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.