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Thank you so much for the work you do. Signing up with you is the best idea I have ever been told to do.—BC

I honestly don’t know what we’d do without you.—MMW

The best thing I ever did was sign up for High School 411 to help get us through the high school applications process.—LH

As I’m sure others have said, this is the best investment I could’ve made to help with this high school process. You are fantastically on top of things and an excellent communicator.—JD

Thanks for all you do - so very very helpful!!!—TC

What a wonderful blog and an amazing resource for parents. Thank you for providing clarity in this very fuzzy and uncertain process.—KV

You are awesome! Can’t imagine going through this without your perseverance and guidance. I have already given your name to a ton of current 7th graders.—KS

THANK YOU!!! I don’t know what I would do with out your help through out this process.—JM

Thank you so much for everything you do. You have been a complete lifesaver during this process:)—AM

THANK YOU!!!!! Once again Elissa, don't know how you do it! Was refreshing the school's Admissions page to no avail and bingo, but then, bingo!You've saved us again!—DJ

First of all, you are absolutely awesome!!!!! I thank you thank you thank you thank you for all your help - what a godsend you are!!!—JD

Thank you, again. This information is like gold.—KR

I am writing to tell you how amazed I am by the service you provide and to confirm how much we value your anecdotal and personal guidance and advice. I will sing your praises to every parent I know! Thank you with heartfelt gratitude.—ND

I want to let you know how much I appreciate your service. It makes this whole process much easier. Thank you!—CV

Your emails, your insights, your information and your expertise have made this process for us so much easier/ smoother / less stressful—TK

Your site is invaluable. Where do I even begin but to say thank you so much. I cannot believe the work you put into this and it's unbelievable. Worth every penny. This process is absolutely crazy.—NS

Your emails are a bright spot in this crazy fall - I'd be way more stressed out if I was having to slack off at my job and constantly check HS websites for tour info and such. I also really appreciate the personal ones you write - they help put everything into perspective. (And the email about your son going off to college brought tears to my eyes!)—AM

I am an ardent fan of yours! I consider myself a pretty competent, organized person but I don't think I could manage the process very well without the crutch/comfort of 411. Thank you for all you do!—AL

You are doing great work. I have recommended you to so many of my friends staying in town. Thanks so much for your insight.—BW

I can’t imagine starting this process again without your amazing guidance!—MK

Just want to say that we couldn't have gotten through this without you!—NH

I found your emails throughout the year to be so helpful - especially for a busy working mom like me - and I don't think I would have been able to be as helpful to my daughter during this process without HS411!—YL

Can’t say enough good things about your communication and information. Over the top!—DG

You were a GREAT help in my application juggle, and my "go to" to stay on target.—AH

Thank g-d this is over. Thank you a million times over for your guidance.—KK

Elissa, you have been a godsend to me. Thank you! The information has been outstanding!—JH

Thank goodness for you! I’d have been lost without you.—JM

Appreciate all you do to make this experience survivable. :) —MO

Thank you for being a stable voice in this nonsensical process.—BM

THANK YOU! Your help has been tremendous!—AG

Thanks! You are a godsend! I am telling all my friends they cannot go thru this process without your service!—KS

Been hating the process but loving all your info!  Thanks so much!—KV

I have an non-profit in education and even I couldn’t have lined up 15 open houses and tours in the first week applications went live without HS411.  Growing up outside NYC and going from elementary through high school at the same school system did not prepare me for what is essentially the college process for 8th graders and their families. This HS admissions chaos isn’t for the weak of heart, but thank you for your daily emails to make this process a little easier!  — AL

You are awesome and keeping me sane during the insanity.—LC

I’ll say it again. You are saving my life. Thank you.—BL

I'm so grateful for your expertise...this is an extraordinarily valuable "membership"!!—SK

You are my saving grace.—BL

You have prepared us all along. I was organized and ready. It was great knowing that I was not navigating the insanity alone.—HG

You have been a lifesaver!!!—CC

I am seriously so grateful for your emails!—JB

Thanks!!!!!! You’re my hero.—CB

Thank you so much for your guidance! Such a huge help up the mountain.—KS

You are amazing and I appreciate every update email I got from you as well as your advice and the great conversations that went on amongst the parents.—VS

Your help and advice was INVALUABLE!—PM

Your supportive notes have given me a sense of strength as I realize that we are part of a large community going through all of this together!—BF

You really helped, even saved me at times so thank you so so much!—EC

You are incredible!—JL

I am so grateful for HS411 - you help me sleep at night - thank you!—SS

HS411 saved us during the HS admission process! We are so grateful for the information, your wit and emotional support and the HS411 community . . . truly amazing!! CD

Thank you!  You are worth every penny!—KK

Thanks again for ALL your help!!—KB

Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!! I cannot thank you enough for all your help and guidance!!!—NL

