Back-to-School Services, Resources, & Programs in Brooklyn

Back-to-School Services, Resources, & Programs in Brooklyn

UPDATED December 2019: School is quickly approaching, and you still have things to do before your child goes back to school. Prepare for back-to-school season in Brooklyn with a wide range of programs, services, and schools for kids, including afte...

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Charter Schools, Public Schools, and Magnet Schools in Queens

Charter Schools, Public Schools, and Magnet Schools in Queens

UPDATED December 2019: With the ability to choose a public school for your child in Queens, the choice can seem daunting—from weighing the benefits of each school to figuring out whether your child will do best at the regular public school, a chart...

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One Manhattan Teacher Will Win a $100,000 FLAG Award for Teaching Excellence

One Manhattan Teacher Will Win a $100,000 FLAG Award for Teaching Excellence

The FLAG Award for Teaching Excellence launched on Oct. 23 and will recognize and celebrate one extraordinary Manhattan public school teacher with a $100,000 prize–and $20,000 for his or her school. Four finalists will also receive $10,000 each and...

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You Can Now Nominate Your Kids’ Teachers for the Big Apple Awards

You Can Now Nominate Your Kids’ Teachers for the Big Apple Awards

Nominations for the eighth annual Big Apple Awards are now open, says New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza–and you can nominate your kids’ favorite teachers and counselors through December 2. The Big Apple Awards is a citywide recognit...

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The 2020 NYC High School Admissions Process Has Begun

The 2020 NYC High School Admissions Process Has Begun

This year, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza simplified the high school admissions process by eliminating the second round of applications students used to be responsible for each cycle. This year’s cycle wi...

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Mayor de Blasio Announces Plan to Build 20 New 'Imagine' High Schools in NYC

Mayor de Blasio Announces Plan to Build 20 New 'Imagine' High Schools in NYC

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza announced plans for the Imagine Schools NYC Challenge, a plan to use a public-private partnership to create 40 new city schools, on October 3. The challenge encompasses the ...

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P.S. 101Q in Forest Hills Wins Coveted National Blue Ribbon

P.S. 101Q in Forest Hills Wins Coveted National Blue Ribbon

P.S. 101Q in Forest Hills has been awarded a national blue ribbon for being among the highest performing schools in New York, the US Department of Education announced on Sept. 26. 101Q is one of eight schools in NYC to receive this distinction, and...

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The NYC DOE Will Allow Students to Walk Out for Climate Strike on September 20

The NYC DOE Will Allow Students to Walk Out for Climate Strike on September 20

September is full of holidays students will be excused from school for–but a climate strike march is not usually one of them. However, the New York City Department of Education will be allowing students to leave school, as long as parents give cons...

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NYC's School Bus Tracking System Doesn't Work as Planned–and Parents are Angry

NYC's School Bus Tracking System Doesn't Work as Planned–and Parents are Angry

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office announced a Department of Education partnership with Via that would allow New York City parents to track school bus routes through “Via for Schools”, a GPS system and app, in August. All 9,000 buses were supposed to be...

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The “3-K for All” Preschool Program Now Available in All 5 Boroughs

The “3-K for All” Preschool Program Now Available in All 5 Boroughs

3-K for All, the nation’s “most ambitious effort to provide universal free, full-day, high-quality early childhood education for every three-year-old,” is now available borough-wide in Staten Island and available in all of the city’s five boroughs ...

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How to Prepare Your Child for NYC's Gifted and Talented Test

How to Prepare Your Child for NYC's Gifted and Talented Test

Every year, tens of thousands of kids across New York City—and some in the suburbs of NYC—opt to take a test to qualify for the Gifted and Talented program. The program holds classes (within public schools) that are geared to the test’s highest sco...

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Jackson Heights Magnet School Will Debut Makerspace This Fall

Jackson Heights Magnet School Will Debut Makerspace This Fall

This fall, I.S. 145, the Joseph Pulitzer Magnet School of Innovation and Applied Learning, will premiere its new makerspace as part of the school’s mission of teaching students 21st-century skills such as critical thinking, information management, ...

