MEK’s High School Admissions Prep is designed for ambitious middle school students, seeking admission to competitive magnet and private schools. Through rigorous coursework, proven test-prep strategies, and a curated process, our High School Admissions Prep program gives students the skills that consistently yield results.

 

We offer specific courses designed to prepare students for the BCA, ISEE, SSAT, and HSPT exams. And with our more than 25 years of experience in High School Admissions Prep, you can guarantee that our programs will set your child up for success both on the exam and in the high school classroom!

Our High School Admissions Programs are unlike the traditional school curriculum. We believe that in order for students to accurately prepare for the tests they are taking, they must first understand how they are structured. That’s why MEK teaches highly effective test-taking skills by first helping students understand the test at its most fundamental level. 

 

The following features are key elements of our High School Admissions Programs:

 

  • Constant evaluation of student progress through weekly practice exams
  • Proven and effective class size
  • Rigorously proctored on-site testing environment
  • Academic and admissions consultation
  • Application and application essay guidance

 

Students not only learn test content, but they also learn how to utilize that content through test-taking strategies. By the end of the program, students are able to think like test creators and are able to analyze tests.

Pranav Gupta

Director, Math Teacher

Iulia Boboc

Assistant Director, English Teacher

Gunn Ahn

Founder of Program, Math Teacher

Tony Kim

Math Teacher

Rachel Erwin

English Teacher

Nicholas Lang

Math Teacher

Minjae Park

Math Teacher

Karina Soto

SSAT/ISEE Math Teacher

Elise Kim

Tutoring Program Coordinator, Math Teacher

Chris Cullen

SSAT/ISEE English Teacher

The MEK BCA Prep course is an extensive test training program for current 8th graders, divided into two phases. Courses are held through a winning combination of virtual and on-site classes and on-site testing in a professionally proctored, realistic environment.

 

Program Details:

 

Phase I: 9 weeks

 

The focus of Phase I of the BCA Prep course is to break old habits and build new, effective test-taking skills. Through live virtual lecture and on-site testing, students are taught strategies to conquer the 40-question math exam and critical literary essay. Students learn to pinpoint the pattern of their mistakes and develop their own test-taking strategies.

Through Phase I, students become analytical mathematicians and writers, learning to handle numbers and write about their literary analysis in effective ways.

 

Phase I includes weekly practice exams, homework assignments, and expert lectures. It also includes expert application essay help and guidance throughout the program.

 

 

Phase II: 9 weeks

 

The focus of Phase II is to use what students have learned in Phase I for intensive test training. Through on-site lectures and on-site testing, students are trained to apply their learning to tackle a huge variety of questions and test-day circumstances, pushing students to step out of their comfort zones, build mental endurance, manage their testing time, and develop test-taking techniques to allow them to excel.

 

Through Phase II, students learn to think like test creators, as they are taught to expect the unexpected.

 

Phase II includes weekly practice exams, homework assignments, and expert lectures. It also includes  interview training by our expert admissions counselors.

 

 

Class Placement & Shuffle

 

Class placement is determined by students’ individual skill levels and progress. Because students’ progress vary on an individual scale, MEK ensures that each student receives the care they need by placing them in the level that best addresses the student’s needs.

Every three weeks, students are reevaluated and shuffled based on their progress. Students who show exceptional progress are moved up to higher levels, while those who do not make enough progress may stay in the level they are in, or move down to address more foundational concerns.

 

 

Schedule: Specific schedule is determined by class placement and shuffles.

 

  • BCA High Honors
  • BCA Prep A
  • BCA Prep B
  • BCA Prep C

 

 

Season: Fall

Pre-High School Prep is a Spring-only course designed as a test prep boot camp for 7th graders who are planning on applying to magnet, private, or parochial schools. This course gives students a head start on mastering the key content and skills required to ace the BCA, SSAT, and ISEE tests.

 

Students build reading, verbal, and math skills that they do not learn in the school classroom, but by doing so, they are given the skills to excel in the 7th grade classroom and ace their PARCC exams, both of which are important for increasing their admissions chances to BCA and private schools.

 

 

READING

Through a wide variety of reading passages, from poetry to non-fiction to political cartoons, students learn to read closely, find evidence, and tackle words in context, all under a time limit. Unlike the school classroom, the MEK classroom exposes students to all types of reading material that prepares them for all potential test-day curveballs. This class helps students build strong reading comprehension foundations for their future BCA or SSAT/ISEE prep.

 

 

VERBAL

BCA, SSAT, and ISEE tests demand an expansive vocabulary from students, which is not available in the conventional school textbook, but rather in novels, articles, and everyday texts. Through uniquely formulated class texts and materials, MEK makes sure that students are fully prepared for any vocabulary word that comes their way.

