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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

Prep for Prep

Monday, June 10, 2019



It is our distinct honor and pleasure to offer you a place in Prep for Prep’s Contingent XLII! This is a remarkable accomplishment. Of the more than 3,000 students who tested, you should feel especially proud to be among the 125 students selected to be a part of our program. We take pride in the values of Prep—Excellence, Integrity, Commitment, and Courage—and we wholeheartedly believe that you are someone who will embody these values, make significant contributions, and benefit richly from the Prep for Prep experience.

As we are in the final stages of planning the Summer Session, it is imperative that we know very soon whether you will accept your place in the program. Please ask your parent(s) to email Ms. Johanna Rodriguez, Director of Admissions (, no later than Monday, May 27th to let us know whether you will be accepting your place with Prep for Prep.

Below you will find additional information regarding important dates to add to your calendar. Please be aware that your enrollment contract has been mailed to your home address and you should receive it in the coming days.

We sincerely hope you will accept your place in Prep for Prep and that your experience in the program will be a rewarding and productive part of your education and development. We look forward to working with you.


Aileen C. Hefferren & Johanna Rodriguez
Chief Executive Director of Admissions

Important Dates:

Prep for Prep Bus Meeting and Math Placement Test: 4:30-6:30 pm

There is a mandatory bus meeting and math placement test that will take place at The Trinity School located at P.S. 163 located at 163 W 97st Street (@Amsterdam Ave). Please keep in mind that the bus meeting and test session run concurrently and both parents and students must be present.
Prep for Prep Orientation: Thursday, June 20th 4:00 -7:00 pm

We are thrilled to invite you to the Prep for Prep Orientation for all students and parents, which will be held on Thursday, June 20st at 4:00 pm at The Trinity School located at 101 W 91st Street (@Columbus Ave). Doors will open at 4:00 pm and the event will end at approximately 7:00 pm. Orientation is for both students and parents, and it is very important that all new students and parents attend. At Orientation, much information will be distributed, including class schedules, bus routes, and the Summer Session Handbook. Moreover, you will have an opportunity to meet your advisors and fellow students.
Welcome Aboard Picnic: Saturday, June 22nd

Students are welcome to join us for the Welcome Aboard Picnic on June 22nd. Activities for the picnic will be organized by Advisory Units, giving you an opportunity to spend time with the Prep for Prep high school and college students who will be your advisors during the summer. The Welcome Aboard Picnic will also be an opportunity for new students to begin to get to know one another. Each student should bring a food item to share with other students in your group (about 12 students in each group) at lunch. The picnic is for students only and is an all-day event. We will talk more about the Picnic at orientation.
Summer Session 2019: June 26th – August 16

Please be advised that summer session classes begin on Wednesday, June 26 at 8:30 am and will end at 4:30 pm. Students will receive their class schedule at the orientation.

*Please note that Thursday, July 4 is a holiday; no classes will be held.

Teen gets into Stuyvesant after being told ‘it’s practically impossible’

Monday, March 25, 2019

Sebastian Acevedo has achieved his impossible dream.


When his mom told a guidance counselor at Sebastian’s Catholic grade school in Queens that he was thinking about applying to the city’s specialized high schools, the counselor chuckled, saying, “It’s practically impossible.”

“She said it’s not gonna happen,” he told The Post. “I was basically dismissed.”

But the remark only fired up Sebastian, 13, to prove her wrong.

While finishing 7th grade at Saint Matthias School, Sebastian’s parents — his mom, Kathy, a Ecuadorian immigrant and clerical worker, his dad Eugene a supermarket manager — signed him up at Kweller Prep. The company gives classes for kids planning to take the SHSAT exam, the sole entry criteria for the specialized schools.

Sebastian “did terribly” on a Kweller placement test, he said. “I remember crying after seeing the results. But it made me try harder.”

He took the SHSAT classes after school, on Saturdays, and over the summer, sacrificing time for his amateur boxing. His parents also made sacrifices to scrape up the $5,000 cost.

It paid off. Sebastian scored 568 on the tough exam. Last week, the city Department of Education offered him a seat in September at Stuyvesant — which had the highest cutoff score of all eight specialized schools, 557.