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NYC Parents Can Track Their Kids' School Bus Routes This Year

NYC Parents Can Track Their Kids' School Bus Routes This Year

Every day, the New York City Department of Education transports 150,000 students on 9,000 bus routes to and from school. This school year, for the first time, parents can track all 9,000 bus routes on a mobile app and receive information on bus loc...

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The Town of Hempstead Is Giving Out Free Backpacks in Back-to-School Celebration

The Town of Hempstead Is Giving Out Free Backpacks in Back-to-School Celebration

Hempstead Mayor Don Ryan will join the Able Body of Believers Alliance (ABBA) on August 28 and August 31 for two backpack giveaways. The August 31 event is the the 14th annual Back to School Celebration to help local children get ready for school. ...

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CareerReady NYC Program Offers City Students More Paths to Success

CareerReady NYC Program Offers City Students More Paths to Success

In July, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza, and several other education officials announced the launch of CareerReady NYC, a program that will help New York City students prepare for the workplace beginning this school ye...

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The NYC High School Application Process is Getting Simpler and More Transparent

The NYC High School Application Process is Getting Simpler and More Transparent

For years, students applying to middle and high schools in New York City had to go through a second round of applications if they didn’t get into their preferred schools. But Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza have simp...

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3 Bushwick Schools Have Higher Lead Levels Today Than In 2016

3 Bushwick Schools Have Higher Lead Levels Today Than In 2016

After various Brooklyn public schools were tested for lead levels in their water facilities back in 2016, re-tests during the 2018-2019 school year revealed new cases of elevated lead levels, despite programs that were meant to eliminate lead from ...

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Advocates Say NYC's $8.8 Billion Plan to Address School Overcrowding Isn't Focused on the Right Fix

Advocates Say NYC's $8.8 Billion Plan to Address School Overcrowding Isn't Focused on the Right Fix

While the number of overcrowded schools in New York City has declined by 31 buildings since 2015, some 520,000 kids–roughly half of the city’s student population–attend schools that are oversaturated and ill-equipped to handle their student bodies....

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Brooklyn’s District 13 Receives School Diversity Grant

Brooklyn’s District 13 Receives School Diversity Grant

This year, the School Diversity Advisory Group (SDAG) released 67 recommendations to improve goals, diversity, resources, restorative justice and practices, and representation in New York City Schools. SDAG members–students, educators, parents, adv...

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Academy of the Holy Angels Seniors Visit Columbia's Microsurgery Training Lab

Academy of the Holy Angels Seniors Visit Columbia's Microsurgery Training Lab

A few weeks before their graduation from the Academy of the Holy Angels, four seniors became the first AHA students to visit the micro lab at Columbia University. This venue is one of the world’s premier microsurgery training labs.

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The 2019-2020 NYC Public School Calendar Is Here

The 2019-2020 NYC Public School Calendar Is Here

In any city, knowing when kids will have off from school is important. In New York, it’s crucial. The NYC Department of Education just released the 2019-2020 school calendar–which many local preschools follow, as well–so you can know when schools w...

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NYC Department of Education Pilot Program Translates Students’ IEPs Into Parents’ Native Languages

NYC Department of Education Pilot Program Translates Students’ IEPs Into Parents’ Native Languages

The New York City Department of Education recently launched a pilot program that translates students’ Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) into their parents’ native languages. The program provides support for parents in District 9, in the Bronx, ...

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Hofstra University’s Saturday Classes for Young People Brings Back Internet of Things Class

Hofstra University’s Saturday Classes for Young People Brings Back Internet of Things Class

Hofstra University’s Saturday Classes for Young People will bring back the Internet of Things class this Spring with new activities. This eight-session class, running from March 3-May 18, is structured through discussions and exercises that become ...