 

MATH

In school, students learn math at a huge variety of levels, making it difficult to prepare for admissions tests. At MEK, students are trained to master math concepts at the level of the test, with the methods that are proven to be the most effective, while being introduced to the joys of problem solving. They are taught how to use numbers, making them more analytical and methodical thinkers.

 

 

Schedule: 20 sessions

Season: Spring only

The Exam Prep 8 course is the summer version of Pre-High School Prep, teaching the same curriculum in a condensed time frame. Students who were in Pre-High School Prep in the Spring are not recommended to take Exam Prep 8.

 

Students build reading, verbal, and math skills that they do not learn in the school classroom, but by doing so, they are given the skills to excel in the 8th grade classroom, which is important for increasing their admissions chances to BCA and private schools.

 

 

READING

Through a wide variety of reading passages, from poetry to non-fiction to political cartoons, students learn to read closely, find evidence, and tackle words in context, all under a time limit. Unlike the school classroom, the MEK classroom exposes students to all types of reading material that prepares them for all potential test-day curveballs. This class helps students build strong reading comprehension foundations for their future BCA or SSAT/ISEE prep.

 

 

VERBAL

BCA, SSAT, and ISEE tests demand an expansive vocabulary from students, which is not available in the conventional school textbook, but rather in novels, articles, and everyday texts. Through uniquely formulated class texts and materials, MEK makes sure that students are fully prepared for any vocabulary word that comes their way.

 

 

MATH

In school, students learn math at a huge variety of levels, making it difficult to prepare for admissions tests. At MEK, students are trained to master math concepts at the level of the test, with the methods that are proven to be the most effective, while being introduced to the joys of problem solving. They are taught how to use numbers, making them more analytical and methodical thinkers.

 

 

Schedule: 23 sessions

Season: Summer only

SSAT/ISEE Prep 8 is a test training class offered in the summer only for students who have completed MEK’s Spring Pre-High School Prep program and are ready to begin early test training for the October or November SSAT or ISEE. 

 

This course is also ideal for students with exceptionally high SSAT evaluation scores (generally 2000+) and are advanced enough to skip our summer foundational class (Exam Prep 8) to go straight into test-training.

 

Students will learn test-taking strategies and content-related skills to boost their performance on the Verbal, Reading, and Math sections of the SSAT and the ISEE.

 

This course meets twice a week for 7 weeks during the summer. All students must first complete a qualifying evaluation before enrolling in the course.

 

Schedule: 16 sessions–twice a week for 8 weeks

Season: Summer only

SSAT/ISEE Prep is a test training class, ideal for 8th-graders working to ace the upper level SSAT and ISEE, the two most popular admission exams required by selective private or parochial high schools. This test is used to gauge students’ academic performance aside from report cards, similar to the way colleges use SAT/ACT.

 

This course is divided into two groups: SSAT/ISEE Prep Advanced and SSAT/ISEE Prep.

 

  • SSAT/ISEE Prep Advanced
    For students who have a higher initial evaluation score, are aiming to reach the 99th percentile of test-takers, and are interested in applying to top tier, highly competitive private schools. Students also practice writing narrative essays in preparation for the essay section of the SSAT/ISEE

 

  • SSAT/ISEE Prep 
    For students who are aiming to reach the 90th percentile of test-takers and are interested in applying to local competitive private schools

 

Schedule: 10 weeks

Season: Fall 

 

Specific schedule determined by class placement.

Throughout the year, MEK provides one-on-one tutoring for both the SSAT and the ISEE for the lower, middle, and upper level versions of the test. Students can prepare for both tests simultaneously or only one test depending upon the private schools to which they are applying.

 

One-on-one tutoring allows students to prepare for these challenging tests in a personalized manner with an expert instructor. During private sessions students will learn strategies for mastering vocabulary, sentence completions, analogies, reading comprehension, quantitative reasoning, advanced problem-solving, and the ISEE/SSAT essay.

 

The length and frequency of the sessions are customized to the individual student, but all students will get practice with simulation tests, homework and quiz packets, and learn expert strategies.

 

Schedule: Recommend 15-20 sessions

Season: All Year

 

By appointment only

 

Spring & Fall Hours:

Tuesday – Friday 3:30pm – 8:30pm

Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm

 

Summer Hours:

Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 5:30pm

MEK’s High School Admissions Prep is designed for ambitious middle school students, seeking admission to competitive magnet and private schools. Through rigorous coursework, proven test-prep strategies, and a curated process, our High School Admissions Prep program gives students the skills that consistently yield results.

