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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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Opinion: My Risky School Choice is Paying Off

Friday, March 14, 2014

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A mother chronicles her journey from anxiety about middle school choice to guarded optimism now that her son is enrolled at a school with lofty goals and a strong leader.

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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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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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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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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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High School Application Season Kicks Into Gear

Friday, September 28, 2012

The city's high school fair takes place this weekend, one of several early steps in the application process.

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Choosing a High School? Two More Chances to Learn About Admissions

Friday, July 20, 2012

The Department of Education this month is wrapping up a series of high school admission workshops. The last two this summer will focus on specialized high schools admissions: they will be held on Tuesday, July 24, at the Prospect Heights Campus in Brooklyn, and Thursday, July 26, at the Fiorello H. La Guardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan.

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Questions on Special Ed? There's a Hot Line for That

Friday, June 29, 2012

One of the many big changes coming to the city schools next year is the revamping of the special education program, which calls for more inclusion classrooms, with special education classes reserved for only the most severely disabled students. Now comes word that the city is creating a hot line so that parents can easily reach education officials if they have questions or problems with their child's placement or services that can't be addressed by the school.

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New City Budget Restores Money for Day Care and After-School Programs

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The annual city budget dance has ended, and the City Council and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg have waltzed to a deal for $68.5 billion that includes no tax increases, no firehouse closings, no widespread layoffs of teachers or others — and, in fact, slight increases to some services for children and families.

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A Middle-School Student Overlooked by the High School Draft

Monday, April 02, 2012

The New York City public school system has about 1.1 million students -- a number so large that it is easy to forget that it is made up of individuals. In his On Education column in The New York Times this Monday morning, Michael Winerip reminds us of the many young lives in the city's hands, and puts the focus on one of them.

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Students Begin to Hear About Their High School Choices

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Education officials announced the results for the first round of high school matches Wednesday. With just over 77,000 eighth graders applying, 84 percent of students will be able to attend one of their top five choices. But 10 percent of students did not match at all.

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School Choice? A Question of Time and Money

Monday, December 05, 2011

When it comes to school choice, it is true that our system may be fairer than one in which every child’s educational fate is tied tightly to a parent’s ability to buy or rent expensive real estate. But that is little consolation to the student whose parent can’t get off work to attend tours that decide their school choices.

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Families That Most Need Guidance Counselors' Help Don't Always Get It

Friday, November 18, 2011

Public middle schools in New York City can decide for themselves how much guidance to provide eighth graders about the high school choice process, so many parents, especially those without the means to hire someone, are often left adrift to make decisions that will be consequential for their children.

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You Call This Choice?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The mother had spent her summer dragging herself from one office to another, speaking in broken English, begging that her daughter be allowed to change high schools. She was sent away, time after time, told there was nothing that could be done. She felt confused, dismissed, helpless. A middle school teacher tells her student's story and asks: Why keep attempting to navigate the jungle that is the high school choice process when we should be creating a road?

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At High School Fairs, Many Choices and a Few Worries

Monday, October 24, 2011

Middle school students in New York City had another opportunity over the weekend to look over the city's high schools, this time at borough high school fairs, to try to narrow down the choices for their application ballots. SchoolBook asked students (and parents and teachers) at the fair how the search had gone so far, and for advice to give to others.

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Taking High Schools for a Spin

Monday, October 24, 2011

High schools in all five boroughs were auditioning for the attention of eighth graders who are about to make one of the biggest decisions of their lives: selecting the high schools they think will be their path to fame, fortune or at least a diploma and the skills to take them to the next stage of their lives.

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A High School Home That Gives Students a Fresh Start

Friday, October 21, 2011

More than 30 male students at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn are living in a dorm, as part of a program to motivate students who might otherwise not succeed in school.

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When It Comes to High School Choice, Who Does the Choosing?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

We are told that a computer matches students’ high school preferences against the schools’ list of favorite applicants via a magical algorithm, and poof! The next four years of our children’s lives are determined. But what is an algorithm, a parent asks? And where does our choice come in?

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High School Admissions: Choice, but No Equity

Friday, September 30, 2011

New York City's high school admissions policy is overwhelming for almost everyone, but a recent study of the materials available to select schools found the system is almost inaccessible for some immigrant families, an education professor says.

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