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  • Still looking for a pre-k? Check out our mobile site

    Written by Lydie Raschka
    Still looking for a pre-k spot as the July 10 Round 2 deadline looms? Try our new mobile pre-kindergarten search on your phone or mobile device! Many public schools, pre-k centers and early education centers still have room for this year's crop of 4-year-olds.  Visit Insideschools.org on your phone and you'll be prompted to visit the mobile site for pre-kindergarten. Type in your address and up pops your zoned school and whether it offers pre-k. You'll…
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  • Gear up for high school admissions at July workshops

    Written by Pamela Wheaton
    If you've just finished 7th grade, it's time to be thinking about high school! In addition to a summer reading list for 8th grade, you've got another hefty tome to read over the summer: the 2016 high school directory. At 650 pages, this year's directory, is bigger than ever. It's also online.Take the time to look through the opening pages which detail the timeline, different admissions methods, types of high schools and factors to consider…
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  • College Counselor: Do colleges care about portfolios? Personal websites?

    Written by Dr. Jane S. Gabin
    Q: I am a sophomore in high school. When it's time for me to apply to colleges, would it be important to list if I had a website? Is that something that could help my application? Also I enjoy writing short stories in my free time. What can I do to show the colleges my writing, if I do not have a portfolio?A: You are asking two excellent questions. Let's start with the second: you…
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  • High School Hustle: Why middle school matters

    Written by Liz Willen
    At one particularly awful moment during my older son's awkward second year in middle school, the principal turned to me as I sat in her office:"No one goes through middle school unscathed," she said, with empathy. I tried to laugh, appreciating her sensitivity, but it didn't seem at all funny. In the space of a few months, my formerly angelic child had lost all of his so-called "friends," struck his gym teacher in the head…
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  • Policy brief: How teachers conquered math anxiety

    Written by Laura Zingmond
    It takes a lot of skill and commitment to be an elementary school teacher. Many who enter the profession love to read, are interested in social studies, civics and art and are adept at managing a room full of small children who are learning and growing at different speeds. Unfortunately there’s something else many early childhood teachers have in common: math anxiety. According to one study, elementary education majors, who are overwhelmingly female, have the…
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  • Pre-k, Round 2: Apply by July 10

    Written by Aimee Sabo
    Everyone deserves a second chance. If you're not happy with your child's Round 1 pre-k placement, take heart: Round 2 of pre-k admissions is officially open, now through July 10, offering families dozens of new programs to choose from. Even if you already received a pre-k offer, you can take advantage of Round 2 of the pre-k enrollment process. Round 2 is comprised mainly of new programs that were not listed in Round 1, as…
 

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