The New York Times has an article up about 11-year-olds who are cramming to  get into Hunter College High School, the prestigiuous New York prep school. It focuses on 11-year-olds who are doing all they can to prepare for the extremely competitive entrance exam.  Only 200 of the about 2,000 people who apply will get in. The opening paragraph sets the scene:

While their friends played video games in pajamas or vacationed in the tropics, a dozen sixth graders spent winter break at Elite Academy in Flushing, Queens, memorizing word roots. Time was ticking as they prepared to face the thing they had talked about, dreamed about and lost sleep over for much of the past year: the Hunter College High School admissions exam, a strenuous three-hour test that weeds out about 90 percent of those who take it.

Elite Academy is dedicated to preparing students for such programs. Their slogan on their web site is “Where smart students get smarter.” Such programs raise questions about what happens to those students who lack the money or time to participate. As Elite claims:

During the summer, Elite students cover what they will be learning in the upcoming school year, thereby gaining considerable advantage over their peers.

I was unable to find any information on their site about admissions processes or costs for participation in the program.

Article link: The Big Cram for Hunter High School

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