CHELSEA — Students cramming for the city's high school entrance exam can get a free boost this summer from Chelsea community center Hudson Guild.
Every fall, tens of thousands of eighth and ninth graders take on the Specialized High School Admissions Test, the gateway to top-tier schools like Stuyvesant, Hunter and Bronx High School of Science. Politicians criticize the test for selecting against racial diversity, blaming in part the lack of affordable test prep in the city.
The Guild's test prep camp runs from July 13th to August 7th every weekday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch also will be served every day free of charge.
"It is completely free," Hudson Guild spokeswoman Nami Patel said in an email.
The program is open to kids in the sixth through ninth grades. Admissions will be based solely on a first completed registration packet, first serve policy, and enrollment is open as of April 2, according to a press release.
On Mondays through Thursdays, the schedule will include English, math and test-taking strategies, along with physical recreation time. On Fridays, kids will take field trips to places like Coney Island and a bowling alley at no additional cost.
“The uniqueness of Hudson Guild’s SHSAT camp lies in the fact that in addition to being completely free, we provide a healthy balance between intense academics and structured recreational activities," Ted Teng, Assistant Director of Youth Development and Education at the Hudson Guild, said in a statement. "This combination results in more well-rounded students."
Interested parents should contact Ted Teng at (212) 760 – 9800 ext. 3035 for registration information. Seats are limited.