Creating Change with AltSchool Union Square

The Middle school years are an important time for our children to learn more about themselves and the world around them.  This is why choosing the right school is such a critical decision for many parents in NYC.  Recently, Kidz Central Station toured a new middle school in Manhattan, AltSchool Union Square, and we were especially impressed by their data driven approach which truly delivers on the notion of a personalized education.altschool-logoAltSchool

 

 

AltSchool was founded in 2013 by a former Google exec with the concept of having students actively participate in their education by setting and tracking their own goals and cooperating with teachers to shape the curriculum. The ‘future of education’ was to use collected data on the students’ learning to create a more personalized education.

And we were impressed by the data.  AltSchool’s digital platform tracks everything from attendance to grades to Personalized Learning Plans (PLP). Teachers work with families and students to design the PLP, a set of goals based on the student’s interests, likes, strengths, and weaknesses.  Students are supplied with a Chromebook and complete individual and group activities from a “playlist” that is customized to their needs and interests.  Teachers pick activities for their students by creating items in their playlists.  This then frees up the teacher to walk around the classroom and interact more with students.  It’s an exciting concept merging technology and data with education; thus making parent-teacher conferences less subjective and more informed!

AltSchool Union Square

AltSchool Union Square

After initial growing pains, the AltSchool team has streamlined their vision into lab schools such as AltSchool Union Square. Opened in 2017 for grades 5-8, the school opens into a very modern, efficiently designed space with a bleachers style gathering area for morning meetings and end of week discussions. The whole school will gather here for anything from student-led presentations to teacher previews of the week. The bright, airy classrooms have nook spaces for individual learning and collaborative pods for small group learning.  Each classroom is also equipped with small “phone booths” that offer students  a self-imposed time-out session to re-focus.  The lunch area is another open space offering kids more moments for gathering and collaborating and thinking.AltSchool Union Square

AltSchool Union Square

The core values at AltSchool are Citizenship, Agency, Responsibility, Empathy.  Students decide how to apply these ideas to their lives and the school community.  They create Learner Agreements as they promise to achieve and help others achieve these values.  The school follows the NY common core curriculum and complete ELA, Science, Math and History/Social Studies standards as students graduate from here to any type of high school they desire.AltSchool Union Square

AltSchool Union Square

Currently, there are about 35 students enrolled at this location with the goal to grow to 80 students.  Students can arrive as early at 8am although instruction starts at 8:30am and ends at 3:30pm. Students learn beyond the classroom through museums, NYC landmarks, and cultural sites.  Physical education classes are taken at the local YMCA, music classes with Third Street Music, and Art with a teacher from the Children’s Museum of Art.  A Spanish teacher comes onsite for daily classes.  After school activities include chess with more options to come.  Many of the students do after-school activities in the community, e.g. theater, arts, science extension programs.

AltSchool Union Square

AltSchool Union Square

Overall, we were very impressed with the facility, the active and engaged students, the friendly staff, and the technology platform.  It is very popular today to talk about a whole child approach or a personalized education but very few schools are showing parents how they achieve this goal.  At AltSchool, Parents are very involved in shaping their children’s education.  Thanks to the data collected every day, parents can really know what their kids are doing during the day, the exact areas where they excel or need extra help, and how teachers are honoring the pledge to a personalized approach.  It’s a concept for the future and many parents are embracing it.

Attend an Open House.  Date: Thursday, October 11th @8:45AM. Location: 90 5th Ave, New York, NY, 2nd floor.

Party Time! Best Birthday Party Venues in NYC

A child’s birthday is a special part of both the child’s and parent’s life. We at Kidz Central Station are determined to make every parent’s life easier by providing a one-stop shop for all of your child’s activities and parties. There are hundreds of birthday party venues in NYC, but we have narrowed down the best locations for your child’s next party! Each venue offers a unique quality that will make your child’s day unforgettable.

We advise parents to book venues 1-2 months in advance, so start planning now!  Also, many party venues provide a discount if you book through Kidz Central Station.


Galli Theater – Tribeca

Birthday Party Venues

Starting at $995 for 21 guests.  Does your child love the theater? Experience the magic of live theater for your special event at the Galli Theater.

