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Inside Schools

College Counselor: Look beyond the "popular" northeast schools - Read Full Article

College Counselor: Look beyond the

Q: I am a junior and all I hear about is how impossible it is to get into popular colleges. A lot of my friends who are seniors did not get accepted to their first-choice colleges and are going to have to attend other schools. This has made me very nervous about what's going to happen to me next year. What do you suggest?

A: As I am sure you have heard, part of the problem is the Common Application, which is both a blessing and a curse. The Common App makes it easy to apply to multiple schools, and the blessing is that it enables students to do this while saving them the bother of writing the same information (except for the essay supplements) over and over again. The curse is, the larger volume of applications sent as a result of the Common Application makes being accepted to any school much more difficult.

Another part of the problem is that students persist in applying to the same colleges as their classmates. They have been advised to diversify the geographical scope of their applications, but they don't listen.

I assume, since you are writing to this particular column, that you live in New York City. It seems that everyone in the Northeast United States wants to go to college in the Northeast. And students in other parts of the U.S. want to come here too. No wonder the application tallies at colleges in that area are soaring, and admission is becoming more competitive—more people are competing for a limited number of admission spots.

And yet really, really good schools in other parts of the country are not being considered. These schools are getting lots of applications, mostly of course, because they are fine institutions. But they are not getting the overwhelming numbers that some Northeast schools are receiving. In the school where I work, which is in Manhattan, NOT ONE STUDENT has applied to the following (and these are just a sampling of many fine options out there):

• The University of Arizona
• Bowling Green State(Ohio)
• Carleton College (Minnesota)
• Colorado College
• University of Dayton (Ohio)
• Earlham College (Indiana)
• Eckerd College (Florida)
• Grinnell College (Iowa).
• The University of Iowa
• Lawrence University (Wisconsin)
• Lewis & Clark College (Oregon)
• Ohio Wesleyan University
• The Ohio State University
• Santa Clara University (California)
• The University of Texas – Austin

I think the point is clear: look seriously at the many fine schools that are outside of your geographical comfort zone. You will expand your horizons while also expanding your chances of admission. Please remember, though, that admission is never guaranteed. You still need appropriate credentials.

When you and your college counselor create your college list for applying next year, be sure to explore schools in diverse locations.Also take a serious look at some of the less-frequently-chosen branches of SUNY: Plattsburgh, Cortland, Fredonia and Oswego. 

Zoned kindergartners waitlisted at 51 schools - Read Full Article

Zoned kindergartners waitlisted at 51 schools

By Amy Zimmer, DNAInfo.com 

The number of schools with kindergarten waitlists dropped by nearly 25 percent this year — but the overall number of students stuck on those lists at their zoned schools remained nearly the same, according to Department of Education figures released Tuesday.

There were 1,239 students placed on waitlists at 51 schools they were zoned for compared to 1,242 students placed on waitlists for 63 schools last year, DOE figures show.

It's a significant drop from two years ago, when there were more than 2,300 students on waitlists at 100 schools, according to school officials, who attributed the decline to increased outreach to pre-K families, raising awareness about available kindergarten options.

But waitlists continue to be a problem in many neighborhoods with growing numbers of young families where many parents say the DOE isn't planning enough for the population booms.

District 20, which includes Sunset Park, Borough Park and Bay Ridge, had the most schools bursting at the seams, with seven schools waitlisting its zoned students.

Western Queens' District 24, which includes overcrowded schools in Corona, and Northwest Queens' District 30, which includes oversubscribed schools in Woodside and Jackson Heights, each had five schools with waitlists. District 2, which spans from Battery Park City to Greenwich Village to the Upper East Side, had waitlists at four schools (PS 41, PS 59 and two newer downtown schools, PS 276 and Spruce Street, which were built to alleviate overcrowding.)

The highly-regarded Upper West Side's P.S. 199 had the city's longest waitlist, with 93 students. 

Read the full article on DNAInfo.com: More than 1,200 Kindergarteners Shut Out of Their Zoned Schools

See below the Department of Education's list of schools with zoned waitlists for kindergarten as of April 15, 2015.

