New York, NY – Last month, Stuyvesant High School invited Bengali families from Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan for a free parent workshop. Parents of current Stuyvesant students gathered to discuss maximizing the high school experience and planning for college. The workshop was hosted by Dina Ingram, Director of Family Engagement, Jennifer Suri, Assistant Principal, Eric Contreras, Principal of Stuyvesant, and Dr. Ivan Khan, CEO, and President of Khan’s Tutorial. It included discussions about what students should currently be focusing on in school. Some examples of this were figuring out electives, financial aid, accessing grades, picking classes, and navigating through student portals like Naviance.
A large part of the workshop taught parents that High School is a time to explore. Parents should encourage their children to have open discussions about what their child’s strong subjects are and if it could be a potential route for them in the future. It was advised that parents should let students pick classes independently with parent support, pointing out essential places where they can get advice and guidance such as current Stuyvesant students, student leaders, KT Instructors/Leaders, and Stuyvesant High School guidance counselors. “It was a pleasure for our team to be with our students’ families in their home community in Queens for a workshop and we are grateful to Dr. Ivan Khan and the team at Khan’s Tutorial for their hospitality and partnership in supporting families. We are looking forward to traveling to other communities in the Spring!” said Dina Ingram, Director of Family Engagement at Stuyvesant High School.
“Our entire Bangladeshi and South Asian community is eternally grateful to the Principal, Assistant Principal, and the leaders of Stuyvesant High School. Right now Stuyvesant High School is working hard to increase the involvement of parents through high school events. During the workshop, Stuy leaders spoke about the importance of GPA, SAT, and more importantly a good healthy lifestyle that includes sleep, positive communication with parents and school-life balance. We are especially proud of the Khan’s Tutorial Instructors and graduates of Stuyvesant High School that helped lead the event at Khan’s Tutorial Jackson Heights. We look forward to greater participation for all high schoolers at Khan’s Tutorial” said CEO & President of Khan’s Tutorial Dr. Ivan Khan. “The efforts of the Stuyvesant High School administration to reach out to and speak to the families of the Bangladeshi and South Asian communities are very much appreciated. As an alumnus of Stuyvesant, I know that there are many resources to take advantage of that sometimes aren’t and increasing parent awareness through workshops like these can help both students and parents navigate a successful four years of high school. Thank you to all the student leaders and the administration for taking the time to speak to the families. Looking forward to participating in more events like this in the future,” said Raiyan Nafee, KT SHSAT Program Director.
With 10 locations in the outer boroughs of New York City, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and in the Jackson Heights, Jamaica, Astoria, Ozone Park, and Floral Park neighborhoods of Queens, Khan’s Tutorial primarily serves in assisting families in low-income, new immigrant neighborhoods. Since 1994, Khan’s Tutorial has helped 3,383 students receive offers to New York City’s Specialized High Schools.