If your kids have learning disabilities, do not send them to Stuyvesant. The school has no supports and cannot make accommodations. Most of the teachers do not understand learning disabilities. I wish I had known this before I sent my daughter there.
Stuyvesant is a meritocratic system that rewards intelligence, grit, and ambition - providing a level playing field for students from all socioeconomic backgrounds. It affords an unparalleled opportunity to explore both the arts and sciences through its endless selection of classes and extracurricular activities. Students are challenged and motivated by their faculty, but more so by their peers. While the environment is undoubtedly competitive, the culture is no less collaborative. Lifelong friendships are forged here as this uniquely spectacular experience binds us together. I look back on my high school years fondly and proudly.
Stuy is a place where ambitious, spirited kids of different personalities, interests, socioeconomic statuses, and ethnic backgrounds commute from all over the city to work, learn, and grow as people. As cheesy as this sounds, no matter who you are, you will, for the most part, find an accepting environment that values your individuality. The curriculums of the plethora of courses offered at the school have been well designed to challenge even the brightest students, and even the standard-level required courses are taught at levels far above those of most schools. On the other hand, I agree with the previous review of Stuyvesant calling it a "brutal factory school". Our averages are almost solely based off of difficult tests that are often multiple choice. Even on the tests that are not multiple choice, no free points are given. If you don't know or understand the material very well, you WILL fail. Despite being a specialized high school, the school does focus on city standards and has strict rules and requirements based on this. You will risk some of your well-being if you go to Stuy, but almost everyone says it is worth it.
i don not go to this school but my friedns ae going there. Im in 8th grade and willl be taking the shsat exam next sunday!!! in any caseit is a hard school. Think of it as the Harvard of high schools. Many cant take it but its worth it at theend. the amount or ed. you get at the end is unbelieveable
My school MCJHS is the best school. It is very small but but staffs are very dedicated. Most teachers are very much involved in state test preparation. Some of the teachers are extremely good, they encourage student to do excellent in their study.
Stuy has many brilliant brilliant kids. It is not competitive because the kids are mean - they aren't. It is competitive because the top colleges will only make a few offers and so everyone works hard to get to the top. This has led to a wide-spread culture of cheating. Also, it is too bad that many of the teachers aren't as smart as the kids. Some are great, but many are terrible teachers. The admin knows but can't get rid of them. My son had some horrible teachers for important science courses. Also, the school is so large, it is very hard to get issues addressed by the admin. If your kid never needs extra help, then it is all good. But if you need to work with the admin on anything - forget about it.
quite excellent!... since 1904... pls see www.ourstrongband.org. Neal H. Hurwitz, Executive Director. Publishers of The Centennial Book: Stuyvesant High School: The Fiorst 100 Years, 1904-2004. ILM of Frank McCourt, Sterling Jensen, Murl Thrush, James Cagney, et al. Thank you!!!