rigid rules based instruction Is your child self motivated or does he or she need to be challenged and held accountable to get the work done VI Special Interests Does your child have a special interest And does the school address it or provide for it or will the school facilitate growth in this particular area SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 46

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4 Steps to 4 4 Ways to Improve Reading Comprehension and Writing Skills Step One Sentence Comprehension The first step is sentence comprehension If students don t understand the meanings of individual sentences they will never understand the meanings of entire paragraphs essays or stories In effect students have to be taught how to comprehend the main idea of each sentence by recognizing how each word or group of words is organized to express that key idea Step Two Paragraph Comprehension The second step is paragraph comprehension Students should be taught how to recognize each paragraph s main idea and its supporting details They should be shown several ways that writers SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 47

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create coherent paragraphs by organizing and connecting sentences to illustrate and support a main idea Step Three Key Word Comprehension The third step is key word comprehension Students have to expand their vocabulary so that they can understand the key words or groups of words within each text Vocabulary is critical to comprehension A large and varied vocabulary helps students to deepen comprehension by enabling them to restate important terms in their own words SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 48

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Step Four Writing Skills From Comprehension to Composition The fourth step is cultivating writing skills Students should be taught how to restate main ideas in their own words They must also learn how to support their conclusions with details In summary students should learn how to substantiate their thoughts with well constructed sentences and paragraphs Their written responses should be clear concise and comprehensive SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 49

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Contact ScholarSkills for More Information For more information please contact ScholarSkills Learning Center at 718 258 4647 ScholarSkills is located at 4709 Ave N between E 48th and Schenectady We help students from grades k 12 to master the foundations of excellence in reading writing and math so that they can earn better grades in school higher scores on tests and admission to schools that offer them the best Visit us on the web at www scholarskills com 1 https parents nais org SCHOLARSKILLS 4709 AVE N BROOKLYN NY 11234 718 258 4647 WWW SCHOLARSKILLS COM 50