 

We offer specific courses designed to prepare students for the BCA, ISEE, SSAT, and HSPT exams. And with our more than 25 years of experience in High School Admissions Prep, you can guarantee that our programs will set your child up for success both on the exam and in the high school classroom!

Our High School Admissions Programs are unlike the traditional school curriculum. We believe that in order for students to accurately prepare for the tests they are taking, they must first understand how they are structured. That’s why MEK teaches highly effective test-taking skills by first helping students understand the test at its most fundamental level. 

 

The following features are key elements of our High School Admissions Programs:

 

  • Constant evaluation of student progress through weekly practice exams
  • Proven and effective class size
  • Rigorously proctored on-site testing environment
  • Academic and admissions consultation
  • Application and application essay guidance

 

Students not only learn test content, but they also learn how to utilize that content through test-taking strategies. By the end of the program, students are able to think like test creators and are able to analyze tests.

Pranav Gupta

Director, Math Teacher

Iulia Boboc

Assistant Director, English Teacher

Gunn Ahn

Founder of Program, Math Teacher

Tony Kim

Math Teacher

Rachel Erwin

English Teacher

Nicholas Lang

Math Teacher

Minjae Park

Math Teacher

Karina Soto

SSAT/ISEE Math Teacher

Elise Kim

Tutoring Program Coordinator, Math Teacher

Chris Cullen

SSAT/ISEE English Teacher

The MEK BCA Prep course is an extensive test training program for current 8th graders, divided into two phases. Courses are held through a winning combination of virtual and on-site classes and on-site testing in a professionally proctored, realistic environment.

 

Program Details:

 

Phase I: 9 weeks

 

The focus of Phase I of the BCA Prep course is to break old habits and build new, effective test-taking skills. Through live virtual lecture and on-site testing, students are taught strategies to conquer the 40-question math exam and critical literary essay. Students learn to pinpoint the pattern of their mistakes and develop their own test-taking strategies.

Through Phase I, students become analytical mathematicians and writers, learning to handle numbers and write about their literary analysis in effective ways.

 

Phase I includes weekly practice exams, homework assignments, and expert lectures. It also includes expert application essay help and guidance throughout the program.

 

 

Phase II: 9 weeks

 

The focus of Phase II is to use what students have learned in Phase I for intensive test training. Through on-site lectures and on-site testing, students are trained to apply their learning to tackle a huge variety of questions and test-day circumstances, pushing students to step out of their comfort zones, build mental endurance, manage their testing time, and develop test-taking techniques to allow them to excel.

 

Through Phase II, students learn to think like test creators, as they are taught to expect the unexpected.

 

Phase II includes weekly practice exams, homework assignments, and expert lectures. It also includes  interview training by our expert admissions counselors.

 

 

Class Placement & Shuffle

 

Class placement is determined by students’ individual skill levels and progress. Because students’ progress vary on an individual scale, MEK ensures that each student receives the care they need by placing them in the level that best addresses the student’s needs.

Every three weeks, students are reevaluated and shuffled based on their progress. Students who show exceptional progress are moved up to higher levels, while those who do not make enough progress may stay in the level they are in, or move down to address more foundational concerns.

 

 

Schedule: Specific schedule is determined by class placement and shuffles.

 

  • BCA High Honors
  • BCA Prep A
  • BCA Prep B
  • BCA Prep C

 

 

Season: Fall

Pre-High School Prep is a Spring-only course designed as a test prep boot camp for 7th graders who are planning on applying to magnet, private, or parochial schools. This course gives students a head start on mastering the key content and skills required to ace the BCA, SSAT, and ISEE tests.

 

Students build reading, verbal, and math skills that they do not learn in the school classroom, but by doing so, they are given the skills to excel in the 7th grade classroom and ace their PARCC exams, both of which are important for increasing their admissions chances to BCA and private schools.

 

 

READING

Through a wide variety of reading passages, from poetry to non-fiction to political cartoons, students learn to read closely, find evidence, and tackle words in context, all under a time limit. Unlike the school classroom, the MEK classroom exposes students to all types of reading material that prepares them for all potential test-day curveballs. This class helps students build strong reading comprehension foundations for their future BCA or SSAT/ISEE prep.

 

 

VERBAL

BCA, SSAT, and ISEE tests demand an expansive vocabulary from students, which is not available in the conventional school textbook, but rather in novels, articles, and everyday texts. Through uniquely formulated class texts and materials, MEK makes sure that students are fully prepared for any vocabulary word that comes their way.

