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Round 2 high school admissions fair March 14-15 - Read Full Article

Round 2 high school admissions fair March 14-15

Anxious 8th and 9th-graders are still waiting to learn where they will attend high school next fall. The Department of Education says decision letters will go out in "early March," which could mean next week. We know the letters are coming soon because the 2nd round high school fair will be held in Manhattan the weekend of March 14-15.

The Round 2 fair is for students who aren't accepted by any schools they listed on their applications submitted last December, those who want to apply to a school other than the one they were matched to and students who did not apply in the first round. At the fair, families can meet representatives from schools that still have seats available and they can talk to DOE admissions representives and guidance counselors about their options.

In a big change from recent years, this is the first time in at least a decade that there will be no new high schools represented at the 2nd round fair because there are none opening in September. Under Mayor Mike Bloomberg, many large struggling schools were were closed and replaced by dozens of new small schools. In 2014, nine new high schools approved by the Bloomberg adminstration were included in the 2nd round of high school admissions.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña are taking a different approach to addressing low performing schools. They created a school renewal program designed to give failing schools more support and time to turnaround before shuttering and replacing them with different schools.

The Round 2 fair will be held from 11 am to 2 pm at the Martin Luther King, Jr. High School building on the Upper West Side. Once we get a list of schools that still have seats, we'll post our top picks for parents.  More details as we get them!





Insideschools event: The lowdown on pre-k - Read Full Article

Insideschools event: The lowdown on pre-k

If your child turns 4 this year, he or she is eligible for free pre-kindergarten, either in a public school or at a site run by a community organization. The de Blasio administration gets an A for effort in its rapid expansion of pre-kindergarten, with more than 30,000 new seats last fall and another 20,000 planned for this coming fall. But what is the quality of these new programs?

Even though the city is rapidly expanding free all-day pre-k programs, demand still outstrips supply in many neighborhoods. The staff of Insideschools and a panel of experts will tell you how to find a good program for your child and to navigate the application process. Josh Wallack,  chief strategy officer of the Department of Education and an expert in early childhood, will be joining the panel.

This free workshop for parents will:

-- Explain the difference between "child care" and "pre-kindergarten"

-- Help you decide whether to choose pre-k run by public schools or community groups

-- Tell you what to look for when you visit such programs

-- Detail where the available seats are

-- Explain how and when to apply

-- Talk about what to do if there's no slot for your child where you want it

-- Describe ethnic and racial diversity in pre-k programs.

The event will be moderated by Clara Hemphill, interim director, Center for New York City Affairs at the New School.

Admission is free but you must RSVP for the event which will be held at the New School's Theresa Lang Community & Student Center, Arnhold Hall at 55 West 13th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues), 2nd Floor from 6-8:30 pm. To RSVP, click the register button

The Insideschools' Lowdown on Pre-k is one in a series of events sponsored by the Center for New York City Affairs at Milano School for International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy examining Mayor Bill de Blasio's performance in key areas impacting New York City during his first year in office. Join our de Blasio series discussions this year using #deblasioseries and follow us @centernyc


College Counselor: Denied twice & asked to write another essay - Read Full Article

College Counselor: Denied twice & asked to write another essay

Q: I've been denied by two schools already and now I'm waiting for the decisions from my other colleges. One school has asked me for my first-semester grades as well as an essay that explains why my grades have been inconsistent. Is this a good sign, or not? I have such low confidence now, and I'm worried about being admitted anywhere. Am I on the right track?

A: This will come as news to you, but ALL colleges to which students have applied—even colleges to which they have been admitted early—ask high schools to send first-semester grades. They want to be sure that all applicants are keeping up with their academics.

You have been asked to write an explanation. This is not necessarily a good sign, but neither is it a bad sign. They are giving you a chance to tell your side of the story. It is very important that you tell the complete truth. Being honest and candid is always the best course.

College admissions readers do not intend to be cruel. But they want to be sure that each student they accept will be successful at their college. They are wary of accepting students who are likely to fail classes. Of course, that cannot always be predicted. Asking for teacher recommendations and a student essay is one way of their understanding what may have been a problem in the past. They want to understand a student's learning style and potential for success.

And here is another thing: do you have a "safety" school among your choices? That's not really a good term, because what is "safe" can vary greatly. Do you have a school where you are pretty certain you will be admitted? Everyone needs to have at least one of these on his or her list.

At the very worst, if you do not get into a school you want, register at your local community college and take courses that will transfer. Later, after you have proved yourself academically, you can transfer to a 4-year college.

School Book

King Agrees with Governor on Need to Change Teacher Evaluations - Read Full Article

Education commissioner John King may have one foot out the door as he departs for a new job in Washington, but he's still calling for further reforms in New York State.

Harlem school’s theater program, narrowly saved from elimination last year, helps students with autism to thrive

(Left photo) A student in theater teacher Lynn Manuell’s class at P 811 reaches

A student in theater teacher Lynn Manuell’s class at P 811 reaches out to touch a puppet.



