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StuyPrep is an alumni initiative that seeks to empower historically underprivileged middle school students with increased access to educational opportunities, tutoring, and awareness of the specialized high school network. 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 pre-pandemic Saturday mornings, students were bused to Stuyvesant High School and received instruction in how to prepare for the SHSAT. We worked with the Princeton Review, Kaplan, and Kweller Prep 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/Zoom sessions, and e-mails between our StuyPrep volunteers and the students or their families. 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, 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. From its start in 2016 with 30 students to 100 students who participated in 2019, about 15% of them have chosen to attend a specialized high school as members of the Class of 2023.
Today, StuyPrep continues to serve 7th- and 8th-graders from across NYC by welcoming 24 students to participate in free SHSAT prep, which started in May 2022 and culminates in October. We strongly believe that by increasing awareness, and access to education and other preparatory skills, that together we will empower middle school children and increase diversity at the specialized high schools.
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