Thank you so much for your support, it's been a lifeline!—KS

Thank you Elissa for all of your support. I only wish I had heard of you sooner so that I could have avoided some mistakes during this crazy fall.—SA

Thank you for all your help. I would not have survived without your support.—HM

Elissa thank you for such the great gift of this group. I have talked extensively @it and know it made this process manageable and dare I say enjoyable.—VR

HS411 has been an excellent source of information and we have especially appreciated your clear and level headed approach and advice on a pretty opaque process. HS411 helped to clear up any nonsense and make the HS process more clear. Happy that we signed up.—LO

Thank you for all the incredible information along the way!—EZ

Thank you!  You have been so helpful through this truly challenging process. So much about it I would like to change...  But really could not be more appreciative of your thoughtful emails that come just at the right time.—VS

Finding a passion, regardless of how long it may linger, is a gift. And you’ve shared this gift with others........even the better.—BJ

Thank you for all your incredibly helpful information, Elissa. It's been such a better experience to be part of High School 411.—ER

I have absolutely loved reading your advice.  I’m thankful of you.—CL

I don't know how I would have navigated the intro and implementation of the NYC HS process without Elissa's sage advice and timely info.—AP

Every time I think of how happy my son is in high school, I remember that I have you to thank for holding my hand through this process.—AH

Thanks so much for your continued guidance on the high school process, well worth the price of entry for our 8th grader.—KB

You are a dream to have in this process!—JB

My daughter and I would have been lost without you.—AH

I  wanted to thank you again for this incredible resource.  It’s been great to have a community during this crazy process!—JG

Thank you for all the support, guidance and encouragements!—SH

Please keep up the great work with Highschool411 - it made a huge difference in our journey to find the right high school.—JK

Thank you so much for being there for me as I explored high school process for my son.  I don't know that I could have done it without your persistent support, guidance and expertise. You were my rock in terms of figuring out public/specialized high school systems. All worked out superbly and I just want to thank you for everything.—SH

I just wanted to thank you and tell you that I couldn't have gotten through this process without you. There is no way I could have kept myself on top of everything and on top of the schedule if not for you. You are a lifesaver.—JG

First of all, thank you so much for organizing this group. It was incredible and I don’t know how we would have navigated the process without you.—MK

Thanks so much for all your help. I can not imagine going through this process without you and your service.—LJ

Can not thank you enough for demystifying the process and making it so much more manageable.—MM

I'm very grateful to you, Elissa  I would have been lost without your service.—WC

This has been a very informative forum which helped us navigate the thorns of the process. RY

Your emails are truly so valuable and what kept me sane the 1st time around.  Thank you! MB

Thank you for having conceived up and so beautifully executed HS411! JC

Thank you so much for all your (much needed!) guidance. My daughter got into her top choice and it is largely because of you!!!! HA

HS411 has been a terrific resource and the best NYC bargain I can remember! MM

High School 411 is a life saver and the feedback helps us to feel more prepared and confident with the high school process. It's always level headed, insightful
and packed with good info
. LO

I'm telling you, your emails are my lifesaver. HG

You are doing such an amazing thing for us and in turn, our children. We would all be so lost without you! I hope you know that :) AH

You are our beacon of information and strategic planning. Thanks! AS

Kudos to you for making such a great resource available. KP

Thanks for being there for us! It's invaluable! JG

Your forum has helped me tremendously with information and overall mental support. LC

So happy to have found this service! MB

 Love receiving your tips and pointers;  always spot on! PM

Many thanks molto, molto for your excellent, level advice and information. LO

Thanks for always giving so much to so many. LS

I can't even start to imagine what would've happened had I not benefitted from Elissa's amazing high school admissions support. We all want to do the best we can for our children and Elissa helped to inform and mostly prepare me to be the best parent I could in this situation for my child. 

We found the email group to be extremely helpful in navigating the process and this was our second time through it!  The group was instrumental in keeping us informed every step of the way, from when to register for school tours/information sessions all the way through the final selection process. It was easy to bounce questions off the group and there were always helpful answers. It would be a mistake to not become part of a group like this if you have a child applying to public high school in NYC. - CC

Thank you again. You really are the best. I so appreciate the advice, guidance, and the community you have put together. - NB

Elissa's alerts and advice brought timely, experienced guidance and blessed perspective to a process that is rightfully renowned for being confusing, chaotic, disjointed, intimidating and unfathomable for the busy parent.   Unexpected Bonus:  the one thing I'll miss of this insane HS application ordeal is the mutually supportive parent community that came together at Elisa's email forum.  – GG

Elissa’s NYC HS blog was an enormous resource and also provided me with a community of like-minded parents - we were all in it together - from scheduling tours and interviews to inside knowledge like which entrance to go to for SHSAT test at Stuyvesant - no detail was too small - and all of it was so helpful -  thank you Elissa Stein - you really made the process transparent and easy - kudos to you! – GZ