Shake Shack – UWS

Birthday Party Venues

Starting at $1000 for 40 guests.  Shake Shack is the perfect place to hold a large party! Birthday parties are held in a private rec room equipped with a 42” flat screen TV for slideshows, videos, and DVDs. Plus, kids two and under eat free!

Indoor Extreme Sports – Long Island City

Birthday Party Venues

Starting at $150. Indoor Extreme Sports give your child the most memorable birthday experience! Virtual Reality, Laser Tag, and paintball are just a few of the things this venue has to offer.

New York Stage of Mind – Long Island City

Birthday Party Venues

Starting at $250. New York Stage of Mind guarantees smiles and laughter for all little ones! Their base package includes one hour of a music show, sing-a-long, dancing, games, and a theme of your choice.

Eloise At The Plaza – Midtown West

Birthday Party Venues

Starting at $1500 for 8 guests. Have the most luxurious party in all of NYC at the Plaza Hotel. Eloise At The Plaza offers a variety of birthday party packages featuring food, dessert, room decorations, invitations, and pampering for your little ones.

NORY STEM Party – Tribeca

Birthday Party Venues

Starting at $500. The NORY STEM Party offers customizable themes to meet your child’s interest. 3D printing, Dinosaurs, and Space are a few of the most popular ones! Plus, each partygoer gets to build and take home their very own robot!

Hello Princess NYC – Morris Park

Birthday Party Venues

Starting at $450. Hello Princess NYC offers everything you need for an incredible princess party! Party favors, food, drinks, and paper goods are all included so you don’t have to lift a finger.

New York City Fire Museum – Soho

Birthday Party Venues

Starting at $850 for 15 guests. This hot party held on weekends offers free play, story-telling, show and tell, art project and a scavenger hunt. Party goers are given a goody bag and admission to the museum for all guests!

The Fashion Class – Midtown West

Birthday Party Venues

Starting at $575. If your children are into fashion and design The Fashion Class is the perfect party for you! Boys and girls can sew real and wearable clothing, design a fashion project or even hold a professional runway show! Children receive goody bags with accessories and candy. Parents are provided complimentary water, tea, and coffee.

Karma Kids Yoga– Flatiron District

Birthday Party Venues

Starting at $600. Karma Kids Yoga provides many birthday party options from My First Birthday Party to Yoga Sleepover Party. Each birthday party features a variety of yoga based activities so you are sure to find the perfect party for you and your child.

OKABALOO FunArtFaktory – Arts & Fun Center – Astoria

Birthday Party Venues

Starting at $550. Okabaloo throws the most FUNtastic and WOW parties in NYC! Their beautiful, spacious, and bright studio is perfect for any themed party. Decorations and a “Happy Birthday” banner is provided.

Stay tuned for next week for our favorite birthday party entertainers!

Awesome Columbus Day Camps

Columbus Day Camps – October 8, 2018

Columbus Day Camp

Join this two-hour drop off Columbus Day Cooking Camp. Kids will be cooking one sweet and one savory recipe.

 

Columbus Day CampsCreative Drama with Play On! Studios UWS

Inspired by different Broadway, Disney, or Movie Musicals each session, campers explore related scenes, songs, and dances. And, of course, play lots of drama games! A day packed with theater and fun.

 

Columbus Day Camps

12 Dancing Princesses Workshop at In Grandma’s Attic UWS

Calling all princesses and heroes! Experience fantasy and adventure in this engaging fairytale.  Workshop begins with warm-up and stretches, followed by ballet class barre, combinations, across-the-floor traveling steps, and dancing improvisation.

 

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Columbus Day Adventures in Coding with Launch Math + Science Centers UWS

Campers explore up to four different coding languages! The youngest coders start off with MIT’s Scratch Jr. for an exciting introduction into the world of programming. Campers ready for a bigger challenge can use MIT’s Scratch 2.0 language to create their own unique games and animations.

 

Columbus Day Camp

Columbus Day Theater Camp at Galli Theater

A wonderful theater workshop at Galli Theater (at the German School Manhattan). The theater class allows your children to act out fairytales in a playful way. At 3pm, there will be a small performance for the parents.

 

Columbus Day Camp

 

Snow White/Dwarfs Workshop at In Grandma’s Attic UWS

Enjoy reenacting the childhood favorite fairytale about Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs! After warm-ups and stretches, we’ll dance as butterflies, horses, and children skipping in the park. Dance improvisation is a time to explore movement, connect to inner impulses, and create new pathways.