He was one of 33 Hispanics among 895 kids admitted.

“I worked so hard for it. To have it finally happen was just amazing,” he said. “It was a dream come true.”

Sebastian also got offers from Bard HS Early College in Queens, a highly-selective public school, and four private schools on scholarships. He has chosen Stuyvesant.

His new goal — sparked by worrying about his grandma’s heart condition — is to become a cardiothoracic surgeon.

As for college, he said. “I’m interested in an Ivy League.”

Evidence of Extreme Intellectual Abilities

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

ys_qualThe Davidson Young Scholars Qualification Criteria was developed to identify students at the extreme end of the gifted continuum, which is the population served by theYoung Scholars program. The criteria for individually administered tests typically represent scores in the 99.9th percentile.

The scores listed below represent the minimum eligibility requirements for consideration of admission into the Young Scholars program. Testing information is evaluated in the context of the rest of the application and supporting materials to determine admission eligibility.  The Davidson Institute is unable to determine whether or not an applicant will qualify for the Young Scholars program outside the context of a complete application.

For additional details regarding the Young Scholars program and applications process, please visit:

For questions not addressed on these pages, please email Emails will be answered within three to five business days.

Required – At least ONE test listed under Option #1 or Option #2

In efforts to obtain a current snapshot of the applicant’s intellectual and academic abilities, it is preferred that accepted tests be administeredwithin two years of the application.  Accepted tests must:

  • Be administered when the applicant was at least 4 years old; AND
  • Meet or exceed the score guidelines listed; AND
  • Include an official, complete report with all pages attached. Reports for individually administered tests often include the tester’s observations, tests administered, test scores, explanation of findings, and recommendations.

Do you have testing administered more than two years ago?

We will consider testing administered up to four years prior to the application on an individual basis if the student was at least 6 years old at the time of testing. The full test report must be accompanied by current academic work samples or videos as described below under Supplemental Information.

Can other tests be accepted in place of the tests listed below?

No. Eligibility can only be determined by submitting one of the accepted tests listed here. If you have an additional test, please review the Supplemental Information section below.



Test Name Minimum Score Guidelines
Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales – Fifth
Edition (SB5)
Standard score 145+ on at least one of the following:
  • Verbal
  • Nonverbal
  • Full Scale
Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – Fourth Edition
Standard score 145+ on at least one of the following:
  • Verbal Comprehension
  • Perceptual Reasoning
  • General Ability Index (GAI)
  • Full Scale
Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – Fifth Edition
Standard score 145+ on at least one of the following:
  • General Ability Index (GAI)
  • Full Scale
  • Nonverbal
  • Verbal (Expanded Crystallized) Index (VECI)
  • Expanded Fluid Index (EFI)

OR at least two of the following:

  • Verbal Comprehension
  • Visual Spatial
  • Fluid Reasoning
Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence –
Fourth Edition (WPPSI-IV)
Standard score 145+ on at least one of the following:
  • General Ability Index (GAI)
  • Full Scale
  • Nonverbal

OR at least two of the following:

  • Verbal Comprehension
  • Visual Spatial
  • Fluid Reasoning
Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Cognitive Abilities – Third
Normative Update or Fourth Edition (WJ-III NU or WJ-IV Cog)
Standard score 145+ on
  • General Intellectual Ability (GIA)
Differential Ability Scales – Second Edition (DAS-II) Standard Score 145+ on at least one of the following:
  • Verbal Ability
  • Nonverbal Reasoning
  • General Conceptual Ability


Test Name Minimum Score Guidelines
Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement –
Second or Third Edition (KTEA-II or KTEA-3)
Standard score 145+ on at least two of the following:
  • Reading Composite
  • Math Composite
  • Written Language Composite
  • Comprehensive Achievement Composite
Wechsler Individual Achievement Test – Third
Edition (WIAT – III)
Standard score 145+ on at least two of the following:
  • Total Reading Composite
  • Mathematics Composite
  • Written Expression Composite
  • Total Achievement Composite
Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement –
Third Normative Update or Fourth Edition (WJ-III NU or WJ-IV Ach)
Standard score 145+ on at least two of the following:
  • Broad Reading
  • Broad Math
  • Broad Written Language
  • Total Achievement


Test Name Minimum Score Guidelines
SAT Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 9 Grade 10
Verbal/Crit. Reading 640 700 720 750
Math 660 720 740 760
Combined 1300 1420 1460 1510

Must meet or exceed on at least two of the scores listed above. The Combined score does not include writing.

