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  • Our 15 favorite elementary schools for math and science

    Written by Lydie Raschka
    Which elementary schools offer a great education in math and science? We scoured the city for schools that give ordinary kids an extraordinary education—zoned neighborhood schools, not gifted programs or schools with a special application process. We picked schools that are willing to open their doors and share their knowledge—in the hopes that these might serve as models for others. We chose schools with good test scores, but we avoided ones with too much test…
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  • Going to the high school fair? Here's our advice

    Written by Pamela Wheaton
    This weekend, Sept. 20 and 21, is the Department of Education's gigantic citywide high school fair from 10 am to 3 pm at Brooklyn Technical High School. Prepare for a hectic day, where you will meet teachers, students and administrators and find out about their schools. You can attend information sessions several times during the day, led by staff from the Education Department's enrollment office. This will be helpful especially if you're a newbie to…
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  • Event: High school choice—busting the myths

    Written by Insideschools staff
    On Tuesday, September 23 Insideschools and the Center for NYC Affairs at The New School will co-host an event: High School Choice: Busting the Myths. Clara Hemphill, Insideschools staff and a panel of experts will discuss common mistakes that students and parents make when applying to high school and provide tips on how to make better choices. The panel will include: Sandy Ferguson, Department of Education Deputy CEO for High School and Middle School Enrollment…
  • High school hustle: No such thing as one stop shopping in NYC schools

    Written by Liz Willen
    After all the hype and hustle of searching for and getting into a New York City public high school, it can be disheartening to find out that for some kids and parents the search continues. Not the search for another high school, although there are some who brave the arduous process again and transfer. I’m talking about the search to supplement what is often missing in even some of the most coveted high schools—from advanced…
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  • Mayor hints of changes to specialized high school admissions

    Written by Gail Robinson
    (Note: Post updated on Sept. 17, 2014) Mayor Bill de Blasio has hinted that his administration will change the admissions procedures sometime in the future—not this year—at the five specialized high schools established during the Bloomberg administration, which are not governed by state law: Brooklyn Latin; High School of American Studies at Lehman College; High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College; Queens High School for the Sciences at York College; and Staten…
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  • Our picks: pre-kindergarten classes that may still have room

    Written by Lydie Raschka
    There's been a rush to sign up for pre-kindergarten in the past few days. Yet, under Mayor DeBlasio's huge pre-k expansion effort there are still some good options among a variety of pre-k choices—regular public schools, charter schools and programs housed in community organizations. (These organizations, such as churches, temples, libraries and YMCAs are called Community Based Early Childhood Centers.) And, even at this late stage, the Department of Education is adding new seats. For…
 

How to apply to high school

  • Getting started

    New York City is blessed and cursed by the most extensive system of school choice in the country. Everyone must apply to high school. Choose carefully. Once you enroll, it’s really hard to transfer. The yearlong application process begins at the end of 7th grade,… Read more and watch video
  • Weighing your options: close or far?

    The first thing to consider is whether you want a school close to home or far away. Tip: check out the commute before you apply. Imagine what it will be like on a dark, snowy day in February. Some students happily travel halfway across the… Read more and watch video