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  • School registration centers for new students open September 1 - 18

    Written by Lydie Raschka
    Students who are new to New York City public schools or who are re-entering city schools after a time away, can enroll in school at temporary registration centers set up across the city beginning on September 1. The centers are open Monday-Friday, 8 am to 3 pm through Sept. 18, with the exception of Sept. 7, Labor Day, and September 14-15 for Rosh Hashanah. Family Welcome Centers will be closed until September 21. All high…
  • Harlem parents blast District 5 superintendent

    Written by Clara Hemphill
    For years, central Harlem's public schools have been among the worst in the city—and parents have felt powerless to do anything about it. Now, activist parents in District 5 are organizing to demand change. Community Education Council meetings in District 5—once sleepy, sparsely attended events—have become a forum for parents' anger over the state of their schools. "Parents realize that they have a voice," said Rashidah White, a District 5 parent and former president of CEC…
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  • 2015 test scores released; parents can find them online

    Written by Pamela Wheaton
    New York City students performed slightly better on state standardized tests in 2015 than they did in 2014, but about two-thirds of test-takers in grades 3–8 still failed to meet state standards on either the ELA (English language arts) or math tests, according to figures released by the state education department today. The so-called "opt-out" movement gained momentum this year with nearly 2 percent of eligible New York City students refusing to take the tests, the…
  • Last-minute pre-k search? See best bets in Brooklyn

    Written by Lydie Raschka
    As September looms and school waitlists clear (or don't), many Brooklyn families with rising pre-kindergartners approach a time of reckoning. Maybe you’ve been holding out for a popular neighborhood program but the waitlist hasn’t budged, maybe you just moved to a new area, or maybe something about the program your child was assigned to doesn’t feel quite right. Have hope, Brooklynites: Established programs have expanded in the borough, while many religious schools, child care centers…
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  • Still looking for pre-k? Here are our picks

    Written by Lydie Raschka
    There are still pre-kindergarten seats available for the fall—not just in public schools but also in religious schools, child care centers and community organizations. Some of the most popular programs are seriously oversubscribed, and there is a shortage of seats in some neighborhoods (such as the Upper West Side and Bayside, Queens.) Still, it doesn't hurt to put your name on a waitlist at a popular program while you check out others. Families who applied…
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  • HS Hustle: What do students actually read? Not "The Great Gatsby"!

    Written by Liz Willen
    The writer F. Scott Fitzgerald made his way to our dinner table earlier this summer, during a casual chat about the most essential books to read before entering college. We had plenty of recent New York City public high school graduates ticking off their suggestions.Among them: Bronte's Jane Eyre, Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Orwell's 1984, Huxley's Brave New World, Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, Hemingway's The Sun…
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How to apply to middle school

  • What to look for on a school tour.

    Most schools offer tours in the fall. Some districts offer middle school choice fairs in the evening or on a weekend where you can meet the principals and students of a number of schools. Here’s what to look for: Quality of teaching Try to look… Read more and watch video
  • Zoned schools and middle school choice

    In some of the city’s 32 school districts, children are assigned to a middle school according to their home address. In others, children must apply to middle school (although they are guaranteed a seat somewhere in the district.) To find out whether your child has… Read more and watch video