Academic Resources and Services

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Thank You to Kweller Prep for their on-going support and donations to our Spring Auction.

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Academic Support Resources

College Planning

On 11/19/19, ESMS invited Anthony Becker, CFP, to return to our school to speak at our PTA meeting.  Mr. Becker's topic was "Planning for the Costs of College" which was highly received by the audience.  The key takeaway is that the time to start planning is NOW!
Here is Mr. Becker's handout and contact information - Becker Presentation College Nov 2019.PDF 
ESMS families receive a reduced fee consultation!

Student Financial Aid Presentation, provided by the NYS Higher Education Services  Corporation -  2020-21 Financial Aid PowerPoint.PDF 

Vendor Fair Participants

We hope you found the ESMS Academic Resource Fair on 10/17/2018 informative. The vendors at the Resource Fair are offering special incentives to ESMS families. Please take advantage of these great options and be sure to mention ESMS for potential discounts.  A special thanks to the following vendors for their support and participation!

Applerouth Tutoring
With Applerouth, you get the smartest approach to tutoring. We use the latest research in cognition, memory and motivation to help students achieve a higher level of success. Standardized tests are only part of the equation. Our tutors help students like you raise your grades and get ahead in school.  From review sessions before an important exam to ongoing academic support throughout the semester, we’re here to help each student reach their full potential.

Bee Tutored provides individualized attention and support, whether through assistance with homework and test preparation or focusing on specific skills and disciplines.  Free SHSAT and NYS ELA/MATH assessment exams.
10% off private tutoring & group classes to all East Side Middle School families using code #tutorfair.
Contact: | 917-482-4880

CATES Tutoring and Education Services
Founded in 2002 by Chris Ajemian, CATES offers support with education planning, academics, test prep, applications, and careers. An unwavering personal focus and individually-tailored methodology inform everything we do, whether it's private tutoring and classes or online and institutional programs. Our goal is simple: to help you figure out who you want to be—and how to get you there.  Contact: (212)359-4208
 CATES Test Prep Flyer      CATES Informational Flyer 

High School 411
With HS411, you get real-time updates and reminders about public school tours and deadlines, insider tips from people who've been through the process before with input like: questions to ask, options to consider, what needs to be done and when, plus a whole lot more.
ESMS families - receive a $10 discount when using code ESMS10 when signing up for their next offering in January 2019

Ivy Tutors Network
Ivy Tutors is offering a free diagnostic or practice test at their test center and the first SHSAT (or any subject or test prep) session at half price.
Contact Ivy Tutors at (800) 476-0596 or

Kweller Prep
Developed by an Attorney, Kweller Prep is an established accelerated education program with a 15-year record of success in preparing students for top specialized middle-school, high-school, college entrance, and graduate school exams.  With thousands of acceptances to specialized high schools and top colleges, Kweller Prep has built a time-tested method helping students become confident test takers. Our competitive advantage is the way in which we operate; we focus on each child individually to ensure success over a span over several months.  In Manhattan, Kweller is located at 370 Lexington Avenue and can be reached by phone at 800-631-1757.  View their latest SHSAT offerings here -

NYC Admissions Solutions
Founded by a former Department of Education official and independent school admissions officer, we have helped hundreds of NYC families secure admission to many top public and independent schools within the NYC area.  We can help you improve your child’s chances of securing admission to a NYC public or independent school of choice – including the elite Specialized High Schools.
10% off any consultation package if redeemed by 6/1/19 using the code "ESMS family"

Sheptin Tutoring
Sheptin Tutoring Group provides top-notch academic support and exam prep tutoring for New York State students. We emphasize problem-solving techniques and strategies. Our custom designed programs help students achieve higher test scores and improved academic standing. Please call 914-232-3743 to reserve your space or to reserve time for Spring 2019


East Side Middle School Sponsors
Thank you to the following sponsors who have donated generously to the ESMS PTA


GRF Test Prep - GRF's Ten-Session Course prepares students to take the New York City Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT). Each of our class sessions is 3 hours in length. We teach and review all of the types of ELA and Mathematics questions that are tested on the exam. Our Homework Assignments always include questions that are similar to those asked on previous years' exams. The GRF Course teaches test taking techniques that help students to achieve a higher score. We provide our students with Five Complete Practice Exams that are similar to those given in recent years. We administer one of these exams under test conditions during SESSION # 9 of our Ten-Session course. A Progress Report is sent home each session to keep the student's parents informed of the student's progress. Past experience has shown the GRF Course provides excellent preparation for the SHSAT. 2019 IS OUR 39th YEAR OF PREPARING STUDENTS TO TAKE THE SHSAT!  Reach us at (201) 592 - 1592 or at​​.  Visit our website at for courses and locations.