Columbus Day Camp

Columbus Day Camp at Queens Zoo

Campers will learn about North, Central and South American biomes and animals that live there with a focus on their adaptations. Dive into predators and ow a food web works in each ecosystem. Then, children learn wildlife conservation and local ways to help global animals.

 

Columbus Day Camp

Robots & Science Columbus Day Camp with NORY (UWS, UES, or Battery Park/FiDi)

Is your child inventive? creative? a problem solver? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you have an innovator on your hands.  Young innovators will develop skills to program a robot and build circuits and structures.

 

Columbus Day Camps

Columbus Day Super Foodies Camp at Taste Buds Kitchen

Super Foodies empower little chefs to be Super Fast, Super Strong, Super Healthy, and Super Happy. Taste colorful and delicious superfood ingredients, build culinary super powers and perfect  techniques. Featuring both savory and sweet recipes from Samosas to Beet Hummus.

Learn Spanish Language at an Early Age

Hola Playgroup

 

¡HOLA! A Playgroup in Spanish

Learning a new or second language has many benefits, including exercising your brain. Research shows that the best age to start learning a language is essentially from birth.  There are many resources to help our children learn foreign languages or their family’s native languages.

One of the best for Spanish in NYC is ¡HOLA! A Playgroup in Spanish, which offers total language immersion classes at Apple Seeds in Flatiron.  Below are popular classes for the pre-school set.

¡HOLA! Baby Program for 6-11 months on Thursdays

This foundation program introduces the youngest participants to the Spanish language and sounds in a nurturing context through early acquisition method, by using music, touch, movement and sensory stimuli.  For child and their accompanying adult.

¡HOLA! Toddler 12 months – 2yrs on Tuesdays

This program is beneficial and appropriate for those who have some Spanish background and for total beginners. The class works fine and gross motor skills through songs that involve using bilateral coordination, hand-eye coordination, and finger and hand songs.  Children acquire linguistic skills and develop an “ear” for new sounds learned, while building vocabulary .

¡HOLA!  18 mo’s- Three’s on Thursdays

The program has a wide and carefully planned curriculum for children to begin with the very first steps of verbalizing the words coming from native speakers, from whom they will learn oral, verbal, and auditory skills.  The repetition of the basic words of the day brings out the ability to recognize Spanish in the child’s daily life and the desire to learn it because it’s fun!

15 Fun Classes for Pre-school Kids

Top Classes for Pre-School Aged Children in NYC (Fall/Winter 2018)

Pre-schoolers

NORY Science & Engineering is a Tots and Me class with hands-on experiments and projects.  Teach students ‘why,’ then ‘what’ to help them become more inquisitive and to show them how to look at the world differently.

 

 

Pre-schoolers

Multi-Sport | Rising Roots with FunFit Kids is a drop off class for 3yr olds.  Children focus on specific sport cues and skills that relate to gross-motor movements through games and play. Children also learn about teamwork and rules of gameplay.

 

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Piano Lessons at High Note start as early as 3.  Nora will support your learning of an applied instrument and incorporate theory and ear training following method books and appropriate supplemental materials.

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Fall Soccer Class for ages 2-4 with caregiver with SocRoc. Students learn soccer from a former pro and develop core strength, upper and lower body strength, as well as, flexibility, endurance, and excellent posture.

 

 

 

Pre-schoolers

Take Baby Ballerinas at Joffrey Ballet School in Greenwich Village.  Children explore movement, musicality, motor coordination, thus enhancing the development of both their bodies and minds.

 

 

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Canta y Baila Conmigo for ages 4 and under with Eastside Westside Music Together. For native Spanish speakers to brand new Spanish-learners.

 

 

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Super Tumblers for ages 3-4 at 92nd Street Y.  Teach children age-appropriate, skill-oriented progressions based on USA Gymnastics’ movement programs.

 

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Preschoolers love Music with James!  James Humphrey is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist.

 

 

 

preschoolersEarly Development Art Adventures with Claire’s Creative Adventures (UES) introduces Ages 2-5 to Contemporary, Classic and Multi-Cultural Art.

