November 2022 | Vol. 43

Beyond the Park Bench

SCK was founded in 2001 by Roxana Reid with the goal of guiding families and students to self-actualize through accessing just-right educational fit. We are a proud black-owned business.

“You are born into your family and your family is born into you. No returns. No exchanges.” 

-Elizabeth Berg
Our families shape our identities and narratives from birth to adulthood. The way family members relate to one another and operate together as a social group shapes our self-esteem, socialization, and cultural identity. We take a moment, as we gather, to celebrate all definitions of family as the foundation of community.
Family Stories - How They Root Us to One Another and Build Connection
In her article, Collective Stories in Families Teach Us About Ourselves, Dr. Robyn Fivush explores how parents and their adolescent children learn about each other and themselves by sharing personal stories – something we can all do so easily!  
Buzz on the Quad
More Than 80% Of Four-Year Colleges Won't Require...

As the college application process picks up steam for the upcoming academic year, a new survey shows that more than 80% of U.S. bachelor-degree granting institutions will not require students seeking fall 2023 admission to submit either ACT or...

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Are the U.S. News College Rankings Finally Going to Die?

In Colin Diver's New York Times guest article, Diver delves into why he believes that the U.S. News College Rankings is finally making its exit out of the nation's headlines. Click here to read more!
Tutor Highlight!

Smart City Tutors provides families with quality instruction from experienced tutors. Our tutors specialize in a range of subjects, as well as offering general academic support, executive functioning guidance, and test preparation.

This month we are highlighting Alex Appel. Alex is a native New Yorker whose background in math and music brings the perfect combination of left and right brain to math tutoring. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in Music with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Miami, and a master’s degree in Music from NYU.
He has taught in public schools in the New York area, working with students from elementary school through high school. He also tutors upper-level math, helping high school and college students understand homework assignments and prepare for tests. Alex is passionate about not only helping students succeed, but in helping them enjoy the learning process along the way. 

To learn more about Alex or any of our tutors, please visit, and complete an inquiry form to get started. We look forward to hearing from you!
Family Stories that Really Matter

As David Isay, founder of StoryCorps, says, “The power of authentic stories, of stories told from the heart…the power to build bridges between people, bridges of understanding, is infinite.”

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