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Find 'Hidden Gems' Among NYC Middle Schools

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A few middle schools get a massive number of applications every year, as if they were the only good options. WNYC unearthed a handful of schools with strong reviews but few applicants.
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Disgruntled Brooklyn Parents Want to Know: Do You Hate the Middle School Search as Much as They Do?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

 "Probably the most stressful parenting endeavor I have yet encountered." That's what one parent said in a survey of District 15 parents about the search for a middle school.
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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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Help for NYC Parents Facing Middle School Admissions Maze

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The process of applying to a New York City public middle school just got a little easier. If you sign up, we'll send a weekly email to guide you through the process, step by step.
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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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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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Middle School Deadline is Here

Thursday, December 12, 2013

What's the best fit for your fifth grader next year?

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How Schoolbook Can Help You Find the Right High School

Monday, November 25, 2013

Use Schoolbook's comparison tool during your search for high schools or middle schools, and see how multiple schools stack up. We compiled a great comparison chart already, based on popular high school programs - check it out.

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School Choice Has Limits

Thursday, October 24, 2013

School choice sounds like a good thing, and mostly it is. But, for many families, the array of choices in New York City can be overwhelming and leave their kids even farther behind. Experts debate the mixed blessing of school choice in the public school system. Read on.

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Final Round of Bloomberg Co-Locations Incites Bitter Opposition

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Even as Mayor Bloomberg's tenure winds down, the fight over co-locating schools was as intense as ever Tuesday night when a panel voted to approve a slew of proposals to open new schools and fit others into existing school buildings. 

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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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Kindergarten Applications Going Digital

Thursday, September 12, 2013

When the 2014-15 application period opens for kindergarten,  New York City parents will have the option to apply online or by phone rather than personally visiting every school on their list and filling out multiple applications by hand. It may sound modest but Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott called the new system "a major game changer."

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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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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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Struggling Students Tend to Apply to Weaker High Schools

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Rising ninth graders tend to group themselves by academic performance on their high school applications, according to a new study. The findings also suggest that many students prefer high school close to home.

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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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Why NYC Should Make Diversity a School Choice

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Researchers at Teacher's College said New York City has failed to create diverse schools that would attract well-off white families seeking integrated classrooms.

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Calling All Five Year Olds for Kindergarten

Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Education Department is collecting thousands of kindergarten applications ahead of the March 1 deadline. There may be an uptick in the number of families applying this year because all five-year-old New Yorkers are now required to attend school.

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On WNYC: Charter Schools and Attrition

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Reporter Beth Fertig reviews the findings of her Charters & Choices series on The Brian Lehrer Show. DOE data showed that charters have overall lower attrition rates than district schools but the debate remains open - and heated - about what kind of students attend charters and who is most likely to leave.

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