I give this talk in beginning in Feb. through the summer. The earlier you get this information the easier your fall will be. I DON'T GIVE THIS TALK IN SEPT. My experience has been that if I give the talk in Sept. parents feel that it is okay to wait to get the information. Model good study skills for your child. Don't procrastinate.

Sorry no walk ins. 

Ticket purchase/RSVP required. I need to gather some general information from you to make sure that I present the information you need.

This talk translates the DOE's "script" describing how the process actually works, talking about the data available and how to manage and organize it. It will prepare you for the NY High School Fair, tours and choices in the fall.

  • I describe the process quickly and clearly without the deadly powerpoint used elsewhere.

  • This talk is designed for families of general ed students. Many parents of students with disabilities will find it useful as a baseline.

  • I give you a practical strategy to organize and manage the search and to cull the giant directory.

  • I help you understand how to interpret the data that is available.

  • I focus on what you need to know and when from a parent's point of view.

  • I give you a little practical advice on what the high school choice means for the college search.

I will do my best to help you laugh in the face of adversity.

While I will use some specific schools as examples, I do not attempt to give an overview of the 700 schools available to kids in NYC. The process is the same citywide. I in my private consults, I am covering schools that Brooklyn and Manhattan students are geographically eligible for. For example: there will be a few schools in Queens that give priority to students citywide. I will cover those if we speak privately. Most schools in Queens give priority to zoned families or to Queens students or residents. I don’t cover those programs.

$30 per person

"Just wanted to say thank you again for the incredible seminar you gave last night on high school admissions. I walked into it knowing absolutely nothing about the process and truly frightened by the idea of it.
And now I have a firm handle on how to proceed finding the right school for my son.
It is all thanks to you, you were so clear and concise!
I truly appreciate it, it was invaluable."

- 7th grade mom

"Your talk last night was hilarious. You make a difficult, emotionally laden subject lively and approachable."

- 7th grade mom

"I laughed. I cried. It was better than 'Cats'.

- 7th grade mom (seriously this was a real quote!)

"I can only describe Joyce as the platonic ideal of an expert in her field and $30 is a very cheap price for the opportunity to hear what she has to say."

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