2009-10-15 / Other News

DOE Announces Middle School Fairs And Admissions

The Department of Education has announced the schedule for middle school fairs in community school districts that offer middle school choice to students. The fairs began on Tuesday, October 13.

Like last year, all districts will follow the same middle school admissions calendar. The placement criteria from previous years will remain in place in each district. Students will receive middle school applications at their elementary school in November and must return the completed application to their school by December 15.

Students in Districts 17, 18 (Canarsie and East Flatbusah), 20, 22, 24, and 30 who plan to apply to Academically Enriched Programs should submit the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT) “request for testing” form by October 28. Students anywhere in the city who plan to apply to Mark Twain I.S. 239 for the Gifted and Talented and District 21 students who plan to apply to District 21 Talent Programs should submit a Mark Twain/District 21 request for testing form by October 28.

Public school students can obtain a request for testing form from their elementary school, and non-public school students can visit one of the Department’s borough enrollment offices to pick up a form.

Families will be notified of placements in May. Specific information about middle school options in each district, including selection criteria and eligibility rules, is available in the middle school directories that elementary school students will receive at their schools next week. The directories will also be available at borough enrollment offices, the middle school fairs, and on the Department’s Web site at www.nyc.gov/schools/enrollment.

At the middle school fairs, families can meet staff and students from middle schools in their district and learn more about the middle school application process. All the fairs run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and include a workshop on the admissions process. Interpretation services will be available at all the fairs. In addition, individual schools are holding tours and open houses between October 13 and October 22.

Families can also sign up for regular e-mail updates about the middle school admissions process on the Department’s Web site at www.nyc.gov/schools/enrollment. The e-mails will include reminders about key dates and deadlines in the admissions process.

The schedule for Brooklyn middle school fairs is below. The remaining fair schedule, middle school directories, the admissions calendar, and a list of open houses are available on the Department’s Web site.
•October 22
Marine Park (J.H.S. 278)
1925 Stuart Street
•October 22
Park Slope Educational Complex (M.S. 88)
544 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn
•October 20
Math, Science and Technology (M.S. 267)
800 Gates Avenue, Brooklyn
•October 20
Walt Whitman (M.S. 246)
72 Veronica Place, Brooklyn
•October 22
The SEEALL Academy (P.S./I.S. 180)
5601 16th Avenue, Brooklyn

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