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high school admissions
October 8, 2018
I didn’t get into any of my top high school choices. Then I learned to love my safety school.
New York City’s intense high school choice process ends with students being matched to one of more than 400 high schools — at least…
end of the road
Updated June 7, 2018
Specialized high school admissions bill is on hold until next year, Heastie says
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said he would take up the issue next session, likely stymying any chance that the bill will come before the Assembly this year for a vote.
June 4, 2018
A Chalkbeat cheat sheet: The Specialized High School Admissions Test overhaul
If you are just catching up, here’s what you should know about the city’s plans.
here's the plan
June 2, 2018
After long wait, de Blasio backs plan to overhaul admissions at New York City’s elite high schools
After sustained pressure from advocates, Mayor Bill de Blasio is backing a two-step plan to reform admissions at eight of the city’s elite high schools.
5 step plan
May 24, 2018
If Carranza wants to take on screening in New York City, here are 5 things he could do
The chancellor could eliminate District 2 priority, change specialized high school admissions, or reduce the share of screened schools.
sorting the students
May 23, 2018
‘Why are we screening children? I don’t get that’: Chancellor Carranza offers harsh critique of NYC school admissions
New York City’s schools chief expressed a fundamental critique of the school system on Wednesday, arguing that sorting students by ability is “antithetical” to public education.
April 25, 2018
Racial tensions flare at Newark’s elite Science Park High School amid debate over admissions policies
The popular magnet school enrolls a smaller share of black students than the district overall. Critics blame its admission rules.
April 20, 2018
On high school match day, two-thirds of Newark eighth graders want magnet schools — but far fewer will get them
Students can apply to up to eight schools, but they only get matched with one. They find out which one on April 20.
navigating the maze
Updated April 2, 2018
This small nudge can help students avoid high schools with low graduation rates, according to a new study
A new study provides insight into how relatively small interventions can change the behavior of city students as they sift choose among more than 400 high schools.
You Asked We Answered
Updated November 6, 2017
Why do some New York City schools get to choose their students? Here’s the case for and against ‘screening.’
In response to reader questions, we explore why some New York City schools screen their applicants and what are some proposed alternatives to the current system.
drinks and debate
October 17, 2017
What would an equitable high school choice process look like? Chalkbeat readers weigh in
We want to follow up on some of your questions about high school admissions and how to make the process more fair.
August 2, 2017
‘I’m just a little bit angsty’: New York City students talk about what makes them nervous about high school
Last week, a group of rising eighth- and ninth-grade students from Breakthrough New York shared their hopes and fears about high school.
July 21, 2017
This seemingly small change could make it easier for guidance counselors to send students to transfer schools
Guidance counselors will be able to electronically refer students for up to three transfer schools.
June 14, 2017
How do you find the right school when you have a physical disability? These students will tell you
The discussion will take place Thursday evening at the Manhattan School for Children.
one barrier down
June 6, 2017
City to eliminate high school admissions method that favored families with time and resources
After a Chalkbeat investigation this fall, New York City will eliminate a high school admissions method that puts low-income families at a disadvantage.
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