What to look for in a school

News and views on special ed

  • New report: Five steps to integrate schools

    Written by Insideschools staff
    The City can do much more to foster economic integration of elementary schools than the small scale efforts it has made to date. That's the conclusion of our new report, Five Steps to Integrated Schools, based on our visits to 150 schools across the city over the past two years. Mayor Bill de Blasio has suggested that school segregation is intractable because it is largely a result of housing patterns, that is, that schools are…
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  • To give you help we need help ourselves!

    Written by Insideschools staff
    Middle school and high school applications are due on Dec. 1! Have we helped you in your search? It's a tough task – and a rewarding one.You trust us; you turn to us for help.This #GivingTuesday we're turning to you! InsideSchools is a tiny non-profit group.We can't provide the free services that you count on without your help.Please consider giving us a vote of your confidence with a tax-deductible contribution this year. Donate now!
  • College Counselor: What if a student has dropped out?

    Written by Dr. Jane S. Gabin
    Q: This is a pretty sticky situation. I dropped out of high school to homeschool myself without credit some time ago, using online high school and college-level courses and books, and I've had nobody to help me with college applications or getting into programs. I'm very interested in physics and want to go to a major state university. Is going to community college for a year or two and working really hard there actually a…
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  • Event: How to make our schools more integrated

    Written by Insideschools staff
    The Center for New York City Affairs and InsideSchools present a Nov. 30 panel discussion based on an upcoming report: "How to Make Our Schools More Integrated."We will present our findings and recommendations for better socio-economic integration of the city's public elementary schools, with a particular focus on neighborhoods where integration is possible without busing—that is, economically integrated neighborhoods where the schools are segregated.
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  • College Counselor: Missed early deadline? Don't worry

    Written by Dr. Jane S. Gabin
    Q: I didn’t apply to any school by the November 1, early action deadline. Guess I’ve blown it, right? A: No. True, many students apply to college under Early Action or Early Decision. But MOST students apply to MOST schools later. On the one hand, you have missed the advantages of Early Action—where you get an early admissions decision without the obligation to enroll—but on the other you have also avoided the frenzy Early Decision…
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  • HS admissions: Tips for completing your application

    Written by Laura Zingmond
    Have you finalized your your list for the high school application yet? The Dec. 1 deadline is almost here. If you still are undecided about where to apply, or how to rank your 12 choices, we've got last minute tips for you.  First, read our latest high school admissions guide, which includes tips for completing the application and advice for 8th-graders. Then, make sure to read our school profiles and InsideStats for every high school…
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About Special Education

  • What is special education?

    If your child is having trouble in school, he may need help from a teacher with special training. This extra help is called special education. It’s free, and your child has a right to it under federal law. The public school system has a range… Read more and watch video
  • Noteworthy special education: elementary schools

    These programs were recommended by special education advocates, parents’ groups, university researchers and Insideschools staffers. We looked for schools with high academic standards (reflected by better-than-average test scores); that treat all children kindly; and that serve a substantial number of special needs students. This list… Read more
  • Noteworthy special education: middle schools

    These programs were recommended by special education advocates, parents’ groups, university researchers and Insideschools staffers. We looked for schools that have high academic standards (often reflected by better-than-average test scores); that treat all children kindly; and that serve a substantial number of special needs students.… Read more
  • Noteworthy special education: high schools

    We picked a few schools that have long history of success with special needs students. We also highlight new schools that have a promising approach, even if they are too new to have solid results. Not every school works for every child, and finding a… Read more