Stuyvesant High School

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BEST HIGH SCHOOL EVER, the school is much better than Townsend Harris.

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BEST HIGH SCHOOL EVER, the school is much better than Townsend Harris.

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Best. School. Ever.
great environment, dedicated teachers (though there are some exceptions), and best education you can possibly get. Way more opportunities than any other school. I don't know why everyone's mentioning drugs in this thread- i've been here two years and have only heard of three cases and have never seen any drug use nor know anybody involved. all of those three cases involved the class of 2011 and ever since they left, I have seen .nothing. from what I have heard from upperclassmen, the drug problem has improved from past years.

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Best. School. Ever.
great environment, dedicated teachers (though there are some exceptions), and best education you can possibly get. Way more opportunities than any other school. I don't know why everyone's mentioning drugs in this thread- i've been here two years and have only heard of three cases and have never seen any drug use nor know anybody involved. all of those three cases involved the class of 2011 and ever since they left, I have seen .nothing. from what I have heard from upperclassmen, the drug problem has improved from past years.

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I'm In stuy currently as a ninth grader. First, this highschool doesnt really require you to do that much work. If u stop procrastination and get off that computer i guarantee hw will be done in as little as 2-3 hours. Second, For ppl tht are not really tht good of test takers, the teachers are kind. For ex, i have an 80 something average for test and my teacher raised my final average to a 93 cuz participation and hw. The final grade always has a giant percentage for participation and homework.Third, about that drug problem. Every school has a giant drug problem ( our probably haas less than others). If you stay clear of the drugs than it isnt really problem. PLUS from experience, there are only like 30 something ppl smoking drugs.

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I'm In stuy currently as a ninth grader. First, this highschool doesnt really require you to do that much work. If u stop procrastination and get off that computer i guarantee hw will be done in as little as 2-3 hours. Second, For ppl tht are not really tht good of test takers, the teachers are kind. For ex, i have an 80 something average for test and my teacher raised my final average to a 93 cuz participation and hw. The final grade always has a giant percentage for participation and homework.Third, about that drug problem. Every school has a giant drug problem ( our probably haas less than others). If you stay clear of the drugs than it isnt really problem. PLUS from experience, there are only like 30 something ppl smoking drugs.

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Stuyvesant is good HS but not the best.
Hunter and Townsend Harris is much better
You have logic, you can tell

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Stuyvesant is good HS but not the best.
Hunter and Townsend Harris is much better
You have logic, you can tell

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Stuyvesant is an excellent, competitive school. Yearly, 25,000 students take a test to get into this school, but only less than 2% get in.

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Stuyvesant is an excellent, competitive school. Yearly, 25,000 students take a test to get into this school, but only less than 2% get in.

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its awllfull i hated it i couldnt breath have a boyfriend or even enjoy those dam years with all the work

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its awllfull i hated it i couldnt breath have a boyfriend or even enjoy those dam years with all the work

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Does anyone know how Stuy decides which Math Placement Exam is given to a particular student? What information do we need to give to Stuy so they know which test to give to the student?

This is for a new student who just moved to NYC and took the SHSAT on August 30th for incoming 10th graders. The student got accepted into Stuy, and is going there this September.

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Does anyone know how Stuy decides which Math Placement Exam is given to a particular student? What information do we need to give to Stuy so they know which test to give to the student?

This is for a new student who just moved to NYC and took the SHSAT on August 30th for incoming 10th graders. The student got accepted into Stuy, and is going there this September.

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So... I just finished my first year at Stuy and I think I made a good choice.
I'll just give pros and cons-

pros:
arguably the best education you can get in the United States
easy to make friends and find a social group
a huge variety of clubs to satisfy any interest
well-rounded
vibrant community
lots of interesting people
great neighborhood

cons:
yeah, there are drugs, but not any more than the average nyc high school...
lots of work
about 40% of the school has no life whatsoever.

basically... you'll have no free time and it may be hard to manage the stress for some people but you'll love what you're doing and it will help you and follow you for the rest of your life.

