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Jump-Starting the School Admissions Process for Your Child

Even though school has barely begun, if you are looking for a new school for your son or daughter to start next fall, particularly if it is a private or highly sought after public school, you are likely starting the search and application process now. Today’s post comes from writer and editor (and GCP contributor) […]

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The Myths and Realities of Affirmative Action

Today’s post comes from Rachel Christmas Derrick, a widely published writer and communications consultant specializing in socio-economic development, youth empowerment, and education. Rachel originally posted this piece on The Independent School Diversity Network’s website. You may recall that Wendy Van Amson, one of the co-founders of The Independent School Diversity Network (ISDN), was the very […]

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“Admitted But Left Out”: Important But Incomplete

Today’s New York Times includes the article “Admitted But Left Out”, found here, which chronicles how minority students at various NYC private schools feel isolated and alienated among their wealthy white classmates. Students in various schools describe how they felt uncomfortably out of place when their white classmates talked of weekends in the Hamptons and […]

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How To Choose the Best School for Your Son

Today’s post comes from Anne Williams-Isom and Jennifer Jones Austin. Anne Williams-Isom, author of the GCP post “Words of Wisdom from a Montessori Mom” (October 4, 2011) is currently the Chief Operating Officer of the Harlem Children’s Zone. She and her husband are raising their three children in Harlem. Jennifer Jones Austin is the Senior […]

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Back to School for Parents

Now that our sons are back in school, it’s time for parents to focus on our Back to School To Do List. Here are a few things you can do to help your son start the school year well: •Review your son’s schedule. Find out what you can about the teachers from your son, other […]

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A Persistent Problem: Being Bullied By Our Own for Being Smart

A generation ago, when I was a kid being bused into a predominantly white school in Brooklyn, I faced daily taunting and intimidation on the school bus from other Black students, who accused me of “acting white,” and “thinking I was cute” for the crime of being the only Black kid picked to be in […]

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What Works: The University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute

GCP is dedicated to bringing you information about what educational programs are working for our children around the country. The University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute operates four charter schools on Chicago’s South Side which have the express aim of sending their students (mostly African American from low income families) to college, and the schools […]

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The High (Hidden) Costs of Private School

“Push for A’s at Private School is Keeping Costly Tutors Busy”, an article in today’s New York Times, details the extensive and expensive tutoring underground in NYC private schools. According to this article, which can be found here, over half of the students in NYC private schools hire tutors during the course of their K-12 […]

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