StuyPrep

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StuyPrep is an initiative that seeks to help students from underrepresented neighborhoods of New York City gain admission to the specialized high schools. These students voluntarily opted into the StuyPrep program, which is driven by the Alumni Association under the guidance and support of Kent Kim ’05 and Director Christina Alfonso ’01, who also serves as the Chair of our Diversity Committee.

On Saturday mornings for four hours for 12 weeks, students were bused to Stuyvesant High School and were instructed in how to prepare for the SHSAT. We worked with the Princeton Review to provide a more formal SHSAT class, and also paired each student with a “coach.” All of the coaches were either current Stuyvesant students or alumni. In between the weekly meetings were countless phone calls, FaceTime/Skype sessions, and e-mails between our StuyPrep volunteers and the students or their parents. The students have taken practice exams and have heard from various StuyAlumni, speaking about their individual experiences at Stuyvesant and personal perspective on why Stuyvesant should be the school to aim for.

StuyPrep combines elements of traditional test prep, traditional mentoring, and outreach. What other SHSAT program provides every single participant with the opportunity to work personally with a person who has already conquered the SHSAT?

We are so proud of this program.  Moving forward, we would like to sponsor student engagement starting in March of 7th grade and triple the size of the program to 100 students for next year. Please consider supporting the General Fund for StuyPrep today!

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