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Nearly Half of NYC High School Applicants Accepted to First Choice

Thursday, March 05, 2015

About 92 percent of students got into at least one of their high school choices. But almost 6,000 students didn't get a match and will have to reapply in Round 2.
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Mayor De Blasio Weighs Admissions Changes for Top High Schools

Friday, October 17, 2014

The debate over admissions policies at New York City's most elite high schools has flared up again, as current eighth graders consider their options.
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Opinion: Make School Choice a Reality for All New York City Teens

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

New York City is home to hundreds of high schools, many of them excellent. A Bronx community leader argues that more teens should know about them.
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NYC Families Jump Start High School Application Process

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hundreds of families used their summer break to learn more about the New York City high school admissions process which can be overwhelming, at best, or totally bewildering to many.

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Long Awaited School Coming to Upper West Side

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Community members who pushed for a new school in one of Manhattan's fast-growing neighborhood got good news: a combined middle and high school that gives priority to neighborhood families will open in 2015.

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Almost Half of NYC Students Get Top Choice for High School

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The numbers are in. Most students matched with a top choice for high school but the dust is still settling as families of eighth graders contemplate the transition.

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City's Eighth Graders Cheer—and Sigh—Over High School Matches

Monday, March 10, 2014

New York City eighth graders are receiving word about their high school matches, news that can bring a mix of anxiety, dread, disappointment and joy.

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You Can Exhale Now. Maybe. High School Acceptances Out This Week

Monday, March 10, 2014

If past is prologue, about three quarters of students applying to public high schools will be accepted to one of their top three choices. But could that number be even higher if applicants spread out their choices? 

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In Era of High School Choice, One District Retains Elite Status

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been a champion of school choice, opening hundreds of new schools throughout the city. But some of the most desirable high schools remain reserved for students in just one school district: District Two which includes the Upper East Side and lower Manhattan.

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Eighth Graders Scramble to Rank High Schools Ahead of Deadline

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Applying to high school in New York City is a major undertaking that requires research and taking stock of one's priorities. "It’s way better than going to a zoned school," a student told SchoolBook. "But it’s also a lot harder." Applications are due Dec. 2. 

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Report: City Seeks to End Guaranteed Seat in Local High Schools

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Department of Education may no longer guarantee a spot in the city's zoned high schools, preferring to offer "priority" to neighborhood students instead. The Daily News reported Monday the proposal would affect 28 high schools in Queens, Staten Island and Brooklyn.

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Preparing for High School Applications During Dog Days of Summer

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Many of the parents who came to a recent information session in the Bronx said they were surprised by the complexity of the high school admissions process. “There’s so much competition out there so we want to start early,” Victoria Laguda said. “I think the way the system is, slow and steady wins the race.”

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School Choice Liberates Students from Zip Codes

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

"Our system is far from perfect; we have a long way to go to deliver for the 35 percent of our students - many from low-income, high-needs neighborhoods - who still fail to graduate. But our policies have triggered a remarkable transformation of a system once widely derided as unsalvageable," a deputy chancellor argues in a defense of the city's high school choice system.

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NYC Ignores Cracks in School Choice System

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A lawyer makes the case for the federal civil rights complaint filed last week regarding the city's high school admissions process. Despite the Bloomberg administration's proud use of data in policy making, she says, the department of education has ignored its own data, leaving many black and Latino students clustered in low-performing schools.

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City Defends Late Placements in Selective High Schools

Thursday, May 09, 2013

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“If you didn’t apply for your job, would you get it?” one parent asked a D.O.E. official at a heated meeting about the students who have been placed in selective high schools without being screened. “We’re going to be receiving children who didn’t go through the process at all, while I’ve spent thousands of dollars on my daughter’s artistic development over the course of her life.”

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Most Eighth Graders Matched to a High School of Their Choice

Friday, March 15, 2013

The computer has spoken and high school matches are out: Of the more than 63,000 eighth graders who applied, 90 percent received a match to one of their choices.

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Around Sunset Park, Tutoring is Key to Top High Schools

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

This week eighth graders will find out if they were accepted to the city’s most competitive high schools. Judging from past admissions data, most students will come from middle to upper class neighborhoods. But there's also a low-income section of Brooklyn where families have figured out what it takes to get in.

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Families Pay Private High School Deposits While They Await Public School Acceptances

Monday, March 04, 2013

The notification process for public and private school acceptances were supposed to be in synch this year but because of Sandy the public school notices are coming two weeks late, on March 15. This has left some families forced to pay private school deposits now while they wait. “We tell them that they have to read their contract carefully before they sign on the dotted line,” a parent advisor said. “Be prepared to lose your deposit.”

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Winner of Nobel Prize For Economics Designed HS Admissions System

Monday, October 15, 2012

Economists Alvin Roth and Lloyd Shapley won the Nobel Prize for their work on matching systems. They are the architects of the current high school admissions process used in New York City.

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Admissions Test For Elite Schools Prompts Complaint

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Civil rights advocates say too few black and Latino students are getting into New York City's eight specialized high schools. Questioning the reliance on one standardized test as the sole requirement for admission to the schools, they filed a complaint with the federal government.

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