2005-09-29 / Top Stories

NYC Dept. Of Ed. Announces Borough High School Fairs

The Department of Education (DOE) recently kicked off the fall public high school application season and an-nounced that it will offer more than 30 parent workshops in October and November throughout the city.

A Brooklyn High School Fair will take place at John Jay Educational Campus, 237 Seventh Avenue, on October 15 and 16. The Saturday schedule is 1-5 p.m., the Sunday fair from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

“This year’s robust program, which includes fairs, workshops, and publications, continues to target students as early as sixth grade and reflects our ongoing effort to ensure that all of our students will receive schools that they choose and that best meet their needs and interests,” Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein said. “Students and their families have more time than ever before to gather information, ask questions, and weigh their options in order to make the most informed choices possible.”

As in past years, individual high schools will also encourage interested students to visit open houses that show-case their schools and programs.

DOE High School Fairs in other boroughs will take place at the following locations:

• Theodore Roosevelt Educational Campus, 500 East Fordham Road (Bronx);

• Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Edu-cational Campus, 122 Amsterdam Avenue (Manhattan);

• Long Island City High School, 14-30 Broadway (Queens); and

• New Dorp High School, 465 New Dorp Lane (Staten Island).

The schedule and locations for those workshops is available at: http://www.nycenet.edu/Offices/StudentEnroll/HSAdmissions/AdmissionsNews/default.htm.

Students will receive their individu-alized high school applications from their schools on October 17; applications are due back to school guidance counselors on December 2. The ad-missions test for the specialized high schools will take place beginning Sat-urday, October 22, for eighth graders. The complete list of dates for the specialized high school exam, including make-up dates for Sabbath observers, students with special needs and others, is available on the DOE website at the link listed above, as well as in the Specialized High School Student Hand-book. Students will receive acceptances to specialized high schools in February 2006, and all students will be notified of their high school placement by the end of April.

As part of the opening of new high schools during the 2006-2007 academic year, the DOE will conduct a series of fairs for new schools on February 4, 5, and 9, 2006. Students will have an opportunity to re-sub-mit their high school application to in-clude new small schools among their choices. In addition to the new small high schools that will be developed for the 2006-07 school year, the small secondary schools that have opened in the past several years will be represented at the Citywide High School Fair this weekend and at the Borough High School Fairs in October.

For more information about the fairs, parents and students should call 311 or visit the DOE Web site at http://www.nycenet.edu/Offices/StudentEnroll/HSAdmissions/AdmissionsNews/default.htm .

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