  • Curriculum Based on Artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Koons and more
  • Introduction to Professional Artist Materials such as plaster, clay, charcoal and mixed media

 

preschoolers

 

Hip Hop for Ages 3-5 with Midtown Movement and Dance cultivates passion for dance. Introduce movements used in mainstream hip hop and pop music and jazz technique basics.

 

 

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In Grandma’s Attic has Budding Ballerina & Ballerino for Ages 2-3 (Chelsea, UWS, Harlem).  Each week a different fairytale is read, and then reenacted through dance with costumes and props.

 

 

 

 

preschoolersGet the little ones Moving to the Rhythm of Math at Launch Math + Science for Ages 1.5-3.  With music as the foundation for learning, tots explore concepts such as counting, reading and identifying numbers, and using a number line.

 

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Learn Spanish with ¡HOLA! A Playgroup Toddler Program.  Children acquire linguistic skills and develop an “ear” for new sounds learned, while building Spanish vocabulary.

 

 

 

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Cook with Kids in the Kitchen Ages 2-4 at 92nd Street Y.

 

 

 

preschoolersStart pre-school with a Threes Preschool Class at Wee Ones Club. The daily schedule includes social play, muscle & brain builders, tumbling & jumping, music & instruments, dancing, story time, snack, art, parachute & bubbles.

Fashion Design Classes for Kids

NYC is a fashion capital and our kids are influenced by this every day.  For all the fashion loving kids in NYC, The Fashion Class focuses on fun fashion design themed classes where students learn to sew in a creative environment.  Up-and-coming fashionistas get to choose fabric, put their own personal style on each garment, and embellish to their hearts desire! The Fashion Class offers courses in fashion design, sewing, illustration and creativity.fashion class

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fashion Design Classes for Kids

Age: 6 to 12 years

Fashion Design and Sewing Class:  Combines all the elements of design such as measuring, cutting fabric, using patterns and sewing machines into one fabulous course culminating in a professional fashion show!

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Beginner Sewing Class for Kids:  Learn the basics of using a sewing machine while working on real projects. Projects include: Pillow, Headband, Skirt.

Design & Make Room Decor: Learn techniques including cutting, gluing and sewing. Projects include a trendy dream catcher, marbled piggy bank, photo frame, journal, paper mache letters, canvas art and more.

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Fashion Design & Illustration for Kids:  Learn to draw the elongated fashion figure (also known as the croquis). Sketch poses, color and render different types of fabric (like lace, denim and sequins) and design a full collection of clothing.

Age: 8 to 12 years

Fashion Designer: Advanced Sewing for Kids:  ‘Be a fashion designer’ and sketch an original design, choose fabric, create a pattern and sew the completed garment!

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Sew a Stuffed Animal: Class will first design their stuffed animal then use sewing machines and hand sewing to complete their take-home creations.

 

Age: 10 to 12 years

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Pattern & Stitch Advanced Sewing for Kids: Learn to read, use and sew with commercial clothing patterns. This class is designed as a continuation of Fashion Design and Sewing.

 

Age: 13 to 15+ years

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Fashion Design & Sewing for Teens: Use sewing machines to create wearable garments. Perfect for beginners and returning students alike – all projects are self-designed!

Special Offer: In Grandma’s Attic Dance Classes

In Grandma’s Attic is a children’s fantasy dance program with  22 years of dance experience in NYC. Locations include Midtown West, Upper West Side, Chelsea, and Harlem.

Special Offer for Kidz Central Station families! $50 Discount for New Students who enroll by October 1, 2018!

Dance Classes with In Grandma’s Attic

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For ages 2-3:  Budding Ballerina & Ballerino

Beginning dancers are given the freedom to create and be themselves while they explore movement, play, and dancing with others. Parent/caregiver may participate.  


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For ages 3-6: Fairies & Fantasy Dance Class for Girls & Boys

Students train in pre-ballet, creative movement, and improvisation. Each week a favorite fairytale or classical ballet story is read and then reenacted through dance with costumes and props.


In Grandma's Attic

For ages 7-12:  Odyssey of the Ballet Fairies

Students learn the basics of ballet, posture and movement. Ballet classics and stories about fairies generate themes for co-creating characters, choreography, and scenes with costumes and our magical prop  – a whimsically ornate Fairy Trunk!


