What to look for in a school

News and views on special ed

  • Looking for a middle school? Fairs, tours begin now!

    Written by Pamela Wheaton
    Middle school admissions season kicks into high gear this week for parents of 5th-graders. You can meet school representatives at evening district fairs beginning Tuesday, Sept. 30 in most districts. Middle school directories for 2014-2015 are online and hard copies are available at elementary schools.Now is the time to sign up for school tours and open houses! The Department of Education website lists some open house dates here. If you don't see the school you…
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  • Top ten myths about applying to high schools

    Applying to high school in New York City is a confusing process. Here's a summary of our Sept. 23 panel discussion busting the myths. You can also view the entire discussion on video at the bottom of this page. MYTH: The specialized high schools are the best and only ones worth applying to. BUSTED!There are dozens of other city high schools that are academically challenging and prepare kids for top colleges. MYTH: There are only…
  • Sign up now for free middle school programs

    Written by DNAinfo
    (This artiicle first appeared on DNAIinfo.com on Sept. 18, 2014. It has been edited slightly)  Jayden Todman, an eighth-grader at East Harlem's PS/IS 7 Samuel Stern school, had the same routine every day after school last year — he went home, did his homework and watched television. His mother wanted him to be more active, but couldn't afford to send him to programs that charged fees. But this year, Jayden's school was one of hundreds…
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  • Our 15 favorite elementary schools for math and science

    Written by Lydie Raschka
    Which elementary schools offer a great education in math and science? We scoured the city for schools that give ordinary kids an extraordinary education—zoned neighborhood schools, not gifted programs or schools with a special application process. We picked schools that are willing to open their doors and share their knowledge—in the hopes that these might serve as models for others. We chose schools with good test scores, but we avoided ones with too much test…
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  • College counselor: When grad students do the teaching

    Written by Dr. Jane S. Gabin
    Q: My neighbor's daughter is a first-year student at a large public university, and it seems that most of her instructors are graduate students. She has met few actual professors. Now we are starting to look at colleges for our son. I want him to be taught by experienced professors—but does that mean he must attend only a private college? Those schools are so much more expensive! A: It all depends upon the school. Part…
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  • Going to the high school fair? Here's our advice

    Written by Pamela Wheaton
    This weekend, Sept. 20 and 21, is the Department of Education's gigantic citywide high school fair from 10 am to 3 pm at Brooklyn Technical High School. Prepare for a hectic day, where you will meet teachers, students and administrators and find out about their schools. You can attend information sessions several times during the day, led by staff from the Education Department's enrollment office. This will be helpful especially if you're a newbie to…
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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