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How Schoolbook Can Help You Find the Right High School

Monday, November 25, 2013 - 12:27 PM

Are you looking for small grade sizes? Good sports teams? A school close to home? There are so many different factors to consider when looking for a new high school.

Eighth graders throughout the city are finding this out as they rank schools ahead of the Dec. 2 deadline.

Let SchoolBook help. 

Sure, the Department of Education has several books to help parents and students through the process. But we humbly suggest that Schoolbook's database is a great resource to compare various aspects of a school. We take the Department of Education's data and z-score it so you can see how each school compares to similar schools for each factor — be it testing or parent surveys.

To get started simply click on the box that reads "Compare to Other Schools." On a school page it will appear on the lower left hand side. On a search page, it's the check box on the right that says "Add to compare." That's it. Once you've added a few schools, you will see them side by side on a single page.

You can add or delete as many schools as you want by using the "Add another school" in the upper right hand corner. If you add more than four schools, the schools will be put into multiple pages which you can scroll through.

We've already pulled together several schools in the compare tool based on what academic programs are offered. Use the table below to compare schools with similar programs throughout the city.

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Comments [3]

Curious parent from Manhattan

This is great - thank you! Would love to see an expanded version of this tool where you could plug in a student's data (test scores, GPA, attendance and zip code), and have a search engine identify "best fit" schools (ie schools that are within 10-15% fit between the applicant and the schools' student body's test scores and GPA), ideally within a two hour commuting distance. Zip code data also identifies where schools may be outside a student's priority zone and hence low probability (ie, if you're not in D2, academically "best fit" schools would not appear on your screen). The commuting element would be a huge plus but it would be very valuable without it also. The current inside schools.org app allows you to plug in GPA (within very broad ranges), your own borough and train line but there's not enough nuance in that to be truly helpful.

Nov. 27 2013 04:44 PM
Ellen Bernstein from Queens

Very very inaccurate data especially on % special education and other important items. Nothing at all provided for budget of schools and THEY DO VARY tremendously.

Nov. 26 2013 05:59 PM
Maurice Frumkin (NYC Admissions Solutions) from NYC

Kudos on the great tool, Schoolbook! These tools just help us help our families even more!

Nov. 26 2013 12:18 PM

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