Kindergarten admissions: 72% get 1st choice - Read Full Article

Kindergarten admissions: 72% get 1st choice

The Department of Education is churning out the offers. Last Monday, families began receiving their G&T results, and a week later, kindergarten acceptances are in. This year, 67,907 students applied to kindergarten before the Feb. 13 deadline and more than 72 percent received their first choice, compared to 71 percent last year, according to the DOE. Another 12 percent received one of their top three choices. Families applied to up to 20 schools using an online application.

About 10 percent of applicants— 6,838 families—didn’t receive offers to any of the schools listed on their application. Some received offers to their zoned school, the DOE said, even though they didn't list it. In the three districts where there are no zoned schools, and in overcrowded areas where applicants were edged out of their zoned schools, students were offered slots in another district school.

Families must contact the school directly to make an appointment to pre-register by May 6. Pre-registering does not prevent families from receiving an offer at a school where they are waitlisted, applied for a gifted and talented program or entered a charter school lottery. Families will automatically remain on a waitlist for schools they listed higher on their application than the school to which they were matched.

Waitlists are always a big concern for parents, and this year’s numbers show a steady improvement. The DOE reported 51 schools with waitlists for zoned students, compared to 63 last year and 105 in 2013. (Download the list of schools here: 2015_K_Waitlists_for.pdf.)

Some of the perennially popular schools are reporting waitlists. PS 87 on the Upper West Side, where the DOE has already laid plans for a seventh kindergarten in the fall, has a short waitlist. PS/IS 8 in Brooklyn Heights, will have a waitlist for 50 zoned kindergartners for the first time. DNAInfo reported last week that the DOE decided to cut a kindergarten class resulting in fewer seats for next year and Principal Seth Phillips noted that the number of zoned families has doubled in the last five years. Parent Coordinator Joan Bredthauer of PS 58 in Carroll Gardens, which also has a waitlist of 15 students, reminded parents that these lists almost always clear by September as families move or decide to attend other schools. All children born in 2010 are guaranteed a kindergarten seat.

This is the second year that families could apply to kindergarten online, using the DOE's Kindergarten Connect system, rather than going to each school individually to apply. Parent Coordinator Deborah Orr of PS 321 in Park Slope says it’s misleading to trust the preliminary waitlists before schools have had a chance to vet their applicants’ addresses—something that was easier to do in past years when families came to the school to apply. “We won’t know if we have a real zoned waitlist until we start pre-registering families in person,” she said. “Some people just take their shot at getting into a popular school.”

Chancellor Carmen Farina is positive about this year’s process, noting improved numbers overall. "We’ve seen an increase in the number of students who received one of their first choices and a decreased number of schools with waitlists,” she said in a DOE press release. “This is a great step in the right direction and we’ll continue working to best serve all families.” Families who didn’t apply to kindergarten yet, should contact the schools they are interested in and apply in person.

For more information, call 718-935-2009 or go to: www.nyc.gov/schools/kindergarten.

Download the kindergarten waitlist here: 2015_K_Waitlists_for.pdf


School Book

Middle School: A 'Hot Mess' of Distractions - Read Full Article

Seasoned middle school teachers and principals know what they're up against. Their students are bombarded by physical and psychological changes. The same child can show up dedicated and hard-working one day, silly and difficult the next.

But if you grab their attention, educators told WNYC, there's a chance to make a difference with long-term benefits.

“In the spectrum of adolescent development, 12 is really when you start to have the changeover,” said Derick Spaulding, the principal of Emolior Academy in the South Bronx. “They come in with a set of ideas, but a set of ideas that are amendable and moldable to a degree.”

The key is to cut through all the distractions. On a recent morning in a social studies class, 12-year-old Elijah Harper couldn't focus. Why?

“She’s just on my mind, the girl right here,” he said, sharing a photo on his phone. 

"Seventh grade is a hot mess,” said Jason Borsella, Elijah’s social studies teacher. “You’ve got kids that are six-feet-tall and squeaking and then you’ve got boys and girls that are barely 4 ½ feet. You’ve got hormones galore with the girls and the boys. It’s like potpourri on 'Jeopardy' night. You never know what you’re going to get with a seventh grade.”

The key to teaching middle school, he said, is learning to “be like water.” Let things flow. Be flexible.

Researchers have found attendance, grades and behavior in middle school are key indicators when it comes to predicting who will drop out of high school. This is why educators say there’s a big opportunity in the middle grades. It’s a moment to reach kids before they harden their assumptions about who is and who isn’t a good student.