 

MATH

In school, students learn math at a huge variety of levels, making it difficult to prepare for admissions tests. At MEK, students are trained to master math concepts at the level of the test, with the methods that are proven to be the most effective, while being introduced to the joys of problem solving. They are taught how to use numbers, making them more analytical and methodical thinkers.

 

 

Schedule: 20 sessions

Season: Spring only

The Exam Prep 8 course is the summer version of Pre-High School Prep, teaching the same curriculum in a condensed time frame. Students who were in Pre-High School Prep in the Spring are not recommended to take Exam Prep 8.

 

Students build reading, verbal, and math skills that they do not learn in the school classroom, but by doing so, they are given the skills to excel in the 8th grade classroom, which is important for increasing their admissions chances to BCA and private schools.

 

 

READING

Through a wide variety of reading passages, from poetry to non-fiction to political cartoons, students learn to read closely, find evidence, and tackle words in context, all under a time limit. Unlike the school classroom, the MEK classroom exposes students to all types of reading material that prepares them for all potential test-day curveballs. This class helps students build strong reading comprehension foundations for their future BCA or SSAT/ISEE prep.

 

 

VERBAL

BCA, SSAT, and ISEE tests demand an expansive vocabulary from students, which is not available in the conventional school textbook, but rather in novels, articles, and everyday texts. Through uniquely formulated class texts and materials, MEK makes sure that students are fully prepared for any vocabulary word that comes their way.

 

 

MATH

In school, students learn math at a huge variety of levels, making it difficult to prepare for admissions tests. At MEK, students are trained to master math concepts at the level of the test, with the methods that are proven to be the most effective, while being introduced to the joys of problem solving. They are taught how to use numbers, making them more analytical and methodical thinkers.

 

 

Schedule: 23 sessions

Season: Summer only

SSAT/ISEE Prep 8 is a test training class offered in the summer only for students who have completed MEK’s Spring Pre-High School Prep program and are ready to begin early test training for the October or November SSAT or ISEE. 

 

This course is also ideal for students with exceptionally high SSAT evaluation scores (generally 2000+) and are advanced enough to skip our summer foundational class (Exam Prep 8) to go straight into test-training.

 

Students will learn test-taking strategies and content-related skills to boost their performance on the Verbal, Reading, and Math sections of the SSAT and the ISEE.

 

This course meets twice a week for 7 weeks during the summer. All students must first complete a qualifying evaluation before enrolling in the course.

 

Schedule: 16 sessions–twice a week for 8 weeks

Season: Summer only

SSAT/ISEE Prep is a test training class, ideal for 8th-graders working to ace the upper level SSAT and ISEE, the two most popular admission exams required by selective private or parochial high schools. This test is used to gauge students’ academic performance aside from report cards, similar to the way colleges use SAT/ACT.

 

This course is divided into two groups: SSAT/ISEE Prep Advanced and SSAT/ISEE Prep.

 

  • SSAT/ISEE Prep Advanced
    For students who have a higher initial evaluation score, are aiming to reach the 99th percentile of test-takers, and are interested in applying to top tier, highly competitive private schools. Students also practice writing narrative essays in preparation for the essay section of the SSAT/ISEE

 

  • SSAT/ISEE Prep 
    For students who are aiming to reach the 90th percentile of test-takers and are interested in applying to local competitive private schools

 

Schedule: 10 weeks

Season: Fall 

 

Specific schedule determined by class placement.

Throughout the year, MEK provides one-on-one tutoring for both the SSAT and the ISEE for the lower, middle, and upper level versions of the test. Students can prepare for both tests simultaneously or only one test depending upon the private schools to which they are applying.

 

One-on-one tutoring allows students to prepare for these challenging tests in a personalized manner with an expert instructor. During private sessions students will learn strategies for mastering vocabulary, sentence completions, analogies, reading comprehension, quantitative reasoning, advanced problem-solving, and the ISEE/SSAT essay.

 

The length and frequency of the sessions are customized to the individual student, but all students will get practice with simulation tests, homework and quiz packets, and learn expert strategies.

 

Schedule: Recommend 15-20 sessions

Season: All Year

 

By appointment only

 

Spring & Fall Hours:

Tuesday – Friday 3:30pm – 8:30pm

Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm

 

Summer Hours:

Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 5:30pm

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GETTING STARTED

Every student interested in entering our High School Admissions program must complete the following steps:

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Receive our detailed score report and meet with one of our Academic Counselors to discuss recommendations for next steps based on their score and list of prospective high schools.

3

Enroll in the H.S. Admissions program that best fits your child’s needs and academic goals.

 

Check out our Events Page to register your child for a Student Evaluation. Or contact us for more information.

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