Everybody talks about the highly selective "it" high schools that only take ace testers and "A" students. But what happens to solid students who don’t make the cut? What are their options?
We compiled a list of our picks for the “B” student. These schools offer solid instruction as well as accelerated, college level and elective classes—many are great picks for the "A" student too.
By Lydie Raschka and Clara Hemphill
It’s not surprising that many elementary school teachers struggle with the Common Core State Standards for math. Many early childhood teachers are actually frightened of math. They may doubt their own ability and have chosen a profession where they think it won’t matter.
By Clara Hemphill, Lydie Raschka and Nicole Mader
The City can do much more to foster economic integration of elementary schools than the small scale efforts it has made to date. Based on our visits to 150 schools across the city over the past two years, here are five feasible steps we believe the City can take.
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This handy checklist helps 7th- and 8th-graders get organized and stay on track when applying for high schools.
By the InsideSchools staff
This guide will help you research schools, dive into the data, and ask the right questions on your middle school visits.
By Clara Hemphill and Kim Nauer with Helen Zelon, Thomas Jacobs, Alessandra Raimondi, Sharan McCloskey and Rajeev Yerneni
The report offers one of the first broad analyses of the Bloomberg administration's reorganization of school management, explaining how principal empowerment and school accountability are intertwined, and how this management structure is shaping children's lives. The report identifies important gains as well as troubling problems.
by Clara Hemphill and Lydie Raschka, with Pamela Wheaton, Laura Zingmond and the InsideSchools staff
All-new reviews of more than 150 schools and pre-kindergarten programs based on visits and in-depth interviews by the InsideSchools staff. This guide gives an overview of charter schools, gifted programs, and special education services for your child. Introductions to each chapter give you a feel for each neighborhood in the city. A handy index helps you find progressive schools, tradiional schools, schools for children with autism, or dual language programs offering classes ranging from Arabic to Spanish.
In June 2017 the city released a long-awaited plan designed to increase diversity in the city’s public schools. The Center for New York City Affairs and InsideSchools.org crunched the numbers on the goals the city has set for itself for the next five years. Our data analysis showed that achieving these goals will require little or no systemic changes to the city’s schools. No heavy lifting will be needed to meet them.
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By Clara Hemphill and Lydie Raschka
Are you confused by your child’s math homework? Is science an afterthought in your child’s school? This guide will help you find out whether your children are getting the math or science instruction they need in pre-kindergarten through 5th grade—and will help you do something about it if they aren’t.
This powerpoint presentation gives parents a primer to Pre-K and Kindergarten Admissions in New York City and accompanies the Best Pre-K and Elementary Schools guide.
By Kim Nauer, Nicole Mader and Laura Zingmond
Nearly half of New York City students fail the Algebra 1 Regents exam on the first try. Thousands retake the exam multiple times, caught up in what teachers call the “Algebra whirlpool.”
By Clara Hemphill and Kim Nauer with Helen Zelon and Thomas Jacobs
A report on the city's public high schools, revealing that Chancellor Joel Klein's high school reforms created valuable new opportunities but also caused collateral damage.
By the InsideSchools staff
This guide will help you be a fierce advocate for your special needs child. We give you ideas of things to consider and questions to ask on your visits.
By Clara Hemphill, Nicole Mader and Bruce Cory
While small schools have been successful in helping struggling students graduate, many do not offer the higher-level coursework that prepares students for college and careers. This policy brief offers recommendations based on the experiences of a number of successful schools.