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So... I just finished my first year at Stuy and I think I made a good choice.
I'll just give pros and cons-

pros:
arguably the best education you can get in the United States
easy to make friends and find a social group
a huge variety of clubs to satisfy any interest
well-rounded
vibrant community
lots of interesting people
great neighborhood

cons:
yeah, there are drugs, but not any more than the average nyc high school...
lots of work
about 40% of the school has no life whatsoever.

basically... you'll have no free time and it may be hard to manage the stress for some people but you'll love what you're doing and it will help you and follow you for the rest of your life.

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"Stuy is not close to public transportation."

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That is one of the most horrific lies I have ever heard about my alma mater. Stuyvesant is close to the: A,C,E,4,5,6,R,W(whatever it is now),1,2,3,J,M,Z trains. Not to mention all of the crosstown and express buses that stop by Chambers Street.

As far as drugs go, I don't see how takes away from the school. If you aren't exposed to drugs in high school your child is PROBABLY going to do drugs in college. At least in high school, you can get exposed to it so you don't overdo the drug experience in college. Trust me, too many students are coddled and sheltered up until college and can't handle the college experience.

You are looking at one of the best high schools in all of America. The highly competitive nature of the school is about as close to real life situations as you can get.

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"Stuy is not close to public transportation."

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That is one of the most horrific lies I have ever heard about my alma mater. Stuyvesant is close to the: A,C,E,4,5,6,R,W(whatever it is now),1,2,3,J,M,Z trains. Not to mention all of the crosstown and express buses that stop by Chambers Street.

As far as drugs go, I don't see how takes away from the school. If you aren't exposed to drugs in high school your child is PROBABLY going to do drugs in college. At least in high school, you can get exposed to it so you don't overdo the drug experience in college. Trust me, too many students are coddled and sheltered up until college and can't handle the college experience.

You are looking at one of the best high schools in all of America. The highly competitive nature of the school is about as close to real life situations as you can get.

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Okay, i am otterly dumfounded, suprised and so confused. Many say that stuyvesant is a great school, others say ALOT of them take drugs while attending this school, i am considering applying for this high school..., but if this cause major drug issues, and major stress problems, i dont think i would like to go there, someone PLEASE PLEASE help me and tell me the truth! Thank You...

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Okay, i am otterly dumfounded, suprised and so confused. Many say that stuyvesant is a great school, others say ALOT of them take drugs while attending this school, i am considering applying for this high school..., but if this cause major drug issues, and major stress problems, i dont think i would like to go there, someone PLEASE PLEASE help me and tell me the truth! Thank You...

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The dissenters here are interesting - why would a parent be annoyed when teachers call home to let you know your child's grades are falling? That's wonderful! You can't pay for that quality of individualized attention!
If your child is struggling at Stuy, there is extra help after school - you have a choice of peer help (many of these so-called "competitive" students volunteer their time to tutor underclassmen) or tutoring by Stuyvesant teachers, every day, all free. Because the kids who get in are very bright and are not used to the idea that a class can be so hard that they would NEED help (they never did before!) it sometimes takes freshman a semester to realize they should knuckle down and go to the after school sessions. ADHD kids who never did their homework and got A's anyway in middle school ESPECIALLY need to humble themselves the minute the reach this campus, because they are SURROUNDED by kids with discipline. My son is very bright and aced the test, but we were worried when he got admitted. He has ADHD and self organization is very hard, but he's getting through because he didn't hesitate - he understood his weakness from the beginning, and has been going to study sessions where everyone around him is studying. It is easier for him focus on studying there than at home, where there are too many distractions, and it's also easy to go to a study session filled with kids as smart as you are, working hard.
Further, I don't know how anyone can wind up at Stuyvesant and not know what they were in for. Even if you didn't go to the open house before the test and hear the lecture about 5 hours of homework/study a night, once you get in, parents and students are asked to attend an informational meeting where your child is both warmly congratulated for getting in, again told both by the principal and current students how many hours a night he/she will be studying. You are also told what the tutoring offerings are. You are also warning not to accept the offer to attend if you/your child isn't intellectually hungry, and interested in studying every night and on the weekends.

