Parents in NYC, who are accustomed to making education-related plans a full two to three years in advance, are understandably feeling out of place. What will the fall bring for us? How do I make a plan?

Here are some of the most common questions I’ve been asked lately and some ideas for you –

What will fall admissions be like for the public schools in NYC?

What we know at this time is that there are no 7th grade State Exams. Attendance and punctuality are not counting toward admissions for high school. Many schools are using pass/fail, which will not differentiate students according to grades. 

It is still possible that schools will look at 6th grade ELA and NYS Math Exams. 

It is possible that schools will rely more heavily on lottery admissions processes.

What this means for your student is that there will be fewer requirements for admission to top-performing NYC public schools.

The SHSAT remains in place and is an excellent option for students to gain admission to schools such as Stuyvesant High School and Bronx Science and more. LaGuardia High School still requires an audition.

Our recommendation will be to look at schools in a wider range of buckets including private, parochial, Jewish-day. Many families will also talk with us about school options in the suburbs.

What changes will happen for the private school admissions process in NYC?

Likely schools will not be admitting families onto campus this fall. Virtual tours will become important access points to schools.

Students will take standardized tests at home or in centers that follow sanitation standards.

As schools finalize their processes, we will update this article.

It will be essential to ask schools about their distance learning programs as part of the admissions process. We have been gathering this information as schools progress through their processes so that we can inform families about how schools have been operating.

My contract just came in the mail. What do I do if I don’t want to spend 50k on private school next year – if they’ll just be doing distance learning. What should I do?

1) Talk with your school about your concerns.

Determine if you are comfortable with the tuition based on different scenarios.

Students May:

  • go back to school full time
  • be in school for part of the time and in distance learning for part of the time
  • be solely in distance learning

2) If you decide you do not want to continue with your contract based on what the school tells you, then this is an opportune time to speak with a consultant to figure out the best way to proceed.

We will discuss various considerations for your child and family. In this way, you can make an informed decision that you won’t regret later.

To book time with me, email We offer consultations to talk through your options both in NYC and beyond.