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Kaufman Touted for Cranking Out “Geniuses”

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Aug 29, 2016

A recent article highlighted the success of The Special Music School (SMS) at the Kaufman Music Center in cultivating high academic achievers. According to the NY Post, “of the 32 schools in its Upper West Side district, SMS’s fourth- and seventh-graders posted the highest proficiency rates on recent state math exams and were second in English.”

“Music is discipline,” said SMS senior Johanna Nelson, a pianist. “It teaches you how to focus, how to work with others. It’s a basis for learning that can be applied to everything.”

The school has become increasingly competitive as parents look for dynamic education experiences for their children. Last year, 650 applicants vied for 15 kindergarten spots.

SMS also focuses on giving students a chance for an independent career. They offer classes on social-media self-promotion through Twitter and Snapchat.

Read more here.

About Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Music Center

The Lucy Moses School is a division of the Kaufman Center, a non-sectarian multi-arts center serving nearly 75,000 people each year. The School serves 3,000 students annually, from toddlers to senior citizens, who study music, dance and theater in the School’s facility, the 45,000 square foot Goodman House. In addition to the School, the Center operates Merkin Concert Hall, home to approximately 250 concerts each season; and the Special Music School - a unique public school for musically-gifted children.

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