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Victoria Goldman

Get a grip on the school application process and how yours can succeed!
  • Title Manhattan Family Guide to Private Schools
  • Publication Date January 2016
  • ISBN 0807756563
  • ISBN-13 978-0807756560
  • Pages 512
  • $36.95 Buy book
  • Title Manhattan Directory of Private Nursery Schools
  • Publication Date May 2012
  • ISBN 161695051X
  • ISBN-13 978-1616950514
  • Pages 416
  • $23.25 Buy book

The Key Features

School selection and application advice...

  • Factors to consider when selecting a school, such as location, single sex versus coed, school size, after-school programs, and academic pace.
  • Preparing your child for admissions interviews.
  • Resources for test preparation.
  • School profiles that include key information on school tours and applications, tuition, financial aid and scholarships, staff, class size, homework, diversity, educational approach, atmosphere, and more.
  • The school admissions process and how you can succeed.

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Here are some highlights from the media

Praise for Previous Editions

This is the best and most comprehensive guide to Manhattan’s private schools, including Brooklyn and Riverdale.

  • Parents will line up single file for [this] guide to Manhattan’s private schools.

    - The New York Observer
  • The information is on the mark and insightful. . . . Parents will pass The Manhattan Family Guide to parents as gleefully as they once passed notes in class.

    - New York Magazine
  • A knowing look at those privileged places of learning.

    - Town & Country
  • Parents can turn to . . . objective and informative Manhattan Family Guide to Private Schools, the first to cover subjects from admission to tuition, curriculum, and general atmosphere.

    - AVENUE magazine
  • A comprehensive guide to covering over 150 nursery programs and all day care centers.

    - The New York Times
  • If you are looking for a nursery school, start your search by scanning The Manhattan Directory of Nursery Schools.

    - New York Magazine

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About The Author

Victoria Goldman Published Author

When I underwent the admissions process, it was an overwhelming experience. I hardly thought then that my research would lead to an independent career in educational consulting and journalism, countless columns, articles and books, culminating in seven editions of the Manhattan Family Guide to Private Schools and Selective Public Schools, the only guide to independent schools in New York City in which the text is not controlled by the schools. Touring the schools and scrutinizing brochures, annual reports, handbooks, curriculum guides and student publications became routine and I interviewed admissions directors, heads of schools, educators, IQ test administrators, child psychologists, students, alumni and parents. Originally, a letter and questionnaire was mailed to all of the heads of schools describing the project. Now, updated information is requested and, in most cases, promptly sent; when appropriate school visits and revisits are made. It should not surprise parents that the schools that were most open to questions are also the most secure about their missions and the directions in which they are moving, and are the most welcoming to the parents in general. While it is easy to understand the reluctance of the schools to disclose their inner workings of their admissions decision-making process, many heads of schools, admissions directors and administrators continue to be very generous with their time and advice and I thank them for their cheerful cooperation.

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In partnership with Maura Wollner, consultations on nursery, primary, secondary, and college level admissions as well as general education issues are available.

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Search Through Acceptance


Standardized testing


All on the things you will learn

High School

College and Graduate


Nursery and Kindergarten


Recommendations and Referrals


Extracurricular Choices


Victoria Goldman's books have been cited in numerous articles and columns. Below are quotes from the author as well as material from her books that have been cited in numerous articles.

