talking about high school

When it comes to navigating NYC’s complicated and unwieldy public high school admissions process, families are left in the dark and on their own. While schools provide basic info, topics like test prep (when to start and what type of prep makes sense for your child and wallet), tours, open houses, interviews, auditions, portfolio submissions, sign-up procedures, website navigation, and more aren't covered in depth, or at all. Parents often fend for themselves, trying to find the best high school fit for their kids in a system that’s confusing, opaque and not always fair.

But, with High School 411 you’re not alone. You’ll get real-time email updates and reminders about public school tours and deadlines of the schools HS411 tracks, insider tips from people who've been through the process before with input like: questions to ask, options to consider, what needs to be done and when. You’ll have 24/7 access to a database of contact info, updated regularly with dates and locations of timely events. High School 411 is also a place to ask questions and gather information – crowd-sourced intel moderated by Elissa Stein, a parent who’s been through this stressful and often overwhelming process twice with her own kids, and with over 1000 families at this point. High School 411 is an invaluable and unique resource for support and information that makes a difference to both NYC families and kids.

what's included

  • High School 411 monitors many high schools for you

  • Real time email alerts for tour sign ups

  • A private members only website section chock full of info with access from sign up through application submission for current 8th grade

  • Reminders of events and touring tips

  • Suggestions of questions to ask, things to look out for

  • Input on testing and auditions

  • Ideas on how to help kids handle this overwhelming experience

  • Database of school contact info and event scheduling

  • Insider info from parents who’ve been through the process before and whose kids are students in NYC high schools

  • A HS411 handbook full of need to know info

how it works

First, sign up! Click on the SIGN UP tab in the top toolbar.

Then pay the affordable fee of $200 which covers your family from the first things-you-need-to-know-about emails through application submissions in December of that calendar year.

Log on to a members only section on this website with a comprehensive database of contact information for schools that families will be looking at,  continually updated with sign up, open house and tour dates.

Read your emails and check online! Once you’ve registered you'll get a password for our members only section. Besides accessing the database you'll be able to ask questions and participate in conversations about anything from what to ask on tours and how to engage your kids in the process, to timely facts and helpful reminders.

Engage. And ask questions. And rest assured, your child will get into high school.


One on one consults can help make even more sense of things during the process—I meet with families to discuss all of the above and more.

PRICE: $240 an hour

Please be in touch with any question and/or to book time: