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Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Pros & Cons of Stuyvesant High School
Written by Jeremy Karson, Kweller Prep Intern
As a rising senior at Stuyvesant, I know the school like
the back of my hand. With firsthand experience, I can describe the pros and
cons of the school in a way that a guidance counselor or guide book will
probably fall short. Here are the true reasons why you should (or, perhaps,
should not) go to Stuy:
·Probably the most Advanced Placement courses in
New York City.
·One of the best computer science programs in the
country. Students can take up to three years of CompSci classes.
·Extremely smart and motivated students.
·Many intriguing electives in every field,
including Genetics, Molecular Biology, Poetry, Civil Law, Watercolor, Systems
Level Programming, and more.
·Great food options nearby. After a long day of
classes, this becomes very important. There is enough variety to keep pretty
much everyone satisfied.
·Battery Park on the Hudson River, located just
one block from the school, provides a really nice area for relaxation.
·The Stuyvesant Sing! Production seems to bring
the whole school together for a few months every year.
·You will leave college ready. Many Stuyvesant
graduates say Stuyvesant High School makes college seem easy.
·Exam-based grading makes evaluations less
arbitrary and more fair
·Surprisingly low acceptance rates into top
colleges due to strong applicant pool.
·Persistent tension between administration and
·You will not get enough sleep.
·Athletes beware: the lack of sports facilities
this past year left the Soccer, Lacrosse, Football, Track, and Swimming teams
without a true “home” to practice in.
·It is huge. The school contains about 3300
students, which can be a little overwhelming at times.
·Stuyvesant is in the news every single year due
to some kind of argument or scandal.
Overall, there is no question in my mind that the pros
outweigh the cons. It’s a very special place, and you will get a tremendous
free education. That being said, make sure you know what you’re signing up for.
Although I’m sure you will have a lot of fun, Stuyvesant can be unpleasant and
stressful at times. In the end, though, it will be worth it. Now go study for