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Praise for Clara Hemphill’s Parents’ Guides!

“Brisk, thoughtful profiles of topnotch, intriguing schools.”
—New York Daily News

“Hemphill has done for schools what Zagat’s did for restaurants.”
—Big Apple Parent

“Thoughtful, well-researched . . . required reading.”
—New York Magazine


New York City’s Best Public Middle Schools: A Parents’ Guide (Paperback)

middleschool_third“The most definitive guidebook to the city’s schools.” ~The New York Times

Clara Hemphill
Pub Date: August 2008, 256 pages
Paperback: $21.95, ISBN: 0807749109

A completely revised new edition of Clara Hemphill’s New York City’s Best Public Middle Schools.

Reflecting recent changes brought about by Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s reorganization of New York City’s public school system, this Third Edition features all new reviews of 74 of the city’s best public middle schools.

Providing everything parents need to know in choosing a middle school that is just right for their child, New York City’s Best Public Middle Schools: A Parents’ Guide features interviews with teachers, parents, and students to uncover the “inside scoop” on schools—including atmosphere, homework, student stress, competition among students, the quality of teachers, gender issues, the condition of the building, and more.

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New York City’s Best Elementary Schools: A Parents’ Guide (Paperback)

elembookClara Hemphill with Deborah Apsel, Catherine Man, and Pamela Wheaton
Pub Date: Aug 2005, 320 pages
Paperback: $21.95, ISBN: 0807746134

Completely revised with new profiles of more than 200 schools!

For nearly a decade, parents have looked to Clara Hemphill to help them find a great public school for their child. For this third edition, Clara and her staff visited nearly 500 of New York City’s elementary schools and chose 200 of the best schools to recommend—with more than 70 new school profiles not included in the previous edition! This essential guide uncovers the “inside scoop” on schools (the condition of the building, homework, teacher quality, etc.), includes a checklist of questions to ask on a school tour, and incorporates new listings of charter schools and “magnet” programs. It also provides the hard facts on:

* Class size and total school enrollment
* Test scores for reading and math
* Ethnic make up: Black, White, Hispanic, Asian
* Admissions requirements: none? tests? interview?
* Teaching methods and styles: progressive, traditional
* When to apply
* How to decide which schools to try for

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New York City’s Best Public High Schools

4thHSA Parents’ Guide, Third Edition
Clara Hemphill
Pub Date: September 2007, 256 pages
Paperback: $21.95, ISBN: 080774820X

If you lived anywhere else in the country, you would probably send your child to your neighborhood high school. In New York City, it’s much more complicated than that.

But what parent has time to research hundreds of school options? To help you choose a high school that is just right for your child, Clara Hemphill and her colleagues at Insideschools visited nearly all of the city’s 400 high schools. This essential revision of the critically acclaimed parents’ guide features new school profiles; invaluable advice to help parents and students through the stressful admissions process; and new sections on alternative schools, vocational schools, and schools for students learning English. Featuring interviews with teachers, parents, and students, this guide uncovers the “inside scoop” about school atmosphere, homework, student stress, competition among students, the quality of teachers, gender issues, the condition of the building, class size, and much more.

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