One-stop resource for all things high school admissions, entrance, and scholarship preparation and information for your sixth or seventh grader. John Zaborskis will help answer any of your high school admissions questions and help you navigate the confusing process; I’ve helped students earn over $7 million in scholarships since 2014.
John came very well reccomended. His process included evaluation, tutoring and re- evaluation which enabled us to really understand my daughter's strenghths, weaknesses and progress as she prepared for high school exams. John made sure my daughter was paired with study groups that were a good fit for what she needed to focus on academically. She was challanged, motivated, and had fun with John and her peers while learning. By exam time she was well prepared and very confident . The fruits her and John's efforts were realized this week with acceptances to all 3 TACHs choices, including a full scholarship to St. Joseph Hill Academy and partial scholarship to Xaverian. Congrats to both and thank you to John. Look forward to working with John again as my next middle schooler looking towards high school.Jim A1/19/2019
I was looking for a tutor specifically for the HSPT and came across John's website. It was the best decision I made. Not only did my son get into Regis High School, but he got other scholarships as well. He worked with the kids, kept us updated and answered any questions we had. My son gained confidence in his ability to tackle these tests and for that I am grateful. Looking forward to working with John again for my other children. Thank you so much!- Marie - Jan 2017Marie Allen2/02/2017
John is a great tutor!!! He worked with my son on passing the SHSAT test and definitely prepared him for it. My son really enjoyed his hourly sessions with John each week. I can proudly say my son scored 596 on the test and made his first choice, SI Tech. Thank you John for all your hard work and experience throughout this process. I definitely recommend your tutoring services and look forward to working with you again for my daughter.Tara Lombardo3/07/2018
John came highly recommended to me and did a great job preparing my son for the TACHS and scholarship tests he has taken. My son received full scholarships to both Xaverian and St Peters. He also received scholarship money towards Xavier and Staten Island Academy. I already have and will continue to recommend John to others.Ms. Franzreb2/13/2018
My son worked with John last year for the 2018, HSPT, Tach, and scholarship exams. He was a semi finalist for Regis, and was offered scholarships to both Xavier and xaverian. John is an amazing tutor and prepares the kids for everything!! Thank you!!Tara Muir3/07/2019
John helped prepare my son for high school entrance exams. He was knowledgeable about the material on the tests and strategies for taking the exams. My son was accepted to Regis and Staten Island Tech. He also received scholarships to Xaverian, Xavier, and St.Peter's High School. I would definitely recommend John.Susan Jaenicke3/08/2017
I was looking for a tutor for my son and John came highly recommended. He also has excellent tutors that work for him as well. Tim Hadad and Avril Saavedra were wonderful. They were extremely knowledgeable of the material on the exams and of specific testing strategies to incorporate . For 12 months they prepared my son for SHSAT, TACHS, and Regents. My son received two full scholarships to Monsignor Farrell HS and St. Peter’s HS and passed the Algebra and Living Environment Regents with flying colors. I am looking forward to working with John and his staff with my younger son. Thank you very much!Tara Sessa-Hynes11/30/2017
Michael D'Ambrose was an excellent tutor for preparation for the high school testing. Michael worked with my son for 12 months on a weekly basis to prepare for the SHSAT, HSPT and SSAT. Michael was always prompt and often went over the hour time slot. Since the SHSAT covers math that 7th graders haven't learned yet, Michael was instrumental in getting Evan up to speed. As a PhD candidate in chemical engineering, Michael really understands the subject and had excellent success teaching algebra to him. We ended the process with 3 great high school options: Brooklyn Technical High School, Xavier High School Ignatius Scholars Program, and 2 NYC private, independent day schools. We are very pleased with the results and thank John and his team for all of their support, communication and guidance along the way.Cynthia LaCaprucia Taylor3/28/2017
John's tutoring is exceptional and I would highly recommend him! My son scored very well on his TACHS test after receiving weekly tutoring from John. He was very well prepared for the test. Additionally, he actually enjoyed going to his weekly tutoring sessions because John made it enjoyable for them while teaching. Thank you John! Great job!Amy Perrotta2/25/2020
John was my tutor for both the TACHs Test and the SATs. I received half-to-full scholarships to every high school I applied to. After a successful highs school career I reunited with John to prepare for the SATs. The results were outstanding! I received the presidential scholarship to every private school I applied to ranging from $80-$100,000. I was accepted into, and chose to attend, the Macaulay Honors Program at College of Staten Island, CUNY on a full academic scholarship. I was tutored in group settings and can attest that John has a way with connecting to each student individually to ensure that everyone reaches their potential. For my family and I John was worth every penny as he’s saved us tens of thousands of dollars over the years. John Z tutoring is the real deal.John Hoey4/28/2020