You are also told at that time that you have the option to leave. If as a parent you see your child isn't going to make it in an environment where your child will be called on to perform intellectually every day for 4 years, then after Freshman year you should get your child out of there! It's a rarefied place for gifted, motivated students. If you got in, you're gifted. If you aren't motivated, then leave and go someplace else. It isn't prison, and your gifts will be welcome at whatever school you attend.
And parents should be responsible about this - there are bright students who shouldn't go here, because they aren't intellectually ambitious, and high school is something they just want to get through, which is fine - and such a student can glide through any of the other schools in NYC. But some parents don't think about the kind of child they have, and what's best for them, they force their kids to stay at Stuyvesant because it gives them prestige, while the child suffers with low grades and low motivation to improve them.
There are many less strenuous and very good options available, especially now that so many of the over-sized failing high schools have been broken down into specialty schools with smaller populations, and more attention to academics.
Stuyvesant is not for everyone - especially not for a student who can't talk to his/her parents when struggling, or for a parent who won't listen to his/her child if he or she needs a change.

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The dissenters here are interesting - why would a parent be annoyed when teachers call home to let you know your child's grades are falling? That's wonderful! You can't pay for that quality of individualized attention!
If your child is struggling at Stuy, there is extra help after school - you have a choice of peer help (many of these so-called "competitive" students volunteer their time to tutor underclassmen) or tutoring by Stuyvesant teachers, every day, all free. Because the kids who get in are very bright and are not used to the idea that a class can be so hard that they would NEED help (they never did before!) it sometimes takes freshman a semester to realize they should knuckle down and go to the after school sessions. ADHD kids who never did their homework and got A's anyway in middle school ESPECIALLY need to humble themselves the minute the reach this campus, because they are SURROUNDED by kids with discipline. My son is very bright and aced the test, but we were worried when he got admitted. He has ADHD and self organization is very hard, but he's getting through because he didn't hesitate - he understood his weakness from the beginning, and has been going to study sessions where everyone around him is studying. It is easier for him focus on studying there than at home, where there are too many distractions, and it's also easy to go to a study session filled with kids as smart as you are, working hard.
Further, I don't know how anyone can wind up at Stuyvesant and not know what they were in for. Even if you didn't go to the open house before the test and hear the lecture about 5 hours of homework/study a night, once you get in, parents and students are asked to attend an informational meeting where your child is both warmly congratulated for getting in, again told both by the principal and current students how many hours a night he/she will be studying. You are also told what the tutoring offerings are. You are also warning not to accept the offer to attend if you/your child isn't intellectually hungry, and interested in studying every night and on the weekends.

You are also told at that time that you have the option to leave. If as a parent you see your child isn't going to make it in an environment where your child will be called on to perform intellectually every day for 4 years, then after Freshman year you should get your child out of there! It's a rarefied place for gifted, motivated students. If you got in, you're gifted. If you aren't motivated, then leave and go someplace else. It isn't prison, and your gifts will be welcome at whatever school you attend.
And parents should be responsible about this - there are bright students who shouldn't go here, because they aren't intellectually ambitious, and high school is something they just want to get through, which is fine - and such a student can glide through any of the other schools in NYC. But some parents don't think about the kind of child they have, and what's best for them, they force their kids to stay at Stuyvesant because it gives them prestige, while the child suffers with low grades and low motivation to improve them.
There are many less strenuous and very good options available, especially now that so many of the over-sized failing high schools have been broken down into specialty schools with smaller populations, and more attention to academics.
Stuyvesant is not for everyone - especially not for a student who can't talk to his/her parents when struggling, or for a parent who won't listen to his/her child if he or she needs a change.

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My boyfriend (sophomore) goes to this school, and let me say I am absolutely appalled at the environment. When I went to pick him up the other day, there we're kids smoking weed in front of the building and on the nearby lawn, while teachers walked by. The teachers do not care, and therefore more and more kids are getting into drugs. Out of the thirty or so kids that I know going to this school, 26 do drugs.

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My boyfriend (sophomore) goes to this school, and let me say I am absolutely appalled at the environment. When I went to pick him up the other day, there we're kids smoking weed in front of the building and on the nearby lawn, while teachers walked by. The teachers do not care, and therefore more and more kids are getting into drugs. Out of the thirty or so kids that I know going to this school, 26 do drugs.

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Okay, they are reviews saying that people in Stuyvesant do drugs and smoke, but that's only a few people out of the 3200 . Plus, aren't there always a few smokers in EVERY high school? It's really not a bad school, but it's only a good school for people who love learning and people who really care about their grades.

