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Congratulations! Welcome to S-PREP!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Congratulations! It is my pleasure to inform you that you have been accepted for admission into the State Pre-College Enrichment Program (S-PREP) at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University for the 2019 Summer Session. Enrichment programs such as S-PREP are invaluable in preparing you for college and I am certain that you will find participation in S-PREP to be a challenging and rewarding experience.

Please note that orientation will be on Friday, June 28, 2019 (10am – 2pm) at the Vagelos Education Center located at 104 Haven Ave, New York, NY 10032. A campus map can be accessed at:

Please see the following steps below to complete your registration for the program. Please make sure to read through this message completely.

  1. The 2019 summer program will run from June 28th to July 26th (10 am – 3pm) with the exception of holidays.
  2. In order to secure your seat in the 2019 State Pre-College Enrichment Program Summer Session fill out the Registration Form via the qualtrics link below by Friday, June 21st by 12 pm.
  1. If your registration is not completed by Friday, June 21st by 12 pm, your seat will be opened to a waitlisted candidate. Please fully consider your ability to commit to the program before submitting your confirmation.
  2. Unexcused absences are not allowed, please give ample notification if a student will be absent. More than two absences from the program will result in immediate dismissal from the program.
  3. As we prepare for the program ALL correspondences will be by email. Please ensure that we have your updated email on file and that you check your email account regularly. It is suggested that you add the following email address to your contacts to ensure that our correspondences do not go to your spam or junk mail.
  1. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Again, Congratulations and we look forward to seeing you at Orientation on June 28th!

S-PREP Administrators

State Pre-College Enrichment Program

Columbia University

Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons

Office of Diversity & Multicultural Affairs

104 Haven Ave, VEC 10-03

New York, NY 10032

(Office) 212.305.4157 (Fax) 212.305.1049

NYC’s Top 10 Elementary Schools By Test Scores

Friday, December 22, 2017

New York State released their 2017 standardized public school test scores in August, and New York City led the pack.

We take a look at the top ten achievers, and explore whether we can find an instructional magic bullet among them:

Rank: 1

School Name: Special Music School

Average Standard Score: 99.7

% of Students Classified Free/Reduced Lunch: 16.2

Student/Teacher Ratio: 13.4

Admissions: Over 650 children from across the city audition for 15 Kindergarten spots. They are assessed only for musical potential, not academic.

What Makes It Special: A public/private partnership where students receive musical instruction.

Bonus: How Unzoned Schools Are Held To Different Standards

Rank: 2

School Name: NEST+M

Average Standard Score: 99.6

% of Students Classified Free/Reduced Lunch: 28.1

Student/Teacher Ratio: 18.8

Admissions: Applicants must score above the 97th percentile on the public school G&T test, but demand far exceeds supply, so students are chosen by lottery, with two-thirds of qualified Kindergarteners shut out.

What Makes It Special: The only public K-12 Gifted & Talented school. (Hunter College is also a gifted K-12, but is not a public school.)

Bonus: A mom who managed to get her child in for 1st grade!

Rank: 3

School Name: TAG Young Scholars

Average Standard Score: 99.5

% of Students Classified Free/Reduced Lunch: 50.2

Student/Teacher Ratio: 24.4

Admissions: Same as NEST+M, though it’s Upper Manhattan location makes it less popular and slightly easier to get into.

What Makes It Special: The most racially and socio-economically diverse of the citywide G&T schools.

Bonus: How to raise your odds of getting into G&T

Rank: 4

School Name: The Anderson School

Average Standard Score: 99.5

% of Students Classified Free/Reduced Lunch: 9.8

Student/Teacher Ratio: 19.7

Admissions: Same as NEST+M and TAG

What Makes It Special: The most popular of the Citywide G&Ts, Anderson rarely has room for students who score below the 99th percentile, unless they’re siblings.

Bonus: Should you send your child to G&T before they turn 5 years old?

