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College counselor: Deciding on a major - Read Full Article

College counselor: Deciding on a major

Q: I'm a high school senior looking at what university I might want to attend.  I would like to be able to look into courses for animation/digital arts, critical studies (for cinematic arts), game design, computer science, or computer engineering. I currently have no experience in any of those areas, nor do I know for sure if I want to devote myself to any of them. ??I want a university that will allow me to take courses to help me learn if I would enjoy a career in those areas, while also allowing me to complete entry level prerequisites, so I have the experience and knowledge to go for a major when I am ready. Unfortunately, I do not know what these courses are. I only know the names of the majors, and schools that offer all of those majors seem to be too expensive. How can I learn about prerequisites, and whether I would enjoy a job in that area?

A: You have excellent questions, and obviously you have been thinking seriously about the next step in your education. Many high school seniors are unsure of what they ought to choose as a major, and then they worry that a major might be a wrong choice when it comes time to look for a career.

Luckily, the educational system in this country allows for some experimentation. Generally, the prerequisites for any major include introductory courses such as composition, introductory courses in the humanities (literature, languages other than English, social sciences, the arts) and math/science. Depending upon what courses you have taken in high school, you may begin with advanced courses in college. You can also take elective courses in different areas that you can "try on." By the end of your second year, you ought to have found an area you will be comfortable with as a major, and then you will concentrate on that.

But more good news! The actual major you choose as an undergraduate is not as important as your development of a strong skill set. If you are able to write well, speak well—both of these require your being able to present ideas in a clear and organized fashion—find information, and have a good grasp of math and science, you can apply these to many different areas. You will need to be flexible.

If you want to find out about actual courses offered before applying, college websites usually post course catalogues that give you an overview of offerings. For example, a search for "animation" on the New School's website brought up a few dozen matches.

All colleges have advising offices where you can speak with professionals who can guide you on your search. You will not have to decide anything right now—it's a gradual process of self-discovery. Perhaps short internships or summer positions might help you experience what a field is like. There is no need to worry at this point. Take it step by step. 

You are absolutely correct in saying that many colleges seem expensive. Many private colleges charge—when you add up tuition, housing, meals, and books$60,000 a year Some families go deeply into debt for this. This makes no sense when more reasonably-priced alternatives are available. Take a look at the CUNY and SUNY schools. You might also consider a community college, which is the most economical way to earn credits that can be applied to a 4-year degree. Many students choose to attend a community college for two years, and then transfer to a 4-year university (public or private) thereby saving thousands of dollars. And by all means, avoid for-profit and online schools.

At this point, you don't have to know what you want for every step of the way. But you have to start somewhere -- so take that first step.

A look at the city's most popular middle schools - Read Full Article

A look at the city's most popular middle schools

The Brooklyn School of Inquiry accepted just two percent of the kids applying to its sixth-grade class last year. That makes it the most competitive middle school in the city, according to data obtained by DNAinfo New York.

The gifted and talented K-8 school in Bensonhurst — known for progressive teachers who eschew textbooks in favor of hands-on experiences — received more than 3,100 applications for just 66 spots in its sixth-grade class last fall. Nearly all of those spots went to kids who were already attending the school's fifth grade.

"It's a small school," principal Donna Taylor said of the popularity of BSI's sixth grade. "The students have the attention that, quite frankly, kids at that age need."

The Brooklyn School of Inquiry is not the only public middle school that rejects far more applicants than it accepts. 

DNAInfo.com compiled a list of the most popular schools, and a district by district interactive map of middle school admission rates. Read more here on DNAInfo.com

For parents and 5th graders now in the throes of visiting schools; the Department of Education has a list of open house and tour dates here. Wondering what to look for on a school tour? See Insideschools' tips and watch a video here. Applications are due in December.

Missing ticket? You can still take the SHSAT - Read Full Article

Missing ticket? You can still take the SHSAT

If you haven't gotten your ticket for this weekend's specialized high school exam, don't panic. You'll be able to sit for the test without it, according to the Department of Education. The DOE posted a notice on its website saying that all scheduled students will be "welcomed and tested" even without a ticket. It also posted a list of test locations and times (pdf) for every middle school.

This week, some schools reported they had trouble printing tickets and others said they didn't get the tickets at all.

At Mark Twain middle school, it took the staff a day and a half to print out 350 tickets for its 8th-graders because of a glitch in the system, said Parent Coordinator Delgermaa Ganbaatar. "It has been very stressful. The system couldn't handle all the requests at once." The school finished printing at noon Friday, she said, and got them into the hands of students before they went home. Mark Twain sends more students annually to Stuyvesant High School than any other middle school.

