Beginning in Fall 2017, New York City’s eighth grade students will be taking the first redesigned Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT). Students’ SHSAT scores are the sole factor for admissions to New York City’s Specialized High schools. Therefore, it is important for students and their parents to be aware of the changes being made to the upcoming Fall 2017 SHSAT.
The largest change that has been made to the SHSAT is in the English Language Arts (ELA) section. Scrambled paragraphs and logical reasoning questions will be replaced with questions that test students’ knowledge about grammar and revising/editing. CCB believes that a strong foundation in grammar is crucial to becoming a successful writer, and that is why we introduce grammar starting in Kindergarten and continue to teach grammar through twelfth grade.
Since its founding in 1980, CCB School has sent over 3,500 students to specialized high schools.
The key to CCB’s success is providing our students with a strong foundation in both math and English. Therefore, we are committed to teaching and mentoring our students starting from an early age. Our strongest students are those who have been with CCB for at least three years. Their exceptional reading, writing, and math skills are a testament to value in investing in CCB’s program early.
We have over a 90% success rate in getting our students into specialized high schools when they start their CCB education in 5th grade. Beyond providing individual counseling and test preparation, CCB customizes its curriculum to cater to the strengths and weaknesses of every student. In addition to performing well on the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT), our students excel once they enter these highly competitive high schools.