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For ages 7-12: Classical Young Dancer

A beginner/elementary level class in which students learn the basics of ballet, correct posture, steps, and combinations emphasizing quality of movement. Using newly-learned ballet steps, dancers explore their own impulses in improvisation and choreography in original ballet vignettes.

10 After-School Activities for Fall 2018

After School Activities

The kids are back in school!  Yay!  Now, what are they going to do after-school and before family time at home?  Here are 10 great After-School activities and classes for kids of all ages and with various interests.

  1. The Fashion Class with locations in Midtown West and the Upper East Side has Fashion Design and Sewing Class for ages  6-12 Tuesadays-Fridays and Fashion Designer: Advanced Sewing for Kids for ages 8-12 on Mondays.

  2. Take Baby Ballerinas (ages 3+) Mondays-Thursdays, Demi Soloists  (ages 4+) Mondays-ThursdaysPre-Ballet 1 (ages 5+) Tuesdays-Thursdays, Pre-Ballet 2 (ages 6+) Tuesdays and Thursdays, or Dance With Me (age 2+) on Wednesdays, or Foundations of Ballet (ages 7+) on Mondays and Wednesdays at Joffrey Ballet School in Greenwich Village.

  3. Dance Workshop NY on the Upper East Side has Lyrical Dance for ages 8-12 on Thursdays, Ballet for ages 8-12 on Thursdays, and Ballet/Tap Combo for ages 4-5 on Tuesdays.

  4. Take your preschoolers to Music with James on Mondays or Wednesdays.

  5. Launch Math + Science focuses on STEM (coding, robots, rockets, architecture, engineering, chemistry, physics, math) EVERY weekday.  Pick your class!

  6. The Paint Place in Astoria has Painting and Art Class for ages 6-12 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

  7. OKABALOO FunArtFaktory in Long Island City hosts an After-School Recreation Program for ages 5-12 EVERY weekday.

  8. New York Stage of Mind in LIC offers Musical Theater on Tuesdays.

  9. Head to Aviator Sports in Brooklyn for classes any day of the week. Choose from Basketball, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Ice SkatingLittle Ninja Warrior, Soccer and more.

  10. I Can Do That NYC is geared for after school with all of their classes.

    For Ages 3 to 5: Dance/Theater Combo on Mondays and Tuesdays

    For Ages 4 to 6: “Little Hoppers” Hip Hop/Jazz on Thursdays

    For Ages 5-7 :Ballet for Beginners on Wednesdays OR Musical Theater Juniors on Mondays and Tuesdays

    For Ages 6-9: Beginner Hip Hop on Tuesdays

    For Ages 7 to 11: Musical Theatre: Singing and Dancing on Tuesdays

 

Depression in Children: Signs and How to Help

Depression in Kids

Is My Child Depressed? What Parents Should Look For, and How to Help

Approximately 5-10% of children struggle with depressive symptoms. Indeed, children as young as 3 can demonstrate signs of clinical depression, and rates of depression increase sharply during adolescence, particularly for girls. Feelings of intense sadness, emptiness, and/or loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities are the cardinal features of depression in adults; however, depression sometimes presents differently in youth. Indeed, irritable mood can be the first sign of child depression, and persistent irritability that causes significant problems in your child’s life at school, with friends, or with family indicates concerns beyond typical adolescent behavior.

Signs your child may be struggling with Depression:

  • Withdrawing from extracurricular activities, or continuing to participate in them without enjoyment.
  • Spending more time alone, and isolating from family or friends.
  • Constantly feeling bored, like nothing is interesting or worthwhile.
  • A significant drop in school grades, homework completion, and/or overall motivation for school.
  • Urges to avoid school.
  • Significant change in behavior: being more oppositional or argumentative, using drugs or alcohol, or caring less about consequences that used to matter.
  • A change in appetite: eating much more or much less.
  • A change in sleep: difficulty sleeping, or sleeping much more than is typical.
  • Feeling tired, without energy.
  • Increased difficulty concentrating in school or in conversations.
  • Thoughts of death or dying.
  • Engaging in self-injurious behaviors (cutting).

How can I support my child?

  • Talk to your child. Ask how they are feeling and what might be bothering them. Actively listen, without judgment, and reflect back what your child says to show that you understand.
  • Tell your child’s pediatrician. Schedule an appointment with a mental healthcare provider to discuss your concerns and to learn more about treatment options. There are evidence-based therapies and medication that can help.