Karen Berlin Ishii - Premier Academic Tutoring and Test Prep
All ESMS families are invited to schedule a complimentary 30-minute phone or Skype consultation: Ask Karen all your questions about tests and test prep – from tips for foundational study to strategizing your child's admissions testing, the best study materials and more. For tutoring students, 10% discount will be applied to the first lesson for ESMS students and siblings. Offers valid through end 2019. Visit Karen's website to learn more and find contact information at:

Prestige Prep
Prestige Prep founded in 2002, is one of NYC’s leading supplemental educational services and tutoring centers, dedicated to creating better learners. Prestige began as an organization focused primarily on academic and test-prep tutoring. Today, while we excel in academic teaching and in preparing our students to succeed on standardized tests, we also pride ourselves as mentors and role models for our students. For more than 15 years, we have been supporting, teaching, and mentoring students on their educational goals and academic needs. Our overall educational objective, and our standardized test-prep goal, is to prepare students for every facet of their exams, while reducing anxiety, increasing stamina, and building emotional strength.
For ESMS Families: 50% off one diagnostic exam for any standardized test offered at our offices. Dates and times can be found on our website,  Also includes a detailed, graded assessment and phone consultation with one of our education specialists to review the results.

Real Brave Audio
Are you interested in signing up for lessons at an amazing music school? Do you want to see your child excel in his or her instrument and have a blast doing it? At Real Brave in Manhattan, Queens, NY, and Oakland, NJ, our skilled teachers provide children’s music lessons for a wide variety of musical instruments. Whether you need a guitar, brass, woodwind, strings, voice, or piano instructor… from the studio to the stage, we can help!  In Manhattan, Real Brave Media is conveniently located at 1767 1st Ave between 91st/92nd streets.   For more information, call us at 212.230.1168 or email us at


Free/Low-Cost Test Prep Resources

Free & Low Cost SHSAT Test Prep Options

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Advice from a parent - Discounts!   Always ask if discounts are available.  Discounts might be available based on school affiliation and/or other factors.  Many test prep companies will discount their fees, sometimes significantly, for families with financial challenges so don't hesitate to ask.
There are many prep books that you can buy at a local bookstore or online. Most cost between $10 and $20 each. These books provide many of the same kinds of tips and advice that you’d get in a prep class. Maurice Frumkin, Founder and President of NYC Admissions Solutions, and a recent guest speaker at our PTA meeting mentioned he was a fan of the Barron's SHSAT book.
Free SHSAT Mock Exams from Cates, a vendor fair participant.  According to Cates, ""mock tests are the single most useful tool for developing your test-taking skills".  Registration and details are here-
NYC Admissions Solutions is also offering ESMS families a free 15 minute consultation to discuss any topic of testing and/or high schools.
IVY Tutors Network is offering a free one-day ’tricks and strategies’ class to kickstart the SHSAT study process. While IVY Tutors has been helping students achieve their best SHSAT scores with one-on-one personalized education for over 16 years, we know that there are test taking tricks and strategies that anyone taking this test must learn. Join us for these small group classes. Free spots limited and offered on a first-come, first served basis. Email or schedule a free consultation here: Learn more about our program here:
The DOE’s Specialized High Schools Student Handbook includes practice exam questions and test-taking tips.
Check out Inside Schools Free Programs section for more options and also ask organizations in your neighborhood if they offer SHSAT prep.
For about $25 you can take an online prep course from This organization also offers free content, one-on-one tutoring for a fee, and some scholarships to cover the cost of their fees.
Some community organizations, such as the Hudson Guild offer free SHSAT prep to students.
PASSNYC is an organization dedicated to increasing the diversity of students taking the SHSAT. It offers resources for parents and students including a free summer SHSAT prep course for a limited number of rising 8th-graders.
Helicon Inc, a non-profit, offers a SHSAT prep program for free to African-American and Latina girls.
The DOE’s DREAM Program offers two free SHSAT prep programs open to New York City public school students who meet additional eligibility requirements. There’s a 22-month-long course open to 6th-graders and the Summer/Fall Intensive, a 38-session course open to rising 8th-graders.
Argo Prep offers a lower-cost, online test prep and tutoring.
Another lower-cost online offering is available from PrepMate.
While not SHSAT specific, Khan Academy offers online instruction/exercises/tests on a wide array of subjects including math and English.