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What is the Difference Between a Good and a Great High School?

Authored By: 
George Higgins, Headmaster

In just a couple of months, students will be notified about their private high school acceptances.  Just like during the college admissions process, you likely applied to several schools and you can soon see what your choices are once all of the results are in.

Every student wants to have a wonderful experience at his/her new school, but how do you know which of the schools is the best New York City private school?  Given that tuition costs are high, if a school wasn’t good it probably wouldn’t still be around.  So how can you tell the difference between a good and a great Manhattan private high school?

In my experience, schools can be both to different students.  As long as the components to a good education are there, the key ingredient that makes the difference is what the student brings to the learning environment.  Like most things in life, you get out of it what you put into it.

Take into consideration these questions when hoping to make the high school experience great:

  • If there are a number of extracurricular activities, will you be participating?
  • If the class size is small, are you doing your homework and are you prepared to participate in the lesson?
  • Are you comfortable asking questions?
  • Would you arrange time to meet with a teacher to discuss something?
  • Are you developing good note-taking skills?
  • Have you reached out to classmates for support?
  • Have you been a good role model for other students?
  • Are you friendly with other students?

Every Manhattan private high school offers you the opportunity for a great four years.  The best one is the one where the student feels the most connected, the most comfortable, and is the happiest attending.  That will make the experience great!