October 23, 2010
Why do I love Stuyvesant for my child? Let me count the ways: first of all, all admitted students get the red carpet treatment from the "big sibs" (a huge student club devoted to helping 9th graders adjust to high school) when they walk through the door as admitted students for their first orientation. I'm not kidding, they line the doorways and applaud every new student and parent with cheers of, "You did it! Welcome! Hooray for you! Congratulations!" No kidding. That happens in the spring upon admission. In the late summer, there is an all day "Camp Stuy", where the students are giving organizational and studying tips, along with all the logistical information they need to navigate their schedules, and the hallways. By the time he attended his first class, my son was completely raring to go, and ready to dig into high school studies. In his classes, my son finds his classmates to be friendly and enthusiastic students. The distinguished faculty are excellent educators, and great classroom managers. The school has terrific technology to keep track of attendance, report cards, reporting, tests. It keeps students on their toes and parents always know what's going on at school with a click of a button. The principal is a strong leader who cares about every student. The state-of-the-art facility is well kept. The curriculum is challenging and varied. Opportunities to do advanced resesarch/writing in every academic subject abound. Extra help for struggling students is easily accessed from peer tutoring to after-school time with teachers. There's a wide variety of performing and visual arts, sports, clubs and enrichment programs, peer mentorship, engaged parents. The strong college guidance program starts the minute you walk into the door, and ramps up by the end of 10th grade. My son was not a diligent student in middle school, but now he comes home every day eager to study and do piles of homework, because, "my teachers are smart and the work is really, really challenging and interesting." and "that's what everyone does at Stuy." The high standards of the school inspire him. If you have a child who thrives on learning, and would benefit from having like-minded peers, this is the place for her or him.
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