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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.  From its start in 2016 with 30 students we have more than tripled participation to 100 students who participated in 2019, and 14 of them have chosen to attend specialized high schools as members of the Class of 2023. In the meantime, applications for the 2020 program are due May 11, 2020 at the StuyPrep website.

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