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  • New peak enrollment centers open Aug. 27 - Sept. 12

    Written by Pamela Wheaton
    Students who are new to New York City public schools or who are re-entering city schools after a time away, may register at special temporary enrollment centers beginning on Aug. 27 in all boroughs. The centers are open Monday-Friday, 8 am to 3 pm through Sept. 12, with the exception of Sept. 1, Labor Day. Regular enrollment centers will be closed from Aug. 22 to Sept. 15. All high school students should go to the…
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  • Free lunch for grades 6-8, but you must fill out forms

    Written by Chalkbeat
    Originally posted on Chalkbeat by Patrick Wall on August 20, 2014 Every year, teachers must cajole students into submitting family-income forms, which entitles needy students to subsidized lunches and many schools to federal funds. This fall, that annual rite could become much harder for some schools. Because the city will for the first time offer free lunch to all middle-school students, the children will receive meals regardless of whether they turn in the forms—but schools…
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  • Pre-k expansion may suck life out of EarlyLearn

    Written by Abigail Kramer
    It's crunch time for pre-kindergarten. In just a couple of weeks, the city will open 2,000 new, full-day classrooms in schools and community centers across the five boroughs. If the city gets it right, the pre-k expansion could set a national standard for universal, high-quality instruction for 4-year-olds. Unfortunately, it could also be the cause of death for programs serving those 4-year-olds' younger siblings.Though it has stood alone in the political spotlight this year, universal pre-k…
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  • De Blasio sees city on path to higher test scores

    Written by Gail Robinson
    Bill de Blasio had been mayor for less than four months when the city's elementary and middle school students took standardized tests this past April. And, according to numbers released on Thursday, more than 68 percent of students who took the tests this year failed to meet state standards in English; 64 percent fell short in math. Still, the scores are somewhat higher than they were when de Blasio's predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, announced test results…
  • Scores on state tests inch up slightly; 29% pass ELA exam

    Written by Gail Robinson
    New York City students did slightly better on state standardized test this spring than they did in 2013, but about two-thirds of test-takers in grades 3–8 still failed to meet state standards on either the English language arts (ELA) or math tests, according to figures released by the state education department today. In New York City, 34.5 percent of students met or exceeded state standards as measured by the math test, up from 30.1 percent…
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  • Newcomers sign up for summer SHSAT, audition by Aug. 19

    Written by Pamela Wheaton
    Newcomers to New York City, who are entering 9th or 10th grade in September, must register by Tuesday, August 19, if they want to take the summer exam for admission to one of the selective specialized high schools, or to audition for the arts school, LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts. Families may register and pick up an admissions ticket for the test and audition at any Department of Education Enrollment Office.…
 

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