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School news: Public PreK and School Openings

June 3, 2011

Joyce Szuflita, of NYC School Help, is our School Expert, and always has the scoop on what’s going on with schools. She is doing her informative and popular “Intro to Nursery School” talks in July and August and her “Intro to Public Schools” talk in July, August and September. If the terms unzoned, district-wide, city-wide and gifted and talented cause you to start to twitch- Joyce can help set you right. If you want to understand the differences between charter, magnet and dual language schools- she can make it clear.  Lastly, her “High School Choice: Calm and Clear” talks are in July and August.   If you want to know what to look for and ask for in a school- Joyce has wonderful insight.

Joyce sent her latest “scoop” to me tonight:

Public PreK
Word from the DOE is that prek placements will be out the week of 6/6 and I have heard that registration will be from 6/8 – 6/17 so that would indicate you may know by Monday or Tuesday if you have a seat.

School Openings

If you have heard that you are wait-listed for a nursery school, now is the time to confirm with the school that you want to remain active on the waitlist. These lists often move. If you are looking for a prek/fours program the waitlist will move after the public prek registrations end on June 17.

contact Susan Straut Collard sstrautcollard@sjcny.edu or 718-940-5678
isolated full or part time openings for 4 or 5 year olds

Greene Hill School
contact Diana Schlesinger dschlesinger@greenehillschool.org
waitlist for prek and K but still accepting applications
spaces available for 2nd and 3rd grade in 2011

Hands On World
has space available for 2 year olds in the pm French, Italian and Spanish immersion programs and in Sat. programs for 2 and 3 year olds, and in summer programs for 2 to 5 year olds
contact them info@handsonworld.net or call 718-858-9599

contact Simona at brooklynkinderhaus@gmail.com
the PreK program is expanding in Sept. for 4 and 5 year olds

Little Nest Community Playhouse
on Seeley in Windsor Terrace (they are building their website as we speak) 718-435-6403, 917-750-4690 kathleen@littlenestpreschool.com
various seats/schedules for boys and girls who turn 4 by Sept. 30

admissions@luria-academy.org 718-398-3290
1 preschool seat and 3 kindergarten seats

Maple Street
no day school openings, but room in the summer and afterschool programs

NY Kids Club
a wide variety of classes and preschool programs 718-228-0800 bheights@nykidsclub.com

Park Slope Schoolhouse
contact Ashley Davis adavis@parkslopeschoolhouse.org
limited spots for 2’s full time

fully enrolled but the waitlist moves, so let them know that you want to remain on it

contact 718-797-1700
openings for 2 to 5 year olds

Brooklyn Waldorf
contact Maggie Crawford maggie@brooklynwaldorf.org
rolling admissions for elementary school

Williamsburg Northside
contact Teresa Smith tsmith@willnorth.org or call 718-599-7300
Infant and Toddler Center: (availability according to age and schedule)
Preschool: born in 2009 looking for part time schedule (2 or 3 days)
School: K, First and Second Grade, scholarships still available

And a new Group Family Daycare in Park Slope:
Open Mon. to Fri. from 8am to 6pm, full and part time, 3rd St. between 4th/5th Ave.
For more information or a tour: (347) 599 1740 zusinfamilydaycare@gmail.com

Joyce Szuflita

Joyce Szuflita, NYC School Help, is a 28 year Brooklyn resident and the mom of teenage twins who has spent years interviewing educators, touring schools, combing the internet and being generally obsessed with all aspects of public and private schooling in Brooklyn and NYC. She consults privately with families who want to navigate the school search. She can be seen in the NY Times, Time Out NY Kids, NY Family – Brooklyn, achildgrowsinbrooklyn.com and nycprivateschoolsblog.com