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  • Pre-k picks: Manhattan & the Bronx

    Written by Lydie Raschka
    It's gone from famine to feast in recent years: Parents once faced with too few pre-k options may now wade through a world of choices. Let us help you narrow the list with some promising new programs and schools we can recommend in every borough. Note: If a great program is hopelessly oversubscribed we didn't include it here. Applications for pre-kindergarten for children born in 2013 are due Feb. 24. (Charter schools have separate applications.…
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  • Pre-k picks: Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island

    Written by Lydie Raschka
    Got a 4-year-old? Now's the time to apply to pre-kindergarten. We've compiled a list of best bets, based on our visits and intel on schools most likely to have space. Before reading on, see more details about the process on our post, Pre-k picks: Manhattan & the Bronx BROOKLYN Fort Greene, Bedford-Stuyvesant and Vinegar HillIn District 13, in the heart of Bedford-Stuyvesant, PS 3, a school noted for its dedication to the arts, has five…
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  • Suit up for summer programs this winter

    Winter is the perfect time to think about summer activities for children. In fact, deadlines are coming quickly for many of the city's free programs. Summer is a great time for children to explore a new challenge or continue to sharpen their areas of strength. Not sure how to find the right program? InsideSchools offers a guide of more than 100 free and low cost, summer and year-round programs for children. Here are a few…
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  • Explore your public school options: 2 events with Clara Hemphill

    Written by Insideschools staff
    Learn about your public school options from Clara Hemphill, InsideSchools founder. She is offering two free workshops in Manhattan next week and presenting her new book, NYC's Best Public Pre-K and Elementary Schools. Come to the Upper West Side on Monday, Feb. 6, at 6 pm for the workshop at Rutgers Community Programs at 236 W. 73rd Street. Sign up here.Or, come to the Word Up Community Bookshop/Libreria Comunitaria, 2113 Amsterdam Ave. in Washington Heights, Thursday, Feb.…
  • College Counselor: Failing grades, do I have a shot at college?

    Written by Dr. Jane S. Gabin
    Q:  I am a high school junior, and recently failed 4 out of 7 classes I am taking. Last year, as a sophomore, I also failed English. But I got a 1270 on the PSAT, so I'm in the 90th percentile there. I wonder, conceivably, if I turn my act around, will I have a chance to get into a state school with around an 80 percent acceptance rate? A:  Short answer:  I don't know!…
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  • Child turning 4? Apply to pre-k now!

    Written by Insideschools staff
    Stay focused, parents of kids born in 2013—the pre-kindergarten application season is in full swing. You may apply between now and 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, join us at our free event on Monday, February 6, at 6 pm, at Rutgers Community Programs, 236 W. 73rd Street. Sign up here. Our new book, New York City's Best Public…
 

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