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American Promise Airs on PBS on Feb. 3, 2014

Summary from POV website: "American Promise spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, N.Y., turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through Dalton, one of the most prestigious Firm Schools in the country. Chronicling the boys' divergent paths from [...]


We are recommending the American Promise Documentary, which opens at the IFC Center & Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center on October 18th, 2013 in NYC. Here is the film summary: The American Promise journey began in 1999, when filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson enrolled their son Idris in the Dalton School on the Upper [...]

Updated Speaker Bios for NYC Gifted & Talented Symposium on October 26, 2013 at NYU’s Kimmel Center

In our previous post, we wrote about the NYC Gifted & Talented Symposium at NYU's Kimmel Center on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 8am-5pm. Please contact shamir@shamirkhan.com directly to obtain a discount code for NYC Firm Schools Blog readers (or if your need a scholarship to attend for free). If you a school administrator, please [...]


In our previous post, we wrote about the NYC Gifted & Talented Symposium at NYU's Kimmel Center on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 8am-5pm. Below please find a PARTIAL list of confirmed speakers & moderators. There are a number of other speakers who have committed, but we are awaiting final confirmation and will publish their [...]

Located in South Bronx is St. John Chrysostom School, a Catholic parish school rooted in and committed to the tradition of non-violence since 1914. Serving pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, St. John Chrysostom is dedicated to the best academic program for students of the school and offer a challenging curriculum. Grades are based on a combination [...]

No, I am not Chinese. But I really related to Amy Chua and three ways her and many other Chinese mothers’ parent. The WSJ Online recently ran Ms. Chua’s essay entitled, Why Chinese Mothers are Superior. Like Ms. Chua, many African American mothers have historic styles of parenting too. I can really identify with three [...]

St. Charles Borromeo School

St. Charles Borromeo School is located at 214 West 142nd Street in New York City. The school is a private K - 8 and offers among its tuition base free PreK - 4 years olds 9am to 11:30am. Testing is at scheduled times. Children K - 6 who pass the testing receive an application of [...]

Press Release from The American Academy of Pediatrics: VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Minority children often encounter racism in their daily lives, and those who experience discrimination more often have more symptoms of depression, according to a study to be presented today, Sunday, May 2, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Vancouver, British [...]

We are excited to announce that Gina Parker Collins is Founder & President of RIISE, will join us as a regular blog contributor in the area of diversity. Gina Parker Collins is Founder & President of RIISE - Resources In Independent School Education, which puts systems in place to protect, retain, and attract families of [...]

New York City has plenty of organizations devoted to the education of children, special needs, religious instruction, and the development of academic, motor, social, and other important skills. But The Partnership for Inner-City Education is a unique program whose mission is grounded in Catholic values. A 501(c)3 organization, the Partnership focuses its attention on Catholic [...]

Win A Voyage To Discovery Essay Scholarship

Current high school and middle school students have a chance to enter a unique and fun scholarship contest. The Voyage To Discovery Essay Scholarship contest asks students to write and submit an essay on “an African-American individual or group who made a significant contribution to U.S. maritime history.” If you like history, this is the [...]


Epiphany Lutheran School is a part of the ministry of Epiphany Lutheran Church on Lincoln Place in Brooklyn. The elementary school got its start in 1961 under the leadership of Rev. William Henry Schiemann, the fourth pastor of Epiphany. The junior high school was built in 1976 and the high school in 1978. Pastor Schiemann [...]

Horace Mann, the NYC private school in Riverdale, received some unwanted publicity this past week. So far, articles have been published in The New York Times and Gothamist about an assembly that occurred on Tuesday at the school. Visiting poets and professors Denise Duhamel, M.F.A. (Associate Professor at Florida International University) and Maureen Seaton, M.F.A. [...]

St. Gregory The Great School is a Catholic parish school serving nursery school through eighth grade. The school is located in Brooklyn, NYC and has been in steady operation since 1912. St. Gregory has a stable faculty staff, and the average tenure for its lay teachers is nine years. However, it is unique for a [...]

20 Firm Schools In Brooklyn

Brooklyn, like Manhattan, is full of excellent Firm Schools. Instead of just listing and linking to the Brooklyn Firm Schools we've written about on NYC Firm Schools Blog, we are going to narrow the list to 20 schools and write a brief synopsis of them. You can still go and read the full post at [...]

Nestled in the heart of Brooklyn is the Clara Muhammad School Of Masjid Khalifah, a school dedicated to developing moral excellence in its students from the moment they enter its doors. Clara Muhammad School Of Masjid Khalifah provides a curriculum filled with academic rigor and serves a predominantly African-American Muslim community. The school got its [...]

Located at 5 West 93rd Street in Manhattan, Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School is a serious grammar and prep school that focuses strongly on the liberal arts, particularly music, drama and art.  English, language arts, foreign language instruction, mathematics, the sciences, current and historical social studies, physical education, technology, and the fine arts are all included [...]

St. Aloysius School is located at 223 West 132nd Street, NYC, and offers excellent education to inner city, under-served children who are at risk of not meeting their potential. The school serves children from age 3 to age 14 and offers financial support and services to alumni in high school. The curriculum at St. Aloysius [...]

Great Oaks Elementary School is located at 4718 Farragut Road (between East 47th Street and Schenectady Avenue) 264 East 53rd Street, (between Church Avenue and Linden Blvd.) in Brooklyn, NY. The school accepts children ages 5-13. The school's first priority is to assist students in helping them to complete homework assignments and to provide tutors in [...]

Stereotypes and Learning

The National Association of Independent Schools has many online resources available for educators, students and families involved in independent schools. A recent article written for the Online NAIS site focused on stereotypes and how they affect the lifelong learning habits of kids. The phenomenon is known in the research as "stereotype threat" — and it [...]

In many large cities the differences between poor neighborhoods and wealthy neighborhoods are perhaps a block or two in distance, but light-years away in benefits and opportunities created in their schools. This is the reason that many hard working families turn to Financial Aid and student loans in order to provide their child a way [...]