Emolior has earned a good reputation as a small middle school that’s on the right track, despite having a difficult population and low test scores. Its 250 students are mostly poor and include many pupils with special needs and immigrants who don’t speak English. But their attendance rate is over 92 percent, and suspensions are low. One reason: attention. 

Staff members often stop to talk with students in the lunchroom and hallways. And, as part of the city’s Middle School Quality Initiative, the school offers extra support. For example, all sixth and seventh graders have four extra periods a week to work on their reading skills. Coaches from Generation Ready pinpoint where students are weak and coach them directly, using tablets loaded with texts catered to their individual reading levels.

Seventh grader Sheiquel Kabba said the close attention of English teacher Peter Scaramuzzo helped her improve: “He tells us to keep on working, like he makes it encouraging. He don’t put us down.”

Various foundations, including Carnegie, have poured a lot of money into studying what’s wrong with middle schools. New York City has gone through two iterations of middle school reform in the past decade alone. The current thinking is middle schools need to hone in on the academic deficits many students bring with them from elementary school.

“We call them pushables,” Spaulding said. “Those are the kids that with very strategic intervention can get to that proficient level.”

With a little push and a lot of hand holding, he said, even the most distracted or struggling students can make it through middle school.

NYCDOE 2015 Discipline Code
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NYC Schools Chancellor Announces
New School Support Structure

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  • April 19 - May 8 – Presidents, Treasurers, and Recording Secretaries of Parent Associations and Parent-Teacher Associations vote online for the new Community and Citywide Education Council Members for the 2015-2017 term.
  • May 12 – Election results are published on NYCParentLeaders.org.
  • July 1 – Elected and appointed Community and Citywide Education Council Members for the 2015-2017 term take office.


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

Pre-K Application Period Is Open!

If you live in New York City and your child was born in 2011, he or she is eligible to attend a free, high quality pre-K program in September 2015. You can use the School Search tool to find pre-k in your area. The application period runs from Monday, March 16, 2015 to Friday, April 24, 2015.
More Information

Kindergarten Admissions

The application period ended on February 18, 2015. However, you can still submit a late application in one of three ways:

Interpretation services will be provided in over 200 languages for the over-the-phone and in-person options.

Review our Kindergarten Directories to make your list of choices. The Directories are available online, and at local elementary schools and at Family Welcome Centers. Translated versions are available online, in nine languages. 

For a list of new schools opening in the 2015-16 school year, click here.

G&T Score Reports and Applications

Score reports will be sent to families in early April. Families of students who are eligible will also receive an application along with their score report. The application deadline is April 23.

    G & T Overview

    Gifted & Talented (G&T) programs are one way the NYC Department of Education supports the needs of exceptional students. G&T programs aim to deliver accelerated, rigorous, and specialized instruction, aligned to Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS). New York City students who are entering kindergarten through 3rd grade are eligible to participate in G&T Admissions. Children must pass an assessment to be eligible to apply to G&T programs.

    Please use the steps below to guide you through the process:
    1. Apply for testing by completing a Request For Testing (RFT) form.
    2. Take the test on the test date that you are given.
    3. Receive notice of eligibility in April
    4. Apply to G&T programs, if eligible

    High School News

    Schools received High School Admissions Round 1 results on March 5. Round 2 applications were due to guidance counselors on March 20. Find more information on Round 2. Please contact your guidance counselor for specific questions. 

    High School Directories Notice

    Students applying to a NYC public high school for the 2015-2016 school year can 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

    Wed, Apr 22 - Fri, Apr 24
    Standardized Testing
    State Math Tests Grades 3-8
    Wednesday, April 29
    Jt CSD3 Presidents' Council/CEC3 Mtg.
    6:30 PM
    PS 241
    240 W. 113th St.
    (between Adam Clayton Powell & Frederick Douglass Jr. Blvds.)
    Friday, May 1
    Zoning Committee Meeting
    9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
    JOA Room 204
    154 W. 93rd St.
    Agenda TBD

    District 3 Common Core Parent Survey

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

    CEC3 News

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    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


    CEC3 2013-2014 Strategic Plan Document

    Adopted January 2014 at the
    Joint CSD3 Presidents' Council/CEC3 Calendar Meeting

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

    Education Reports

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

    Presentation Given at the January 7th CEC3 Special Meeting

    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