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New York City's Best Public Elementary Schools: A Parents' Guide 3rd Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Hemphill's book is extremely valuable because she identifies top schools and demystifies the admissions process for zoned and out-of-zone students. She also explains admissions to gifted and other special programs...
This kind of book is nothing when it's out of date. To take just one example, PS 161 is reviewed here as a successful school. It declined dramatically in the last 3 years and would never make the cut now - in fact, it's now under threat of closure.
Hemphill is an argument for how one must look at specific schools under particular leadership in a finite time period, instead of generalizing. And instead of unproductive nostalgizing, "schools were better in earlier days..." Really, some schools can go downhill, but others have gone uphil, and there is a need to constantly reassess.
My only gripe is that the author didn't (couldn't?) review all schools, or more schools. If a school isn't mentioned, then is it totally hopeless? Or were there page number constraints?
There is no other book like this. Every city should have a Hemphill book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought I was buying an updated version. this was updated in 2005! a waste of money. There should be an obvious clear description about guides like thisPublished on November 30, 2013 by NPF
I sent this book to my son and his family because they will be moving to Manhattan this summer with 3 children. Read morePublished on July 29, 2013 by Laurel Burns
Smart City Kids NYC Educational Advisory service has served the New York City area exclusively longer than any other Advisory Company in NYC. Read morePublished on January 11, 2010 by Smart City Kids
There is no question that Clara Hemphill loves NYC public schools. Indeed, after reading this, I would not be surprised if she on the payroll of the NYC DOE. Read morePublished on March 1, 2009 by 55westend