Like the author, I am an alumnus of Stuyvesant.
The book is real, yet it reads like a story book, drawing us into the lives of the characters, while anchoring us in the reality of the plight of gifted students.
For that reason, I highly recommend those with children in Stuy (or considering sending their kids to Stuy) to read it.
Some interesting points from one living the school-life among the students. People always disagree about something, but they are just the author's opinion.Published 14 months ago by lucaz
Proud of these kids and the teachers. If Alec Klein is still with Washington Post, hope he'll write another book now on Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology and... Read morePublished 23 months ago by John Manjiro
I must admit that I got a little bored half way through the book, as the story seems to go on and on. Read morePublished on January 5, 2013 by Y. Leventhal
I don't have much to say except that this book was very informative and sparked a lot of interesting discussion on the state of our public school system.Published on July 27, 2008 by Eukaryote
As a Stuyvesant Graduate, Class of 1955, I found the book a great read. I believe that anyone who wants to read about what an education should be about, must read this book. Read morePublished on January 19, 2008 by Martin Wartenberg
In "A Class Apart," Alec Klein purportedly presents an insider's perspective into Stuyvesant - one of the nation's most prestigious high schools - with the apparent goal of... Read morePublished on December 8, 2007 by Stuyvesant Alumni, Class of 1993
A Class Apart is uplifting, devastating, honest. It reminds me not only of striving for excellence, but the painful truth that adolescence is a transition that many of us barely... Read morePublished on October 15, 2007 by Lauren B. Davis
As one of the *characters* in this book, I was amazed to read the book and relive the exciting moments that the author portrayed so accurately. Read morePublished on October 15, 2007 by Daniel Jaye
Klein, an investigative reporter for The Washington Post, spent a year at Stuyvesant H.S. in NYC, the City's top-rated public school for gifted teens (which he had attended) in... Read morePublished on October 9, 2007 by K. McCann