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  • Child turning 4? Get ready to apply to pre-k!

    Written by Insideschools staff
    Stay focused, parents of kids born in 2013—the pre-kindergarten application season will be in full swing around the time of the U.S. presidential inauguration. For most families, this means scheduling tours, pouring through InsideSchools reviews and playing with up to 12 rankings like a fantasy football fanatic. The application window is between January 17−February 24. All applications are considered equally no matter when they are submitted, so there's no benefit in rushing it.For in-person help,…
  • Got a 4- or 5-year-old? Come to our InsideSchools event!

    Written by Lydie Raschka
    Happy 2017 parents of 4 and 5 year-olds! It's time to apply to school. Kindergarten applications for children turning 5-years-old this year are due on Friday, Jan. 13. Pre-kindergarten applications for fall 2017 are due by Feb. 24. Let us help you get informed and ready. Sign up for our free Jan. 11 workshop here. Join Clara Hemphill and the staff of InsideSchools as we release our new book, New York City's Best Public Pre-K…
  • College Counselor: Choosing between public & private

    Written by Dr. Jane S. Gabin
    Q: I have gotten accepted into two universities that I like: one is a prestigious private university, the other a prestigious state university. Both are highly ranked but the private university has the advantage in rankings. On the flip side, it is much more expensive and I can't gauge which one has a better science program. I'm torn as to which university I should choose. A college visit is off the table so I don't…
  • Child born in 2012? Apply to kindergarten now!

    Written by Clara Hemphill
    If you have a child who will turn five in 2017, now is the time to apply to kindergarten for the school year starting in September. Your child is guaranteed a seat regardless of when you enroll, but you'll have the best chance of getting into a school of your choice if you apply by Jan. 13. If you want to learn more about your options, come to our kindergarten workshop Jan. 11, or buy…
  • Top ten reasons to love InsideSchools

    Written by Insideschools staff
    Here’s why you should support InsideSchools with an online gift today: 1. We visit schools in the snow and rain.
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  • New book on NYC's best elementary schools out Dec. 13

    Written by Insideschools staff
    For nearly two decades, parents have looked to Clara Hemphill to help them find a good public school for their child. This Fourth Edition of "New York City's Best Public Pre-K and Elementary Schools A Parents' Guide" features all-new reviews of more than 150 of the city's best public elementary schools, based on visits and in-depth interviews by Hemphill and the InsideSchools staff. This essential guide uncovers the "inside scoop" on schools (the condition of the building,…

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