  • NY Times - Sharp Rise in Occupational Therapy Cases at New York’s Schools, February 17, 2015
    NY Times - Sharp Rise in Occupational Therapy Cases at New York’s Schools, February 17, 2015
    NY Times - What You Don’t Know About Financial Aid (but Should), April 9, 2014
    DNAInfo - 4-Year-Olds Still Prep for Private School Test, Even if No Longer Required, March 31, 2014
    WABC 880 - Testing Kids for School Admission, September 20, 2013
    NY Times - Private Schools Are Expected to Drop a Dreaded Entrance Test, September 19, 2013
    NY Times - Alumni Criticism Grows Over Horace Mann’s Response to Reports of Sexual Abuse, July 4, 2012
    NY Observer - Has Avenues Mastermind Chris Whittle Learned His Lesson?, June 13, 2012
    NY Times - When Public Schools Rely on Parents’ Largess, June 6, 2012
  • CBS Local - Elite NYC Private Schools Vow To Lighten Students’ Homework Load, October 24, 2011
    New York Times - At Elite Schools, Easing Up a Bit on Homework, October 23, 2011
    CBS Local - New York City Private School’s Tuition Reaches $40,000 Per Year, June 20, 2011
    Wall Street Journal - Private School Tuition Bill Tops $40,000, June 20, 2011
    MSNBC - Jansing & Co - Parents pay for pricey tutors in New York, June 9, 2011
    New York Times - Quotation of the Day, June 7, 2011
    New York Times - BOOKS; Lie, Cheat, Beg or Sue, July 30, 2006, Sunday
    New York Sun - N.Y.'s 'Survivor': Getting Into Private Schools, June 19, 2006
    New York Times - Push for A’s at Private Schools Is Keeping Costly Tutors Busy, June 7, 2011
  • - The 30 Minute Mom Radio Show featuring Karen Quinn, April 27, 2011
    New York Times - For Some Youngsters, a Second Chance at an Exclusive School, October 27, 2010
    New York Times - The Face of Private-School Growth, Familiar-Looking but Profit-Making, September 21, 2010
    New York Times - Looking for Baby Sitters: Foreign Language a Must, August 19, 2010
    Wall Street Journal - Tuition Plans Are Discussed by Preschools, June 2, 2010
    New York Observer Playground - Through Thick and Thin: Coping with preschool admissions decisions, April, 2010
    New York Times - The Whole Applicant, October 26, 2009
    New York Observer - Private-School Poppets Welcome Ferrell, Hugh Grant, Reality-Show Cameras, June 16, 2009
    Uptown Life Magazine - Admission Impossible?, June/July 2009
  • New York Magazine - Pricey Schools Prepare for Problems: Downturn dropouts?, November 9, 2008
    New York Times - Animal, Vegetable, Mascot, November 2, 2008
    New York Sun - Ivy Graduates Earn Big Fees as N.Y. Tutors, September 22, 2008
    New York Times - From a ‘Joke,’ a School Is Born in the Village, September 18, 2008
    New York Times - The Incredibles, January 7, 2007, Sunday
    New York Times - Land of the Free, May 7, 2006, Sunday
    MSNBC - N.Y. high schools' tuition pricier than Harvard's, March 10, 2006
    New York Newsday - Tuition at NYC high schools now exceeds $30,000 - more than Harvard, March 10, 2006
    New York Times - In Baby Boomlet, Preschool Derby Is the Fiercest Yet, March 3, 2006
  • New York Sun - Parents Facing Sticker Shock Over Private School Tuitions, February 28, 2006
    New York Magazine - Cracking the Kindergarten Code, Nov. 28, 2005
    Fox News - Interview, September 6, 2005 (Windows Media File 8.6 mb)
    New York Times - See Daddy Make a Deal, Oct. 16, 2005
    New York Daily News - HIGH-POWERED PRESCHOOL Elite program at 92nd St. Y in spotlight, Nov 24, 2002
    New York Times - Navigating the Amazon Circle, May 21, 2000
    Education Update Online


by Victoria Goldman

Listed below are Victoria Goldman's articles published in the New York Times and a collection from her Junior Ivy League column for Manhattan Media. Links are provide to the New York Times articles. The Junior Ivy League articles are available for download in pdf format (Adobe Acrobat Reader) and some as web pages.

  • NY Times - EDUCATION LIFE SUPPLEMENT | Blackboard | What’s in a Name?, October 31, 2014
    NY Times - EDUCATION LIFE SUPPLEMENT | Blackboard | Did You Know? The Dean Is on the Line, January 4, 2009, Sunday
    NY Times - EDUCATION LIFE SUPPLEMENT | COLLEGE PREP; New SAT, New Score, New Confusion, July 31, 2005, Sunday
    NY Times - EDUCATION LIFE SUPPLEMENT | HOW TO....; Motivate Youth, January 16, 2005, Sunday
    NY Times - EDUCATION LIFE SUPPLEMENT | The Baby Ivies, January 12, 2003, Sunday
    NY Times - EDUCATION LIFE SUPPLEMENT | Great Expectations, April 8, 2001, Sunday
    NY Times - EDUCATION LIFE SUPPLEMENT | Less Austerity, More Diversity at PREP SCHOOL Today, November 12, 2000, Sunday
    NY Times - BLACKBOARD; Paying the Price, January 16, 2005, Sunday,  see related graphic
    NY Times - College Prep: Ask the Expert; Early Decision II, August 1, 2004, Sunday
  • NY Times - COLLEGE PREP; Dreams Deferred, April 25, 2004, Sunday
    Gotham Magazine - Nursery Nightmares, August, 2006
    Manhattan Media - Parents' Nights, Days: Opportunity or Ordeal
    Manhattan Media - Score High on the Kindergarten Essay
    Manhattan Media - A Reason to Cheer in the Bronx: Charter school becomes educational beacon
    Manhattan Media - Save the Date: Back to school primer for parents
    Manhattan Media - Thinking About School Yet: It's not too early to prepare for fall
    Manhattan Media - It's Time to Think About This Summer: More options than ever to sift through
    Manhattan Media - What Parents Look For in a College for Their Kid: Deciding where to apply requires research galore
  • Manhattan Media - Getting a Head Start: Devising strategies for kindergarten admissions
    Manhattan Media - The Slippery Pole of Using Connections
    Manhattan Media - It’s the Essay Of Your Life: But there’s no one path to success
    Manhattan Media - 2005 Blackboard Awards: Junior Ivy League’s Pre-School and Private School Primer
    Manhattan Media - Parent’s Dress Code: Don’t wear ‘Juicy’ across your butt
    Manhattan Media - Cutting Class
    Manhattan Media - The Cream of the Crop
    Manhattan Media - What Parents Want -- Expecting admissions decisions?
    Manhattan Media - Admissions Advice from the Expert
  • Manhattan Media - When Something’s Not Quite Right
    Manhattan Media - Forever Young: The pros and cons of keeping your child in pre-kindergarten