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  • Parent survey extended: Does your school offer sex ed?

    Written by Insideschools staff
    by Women's Club of New York As a parent of a student in a NYC public school, are you curious about what sex education—if any—your child is being taught? Did you know that 44.5 percent of New York's male high school students and 39.6 percent of female students are sexually active—but a third of sexually active boys report that they do not use condoms? Nearly 80 percent of sexually active girls say they do not…
  • High School Hustle: Teens, test prep and nature

    Written by Liz Willen
    As our group of New York City public school teenagers lined up at the foot of a southern Catskill Forest, the guide for the trip I was chaperoning had a question. “How many of you have never been on a hike before?’’ he shouted. At least nine hands shot up. One student asked if Central Park counted. I laced my hiking boots in disbelief, glancing down at the footwear my son’s high school classmates sported.…
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  • Change, scrap the SHSAT? Solutions hard to come by

    Written by Gail Robinson
    Should the city's specialized high schools reserve some spots for top 8th-graders in every city middle school, regardless of the child's score on the specialized high school admissions test (SHSAT)? A recent report cited that as the change most likely to increase the number of black and Hispanic students at the schools but panelists at a forum Friday disagreed over whether the city should take that step. The panelists also differed over whether an exam should continue…
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  • College Counselor: Look beyond the "popular" northeast schools

    Written by Dr. Jane S. Gabin
    Q: I am a junior and all I hear about is how impossible it is to get into popular colleges. A lot of my friends who are seniors did not get accepted to their first-choice colleges and are going to have to attend other schools. This has made me very nervous about what's going to happen to me next year. What do you suggest? A: As I am sure you have heard, part of the…
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  • Zoned kindergartners waitlisted at 51 schools

    Written by DNAinfo
    By Amy Zimmer, DNAInfo.com  The number of schools with kindergarten waitlists dropped by nearly 25 percent this year — but the overall number of students stuck on those lists at their zoned schools remained nearly the same, according to Department of Education figures released Tuesday. There were 1,239 students placed on waitlists at 51 schools they were zoned for compared to 1,242 students placed on waitlists for 63 schools last year, DOE figures show. It's…
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  • Kindergarten admissions: 72% get 1st choice

    Written by Aimee Sabo
    The Department of Education is churning out the offers. Last Monday, families began receiving their G&T results, and a week later, kindergarten acceptances are in. This year, 67,907 students applied to kindergarten before the Feb. 13 deadline and more than 72 percent received their first choice, compared to 71 percent last year, according to the DOE. Another 12 percent received one of their top three choices. Families applied to up to 20 schools using an…
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How to apply to elementary school

  • Getting started

    Your child is entitled to attend kindergarten the year he or she turns five. (If your child has his birthday in late September, October, November or December, he may begin school in September when he is still four.) For information on how to enroll, see… Read more and watch video
  • What to look for in a school

    You will certainly want to check out your neighborhood school before you enroll your child. You may also want to tour other schools that your child may be eligible to attend. On your visits, consider the following: Close to home or far away? Little kids… Read more and watch video