David Weinreb, the 8th-grade guidance counselor at The Equity Project, a charter school in Washington Heights, said on Friday afternoon that he didn't get any tickets for students who had registered. 

Each year nearly 30,000 8th- and 9th-graders sign up to take the annual Specialized High School Admissions Test, or SHSAT, for entrance into one of the city's eight specialized exam high schools. 

In addition to the notice posted on its website, the DOE sent a letter to all middle schools assuring them that "students will be able to test for the SHSAT this weekend at their scheduled time. If a student who is scheduled does not have a ticket, he or she will be welcomed and tested. We have posted test sites for each middle school on the Specialized High Schools website."

This weekend's test is for all 8th-grade students, except for students who need special accommodations. If a students misses this weekend's exam, the makeup date is November 16.


School Book

Report: NYC Offers Too Little Too Late for Over-Age Middle School Students - Read Full Article

Middle school students in New York City's public schools who are held back a year or more generally are not getting the support they need to succeed in school, according to a report released Wednesday by the Advocates for Children of New York. Without extra attention, these students are about two to 11 times more likely to drop out.

"They're stuck in limbo until many of them give up and drop out," said the group's executive director, Kim Sweet.

Citing data from the 2011-12 school year, more than 50,000 middle school students were held back at least once and more than 8,500 were held back at least three times. Yet, the report authors said, there are only 450 seats set aside specifically for over-age middle school kids in traditional public and charter high schools.

A Department of Education spokesman said supporting middle school students was a top priority of Chancellor Carmen Fariña. 

“We are committed to meeting the needs of all our students, including over-age middle-schoolers, many of whom face unique challenges and circumstances outside of school," said spokesman Harry Hartfield. " From expanded high-quality after-school options to new community schools opening this year to revamping our promotion policy, we have enacted a number of efforts to better serve the academic, social, and emotional needs of these students and contribute to their learning and positive development."

But there are still many who have fallen through the cracks. Ingrid Lamont said her son Daniel was one of them.

After struggling in elementary school, Daniel was diagnosed with a learning disability and received an individualized education plan, or IEP, as well as medication. Middle school was challenging; Daniel stopped taking his medication and acted out in class. He was held back several times, and now, at 17 years old, he is not attending school at all. 

"They weren't able to give us much options," his mother Ingrid said of the school staff. "He was embarrassed that he was still in middle school at his age."

She said they both were frustrated by the lack of options for Daniel.

"If there had been more help earlier, If there were other resources put in place, I don't think I would be here," she said. 

P.S. 242 in Harlem

 Gains Exclusive International Baccalaureate Status

Click here for the full story


Proposals for Significant Changes in School Utilization
November 25, 2014
Panel for Educational Policy Meeting

High School of Fashion Industries
225 West 24 Street, New  York, NY 10011


Parents Rip Success Academy
for Not Sharing Locations of Proposed Charters



Parents, administrators weigh in
on potential Manhattan charter openings



Individual School’s Score
 for 2014 ELA and Math State Test Results

 Click here

District 3 schools: Pages 321-329

New York State Department of Education
 Releases 2014 State Test Scores

Click here for more information


New Blue Book Reflects Improvements Recommended by City Agencies, Public and Charter Schools, Advocacy Organizations, and Community Councils

Families, educators and interested community members can access the new Blue Book here.


Parent-Teacher Conferences  
Below please find the dates for 4 parent teacher conferences.   













Elementary School

Sep 16

Nov 12

Nov 13

Mar 18

Mar 19

May 13

Middle School

Sep 18

Nov 19

Nov 20

Mar 11

Mar 12

May 6

High School

Sep 17

Nov 5

Nov 7

Mar 26

Mar 27

May 7

D75 School Programs


Nov 17

Nov 18

Mar 2

Mar 3


*Multi-session schools and District 75 School Programs are exempt from these additional conferences. Schools will notify families accordingly if they are holding these events at their site.

June Clerical Shortened Days
citywide June Clerical Shortened Days for elementary and intermediate/junior high schools as well as D75 schools.