ACT Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 9 Grade 10
English 26 30 33 34
Math 23 28 32 33
Reading 28 31 33 34
Science Reasoning 24 28 31 32
Composite 24 28 31 32

Must meet or exceed on at least three out of five scores above. ****

EXPLORE Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6
English 19 21 23 24
Math 16 18 21 24
Reading 18 19 22 24
Science Reasoning 18 20 23 24
Composite 17 19 21 23

Must meet or exceed on at least three out of five scores above.

Not Required – Additional Information


Information included here will not add substantially to the review committee’s decision, nor override test scores that fall significantly below the Minimum Score Guidelines listed above. However, this additional information may assist the review committee in better understanding the applicant’s abilities.

A maximum of SIX of the following documents may be uploaded in this section of the application. Academic work samples or videos, which MUST include detailed information about each item. For example, the title and grade level of workbooks used, whether a work sample was edited several times or is a first draft, if the work was completed independently or was revised based on parent or teacher feedback, and the age and grade level at the time the work was completed.

Strong work samples include:

  • demonstrate abilities in academic areas such as math, writing, reading, science, or social studies
  • demonstrate the applicant’s ability to work at least two to three grade levels above age peers
  • demonstrate the ability to learn and process complex information rapidly, a need to explore subjects in surprising depth, or an insatiable curiosity
  • Other evidence of extreme precocity, as determined by the applicant and family.
  • Extenuating circumstances, as determined by the applicant and family.
  • Certificates, awards, artwork, music pieces, or other non-academic samples do not add to the review committee’s decision.


Six Things Female Entrepreneurs Must Know Before They Start That Startup

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Frances Kweller, CEO of Kweller Prep, a learning incubator specializing in advanced test preparation in Queens, New York, founded Kweller Prep after receiving her law degree from Hofstra Law School. She offers the following tips to women embarking on their first business venture:1. – Most women suffer from what I call “analysis paralysis”, which means they analyze the situation over and over again and then never take action. They have plans to do something, but don’t execute. Don’t spend time over-processing everything and take action immediately before you get cold feet.

1. Execute Immediately – Most women suffer from what I call “analysis paralysis”, which means they analyze the situation over and over again and then never take action. They have plans to do something, but don’t execute. Don’t spend time over-processing everything and take action immediately before you get cold feet.

2. Don’t Let the Math Scare You – If you’re like me, you didn’t take a lot of math in school and numbers make you want to run the other way. As women, we don’t want to look at a portfolio or profit-and-loss statement because many of us don’t understand the math. Take a class at a community college, spend quality time with your accountant, CPA and banker and understand how business loans work because you will need this information in the future.

3. Be Direct About What You Want – You need to be able to pitch what you want in 3 minutes or less. Learn not to be soft and get to the point to get what you want. Women tend to go in circles and are afraid of saying what they want. Being able to say what you want and what you are looking for is critical to your success.

4. Trust Your Gut – Many people will tell you that you cannot do something or that your idea is a bad one. If your instincts are telling you that they’re wrong and you’re right, trust your instincts. When they say “no,” move on from it and beware of all the free advice.

5. Stay Away from Business Partners – Particularly in your first business venture, a business partner is not only not necessary but an unwelcome headache. Your first venture comes with enormous learning curves and mistakes you need to make alone. You need to listen to your instincts and have clarity of mind to do so, unclouded by another party in the way.

6. Get Support – Join a women’s group, while reading up on building a business and about other women entrepreneurs to garner the support you need while building your business. Surrounding yourself with other female entrepreneurs will only help you on your journey in discovery and with a solid foundation while building your own leadership skills too.