I'm currently a freshman attending this school, and I screwed up pretty bad for the first semester because I was lazy and I didn't really care about my grades. But now I do, so I started paying attention in class and going to the tutoring that they offer after school and I studied a little more and now my grades are slowly increasing. Stuy is a really nice school if you take advantage of the resources. I think anyone can get at least 80s if they really try .

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Okay, they are reviews saying that people in Stuyvesant do drugs and smoke, but that's only a few people out of the 3200 . Plus, aren't there always a few smokers in EVERY high school? It's really not a bad school, but it's only a good school for people who love learning and people who really care about their grades.

I'm currently a freshman attending this school, and I screwed up pretty bad for the first semester because I was lazy and I didn't really care about my grades. But now I do, so I started paying attention in class and going to the tutoring that they offer after school and I studied a little more and now my grades are slowly increasing. Stuy is a really nice school if you take advantage of the resources. I think anyone can get at least 80s if they really try .

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This is a school only for the very bright. There are three classes of students that go to stuy, the ones with a 95 or greater average, 85 to 95 average, and then everyone else is in the last category. I fall into the lower side of the second category, and let me tell you this, this category is probably the most depressing one to be in. Students in this category, such as myself, try as hard as we can , and yet we fall short of those "super high" averages. This is very bad for us because us Stuvesant students are being judged mostly only among each other and this means that the students from the second category and obviously third will not be able to get into the desirable schools such as NYU, Cooper Union, etc... So basically what do I get in return from working my a** off all these four years?? Nothing, I get nothing, I will most likely only be able to get into some city college and without a scholarship for that matter. If I would've went to a school such as midwood, I would've had much better grades, plus i wouldn't of had to work as hard as i do now.

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This is a school only for the very bright. There are three classes of students that go to stuy, the ones with a 95 or greater average, 85 to 95 average, and then everyone else is in the last category. I fall into the lower side of the second category, and let me tell you this, this category is probably the most depressing one to be in. Students in this category, such as myself, try as hard as we can , and yet we fall short of those "super high" averages. This is very bad for us because us Stuvesant students are being judged mostly only among each other and this means that the students from the second category and obviously third will not be able to get into the desirable schools such as NYU, Cooper Union, etc... So basically what do I get in return from working my a** off all these four years?? Nothing, I get nothing, I will most likely only be able to get into some city college and without a scholarship for that matter. If I would've went to a school such as midwood, I would've had much better grades, plus i wouldn't of had to work as hard as i do now.

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As a (relatively) recent grad, Stuy is what you make of it. With a student body of over 3200 kids, it really feels like a sink or swim type place. If you are not motivated to reach out for the opportunities available, you'll have squandered an opportunity of a lifetime. Truth be told, that is alot for a 13 year old to first absorb, so it takes a certain personality to succeed.

But if you are a type-a person, this place is heaven. From a 200+ page course guide, with classes ranging from Gothic Literature to Multivariate Calculus, Diagnostic Medicine to Advanced UNIX programming, Stuy feels more like a college than a high school. With dozens of student run publications, and hundreds of clubs, there's something for everyone. When I attended, the school newspaper worked with the New York Times. We had a "wall street" club (and class) that had actual VPs from some very major financial firms come in. The school creates opportunities. It opens doors.

The school's facilities are impressive too. 10 floors containing science labs, dance studios, gyms (3), a pool, library, etc, the school definitely tries to give you the resources you need to succeed.

Yes, the school is full of brilliant people and this makes competition intense. I remember it being a stressful pressure cooker. But thanks to Stuy, I went from a small local public elementary school in Queens, to an Ivy League school and ended up at a very prestigious workplace.

I saw someone earlier (like three years ago) posted something about Stuy being inaccessible by trains. That just makes no sense. It's in Downtown Manhattan. You can get to it via the 1,2,3 4,5,6 a,c,e j,m,z r,w. I can't think of any school more accessible by public transportation.

And honestly, some of these reviews here seem a little suspect. Private schools have a tendency of feeding on the fears of parents about "Public Schools" like Stuyvesant because they worry about losing their best students to a school that's free. There are 800 kids a grade at Stuyvesant. 100+ go to the ivies alone. Stuy (again) has multiple Intel STS finalists. It's SAT average (across the entire junior/senior classes) blow away the private schools (with much smaller populations.) It's packed with students that take things so seriously that they schedule their prom every year at the grand ballroom at the Waldorf Astoria.

