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by Pamela Wheaton Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:28
There's still one month left of school, but it's already time for 7th-graders to be thinking about applying to high school. This week the Department of Education announced key dates for rising 8th-graders including its annual series of July high school admissions information sessions. The 2017 high school directory is online, and paper copies will be available for every 7th-grader and at Family Welcome Centers in June. In addition to the 600-page book that lists every city high school, there are now individual directories for each borough. Students may see at a glance the different kinds of programs in each borough and what the particular challenges are for students applying.  In another change, the directory now makes it easier to understand the odds of acceptance to a school whether yo…
by Pamela Wheaton Friday, 06 May 2016 10:59
Pre-kindergarten offer letters went out earlier this month to nearly 68,000 city children born in 2012, and 85 percent got an offer to one of their top three choices; 71 percent to their first choice. Those who didn't get a seat at one of the schools they listed on their application were assigned to…
by Clara Hemphill Wednesday, 04 May 2016 11:53
As a biology teacher at a high-poverty high school in Los Angeles, Taylor Wichmanowski was impressed that his Korean-speaking students—including those newly arrived in the United States—seemed to do so much better academically than most of their classmates. He knew that South Korea not only had the…
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