Brooklyn Independent is a new sliding-scale tuition middle school opening in Fort Greene (next to the Barclay's Center) this fall with a founding class of twenty 6th graders.
Brooklyn Independent offers a small middle school experience and prioritize high rigor balanced with "Maker Space" learning in collaboration with Pixel Academy. Their May 31st deadline is quickly approaching, and they will be hosting an Information Session every Thursday in the month of May. More details can be found in the attached flier.
Please contact Gabriela Tejedor for any questions. She can be reached at email@example.com or by phone at 305-898-8867.
If you are a 5th grade parent you should have received your child's personal application code in the mail.
To get help with your application:
Lastly, there is a D15 Middle School Forum on Wed, Nov 14 at 6 pm at P.S.130's Upper School located at 713 Caton Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218. Please come if you can. Principals and Middle School Representatives will be speaking about their schools and what the various programs that they have to offer.
2018 Middle School Family Presentation
Application due online December 3, 2018
Fall- Attend open houses and middle school fairs. Contact schools directly to learn when to visit.
Late October- Access your child’s personalized middle school application in MySchools. MySchools is both an online directory and your child’s personalized application. It will include as options every middle school that your child is eligible to attend.
December 3- Apply to middle school by December 3, 2018. Add up to 12 programs to the application and place them in your true order of preference
April- 1 offer-Get your child’s middle school offer
May- Appeals Round – Only for seats that remain after the main round.
Need help? If you still need help after reading this, please talk to Ms. Garcia, our School Counselor, or Ms. Hendrickson, our Parent Coordinator, Call us at 718-935-2009 or visit a Family Welcome Center.
If you see anything on your application that is inaccurate, contact your child’s current elementary school as soon as possible.
***Add up to 12 program choices to your child’s application. If a school has multiple programs, you may apply to more than one program at that school. If you do not get an offer to a program from your application, you will be matched to a program with availability in your district.
1. How do I apply?
Complete your child’s middle school application online at myschools.nyc. Create an account with your personal email addresses. To add a student to your account, you will need: Student ID (OSIS),
Account Creation Code (invitation letters mailed home; also can be received at current school).
The online application will be mobile device friendly, and available in nine languages* translated by the NYCDOE (Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Urdu)
2. Access and review your child’s application
When you access the application, be sure to review all information about your child: Make sure all personal information, including your child’s address, is correct. Make sure your child’s academic record is accurate.
3. What schools can I apply to?
When you log into MySchools, you will have a personalized list of schools to choose from. All the DOE public schools that your child can apply to will be included:
district schools in both districts.
4. Choose schools for your child’s application
Explore your middle school options in MySchools and add programs to your application.
How do you choose where to apply?
Consider the following:
5. Complete your child's application
Add up to 12 program choices to your child’s application. If a school has multiple programs, you may apply to one program, or more than one program at that school. Be sure to place them into your true order of preference, with your favorite program as #1.
After adding your favorite programs, consider adding more choices to your application.
Rank programs you’d prefer to your zoned school ahead of your zoned or continuing school.
Remember, As part of a district-wide plan to increase middle school diversity, all District 15 middle schools will now:
At some schools, students are considered in groups. All students in the first priority group will be considered first. If seats are available, students in the second priority group will be considered next, and so on. Priority to students and residents of the District- This means that all students who live or go to school in the District that list this program on their application will be considered before other Brooklyn students who list this program on their application. Then to students and residents of Brooklyn.
Admissions Methods- An admissions method is the way a school program considers and matches the applicants. For schools outside District 15, please look at each school to become familiar with their admissions method. For most up-to-date information, please contact middle schools directly.
Zoned- Based on address.
Open-Students will be chosen by a random selection.
Limited Unscreened- students will move into a higher priority group by signing in at a school event.
Screened- School ranks students based on fourth-grade attendance, state tests, and grades. Additional requirements may exist.
Screened for Language- Based on students’ English language skills.
Composite Score- Admitted based on a score that’s calculated using fourth grade report cards, state ELA and math exams, attendance, and behavior.
Programs with Screened, Screened Language, or Composite Score use specific criteria to admit students.
6. How do students get middle school offers?
Students get matched to middle schools based on the choices on the application, programs you include in your child’s application and the order in which they are placed.
Admissions Priorities are the order in which groups of applicants are considered.
Schools admissions methods
Number of seats available for applicants
At some schools, students are considered in groups. All students in the first priority group will be considered first. If seats are available, students in the second priority group will be considered next, and so on.
Priority to students and residents of the District- This means that all students who live or go to school in the District that list this program on their application will be considered before other Brooklyn students who list this program on their application. Then to students and residents of Brooklyn.