Therapy:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps children to identify the connection between depressive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, to observe patterns in their mood, and to learn coping skills to improve mood. Behavioral activation is often a key component of CBT for depression, and focuses on helping youth boost mood by changing behavior.
  • Dialectic behavior therapy is a more intensive treatment for youth who struggle with chronic emotion dysregulation and problem behaviors, such as chronic suicidal thoughts or actions, self-injurious behavior, and other risky behaviors.
  • Other evidence-based therapies include interpersonal therapy and attachment-based family therapy.
  • Medication:  Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are considered the first line medication for depression. For more information about antidepressant medication, consult with your child’s pediatrician or psychiatrist.
  • Promote safety. Encourage your child to share their feelings, including thoughts about death or dying. Normalize that this is a common symptom of depression, and develop a plan that includes people to reach out to for help and mood-boosting activities to engage in when they have those thoughts. Ensure that your home is safe by locking up guns, knives, medicines, and alcohol.
  • Stick to the treatment plan. If your child is in treatment, ensure that they attend therapy consistently and/or take medication as prescribed. Your child may feel frustrated or defeated if they do not feel better quickly. Treatment works, but it takes time. Model hope, and communicate concerns with your treatment provider.
  • Provide praise and acknowledgement for small steps. Depression can feel like a weighted jacket, and activities (schoolwork, chores) that used to be easy to carry can feel impossible to lift. Rather than focus on what your child might not be doing, model attending to the positive by acknowledging and praising what your child is doing well.
  • Educate others and externalize the depression. People in your child’s life may misperceive depression as your child being lazy or purposefully grouchy, which can make it difficult for your child to receive the care and support they need. Remind yourself and others that depression is driving these symptoms, not your child.
  • Enhance social supports. Help your child to connect with peers and family. Look for opportunities to bolster the relationship you already have with your child by taking a brief “vacation” from daily chores and responsibilities to engage in enjoyable activities together. Facilitate social engagement by helping your child to schedule after-school hangouts with friends, providing transportation, and offering other means of support.
  • Monitor for risk factors for suicide, which includes your child having more intense or frequent thoughts about death or dying, talking about suicide online or in person, and using substances. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1 800-273-8255 or online at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

Anna J. Swan, PhD is a licensed psychologist and clinical assistant professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU Langone Health. She sees patients for evaluations, individual cognitive-behavioral therapy, and group therapy as part of the Anxiety and Mood Disorders Service at the Child Study Center’s Manhattan and Hackensack locations, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone.

Gifted & Talented Test Prep in NYC

Gifted & Talented Test

About the Gifted & Talented Test

New York City offers gifted and talented tests for all children entering Kindergarten through the 3rd grade in order to enter a public school program with more specialized instruction and enrichment opportunities.  Once your child is  accepted, the program runs through 5th grade.  The test has two parts (1) 30 verbal reasoning and comprehension questions based on the OLSAT and (2) 48 multiple-choice spatial thinking questions based on the NNAT.  Visit the Department of Education website for more info and to sign up your child for testing.

Admissions

Admissions are based entirely on the Gifted and Talented Test score and subsequent lottery placement.  A qualifying score on the G&T exam (90th percentile) does not guarantee your child a seat.  In many neighborhoods, more than half the kids are scoring above 90th percentile. This is why test prep is essential to increasing your child’s score.

Gifted & Talented Test Prep

Gifted and Talented Test Prep should begin at an early age to improve your child’s testing abaility and chance of success.  In the past, Eye Level Learning Center on E12th Street was extremely helpful to our parents with outside of school tutoring and extra help so we looked to them once again for G&T test prep.

What you need to know:  The Eye Level program utilizes a curriculum designed exclusively for them by TestingMom.com.  The course is 14 sessions, including 12 instructional sessions, one pre-test, and one post-test.  The pre-test and post-test are always one-on-one.  The class format is available only for students testing into Kindergarten (i.e., in Pre-K now).  The one-on-one format is available for any eligible student.  The tuition for the course includes 14 sessions, classwork book, homework book, review book, and a bonus one-year membership to TestingMom.com, which has additional review resources.

For more information on how you can prepare your child for the Gifted and Talented Test, contact Eye Level Learning Center of the East Village.