The NYC Public Schools 2012 test scores for ELA & Math in Grades 3-8 were released today. The complete data available here
In just one week we will be hosting Peg Tyre at Kidberry. The topic of the night is one that we are all talking about now, “How to Research and Choose a School For Your Child.”
The quality of education in our neighbourhood schools can be shockingly inadequate and recent school reforms are missing the mark. Our system of school choice in New York can be confusing for even the most informed and organized parents. How can we tell the difference between a good school and a substandard one? You need more than just test scores to get the whole story.
Peg Tyre, award winning journalist and author of, “The Good School – How Smart Parents Get Their Kids the Education They Deserve,” will discuss ways for parents to constructively engage teachers and administrators and make critical judgments about their children’s education. Whether you're enrolling for the first time or you are at a school that may not be the right fit, you can gain from this discussion.
Please join us.
Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Kidberry – 2046 7th Avenue (Between 122nd & 123rd Street)
Tickets: $25/person (Limited financial aid available. Contact email@example.com for details)
Open to the public. Registration is required at http://howtochoosebestschool.eventbrite.com
5.20.2012 Just added - NYC public school parent Kristi Barlow, of NYC Elementary School Maps, will have her Manhattan map on display and available for purchase at the event.
The NYC Department of Education offers Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) programs for eligible 4 year olds who reside in New York City. UPK programs
provide a nurturing environment where children’s natural curiosity is used as a springboard to learn skills that are necessary for success in school. In pre-kindergarten, children learn how to share, take turns and work in groups. They also develop the skills that form the foundation for reading, writing, and mathematics.
All UPK programs are free of charge. Programs can be half-day or full-day; half-day programs may take place in the morning or afternoon. Programs are available at select public schools and at many community-based organizations (CBOs). CBOs are independent groups that contract with the Department of Education to provide pre-kindergarten programs and other services to families.
Starting today, March 5, you can submit a pre-k application in person at an Enrollment Office or online. Applications deadline for public school programs is Thursday, April 5. The Pre-Kindergarten Directory is available at your local borough enrollment office and at the DOE pre-k webpage.
Before you begin the application, review the Pre-K directory and brochure and become familiar with the Universal Pre-Kindergarten programs in your community. Take time to gather as much information as possible; visit schools and attend open house events or tours.
New York's Universal Pre-K program facts:
- All universal pre-k programs are free of charge for children born in 2008 who reside in New York City
- Even though all 4 year olds are eligible, a seat in a public universal pre-k program is not guaranteed
- Programs can be half day (two and a half hours, AM/morning or PM/afternoon) or full day (six hours and twenty minutes)
- Programs are housed in public schools or in community based organizations, and each has their own separate application process. You can find the CBO application directory online here. To apply, contact each site directly to obtain specific information.
- Admissions are NOT first come first serve. Placement offers are made based on standardized admission priorities.
- Public school spots are given by lottery. First preference is given to Zoned students with a verified sibling who will be in grades K-5 in the school in September 2012. Additional admission priorities are detailed in the Pre-K Brochure.
- Applications available online or at a borough enrollment office only. Do not apply by mail. You may apply for a number of schools in one submission and rank those schools by order of preference.
There are information sessions in each borough starting next week. Representatives from the Office of Student Enrollment and the Office of Early Childhood Education will be available at the sessions to answer your questions. The sessions are often crowded so be sure to arrive early.
Pre-Kindergarten Information Sessions
All sessions will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
March 12, 2012
Sunset Park High School
153 35th Street
March 15, 2012
The High School of Fashion Industries
225 West 24th Street
March 19, 2012
Flushing High School
35-01 Union Street
March 20, 2012
P.S. 121 Throop
2750 Throop Avenue
March 22, 2012
P.S. 69 Daniel D. Tompkins
144 Keating Place
Once your application is complete the waiting begins. Notifications are not sent out until early June.
Today is the last day to submit an application for a spot in a kindergarten class for the 2012-2013 school year in New York City. All students entering kindergarten in September 2012 must submit an application. Applications are not considered complete without 2 original documents that verify your address such as a utility bill, rent or mortgage statement.
To apply, visit your zoned school or any other school(s) you are interested in and eligible to apply to. Bring your child's birth certificate or passport and 2 documents which provide proof of residence.
SCHOOL CHOICE: CHOOSING THE RIGHT PUBLIC SCHOOL FOR YOUR CHILD
The NYC District 3 Magnet School Program is having the first of a series of parent workshops this evening to help demystify the public school choice process.
These workshop aim to help local families understand all of the public school options available to them and teach them how to go about finding the right schools for their children.
In addition, they will help parents understand what Magnet Schools are, how the enrollment process works, and how they can apply.
DATES AND LOCATIONS
February 6, 2012 and March 5, 2012
115th Street Library, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
203 West 115th Street, NY, NY 10026
February 13, 2012 and April 3, 2012
District 3 Headquarters, Joan of Arc Auditorium, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
154 West 93rd Street, NY, NY 10025
(Between Amsterdam and Columbus)
NYC District 3 Magnet Schools applications are currently available at www.D3mag.net
A group of District 3 parents are working toward launching a RussianDual Language Program in a District 3 public elementary school. If you are interested and your child will enter Kindergarten in 2012, 2013, 2014, or 2015, please email contact the District 3 office for more information. Knowledge of Russian is not required.
Happy New Year! We are looking forward to a year full of growth and lots of relevant educations information for our fellow parents in 2012. We've been busy working on updating the site with new features to help you with your school search that will be rolled out soon. In the meantime, we'll continue to update our calendar events and education news.
Here is great recap of the best and worst education events of 2011 from Leonie Haimson at NYC Public School Parent.
Anything to add? Let us know in comments below.
The following message was posted on Hunter's website today:
This year's modified Stanford-Binet V testing for Kindergarten 2012 admissions has concluded. The eligibility score for progression to Round 2 (on-site assessment) has been set at a Sum of Scaled Scores (SSS) of 148.
Letters will be mailed on December 19th informing eligible families of their appointments for Round 2.
Congratulations to everyone going on to the 2nd round!