Thanks again for all your wisdom and support and setting up the email chain that helped get us through the process. – LH

Thank you so much for everything you've done for our group by creating this list and your wise guidance to navigate this process. I feel privileged to get to know you and such wonderful parents here at Lab. I have many other friends at different middle schools and none of them got this kind of support as we got from our administration as well as from parents like you. It was a true collaboration. Well done Elissa! Thanks again. – Shira Maya

 You should patent yourself! - GG

This list has been indispensable to me. My first born is in Eight grade and I cannot tell you with how much dread I viewed the on coming High school application process last Summer. I knew enough to be afraid, very afraid. The paucity of clear information about the process, the dates, the tours, the schools, the applications. Which open house? when? where? why? Well your wonderful email list answered all my questions. For a while, in the early Fall I was on a 15 minute loop with your email thread. I would refresh I gmail to ensure that I didnt miss a drop of the brilliant information you and your cohort were dispensing. I dont think I would have gotten into the Brooklyn Tech open house if it werent for your email list! Your sensible voice and advice, before the SHSATs, throughout the tours, and now, as we await the acceptance letters has been priceless. I cannot thank you for leading the way with clear eyes and a calm voice.Thanks so much for all the insights and the calm voice of reason in truly one of the craziest processes I have witnessed, let alone had to participate in. - LSB

Thank you so much Elissa! I look forward to receiving the information! What a help, I am quite anxious about the HS process. - JB

Elissa, Thank you for the precious info as usual.  - EL

You are the best.  You have no idea how grateful I am that you have organized this! 

Elissa, Than you so very much for keeping your word and putting me on the list. I feel blessed that you did this for me. - CM

Thank you so much on every count!!! - AV

I find your emails calming and inspiring. Thanks again for all you do.  - BJ

 I just wanted to thank you so much for doing these emails. I feel truly honored and very privileged to be on this list . . . thank you very much! - EO

Thank you again for EVERYTHING! - AK

 Thanks! I cannot thank you enough for your guidance and help!!!! Don’t know how I would have done this without you. - MP

Thanks for all the HS help - it has made this process a lot easier. I know the next month and a half is going to be like running a sprint for the kids, but you've built a supportive community to get us all through. - GZ

Hey Lis, - You are a Goddess! - AJ

Hi Elissa, Thank you! What a wonderful idea. We can use all the guidance we can get :) - CS

Elissa, you are a powerhouse of a woman. How would I ever have negotiated this nightmare procedure without this list serve? With deep thanks
and gratitude and awe. - MMN

Elissa, Thank you SO much for adding me to your list! This is terrific information.  It’s people like you that make the NYC public-school-system go ‘round! Thanks again! - JE

Many thanks Elissa!  I am feeling much saner than I thought I would at this point in the process, thanks in large part to you. - SB

Thanks again for the invaluable help of this group. Judging from other parents questions I cannot believe how in the loop and forward we are. - FF

Elissa- All I say is thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you! - SK

Elissa, I just have to tell you that you are doing a remarkable job.  These listings are such a service to us as a community.  I am incredibly impressed and incredibly grateful. You are quite amazing. - EL

Elissa, You are a hero for doing this! This is a godsend. Thank you so much. - ST


Love these reminders of how to stay sane in the process. - GG

RELIEF and gratitude come to mind! - SS

Thank you  for guidance and a wealth of information with the HS selection process, tours and so much more. - SL

Thanks again for your generous postings about the shsat stuff. We are SO grateful for your insights. - GL

Super, thanks Elissa, greatly appreciated!  Deep in-take of breath. - CI

Thanks again Elissa for all your guidance and support. - FN

Thanks so much. We are all lucky to have you to help us through this! - DR

You are amazing! Thanks! - LW

 Elissa, thank you so much for taking the time to do this. The process is overwhelming so I can’t tell you how grateful I am for all the tips and info. - KN

 Elissa. Thanks for doing all this. It's a lot if work and you pulled a community together. - VT

Fantastic stuff!!!! Thank you so much! - LS

Thanks for all this wonderful information. - EZ

Hi Elissa, Very big thank you for sharing this information.  Such a huge help as we embark on this daunting process. - LN

Thank you so much for all that you have been doing to keep us all in the loop on high school stuff.  Unbelievably generous and helpful of you. - RH

Thanks so much Elissa.You have been an amazon leader for all of us. - SK

Thanks so much for organizing and offering this to us other parents. - MP

Thank you so much Elissa!  I really appreciate it. This is so great. - SV

Mom's rock! Thanks for the info Elissa. - MN

 I am very appreciative of the effort you all have taken on. Parents unite! - RP

Gratefulness that someone (you) is doing this! - RO

Your forum has helped me tremendously with information and overall mental support.—LC

Been hating the process but loving all your info!  Thanks so much!—AL

Elissa, you have been a godsend to me. Thank you! The information has been outstanding!—HS