The school isn't packed with heroin addicts or crack heads. That's just crazy talk most likely influenced by private school administrators trying to slow the (growing) attrition of their strongest students to Stuy.

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As a (relatively) recent grad, Stuy is what you make of it. With a student body of over 3200 kids, it really feels like a sink or swim type place. If you are not motivated to reach out for the opportunities available, you'll have squandered an opportunity of a lifetime. Truth be told, that is alot for a 13 year old to first absorb, so it takes a certain personality to succeed.

But if you are a type-a person, this place is heaven. From a 200+ page course guide, with classes ranging from Gothic Literature to Multivariate Calculus, Diagnostic Medicine to Advanced UNIX programming, Stuy feels more like a college than a high school. With dozens of student run publications, and hundreds of clubs, there's something for everyone. When I attended, the school newspaper worked with the New York Times. We had a "wall street" club (and class) that had actual VPs from some very major financial firms come in. The school creates opportunities. It opens doors.

The school's facilities are impressive too. 10 floors containing science labs, dance studios, gyms (3), a pool, library, etc, the school definitely tries to give you the resources you need to succeed.

Yes, the school is full of brilliant people and this makes competition intense. I remember it being a stressful pressure cooker. But thanks to Stuy, I went from a small local public elementary school in Queens, to an Ivy League school and ended up at a very prestigious workplace.

I saw someone earlier (like three years ago) posted something about Stuy being inaccessible by trains. That just makes no sense. It's in Downtown Manhattan. You can get to it via the 1,2,3 4,5,6 a,c,e j,m,z r,w. I can't think of any school more accessible by public transportation.

And honestly, some of these reviews here seem a little suspect. Private schools have a tendency of feeding on the fears of parents about "Public Schools" like Stuyvesant because they worry about losing their best students to a school that's free. There are 800 kids a grade at Stuyvesant. 100+ go to the ivies alone. Stuy (again) has multiple Intel STS finalists. It's SAT average (across the entire junior/senior classes) blow away the private schools (with much smaller populations.) It's packed with students that take things so seriously that they schedule their prom every year at the grand ballroom at the Waldorf Astoria.

The school isn't packed with heroin addicts or crack heads. That's just crazy talk most likely influenced by private school administrators trying to slow the (growing) attrition of their strongest students to Stuy.

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I am a college student, and I graduated from Stuyvesant two years ago. I always wanted to go to an ivy league college. But after the stress, wrongfully chosen teachers, and lack of extra help, I now attend hunter college. To be blunt, this school is a waste of time. I smoked my through my junior and senior year. So in reply to the comment about "it is funny to me that the people who posted those did not acually attend the high school", I attended Stuy, and even though I learned things that not many High School students get to learn, its way more than high school has to be. In retrospect, I still think I would have prefered being on the top of another school, then just being a number at the bottom of Stuyvesant.

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I am a college student, and I graduated from Stuyvesant two years ago. I always wanted to go to an ivy league college. But after the stress, wrongfully chosen teachers, and lack of extra help, I now attend hunter college. To be blunt, this school is a waste of time. I smoked my through my junior and senior year. So in reply to the comment about "it is funny to me that the people who posted those did not acually attend the high school", I attended Stuy, and even though I learned things that not many High School students get to learn, its way more than high school has to be. In retrospect, I still think I would have prefered being on the top of another school, then just being a number at the bottom of Stuyvesant.

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Let us be honest here...Stuy is a school that only excepts students with a high IQ. If you use those talents then you will excel. Colleges & Universities will consider you above all the rest. For those family members who are complaining about drug use you may need to see what is going on in the home & who their friends are. If these kids cannot handle the "superiority" then I am sure their former inadequate educational high schools will except them back! Unfortunately, it sounds like there is no motivation involved in the prior comments.

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Let us be honest here...Stuy is a school that only excepts students with a high IQ. If you use those talents then you will excel. Colleges & Universities will consider you above all the rest. For those family members who are complaining about drug use you may need to see what is going on in the home & who their friends are. If these kids cannot handle the "superiority" then I am sure their former inadequate educational high schools will except them back! Unfortunately, it sounds like there is no motivation involved in the prior comments.

