Next year’s high school applicants will learn where they have been accepted more than a month earlier than they have in the past, according the Department of Education, which says it has “streamlined” the process to give students their results earlier. The DOE announced next year’s admissions timeline at the May high school information meetings for families of 6th and 7th-graders This week’s session at PS 166 was packed with parents and middle school students from all over Manhattan who also learned there have been changes in special education admissions.
Lenny Trerotola, head of high school enrollment, emphasized the need for families to make realistic choices to increase the chances that they get a match, adding that schools take a close look at attendance and punctuality. He reiterated several “guarantees” for 8th-graders applying to high school: In 6-12 schools, 8th-graders may stay for high school if they list the school as a choice on their application. For those applying to educational option schools or programs (Ed Opt), which are designed to admit a percentage of high, low, and average students, the top two percent scorers on the state English Language Arts test are guaranteed entry if they list it first on the application. Students who have zoned schools (mostly in Queens, Staten Island, and a few neighborhoods in Brooklyn and the Bronx) are guaranteed admittance to if they list it on their application.
Trerotola announced that the High School Directory will no longer list specific special education services on each school’s page. Instead, all schools are expected to serve all students, no matter what disability they might have. He anticipates that parents of special education students will meet with school staff after a child has been placed to design an appropriate program. Parents must approve any revisions to the student’s IEP (Individualized Education Plan). Schools see only the category of special ed (SETSS or Collaborative Team Teaching) on the application, not the actual IEP, he said.
Parents can get more information and help at HS_Enrollment@School.NYC.Gov or 718-935- 2399 Parents are encouraged to attend summer and fall informational workshops sponsored by the DOE. Dates have yet to be announced.