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Chappaqua Ossining and Byram Hills Students Named Finalists in Regeneron Contest

Chappaqua Ossining and Byram Hills Students Named Finalists in Regeneron Contest

Four students from Chappaqua, Ossining and Byram Hills were named finalists in the Regeneron Science Talent Search contest. The competition is a research-based science competition for high school seniors. The Westchester students will join forty ot...

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Tanger Outlets Deer Park Now Accepting Entries for Grant Program

Tanger Outlets Deer Park Now Accepting Entries for Grant Program

TangerKIDS Grant Program, an initiative that gives award money to schools within the communities of Tanger Outlet Centers, is now accepting entries within Deer Park and adjacent communities. The program was designed to fund local schools for things...

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Eighth Grader at Long Island School for the Gifted Wins Youth Art Month 2019 State Flag Competition

Eighth Grader at Long Island School for the Gifted Wins Youth Art Month 2019 State Flag Competition

The Youth Art Month (YAM) Co-Chairpersons Julia Lang-Shapiro, Heather McCutcheon and Donnalyn Shuster are happy to announce Long Island School for the Gifted's 2019 State Flag Competition Winners. This event is an important part of the award-winnin...

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How to Prepare for High School Admissions

How to Prepare for High School Admissions

Growing up is tough, between falling outs with friends and finding out how to get involved in politics for the first time, even without the stress of high school. Nowadays, kids don't have to worry just about going to high school (as scary as that ...

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Brooklyn Councilman Announces Kosher and Halal Lunch Programs

Brooklyn Councilman Announces Kosher and Halal Lunch Programs

Though about 1.1 million New York City school students have access to free lunches in public schools, the menu hasn't always been quite as inclusive. But now, a Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn councilman announced a plan that would provide new Kosher and ...

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Our World Neighborhood Charter School Opens Howard Beach Location

Our World Neighborhood Charter School Opens Howard Beach Location

Our World Neighborhood Charter Schools, based in Astoria, recently opened a Howard Beach location. The school opened its doors on August 29 for grades K-2 in a brand new, 42,000-square foot building with 18 classrooms-all with smartboards- and eigh...

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Officials Discover Lead in More Than 1,000 NYC Schools

Officials Discover Lead in More Than 1,000 NYC Schools

At school, things like clean drinking water should be a given. In NYC, though, officials from the Department of Education have yet to fully fix more 1,100 water fixtures found to have elevated levels of lead.

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The Differences Between Charter, Home, Independent, International, Magnet, and Parochial Schools

The Differences Between Charter, Home, Independent, International, Magnet, and Parochial Schools

Choosing what school to send your child to in the New York metro area can be a complicated decision, one you agonize over for days or even weeks. But what are the differences between parochial, independent, international, charter, magnet, and home ...

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White Plains Student Chosen for International Language Program in China

White Plains Student Chosen for International Language Program in China

One local New York-area student better get his passport ready. Jacob Furry, a rising senior at White Plains High School in White Plains, New York, is heading to China this summer to participate in a language program through a U.S. State Department ...

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The Edward K. Ellington Magnet School of Science, Technology, and the Arts Welcomes New Schoolyard

The Edward K. Ellington Magnet School of Science, Technology, and the Arts Welcomes New Schoolyard

On May 22, the Edward K. Ellington Magnet School of Science, Technology, and the Arts (PS 140Q) revealed its new schoolyard. The project was started and completed within the Borough and district officials as well as community members were invited ...

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Sunset Park Students Recognized for Cutting Waste

Sunset Park Students Recognized for Cutting Waste

A group of students from Charles Dewey Middle School in Sunset Park is schooling us all with their recycling and waste management knowledge. Teachers say these students, who have dedicated themselves to cutting down waste and improving recycling pr...

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Westchester High School Students Win 'Colors of Music' Mural Contest

Westchester High School Students Win 'Colors of Music' Mural Contest

The Music Conservatory of Westchester is proud to announce that both Mya Madison Davis, 9th grader at Pelham Memorial High School, and Ciara Sergi, 9th grader at White Plains High School, are winners of the “Colors of Music” Student Mural Contest!...