Dear 5th Grade Parents/Families,
As a 5th grade family this year it will be an exciting time for both you and your child. We wanted to let you know that we here at PS 172 will be a partner with you throughout the middle school process. We will support you in applying and choosing the middle schools that will be the best match for your child. Middle school offers students opportunities to explore their interests, discover new subjects, and learn more about themselves. You should stay engaged with Middle School admissions by signing up for the middle school admissions list at schools.nyc.gov/Connect.
We would like to start by informing you about some key information which will help you to start getting ready now to apply to middle school this fall!
-D15 middle schools will no longer “screen” or use applicants’ academic records to evaluate or admit students.
-Know the new Diversity in Admissions Priority:
Applicants who are students from low-income households, students in temporary housing, and/or English Language Learners (ELLs) have an admissions priority for 52% of seats at each D15 middle school. Students who qualify for the federal free or reduced price lunch (FRL) program are considered to be from a low-income household.
The admissions method now used in D15 is already used by most middle schools throughout
New York City, including by MS 839 I District#15. By using random selection within priority groups it gives more students access to all D15 middle schools and will help student populations to better reflect the district as a whole.
-Read the NYC Middle School Directory for District #15
This directory was sent home with your child and is also available in several languages by going to the 'Middle Schools Directories' page on this site.
-You should explore schools.nyc.gov/Find.a.School. Learn which district (1-32) you live in and if you have a zone school. All students who currently attend a District 15 public elementary school can apply to D15 middle schools. You will have the opportunity to apply to the District where you attend school and the District where you reside. Read the directory for the District in which you reside by going to www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enroll-grade-by-grade/middle-school.
-Sign up for Open Houses for schools that you are interested in attending on each individual school website or follow the directions on the website. Visiting a school is the best way to learn if it may be the right place for your family. It’s also a great way to see how long the trip is from home.
-Attend the middle school fairs in your district and/or the district in which you live—at these events, you can meet with representatives from different schools on the same day, in the same place. You can ask questions and learn about school offerings.
-For most up to date information visit schools.nyc.gov/Middle.
-The middle school application period opens online in October and closes by the deadline of December 3, 2018. You will be able to apply in English, Spanish, Chinese, Bengali, Russian, Arabic, Urdu, Haitian Creole, Korean, or French.
-If a school has more applicants than available seats, applicants will be matched in random-number order, and some students will have priority for 52% of its seats. Students with priority are students who: have disabilities, are from low income households, reside in temporary housing, and/or are English Language Learners.
-Your child’s middle school application will contain all of the middle school programs where they are eligible to apply, including borough-wide programs (open to all students who live or go to school in Brooklyn) or citywide programs (open to all students who live in NYC). The admissions processes at these schools may be different from D15’s. If your child gets an offer to one of these programs, they will not get an offer to a D15 middle school.
-As in previous years, all middle schools in D15 and throughout the city will have seats specifically for students with IEPs. The number of seats reserved for students with disabilities at each D15 school is based on the number of D15 students with IEPs.
-In the application, place the middle schools that you’d want your child to attend in your true order of preference, with your first choice as #1. Rank your first choice first, your second choice second, and so on. Select up to 12 of these programs by ranking them in your true order of preference. There are no benefits to placing your choices in any other order.
-If your child does not get an offer to your first choice, they will then be considered for their second choice, and so on.
-All other applicants (including any remaining students from the groups listed above) are matched in random-number order to their highest possible application choices until all available seats are filled. If there are more applicants than available seats at a school, the students with the strongest random numbers are matched first until all seats are filled.
-Students’ randomly assigned numbers decide the order in which they are matched to their choices. For example, if you place a school second but your child has a higher random number than a student whose family placed that school first, your child will be matched to that school before the other student, provided there
are available seats.
-Each student will be considered first for their first choice, then for their second choice, and so on, so that each student gets an offer to their highest choice possible.
-If you do not get an offer to a school you’ve placed in your application, you will get an offer to another school with available seats. This means that after you place your top-choice schools, you should continue to add schools to your application. Adding additional choices does not lower your chance of getting an offer to one of your top-choice schools, but does maximize your chances of getting into a school you have selected.
Each student will get one middle school offer. We will work with families throughout the process to ensure they are matched to a school that meets their needs.
Dual Language (DL) programs Students may also be eligible—learn more by contacting middle schools directly.
Charter Schools have a separate admissions process. Contact charter schools directly to learn how to apply.
Need Help with Your Application? Meet with your child's School Counselor, Ms. Garcia by making an appointment at 718-965-4200.