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High School Letters 2016

SEHS Cutoffs 2016_17

As expected, many of the cutoffs for SEHS went up this year, compared to last year.  The exception being the traditionally top-scoring schools: Young, Payton, NSCP.  Payton has the highest cutoff scores this year, indicating that it’s been inching out NSCP.  Tier 4 students need a 890 to get into Payton.   Jones is up quite a bit.  FYI I noticed the sheet doesn’t indicate the # of students this year.

In any case, big thumbs up to OAE for posting these early Monday morning!


February 29, 2016 at 10:51 am 719 comments

selectED – Movie about SEHS with focus on Whitney Young


You may recall I mentioned a documentary movie that was being made last year about the Selective Enrollment high school process and experience, focused on Whitney Young.  The movie has been shown/accepted at several film festivals and is finally ready for viewing and will be shown at Young this upcoming week on Oct 19, 20, 21, and 22 (Mon – Thurs.)

The movie is very engaging and gives some great insight about the selective enrollment high school experience for a range of students.  It is, of course, a unique way to learn more about Whitney Young and the administration and students as well as the competitive (and sometimes stressful) experience in being in a school full of very intelligent kids.  There is true drama in the film and best of all, a rare chance to see one of the SEHS up close and personal.

FYI I am interviewed in the movie (and as a pointer, if you are ever going to be interviewed for a movie, brush your hair well and put on lipstick — this will be abundantly clear if you see me.)

Get movie tickets here

Film synopsis:

Through the not-for-profit documentary selectED which combines unscripted programming and original music, we will tell the magical story of Whitney M. Young Magnet High School and its leaders, students, teachers and parents. SelectED will illustrate to the world the great things that are going on at Whitney Young. It takes the audience through a school that is a true melting pot, a unique environment that broadens and enhances students’ education, tolerance levels and world views. It shows what is possible when every student is on a level playing field where they can realize the school’s tradition of excellence.

We will reach people interested in education, diversity, excellence, community and more specifically, the magic which is Whitney M. Young Magnet High School.

October 17, 2015 at 2:33 pm 86 comments

Preview of Whitney Young Documentary Film


I think I mentioned sometime last Fall that a documentary film was being made about Whitney Young and the selective enrollment high school process.  I’m very excited to present to you…. a preview!

This was incredibly fascinating for me to watch.  In the 6 minute preview, I think it encapsulates so many of the things we discuss on here – the competitive, the open house, the principal!, the speculation about the kinds of kids who get some of these top spots, the “narrow margin of error” on the test scores (I am quoting a 6th grader from the clip.)

As a parent of a now-5th grader, I’ve been hearing about the SEHS tours (and the WY tour) for years and this was my first real glimpse at it.

There is some interesting history on the school as well.  (They are still looking for old video clips from the school if anyone knows someone who attended and might have some footage.)   It’s really all very thought-provoking.

This is still being developed into a feature length documentary scheduled to be released in 2015.

I asked the producer what the big “story arc” about WY and SEHS was going to be and she said “One of the reasons we are making this documentary is to help promote and shape a national discussion on public education.”

Anyhow, take a look and share your thoughts.

Couple caveats:

If you recognize any of the young kids who are applying this year, please don’t post a “spoiler” about whether they got into the school or not. That will be part of the drama of the final film.  Also, at least one of the kids featured is a reader of this blog, just as an FYI.



April 10, 2014 at 12:10 am 92 comments




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