Beacon portfolio drop offs start tomorrow

If you’re interested in Beacon, portfolio drop off starts tomorrow and runs through 11/16. info below is copied from their website, or you can find it here: - they do a terrific job of laying out exactly what you need and how to submit it,

and their rubric:

Since they are no longer doing interviews, it’s impossible to know if your child made their short (or at least shorter) list. 


The following is required of all students who apply to The Beacon School:

  • A grade of 85 or above in English, history, science and math on the 7th grade June report card.

  • A score of 3 or higher on the 7th grade NYS ELA test and on the 7th grade NYS math test, if applying from New York City public schools (students applying from private schools must submit ERB scores or an equivalent to the NYCDOE to add to the enrollment system if those tests are offered at the student’s school).

  • An admissions portfolio.

  • Completion of the NYC Department of Education’s High School application by December 3, 2018.

The Beacon School screens all students based on a rubric that takes into account grades and test scores (if available) as well as academic and personal qualities demonstrated through the portfolio.

Application Process

  • All applying students must turn in a portfolio to The Beacon School between October 22, 2018 and November 16, 2018.

  • Applicants must rank The Beacon School on the New York City Department of Education High School application by December 3, 2018.

  • The Beacon School admissions team reviews all the submitted portfolios, evaluates them with the Admissions Rubric, and submits a ranked list of applicants to the DOE. You may review the Admissions Rubric here.


Your portfolio folder must include the following five items:

  1. Student Work Sample: One graded paper or project written for an English, social studies, humanities, science or math class in 7th or 8th grade.

– It should be in-depth and demonstrate the student’s best work.

– It must include the teacher’s comments and/or grade received.

 – Do not submit worksheets or group projects.

– Strong examples may include: a critical English essay, a persuasive social studies essay, a science lab with a hypothesis, or a math project that demonstrates thinking and  reasoning.

  1. Two-Part Essay (single-spaced, no more than 1,000 words total)

Part 1 (no more than 500 words): What do you do in your extracurricular life that demonstrates a commitment to learning beyond the classroom? Discuss a special dedication to, a special talent for, or interest in the arts, technology, community service, an academic subject, or sports.

Part 2 (no more than 500 words): Discuss a time when you overcame adversity.  Discuss the challenge, how you overcame it, and what you learned from the experience.

  1. Student’s 7th Grade June (Final) Report Card

  1. 7th Grade NYS ELA Test Score (or Equivalent)

  1. 7th Grade NYS Math Test Score (or Equivalent)

The portfolio must be submitted in a letter-sized manila folder with the student’s name and middle school written on the tab. Please do not use plastic folders, binders or page protectors.

The criteria for a strong portfolio are:

  • Grades and test scores that meet the stated guidelines above. If a student does not have NYS test scores or the equivalent available, grades are weighted double;

  • paper or project has a clear argument, compelling guiding idea or hypothesis, strong analytical or critical thinking, and a sophisticated writing style;

  • essay shows evidence of commitment to and passion for learning in the classroom and beyond the classroom; and

  • the portfolio as a whole demonstrates that the student has strong academic skills, curiosity, and extracurricular interests.

You can review the Beacon Admissions Rubric here.

Portfolio Submission Process

  • Portfolios may be submitted by the student, family member or school representative, or by mail.

  • Drop off-portfolios at the Beacon School, 522 W. 44th Street, Manhattan, Monday through Friday, from 7am – 4pm from October 22, 2018 through November 16, 2018.

  • To send the portfolio by mail, send the portfolio to: Admissions, The Beacon School, 522 W. 44th Street, New York, NY 10036. Portfolios must be postmarked by November 16, 2018.

  • Portfolios may NOT be submitted electronically.

  • Portfolios will not be returned to applicants. Photocopies of original work are accepted.


For more information about the admissions process, please contact the Admissions Office at (212) 465-4230 or via email at