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Well let me tell you about this school. BOTH of my brothers went here and one still goes here. they both turned out horrible and overwhelmed. One graduated in 2006 and believe me, my parents went through hell to keep him determined to go to school. the stress is overwhelming and depending on certain cliques you could end up a heroin junkie or marijuana/ crack smoker. So yea, my brother graduated and now my younger brother still goes there, he has ADD and it has gotten worse in this school..some teachers are overly outstanding while others have impossible expectations. My brother is a 10th grader involved with heroin injecting and crack/ marijuana because of the crazy stress..SEND your kids here if you wanna RUIN THEM. Thank God, i went to private school. by the way, both my brothers are younger than me and thus ive had a first hand experience on how to cope with family/friends under the influece of STUYVESANT!!!

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Well let me tell you about this school. BOTH of my brothers went here and one still goes here. they both turned out horrible and overwhelmed. One graduated in 2006 and believe me, my parents went through hell to keep him determined to go to school. the stress is overwhelming and depending on certain cliques you could end up a heroin junkie or marijuana/ crack smoker. So yea, my brother graduated and now my younger brother still goes there, he has ADD and it has gotten worse in this school..some teachers are overly outstanding while others have impossible expectations. My brother is a 10th grader involved with heroin injecting and crack/ marijuana because of the crazy stress..SEND your kids here if you wanna RUIN THEM. Thank God, i went to private school. by the way, both my brothers are younger than me and thus ive had a first hand experience on how to cope with family/friends under the influece of STUYVESANT!!!

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I am really appalled by the comment "many [students] resort to drug use to alleviate the stress"...thats just not true at all...and i would never call drugs and alcohol a "problem" at stuy...lol...it is funny to me that the people who posted those did not acually attend the high school...yes some (FEW) kids resorted to alcohol and drugs but to call them a problem is a lie, or a misunderstanding...also to say that i got "a leg up in applying to colleges" is offensive to me because it undermines the hard work i had to do in high school....the great thing about stuy is that they do not give you tons of "busywork" that just waste your time, the teachers there challenge your mind....it is much more about quality over quantity...it is fairly competitive, and I agree that many kids just compete with themselves...some kids gt too cought up in what grade they recieved rather than what they learned, but most are not that way...also I found most of the teachers to be great (someone that did not actually attend the school judged all the teachers, saying most were not good...which i did not find to be true at all,) they actually cared about what we were learning and went out of their way to educate more than what was required (for example, stuyvesant curriculum standards are set to the SATII level, not the normal Regents level.) Of course some (again FEW) were not good...but I would say without a doubt that MOST were very qualified. Also, the college dept. did an OUTSTANDING job of helping in the college application process...my brother attends another NYC high school and his school made him do everything, whereas the people in stuy do as much as possible to make sure you get into the college of your choice, or just a college. Furthermore, I can't say enough how well stuy has prepared me for college...i encourage everybody to try for stuy because of that quality in particular...compared to all my college friends, my transition from high school to college was easy...
If you are thinking of sending your kids to stuyvesant, I would most definately reccommend it, just keep in mind that it is a different high school...there is no detention because there are no fights....drugs are not a major problem...I was never invited to use any or peer pressured...but they may be there...the kids at stuy are different...they are very smart and things like what the cool kids are wearing really are not an issue to them at all...most of the kids are too mature and into their work to care about that kind of stuff...some kids are made for stuy and some are not (not that some are smarter than others...it is just a different school that some people are not made for...you have to be focused on your education if you want to excel in stuy)...I would say to visit it and see for yourself first to know if your child is right for it or not.

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I am really appalled by the comment "many [students] resort to drug use to alleviate the stress"...thats just not true at all...and i would never call drugs and alcohol a "problem" at stuy...lol...it is funny to me that the people who posted those did not acually attend the high school...yes some (FEW) kids resorted to alcohol and drugs but to call them a problem is a lie, or a misunderstanding...also to say that i got "a leg up in applying to colleges" is offensive to me because it undermines the hard work i had to do in high school....the great thing about stuy is that they do not give you tons of "busywork" that just waste your time, the teachers there challenge your mind....it is much more about quality over quantity...it is fairly competitive, and I agree that many kids just compete with themselves...some kids gt too cought up in what grade they recieved rather than what they learned, but most are not that way...also I found most of the teachers to be great (someone that did not actually attend the school judged all the teachers, saying most were not good...which i did not find to be true at all,) they actually cared about what we were learning and went out of their way to educate more than what was required (for example, stuyvesant curriculum standards are set to the SATII level, not the normal Regents level.) Of course some (again FEW) were not good...but I would say without a doubt that MOST were very qualified. Also, the college dept. did an OUTSTANDING job of helping in the college application process...my brother attends another NYC high school and his school made him do everything, whereas the people in stuy do as much as possible to make sure you get into the college of your choice, or just a college. Furthermore, I can't say enough how well stuy has prepared me for college...i encourage everybody to try for stuy because of that quality in particular...compared to all my college friends, my transition from high school to college was easy...
If you are thinking of sending your kids to stuyvesant, I would most definately reccommend it, just keep in mind that it is a different high school...there is no detention because there are no fights....drugs are not a major problem...I was never invited to use any or peer pressured...but they may be there...the kids at stuy are different...they are very smart and things like what the cool kids are wearing really are not an issue to them at all...most of the kids are too mature and into their work to care about that kind of stuff...some kids are made for stuy and some are not (not that some are smarter than others...it is just a different school that some people are not made for...you have to be focused on your education if you want to excel in stuy)...I would say to visit it and see for yourself first to know if your child is right for it or not.

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I graduated from Stuy 10 years ago and for me it was a great experience. Having gone to Bayside for freshman year, the difference was huge! The students actually cared about doing well and the building was clean and under control. We had every resource we could ask for, and while not every teacher was a gem (some were downright awful) there were several who I still count among the best teachers I ever had. They expect a lot, and there's nothing wrong with that. Yes, at times it was stressful, and yes, it could be competitive. But coming from a school where no one seemed to care about anything, and where I was ridiculed for getting good grades, Stuy was a welcome change. And I also had fun. Where else could I have been part of the school newspaper, the literary magazine, the gospel choir, the orchestra, ASPIRA, the annual musical, and learn to develop black-and-white photography? I also took part in a voter registration campaign thanks to my history teacher. (It isn't all math and science, you know.) The friends I made there I still have today. As for drugs and alcohol, of course that's available everywhere. But like anything else, it's a choice. I never did drugs or drank a drop of alcohol the whole time I was there and it didn't matter at all. Yes, the students are self-motivated, which helps. But the general environment is what keeps them motivated. Believe me, I've seen other high schools, and anyone who gets to attend Stuy should count themselves very lucky. Was it perfect? Of course not. Will it give you your best shot at succeeding in college? Absolutely.

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I graduated from Stuy 10 years ago and for me it was a great experience. Having gone to Bayside for freshman year, the difference was huge! The students actually cared about doing well and the building was clean and under control. We had every resource we could ask for, and while not every teacher was a gem (some were downright awful) there were several who I still count among the best teachers I ever had. They expect a lot, and there's nothing wrong with that. Yes, at times it was stressful, and yes, it could be competitive. But coming from a school where no one seemed to care about anything, and where I was ridiculed for getting good grades, Stuy was a welcome change. And I also had fun. Where else could I have been part of the school newspaper, the literary magazine, the gospel choir, the orchestra, ASPIRA, the annual musical, and learn to develop black-and-white photography? I also took part in a voter registration campaign thanks to my history teacher. (It isn't all math and science, you know.) The friends I made there I still have today. As for drugs and alcohol, of course that's available everywhere. But like anything else, it's a choice. I never did drugs or drank a drop of alcohol the whole time I was there and it didn't matter at all. Yes, the students are self-motivated, which helps. But the general environment is what keeps them motivated. Believe me, I've seen other high schools, and anyone who gets to attend Stuy should count themselves very lucky. Was it perfect? Of course not. Will it give you your best shot at succeeding in college? Absolutely.

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Most of the students that go are always stressed out because it is the most competitive high school in NY. Many resort to drugs to alleviate the stress. The students do get the best facilities and the best teachers. Just for being in such a prestigious school gives them a leg up when applying to colleges. To attend this school, one must pass the entrance exam with a certain score.

