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  • College Counselor: No need to submit scores early

    Written by Dr. Jane S. Gabin
    Q: Do you recommend that we send colleges our child's first round of ACT scores? Of course, we don't know how he did, but he seemed to feel confident about it. In addition, his practice test scores had him scoring at the 98th percentile. A: You do not say if your child is a high school junior—I will assume that. I do not think it is healthy to start studying for, or taking, the standardized…
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  • G&T results: Four new programs start in 3rd grade in Bronx, Brooklyn

    Written by Pamela Wheaton
    All 31 city school districts will offer gifted and talented (G&T) elementary school programs next fall—although in districts 7, 12, 16 and 23, G&T will begin in 3rd grade, not kindergarten. In response to the clamor around the city for more programs in poor and primarily Black and Latino neighborhoods, the Department of Education (DOE) announced today that it will open the 3rd grade G&T classes in the South Bronx and Central Brooklyn, areas which have not…
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  • College Counselor: I'm waitlisted! What are my chances?

    Written by Dr. Jane S. Gabin
    Q: I was waitlisted at my top school (Cornell), as well as two other schools (UPenn and Dartmouth). Realistically, what are my chances of getting into Cornell from their waitlist? My major is biomedical engineering (with a minor in animal science) and I am female. I got into my "targets" and "safeties" but none of them offer biomedical engineering AND animal science, and quite frankly, I just don't like them. A: Being on a waitlist…
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  • Insideschools helped Ruby become the teacher she wanted to be

    Written by Lydie Raschka
    Eight years ago, as a brand-new bilingual special education teacher, Ruby had some clear ideas about the kind of school that would match her skills—and her passion for her students. "I wanted a small English-and-Spanish dual language school with a positive culture," she said. Using Insideschools profiles and our parent comments on schools, she found the right fit: PS/IS 89 in Cypress Hills. Now she spreads the word to new teachers and urges them to…
  • Can “controlled choice” help integrate NYC schools?

    Written by Clara Hemphill
    There's been a lot of talk on the Upper West Side about "controlled choice" as a way to ease racial and economic segregation in the elementary schools. The idea, proposed by a group called District 3 Task Force for Education Equity, is to get rid of school attendance zones and assign children to schools according to a formula that takes into account parent preferences as well as family income.The benefit is this: everyone, regardless of…
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  • College Counselor: Should I take the new SAT or ACT?

    Written by Dr. Jane S. Gabin
    Q: I am in 10th grade and starting to think about preparing for college admission. This year, some of my friends took the new SAT. But at this point I don’t know if I should prepare for the SAT or take the ACT. Which would look better for college? A: To colleges, the SAT and the ACT “look” the same. Admissions offices do not care which test you take. It doesn’t matter. You should take…
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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