Rank: 5

School Name: The 30th Avenue School

Average Standard Score: 99.5

% of Students Classified Free/Reduced Lunch: 25.6

Student/Teacher Ratio: 14.6

Admissions: Same as NEST+M, TAG and Anderson

What Makes It Special: The only Citywide Accelerated G&T in Queens

Bonus: The difference between public and private gifted schools

Rank: 6

School Name: Lower Lab

Average Standard Score: 99.5

% of Students Classified Free/Reduced Lunch: 4.9

Student/Teacher Ratio: 18.2

Admissions: Open to children in District 2 who score above the 90th percentile, its popularity means that only those who score in the 99th percentile (excepting siblings) have a chance of getting in via lottery.

What Makes It Special: One of the few District G&Ts that’s its own school.

Bonus: The difference between a District G&T and a General Ed program

Rank: 7

School Name: Beacon School of Excellence

Average Standard Score: 99.4

% of Students Classified Free/Reduced Lunch: 87.4

Student/Teacher Ratio: 12.9

Admissions: A local school that, on occasion, has room for out of zone families.

What Makes It Special: The top school in Brooklyn, it doesn’t screen students.

Bonus: How to apply to a school that’s outside your zone via Kindergarten Connect

Rank: 8

School Name: Success Academy Charter School – Bedford-Stuyvesant

Average Standard Score: 99.4

% of Students Classified Free/Reduced Lunch: 80.8

Student/Teacher Ratio: 16

Rank: 9

School Name: Success Academy Charter School – Crown Heights

Average Standard Score: 99.3

% of Students Classified Free/Reduced Lunch: 83.1

Student/Teacher Ratio: 16.8

Rank: 10

School Name: Success Academy Charter School – Cobble Hill

Average Standard Score: 99.2

% of Students Classified Free/Reduced Lunch: 46.3

Student/Teacher Ratio: 15.1

Admissions: Lottery, with priority to respective district residents

What Makes Them Special: Despite the fact that Success Academies don’t screen their students, the above three, as well as seven more, outscored the selective, citywide, accelerated Brooklyn School of Inquiry, which ranked #23.

Bonus: The Success Academy network made their literacy curriculum publically available for all.


So what can we learn from these top performers?

At first glance, it would seem that being a school that evaluates children for admission is key. But how, then, to explain the Success Academies and Beacon School of Excellence, which take all comers but manage to achieve the same results, and even outscore dozens of schools with G&T programs?

Especially when those schools also report the largest number of Free and Reduced Lunch kids? Having an affluent student body obviously helps when it comes to test scores (and outside test prep). But it clearly doesn’t tell the whole story.

Is the secret smaller class-size, then, like some activists suggest?

Not when the largest classes can be found at the #3 ranked school. The lowest Student/Teacher ratio on the list does belong to the highest-ranked non-G&T school, though, so that may partially account for their success.

(However, the highest ranked non-NYC school on the list is #11, the Robert Seaman School in Jericho, NY. Its Student/Teacher ratio is 9.5 but that didn’t help it break into the Top 10.)

Unfortunately, it would seem that there is no single magic bullet to be found on this list.

Welcome Centers

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Family Welcome Center staff members are available to assist New York City families with enrollment in pre-Kindergarten through high school. If you are new to New York City or moving to the city soon, visit the New Students page to learn about how to register and what documents to bring. Visit the Transfers page to learn how to request a transfer.

Family Welcome Centers are open 8am to 3pm, Monday through Friday.

The Family Welcome Centers will be closed on:

  • Monday, June 26

Please note: The Family Welcome Center at 29 Fort Greene Place is closed from Monday, April 10-Tuesday, April 18.


