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A new FOR-PROFIT boarding school in NYC

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  • NYCMomof3NYCMomof3 4 replies1 discussions College Search & Selection Champion
    Leman has been around for a handful of years and it's still struggling. I know too many ppl who are turned off by the for profit title. I know a few ppl who have dcs at this school and I can't tell you how many times they've thought of leaving....but the kids didn't want to leave
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  • DevolutionDevolution 3 replies0 discussions Harvard Champion
    Its not the $68K -- frankly, that's not so far off the $53K I'm paying now -- but its the whole excessive wealth, lack of reality thing. I feel the same way about this article as I did about the article on Avenues....excuse me while I hurl.

    How can kids come out of these schools anyway but warped?
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  • HarvestMoon1HarvestMoon1 5 replies0 discussions
    I think "warped" might be a strong word. By whose standards would these children be considered "warped"? While this sort of school is not my cup of tea, there are always going to be children of the extremely privileged for whom the school might work. I would say that boarding schools in general tend to attract a good number of wealthy families. I think the sort of student attending Leman is at the extremely high end of that category. While the majority of New England boarding schools have made it a point to diversify their student body, I am going to bet that this might not be a priority for Leman. At the risk of sounding politically incorrect, I am not so sure that this is such a bad thing.
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  • SevenDadSevenDad 14 replies0 discussions
    How is Leman any different (and more deserving of scorn) than something like Le Rosey?
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  • PeriwinklePeriwinkle 8 replies0 discussions
    Le Rosey's nonprofit, isn't it? From a quick internet search, Le Rosey educates the children of the nobility and those who are exceedingly wealthy. The children at Le Rosey will grow up in that milieu no matter what the parents do.

    I wouldn't scorn Leman, without knowing more. I suppose Americans aren't accustomed to thinking of New York City as an international magnet for the wealthy on the same level as the Swiss Alps. When I think of New York, I think of baseball, the subway, the opera, the Frick and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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  • DevolutionDevolution 3 replies0 discussions Harvard Champion
    IMHO, being wealthy is one thing (private schools have lots of wealthy parents), but conspicuous wealth displays and children who define themselves by their parents wealth/prestige are very destructive for both the child and for the health of the school learning environment. I think that schools that explicitly trade on notions of wealth and exclusivity, such as Avenues and Leman, have neither. The fastest way to not get into HADES schools is to come off as one who is enjoys being elite, flaunts their wealth, and lacks humility. BTW, this is a fundamental problem that many in NYC seem to have. We used to live there and just had to get out because parents there are just too over the top. This is not a generalization – in NYC affluent parents who adopt a low key, let things evolve naturally, let the kids occasionally fail approach are so few and far between as to be viewed as oddities and are actually shunned.
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