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School News: Open Spots, G & T, High School Fairs

October 10, 2012

Lots of school news this week whether you are looking for a spot in a school, wondering why your school got a D to puzzling over G & T dates.  Read on!

Brooklyn High School Fair
This weekend is the annual Borough High School Fair: they provide families with the opportunity to speak with school representatives and students from New York City public high schools within specific boroughs.The annual Borough High School Fairs will be held Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14 from 11:00am to 3:00pm on both days.
Edward R. Murrow High School
1600 Avenue L
Brooklyn, NY  11230

2012-2013 Directory of NYC Public High Schools – Addendum
Copies of the High School Directory Addendum will also be available at the Borough High School Fairs. The Addendum provides important updates regarding schools that were not included in the 2012-2013 Directory of NYC Public High Schools, but are available as options that students may list on their application. You can also pick up a copy at your local Borough Enrollment Office.

Is my school a B? Or a D? I’m confused! (great perspective on the DOE’s grading system from Insideschools.org)
PS 243 in Brooklyn got a big green B on its Progress Report which seems good. But right next to it is a mustard-colored D which seems not so good. PS 234 in Tribeca, one of the city’s top-performing elementary schools, got a C, a mediocre grade. But right next to the C is a bright green WD..Read more here.

gifted & talented 2013 (Joyce Szuflita from NYCschoolhelp.com keeps up to date on G & T testing)
It should be that time of year, but its not. Last year at this time families were busily filling out their online gifted and talented “Request for Testing” forms. This year the DoE is a bit late. This is the page you need to watch. Registration should be up shortly in “mid October”. You will likely have a few weeks to sign up but don’t miss the deadline when it is set! Make sure to get a testing date and a confirmation. The test dates are usually in Jan. and Feb. Read more here.

Looking for an elementary school, right now? (good news from Insideschools.org)
Some popular elementary schools have to turn students away who live nearby, but PS 9 in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn has spots open this year for kids in kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 4th grades, including those who don’t live in the PS 9 zone. The seats are open because some kids who enrolled didn’t show up in September. Read more here.

ch-ch-ch-ch-changes in district 15 for fall of 2013 (Joyce Szuflita from NYCschoolhelp.com reports on some changes)
We have been waiting for word on several changes that are expected to land on the neighborhoods (particularly Park Slope) before the new year. It appears that the DoE is flying some trial balloons. Let me stress that nothing is set in stone yet! This should be decided by Jan. of 2013. Read more here.