1 Fordham Plaza, 7th Floor
Bronx, NY 10458

Districts Served: 7, 9, 10

1230 Zerega Avenue, Room 24
Bronx, NY 10462
Districts Served: 8, 11, 12


1780 Ocean Avenue, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11230

Districts Served: 17, 18, 22

415 89th Street, 5th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11209

Districts Served: 20, 21

1665 St. Marks Avenue, Room 116
Brooklyn, NY 11233
Districts Served: 19, 23, 32    

29 Fort Greene Place (BS12)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Districts Served: 13, 14, 15, 16    


333 Seventh Avenue, 12th Floor; Room 1211
New York, NY 10001
Districts Served: 1, 2, 4

388 West 125th Street, 7th Floor; Room 713
New York, NY 10027
Districts Served: 3, 5, 6


28-11 Queens Plaza North, 3rd Floor
Long Island City, NY 11101
Districts Served: 24, 30

30-48 Linden Place, 2nd Floor
Flushing, NY 11354 

Districts Served: 25, 26

90-27 Sutphin Boulevard, 1st Floor
Jamaica, NY 11435

Districts Served: 27, 28, 29

Staten Island

715 Ocean Terrace, Building A
Staten Island, NY 10301

District Served: 31

SU and Kweller Prep Sign $10,000 Sponsorship Agreement

Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Student Union (SU) received a corporate sponsorship of $10,000 from Kweller Prep Tutoring and Educational Services in June, making Kweller Prep its platinum sponsor. If the SU upholds the terms of the contract, which include advertising Kweller Prep and allowing it to hold paid tutoring sessions at Stuyvesant, it will receive the funds by June 15, 2016.

Last spring, former SU Chief Financial Officer Benjamin Lanier (’15) e-mailed approximately 500 small corporations for potential sponsorships. Only two corporations, Kweller Prep and Bee Tutored, demonstrated interest. Bee Tutored gradually dropped out and Kweller Prep requested to be the SU’s only sponsor. The SU and Kweller Prep ended up drafting a contract, which was signed by Lanier, a legal adult.

Principal Jie Zhang, Coordinator of Student Affairs Matthew Polazzo, and Assistant Principal of Guidance Casey Pedrick helped the SU review and revise the terms of the contract. The process proved lengthy: “There were many obstacles. We constantly had to call Ms. Kweller. We also had to revise the contract and made many drafts—about ten […] That was pretty cumbersome,” Lanier said.

A similar deal was made two years ago, when SU Chief Financial Officer Jack Cahn coordinated a $10,000 sponsorship with Kweller Prep in which, unlike the new deal, the SU and The Spectator each received $5,000. The 2013 contract also differed from the new contract in that it set forth different criteria for how the SU would advertise Kweller Prep, and stated that Kweller Prep and the SU would divide the net profits of all Kweller test-run prep programs held at Stuyvesant.

The money from the current contract will go to student-run programs, such as clubs, “pubs,” and SING!. The SU declined to publicize exactly how these funds will be allocated, but the SU Budget Committee has decided to double the funding for SING! from previous years.

In exchange for the $10,000, Stuyvesant will provide at most 20 classrooms for afterschool tutoring. “[At tutoring sessions] the students in attendance […] are current students at Stuyvesant and the instructors will also be Stuyvesant alumni,” SU Chief Financial Officer Kai Chen said. The contract also lists the various ways Stuyvesant will advertise Kweller Prep: on the SU website, in every issue of The Spectator, before every SU YouTube video, in the SING! playbill, at parent teacher conferences and the club pub fair, and on the doors of the SU office. Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Kweller Prep Frances Kweller is also entitled to give a lecture at Stuyvesant, advertised by the SU, whose topic might include entrepreneurship or women in business.

The SU is determined to maintain their relationship with Kweller Prep. One of the agreements of the contract is that if Kweller Prep is satisfied with the outcome of the sponsorship, it will donate an extra $1,000 to the SU. “The Student Union will work to make sure that [Kweller Prep] is very satisfied with the relationship we have built,” So said. We’re starting off on a good foot,” Aung said.