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Vincent Smith School Senior Overcomes Learning Difficulties and Graduates

Vincent Smith School Senior Overcomes Learning Difficulties and Graduates

Upon meeting Mark Irving, a hard-working student who loves to put on a show, you’d be surprised to hear of the learning challenges he faced on the road to graduation. Mark entered Vincent Smith School in elementary school, when his parents realized...

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Students' Petition Prompts North Rockland Schools to Re-Evaluate Homework Policy

Students' Petition Prompts North Rockland Schools to Re-Evaluate Homework Policy

North Rockland Central School District schools are looking into changing their homework policies for the 2019-2020 school year. The potential for North Rockland schools to not have homework anymore is the result of a petition created by two fifth-g...

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Vincent Smith School Creates Flag Field of Honor for Memorial Day

Vincent Smith School Creates Flag Field of Honor for Memorial Day

The Student Council of Vincent Smith School in Port Washington is proud to commemorate Armed Forces Day (May 19), Memorial Day (May 28) and Flag Day (June 14) by creating an American Flag Field of Honor on the school's front lawn, facing Port Washi...

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New York City Now Required to Provide Menstrual Products for Girls in School

New York City Now Required to Provide Menstrual Products for Girls in School

New York State Governor, Andrew Cuomo, announced via Twitter that schools will now be required to provide free menstrual products for girls in grades 6-12. These products will be available in every girl's bathroom in New York State schools. Back...

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Register Now for Free Full-Day Summer Academy Programs via the NYC Department of Education

Register Now for Free Full-Day Summer Academy Programs via the NYC Department of Education

Registration is now open for Summer in the City's Summer Academy programs. These programs offer New York City kids in grades 2-12 free, full-day summer programing with hands-on STEM activities, reading and math curriculum, and visits to museums, pa...

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NYC High School Graduation Rate Hits An All-Time High

NYC High School Graduation Rate Hits An All-Time High

New rules are easing the way for more students to earn diplomas.

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Success Academy Emphasizes Rigor and Personal Support

Success Academy Emphasizes Rigor and Personal Support

With 46 schools across the city, this charter school system improves upon its curriculum constantly.

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CVS Health and Northside Center Expand Mental Health Services Across NYC Schools

CVS Health and Northside Center Expand Mental Health Services Across NYC Schools

CVS Health and Northside Center recently announced a four-year partnership with a $200,000 corporate grant from CVS Health to expand mental health clinics for NYC students in low-income neighborhoods.

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New App Helps with NYC High School Admissions

New App Helps with NYC High School Admissions

The NYC High School Application Guide is a free mobile app that helps NYC students with their search for a high school.

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International Academy of New York Opens on the Upper East Side

International Academy of New York Opens on the Upper East Side

International Academy of New York, a school with a bilingual focus, opened on the Upper East Side for students in nursery school to second grade in September.

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How New York and New Jersey Public Schools Rank in the U.S.

How New York and New Jersey Public Schools Rank in the U.S.

See how New York and New Jersey public schools rank in comparison to other state's public schools.

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Fire Island School District Expands Pre-K and Non-Resident Enrollment

Fire Island School District Expands Pre-K and Non-Resident Enrollment

Fire Island School District will soon be offering full-day pre-K and an expanded non-resident enrollment program at its public elementary school.

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New York City to Launch 3-K for All

New York City to Launch 3-K for All

Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced plans to bring free, full-day, early childhood education to every 3-year-old in NYC.

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Yonkers Public School Teachers Required to Answer Emails From Parents

Yonkers Public School Teachers Required to Answer Emails From Parents

Yonkers Public Schools teachers must answer emails from parents and students in a new deal met by the Yonkers City Council.

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East Meadow School District Declares Diwali an Official School Holiday

East Meadow School District Declares Diwali an Official School Holiday

East Meadow School District declares Diwali an official holiday for the 2017-2018 school year calendar.

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