“New York City’s Best Public Pre-K & Elementary Schools – A Parent’s Guide” is here!

New York City’s Best Pre-K & Public Elementary Schools: A Parents’ Guide

best_pre-k_elementary_4th_400Completely revised with new profiles of more than 150 elementary schools and pre-kindergarten programs!

For nearly 2 decades, parents have looked to Clara Hemphill to help them find a good public school for their child. This Fourth Edition features all-new reviews of more than 150 of the city’s best public elementary schools, based on visits and in-depth interviews by the InsideSchools staff.

This essential guide uncovers the “inside scoop” on schools (the condition of the building, special programs, teacher quality, and more), includes a checklist of things to look for on a school tour, and incorporates new listings of charter schools and stand-alone pre-kindergarten programs.

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About

clara_hemphillI am a writer, editor, and parent dedicated to informing other parents about New York City’s public schools. The New York Times called my three books “the most definitive guides” to the city’s schools. New York magazine called me of the 200 most “influential” New Yorkers for my work “empowering parents” as founding editor of the Insideschools.org website, housed at the New School’s Center for New York City Affairs, a public policy research center.

As a reporter and editorial writer for New York Newsday, I shared the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting. New York magazine called my writing on the homeless “worthy of Dickens.” As foreign correspondent for The Associated Press and a producer for CBS News based in Rome in the 1980s, I covered the war in Lebanon, the attempted assassination of the pope and numerous Mafia murders. My columns and op-ed pieces have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Daily News and Newsday. I live in Manhattan with my husband, Robert Snyder, and two children, who attended public schools in Manhattan and the Bronx.

Praise for the Guide Books

“The most definitive guidebook to the city’s schools.”

The New York Times

“Thoughtful, well-researched . . . required reading.”

New York Magazine

Books

New York City’s Best Pre-K & Public Elementary Schools: A Parents’ Guide

Clara Hemphill, Lydie Raschka
Pub Date: December 2016, 320 pages
Paperback: $29.95, ISBN-13: 9780807758045

Fourth Edition! Completely revised with new profiles of more than 150 elementary schools and pre-kindergarten programs!

For nearly 2 decades, parents have looked to Clara Hemphill to help them find a good public school for their child. This Fourth Edition features all-new reviews of more than 150 of the city’s best public elementary schools, based on visits and in-depth interviews by the InsideSchools staff.

This essential guide uncovers the “inside scoop” on schools (the condition of the building, special programs, teacher quality, and more), includes a checklist of things to look for on a school tour, and incorporates new listings of charter schools and stand-alone pre-kindergarten programs.

Get 20 percent off with discount code TCP2017!

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

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. Get 10% off when you enter CJH07 as the coupon code.

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New York City’s Best Public High Schools: A Parents’ Guide

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 visited nearly all of the city’s 400 high schools. This essential revision 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. Get 10% off when you enter CJH07 as the coupon code.

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