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Most of the students that go are always stressed out because it is the most competitive high school in NY. Many resort to drugs to alleviate the stress. The students do get the best facilities and the best teachers. Just for being in such a prestigious school gives them a leg up when applying to colleges. To attend this school, one must pass the entrance exam with a certain score.

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My son was a recent graduate of Stuyvesant High School. We just call it Stuy for short. Let me tell you something it was a nightmare. We were so happy when he got accepted but when he started attending, that's when the trouble began. Stuy is not close to public transportation. My son had to transfer to numerous different trains to get there. It originally wasn't a problem but he needed to get up very early. Also the teachers pressure the kids to do well and I used to get called by the teacher when my son's grades were down a few points. There is massive homework which is I think is bad because they overburden the kids. Thank god he graduated from this horrible school.

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My son was a recent graduate of Stuyvesant High School. We just call it Stuy for short. Let me tell you something it was a nightmare. We were so happy when he got accepted but when he started attending, that's when the trouble began. Stuy is not close to public transportation. My son had to transfer to numerous different trains to get there. It originally wasn't a problem but he needed to get up very early. Also the teachers pressure the kids to do well and I used to get called by the teacher when my son's grades were down a few points. There is massive homework which is I think is bad because they overburden the kids. Thank god he graduated from this horrible school.

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Stuvesant HS is near my apt. building in lower manhattan. The kids that go to Stuvesant look smart and trendy and fun. My niece wil be going to HS next year and I hope to have her take the entrance exam to Stuyvesant. Big ups to them

PROS: Smat ones
CONS: none yet

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Stuvesant HS is near my apt. building in lower manhattan. The kids that go to Stuvesant look smart and trendy and fun. My niece wil be going to HS next year and I hope to have her take the entrance exam to Stuyvesant. Big ups to them

PROS: Smat ones
CONS: none yet

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I am a recent graduate of Stuyvesant High School. Many people may tell you all about Stuyvesant, but few know the truth. The truth is that, while Stuyvesant is a very good school, it is not because of the teachers or the environment; half the teachers are terrible, the other half are pretty good, with a few outstanding ones. The environment is just as corrupting as any other school, with the exception of gangs, there are no gangs in Stuyvesant, but drug use is just as, or even more rampant than in other schools. People also say that Stuyvesant has a "competitive" atmosphere; it is simply untrue, most students "compete" only against themselves, they won't care whether or not they had the highest in the class, they only care that they got the highest test grade possible. What makes the school "good" is not the actual school itself, but the students. Every student that went to take the Stuyvesant acceptance test obviously has a want to learn (or a parent that wants him/her to), and since only the top of those educationally inclined students are accepted, most of the kids who go to Stuyvesant both want to learn and have the ability to, which is what makes the test scores and everything else seem so high. The myth about the 6 hours of homework per night is also wrong. Each person makes it whatever he or she wants it to be, some students look over their papers 10 times, some never proofread. So don't think that sending your child to Stuyvesant will automatically change him into a genius in 4 years, because it won't.

PROS: Filled with smart people.
CONS: Drugs, alcohol.

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I am a recent graduate of Stuyvesant High School. Many people may tell you all about Stuyvesant, but few know the truth. The truth is that, while Stuyvesant is a very good school, it is not because of the teachers or the environment; half the teachers are terrible, the other half are pretty good, with a few outstanding ones. The environment is just as corrupting as any other school, with the exception of gangs, there are no gangs in Stuyvesant, but drug use is just as, or even more rampant than in other schools. People also say that Stuyvesant has a "competitive" atmosphere; it is simply untrue, most students "compete" only against themselves, they won't care whether or not they had the highest in the class, they only care that they got the highest test grade possible. What makes the school "good" is not the actual school itself, but the students. Every student that went to take the Stuyvesant acceptance test obviously has a want to learn (or a parent that wants him/her to), and since only the top of those educationally inclined students are accepted, most of the kids who go to Stuyvesant both want to learn and have the ability to, which is what makes the test scores and everything else seem so high. The myth about the 6 hours of homework per night is also wrong. Each person makes it whatever he or she wants it to be, some students look over their papers 10 times, some never proofread. So don't think that sending your child to Stuyvesant will automatically change him into a genius in 4 years, because it won't.

PROS: Filled with smart people.
CONS: Drugs, alcohol.

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