What to look for in a school

News and views on special ed

  • Round 2 high school admissions fair March 14-15

    Written by Pamela Wheaton
    Anxious 8th and 9th-graders are still waiting to learn where they will attend high school next fall. The Department of Education says decision letters will go out in "early March," which could mean next week. We know the letters are coming soon because the 2nd round high school fair will be held in Manhattan the weekend of March 14-15. The Round 2 fair is for students who aren't accepted by any schools they listed on their…
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  • Insideschools event: The lowdown on pre-k

    Written by Insideschools staff
    If your child turns 4 this year, he or she is eligible for free pre-kindergarten, either in a public school or at a site run by a community organization. You may apply between March 16-April 24. The de Blasio administration gets an A for effort in its rapid expansion of pre-kindergarten, with more than 30,000 new seats last fall and another 20,000 planned for this coming fall. But what is the quality of these new…
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  • College Counselor: Denied twice & asked to write another essay

    Written by Dr. Jane S. Gabin
    Q: I've been denied by two schools already and now I'm waiting for the decisions from my other colleges. One school has asked me for my first-semester grades as well as an essay that explains why my grades have been inconsistent. Is this a good sign, or not? I have such low confidence now, and I'm worried about being admitted anywhere. Am I on the right track? A: This will come as news to you,…
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  • February homework: apply to free summer programs

    Written by Laura Zingmond
      February break is the right time to plan what your children will be doing during the warmer, balmy days of summer. Where to start? Check out our guide to free and low cost programs offered throughout the city. Launched last year, our listings highlight more than 100 free and low-cost programs for children and teens, and include summer and school-year programs in math, science, art, humanities, and academic prep. To help you get started,…
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  • Fariña urges parents to run for CECs

    Written by Aimee Sabo
    Zoning, space-sharing, charters—think you have no say? Since 2004, Community Education Councils (CECs) have offered New York City parents a voice in shaping school policies in their districts and addressing community concerns. Today, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña urged parents across the city to run for an Education Council seat and take a direct role in the education of their children. “Education Councils make important contributions to their communities and I want to encourage parents across…
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  • How I learned to (sort of) love fuzzy math

    Written by Aimee Sabo
    Like many NYC parents, I was mad at the Common Core math my 1st-grader was bringing home. He is still learning to read Pete the Cat, so damn you, Common Core, why are you giving him word problems? But after some digging—talking with reading specialists, math specialists, and frankly, doing more math with my son—I realized that word problems help kids think, if they're done right. “I think all math should be taught in word…
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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