  • Tuesday, June 9, 2015
  • Monday, June 15, 2015

School Admissions News

Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing Arts
Open House and Auditions

 Open House is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.:

Monday, October 27, 2014

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Auditions for the following Arts (Band, Ceramics /Photograph, Dance, Drama, Drawing/Painting) will be:

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 4 pm to 7 pm

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 4 pm to 7 pm

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 11:30 am to 2:30 pm

Thursday, November 13, 2014 – 4 pm to 7 pm

 Please have your students sign up to audition by calling Ms. Paul at 212-749-5800 ext. 2073 or email at epaul7@schools.nyc.gov

Location: Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing Arts
215 West 114 Street,  NYC  10026

RSVP now for an Nov. 3 Open House

If you are interested in learning more about our rich program, and unique offerings please be sure to attend our next open house.  Please follow the link below to RSVP

RSVP for a West Prep Academy Open House

Check back on our website often for important news and announcements.  

G&T Request for Testing Period:
This year, families can submit a Request For Testing (RFT)
 for G&T admissions beginning Wednesday, October 8.   

Families of students in pre-K through second grade who are interested in taking the G&T assessment should fill out a RFT form online, at a public school, or at CSD3 Enrollment Office -  388 West 125 Street, 7th Floor by Friday, November 7.  

For updated information and resources, including FAQs, timelines, guidebooks and announcements - visit the NYCDOE G&T website at http://schools.nyc.gov/ChoicesEnrollment/GiftedandTalented/default.htm For questions, email es_enrollment@schools.nyc.gov.

High School Directories Notice

Students applying to a NYC public high school for the 2015-2016 school year can now access the 2014-2015 High School Directory online in nine languages: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu.

All non-native English speakers who will participate in the admissions process are encouraged to review the directories.  Visit http://schools.nyc.gov/ChoicesEnrollment/High/Resources/default.htm for complete information and the English directory. Questions regarding the 2014-2015 High School Directory may be directed to the High School Admissions Team at HS_Enrollment@schools.nyc.gov

Community Events

Middle School Students Participate in School Beautification Project

On Saturday, October 18, PS/MS 165 hosted the kick off of a citywide beautification project.  Having worked projects New York Cares for now three years, Global Scholars Academy was chosen over all of the schools within our district to house this grand event. Representatives from Mayor DeBlasio's office and Councilman Mark Levine were present.  Senator Chuck Schumer was also invited to this event and Mr. Sellers was interviewed by CBS news.

The fall NLI series is now accepting registrations. From pointers on neighborhood organizing to suggestions on how to navigate city government or attract local press, their workshops are designed with resident-led groups in mind; each session draws from the ideas and experiences that you bring. Complete four workshops (including 'Basics of Community Organizing') and receive a Neighborhood Leadership Institute certificate of achievement.

Workshops take place in downtown Manhattan. For more info and to RSVP, contact Arif at aullah@citizensnyc.org or 212-822-9580.   

Saturday, September 20
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Bring your neighbors together on issues that matter to you.
Saturday, September 27
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Build and maintain an effective neighborhood association or community group. 
Saturday, October 18
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Increase public support for your group by framing your message and alerting local media. 
Saturday, October 25
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Learn how city government functions and how to have your community issues addressed.
Saturday, November 15
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Support your group's work with community fundraising efforts.

Upcoming Events

Monday, November 3
Middle School
West Prep Academy Open House
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
150 W. 105 St
Btwn Amsterdam & Columbus

RSVP @ www.bit.ly/RSVPwestprep
Tuesday, November 4
Student Non-Attendance Day
Election Day

Chancellor's Conference Day

Students not in attendance

Wednesday, November 5
High School
High School Parent Teacher Conferences
Business Meeting
6:30 PM
Joan of Arc Complex
154 W. 93rd St.
Room 204
Thursday, November 6
Middle School
PS/MS 165 Middle School Tour
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

234 West 109th Street
5th Floor

CEC3 News

June 11, 2014
District 3 Town Hall with Chancellor Carmen Fariña 
& Deputy Chancellor Kathleen Grimm

CEC3 Calendar of Meetings for the 2014-2015 School Year
2014-2015 CEC3 Meeting Calendar

A New District 3 6-12 School Opening in Fall of 2015
Presentation from 9/10/14 CEC3 Calendar Meeting

To join the CEC3 Email List, 

please send your name and email address to


CEC3 2013-2014 Strategic Plan Document

Adopted at January Joint CSD3 Presidents' Council/CEC3 Calendar Meeting

CEC3 Vacancy! 
Applications are now being accepted to fill the vacant ELL seat on the District 3 Community Education Council

All applicants must be a parent/guardian of  an ELL student currently attending a District 3 elementary and middle school

Contact the CEC3 Office for more information at cec3@schools.nyc.gov or (212) 678-2782