Very happy with my son’s tutoring experience with John. It is because of John’s knowledge, expertise and ability to instruct students for examinations that truly prepared my son for the difficult entrance examinations. My son was accepted into the best Catholic high school as well as receiving scholarships to other schools he applied to.Ann2/29/2020
John is an excellent tutor who really motivates his students, and keeps them focused on their own personal goals. He’s an excellent teacher. I would highly recommend him.Dororhy Bligh4/02/2020
John is an extraordinary tutor. He tutored both of my sons. We had tried other tutors but John stood out from the pack! My sons even liked him! Thry both did really well and I am very grateful to John! Could not recommend a better tutor! He tutored one for a high school entrance exam and one for college ACTs...Jack Doyle4/20/2018
I cannot say enough good about John. He will challenge your child more than they likely have been been but he does it in a way his students will rise to that challenge. My child made honors on all three of her choices and received full scholarships to both Hill and Sea, thanks to John's preparation strategy.Dave Clark1/17/2020
This is excellent HSPT tutoring well worth the investment. Starting in the summer, we worked with Julian Rhine on John's team a couple of times a week via FaceTime/Skype. Through that and diligence completing more than 10 full practice tests, my son did well enough to get a full scholarship to Regis High School, as well as a full scholarship offer to St. Peter's Prep in JC, and scholarships to Seton Hall Prep and Oratory Prep. A total of more than $250k in scholarship money. THANK YOU for teaching him the skills needed to ace the test and to walk in with confidence. Julian was tremendous and John was a great resource to us as well. You'll be our first call in a few short years when it's time to start thinking about the SAT....Couldn't recommend more enthusiastically!Michele Baer2/16/2018
John is excellent and his hard work guiding my daughter thru TACHs and HSPT earned her several scholarships and high scores. John and his team are easy to work with and what he gives to his students will show in their scores. He prepares them and gives them confidence and gives detailed reports on his testing. He is excellent and worth it!Nicole Digerolamo1/22/2020
High School Admissions Practice Exams
First, practice tests are given periodically to help identify strengths/weakness, group similar students with similar goals together, and compare to future practice tests.
- Test Admission Catholic High School (TACHS)
- Specialized SHSAT and Regis (HSPT) Test Prep
- ISEE and SSAT require similar prep but have unique tests.
Prepare with Weekly One-on-One or Group Lessons
Our goal is to improve in your student’s weak areas in individual or group lessons and make it fun and painless. John aims to consolidate knowledge they have seen in school, but may have forgotten after the test. John’s goal is to help students learn the material so well that they never forget it. Then, they can easily pull it up for a test and later apply it to their lives. Lessons start many months or years before the exams for optimal results. Lessons are typically once per week. We have weekly homework to reinforce what they learn in session and in school.
High School Information & How to Rank Choices
If you’re not sure what high school is best for your student, we can suggest which would be the best fit, which they can get into, and which tests they should likely take. We have troves of data from previous students and their practice tests to help determine if they are on the right path.
Additionally, you can review research we’ve updated on each school like:
- Regis High School Admissions Profile
- Xavier High School Admissions Profile
- Marymount Admissions Profile
- Convent of the Sacred Heart Admissions Profile
- Xaverian High School Admissions Profile
- Fontbonne Hall Admissions Profile
- The Mary Louis Academy Admissions Profile
- St. Joseph Hill Academy Admissions Profile
- Monsignor Farrell High School Admissions Profile
We can also provide information with school ranking when applying. For the TACHS, each school gives scholarships/admissions based on how you rank them. It is easier to earn a scholarship or entrance to most schools if you rank them higher. There is a delicate balance that needs to be applied to achieve maximum results.
High School Admissions Applications
We will make sure you write your best application you can. We will not write the application for you.
These applications often have essays. Some of the scholarship exams like Notre Dame Academy require an in person essay. We will not write anything for you but we can tell you how we think it can improve and if it is adequate for your abilities and your goals. This will help the student write better essays in the future. We have some excellent writers who also work as writers or editors.
High School Entrance Interview Prep
Interview preparation for schools like Regis, Marymount, Sacred Heart, and Mary Louis Academy. Only some schools require interviews for admissions. Signup for a mock Regis interview or other high school interview here.
High School Entrance Choice
After you’ve opened up all of the doors, it’s time to choose one. A lot can change between when you are preparing and when you choose. Our tutors can offer our opinion on what we think might be the best fit.
- 2016 Results – $430,000 in high school admissions scholarships – 2 students passed the Regis exam
- 2017 Results – $1.4 million in high school admissions scholarships – 5 students passed the Regis exam
- 2018 Results – $1.4 million in high school admissions scholarships – 4 students passed the Regis exam
- 2019 Results – $1.3 million in high school admissions scholarships – 4 students passed the Regis exam
- 2020 Results – $1.7 million in high school admissions scholarships – 3 students passed the Regis exam
- 2021 Results coming soon: 10 out of 13 students passed the Regis exam!