The New York City Department of Education will hold a public hearing on proposed revisions to the Citywide Standards of Intervention and Discipline Measures (The Discipline Code). 

Monday, March 2, 2015
6:00 – 8:00 p.m
High School of Fashion Industries
5 West 24th Street

A draft copy of the SY2014-15 discipline code is now available. 

In order to be transparent about the proposed changes to the Discipline Code, all wording changes have been highlighted in blue. Strike-throughs indicate text that will be removed. The proposed changes were developed in consultation with various constituency groups including principals, teachers, safety administrators, parents, student leaders and several advocacy groups. 

Speaker sign-up will begin at 5:30 p.m. Each speaker will be given two minutes to speak. Written comments regarding these revisions will be accepted through March 13, 2015 by email to DEhsanipour@schools.nyc.gov

NYC Schools Chancellor Announces
New School Support Structure

Click here for full report


Ribbon Cutting for New Media Center
at P.S. 191 The Museum Magnet School
PS 191, The Museum Magnet School (MMS), held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new MMS Media Center on Friday January 16 at this District 3 school located on West 61st Street.  This media center - the only one of its kind in Manhattan - was made possible through public funding secured by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.  The MMS Media Center is a state-of-the-art multi-media center that will incorporate media and media studies into curriculum and will be used by all students in this PreK-8 school.  This morning's ceremony included music and dance performances by MMS students and remarks by MMS Principal Lauren Keville and Borough President Gale Brewer.  Brewer was assisted by MMS students in cutting the ribbon to officially open the center.  New York State Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal and CEC3 President Joe Fiordaliso joined in the ceremony as well.  CEC3 is proud to hold up MMS as a shining example of the wonderful schools in District 3.

Become a Council Member

NYC’s Education Councils are constituted every two years (in odd years) according to rules set by state law. The three mandatory officers (president, treasurer, recording secretary) of PA/PTAs vote for the parent members as part of the state-mandated selection process. There are also members who are appointed by the Borough Presidents and the Public Advocate. The selected candidates and appointed members then serve a two-year term than begins on July 1st of the selection year.

The 2015 CEC Selection Process

The 2015 Selection Process has begun with an opening announcement made by the Chancellor on January 8th, 2015. The official press release can be downloaded here.

Candidate applications will be available on a dedicated website beginning on February 11, 2015. The application window will remain open until March 11th, 2015. Candidate Forums will be held in each district and for each of the citywide councils beginning March 18th and lasting until April 18th. Voting by Selectors begins April 19th and concludes on May 8th (not including run-offs).

For more details on the 2015 Selection Process, please visit www.nycparentleaders.org  

For a brief description of Education Councils and a short FAQ download our two page fact sheet.

If you are interested in running for an Education Council, you should  speak with current council members and attend council meetings to familiarize yourself with what your council does.

Currently Available Council Seats

Occasionally, councils have vacant seats through member resignations; filling those seats is very important for councils to be able to function at the highest level. Should you find that your council has a vacancy, you may consider applying to fill the unexpired term.

Look at the list of current members and contact your council to learn about vacancies.

Applying to Fill a Council Vacancy

Procedures for filling vacancies are largely up to the councils, but must include consultation with the parent constituencies. 
Download and complete an application.

Please note: FACE reviews applications for eligibility, but all inquiries as to vacancies or the appointment process should be directed to the relevant Borough President's office or the Public Advocate. 

All Education Councils include a non-voting student member, who must be a high school senior and serves for one year.  

All applications except the student application* must be returned to: 
Division of Family and Community Engagement 
49 Chambers St., Suite 503 
New York, NY 10007 

*see instructions on the application for where to return student applications. 

Young Diplomats Magnet Academy
An International Baccaluareate School
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 
Friday December 19, 2014

School Quality Reports

As a part of her vision for New York City’s schools, Chancellor Fariña has introduced two new ways for the public to evaluate New York City public schools:

  • The School Quality Snapshot is designed specifically for families and provides a concise picture of the quality of each school.
  • The School Quality Guide provides a more robust set of information about each school, including multiple years of data so that schools’ progress over time can be more easily tracked.

You can find a school’s 2013-14 School Quality Snapshot, School Quality Guide, and NYC School Survey Report by going to NYCDOE  School Quality Report search at http://schools.nyc.gov/Accountability/tools/report/FindASchoolQualityReport/default.htm  

For more information go to: http://schools.nyc.gov/Accountability/tools/report/default.htm

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

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

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

Upcoming Events

Monday, March 2
District 75 Parent Teacher Conferences
Public Hearing
Public Hearing on Proposed Changes to NYC DOE Discipline Code
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
High School of Fashion Industries
225 West 24th Street
Draft Copy of Discipline Code
Tuesday, March 3
District 75 Parent Teacher Conferences

District 3 Common Core Parent Survey

Encuesta para padres del CEC3 del Distrito 3, sobre estándares básicos comunes

CEC3 News

District 3 SCA Proposed Amendment
to the 2015-2019 Capital Plan Presentation

Presentation Given at the January 7th CEC3 Special Meeting

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

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