Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Even More D2 Context

The news from the Delta HS info session last night is that the potential for D3 students to be accepted by D2 preferred schools is not good, in fact "highly discouraging."

Provided by Richard Kaplan

More D2 Context

I asked Erin Hill specifically how many CS kids were accepted to D2 preferred schools in the past. While CS does not release HS acceptance data, she did say the following:

Acceptance has varied from year to year from no more than four CS students accepted to none at all. We have good reason to think that this year will be only more difficult to get into a D2 school.


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Millennium and Brooklyn Tech Tours

Millinneum has come and gone since mid-day yesterday to this morning. Next available sign up is "Week of October 12."

Brooklyn Tech tours are listed on their website. You have to call between 10 am and 2 pm for an appointment.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

School of the Future

From School of the Future Open Houses


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12th, 2009 @ 2:00PM

Email to reserve an open house. Please note it may take a few days before you receive a response. Each open house has limited space, it is FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. Due to personnel constraints we cannot take requests over the phone.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Report of a Bard Assessment

Bard asked that you bring your report card to the test scheduled for 4:30 on the day of the assessment. Your child is sent up alone through the cafeteria up to the auditorium where they are given the test which consists of math (algebra--about 32 questions) and a 2-page essay on a general topic like "What did you do yesterday?" (or any day in the past). Parents were told to pick up their children by 6pm. Many got out earlier. Big writers stayed on until the end. Parents could wait in the cafeteria or come back for pick up. It would be worth researching the most efficient way to get there (East Houston and the FDR Drive) and shortening the walk. Best would probably be trains then bus.

Provided by Ina Greenfield

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Baruch College Campus HS Heads Up

Here is Erin Hill's (CS Counselor) response to my query about Baruch. If anyone hears anything different, let me know. Does anyone from Delta or other schools have any info?—SM

As for Baruch. . .well, they are really the only school that has said "if you are not in District 2, then don't bother." Parents have told me that the person who runs the tours has directly said that, and he has said it to me. We have NEVER had a student accepted there. They seem to follow the rules to a T, whereas ELRO may be a tad more flexible (that may change, however).

I honestly believe that it is a wasted spot if someone puts it on their application. Again, this will be your decision in the end. If you still would like to tour, I would suggest throwing the District 2 question out there to see if their tune has changed.

Friday, September 18, 2009

NYC HS Admissions Overview

Clearest Description of Specialized/Non-Specialized Admission Process I've Seen—SM
from Brooklyn Tech Website, Admissions Page

There are nine* Specialized High Schools, eight of which require students applying for admission to take the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT). At the time of the test, students list (in priority order) the specialized high schools they are interested in attending. The tests are scored by an independent company. Specialized high school offers are based solely on test results, the student’s ranked order of the schools, and seat availability.

Students taking the SHSAT or auditioning for the programs at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School must also submit a High School Application and may rank up to twelve (12) additional high schools/programs. Do not rank the Specialized High Schools on this application.

The results of the SHSAT are ordered from the highest score to the lowest score. The student with the highest score will be placed in the school/program of his/her first choice. Going down the list from the highest score, each student will be placed in his/her highest prioritized school in which seats are still available. Therefore, if all the seats in the student’s first choice are filled, he/she will be placed in his/her second choice if there are seats still available. If all the seats in his/her second choice are filled, the student will be offered a seat in his/her third choice if there are still seats available and so on until all the seats in the eight schools have been filled.

Each student receives notice of any offer(s) from a specialized high school, as well as any match to a non-specialized high school/program. A student who receives a specialized high school offer must respond to the offer or it will be forfeited. If a student accepts, he/she will attend that school/program. If a student does not receive an offer or chooses to decline the offer, the non-specialized match he/she received is considered final, and he/she will attend that school/program.

*Bronx High School of Science; Brooklyn Latin; Brooklyn Technical High School; High School for Mathematics, Science and Engineering at the City College; High School of American Studies at Lehman College; Queens High School for the Sciences at York College; Staten Island Technical High School; and Stuyvesant High School require the SHSAT.

* LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts, is also a specialized high school. Acceptance to one or more of their 6 programs is by audition, not participation in the SHSAT.

Math, Science, and Engineering at City College

Open House is October 20.

Provided by Laura Sherman

Here is what their website says:

HS MSE @ CCNY will host our Fall Open House on October 20, 2009 form 6:00 PM till 8:00 PM.

Our main building (Baskerville Hall) will be open for a self-guided walkthrough from 4:30 - 5:30 PM

This event is for students and families that are interested in joining our school community.

The event will take place in The Great Hall which is located in Sheppard Hall (140th St. and Convent Ave.) There is no need to reserve space. Please do not call for an appointment as this is unnecessary.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

DOE HS Calendar

Eleanor Roosevelt Tour Reservations

Online reservations are now up on the Eleanor Roosevelt website.

Millinneum Tours

I missed the sign up for these and now know you have to really jump on it or the tours fill up.—SM

From Millinneum's website:

Millennium High School hosts tours for students applying to 9th grade and their families. Registration is required to attend.

Our first two tours are completely booked and registration is currently closed. Registration for the following tours will open the week of September 28th:

Thursday, October 8th at 9:00 AM

Wednesday, October 14th at 5:00 PM

Wednesday, October 14th at 6:30 PM

Thursday, October 15th at 9:00 AM

Please do not call or e-mail the school to register. Check back here the week of September 28th.

NYC iSchool Tours Open

Please note that the NYC iSchool will be hosting a number of daytime tours and evening open houses this fall for prospective Class of 2014 students and their families. Registration for these tours is now open. Interested families should go to the website,

and click on the Tour Registration link.

The NYC iSchool is a small, selective, public high school that opened in September, 2008. They are looking for students with an 85 average or above, good attendance, and 3's and 4's on their state tests.

Provided by Erin Hill

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Brooklyn Latin Info Confirmed

Informative Fridays will be held every Friday in October in The Brooklyn Latin School auditorium at 9:00 a.m.  Please RSVP for a particular date (10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23 or 10/30) by sending an email to

Open House Nov. 5-7. Doesn't seem you need to sign up.

For more information:

Provided by Tracy Buell

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Important Dates from CS Counselors

September 15, 22, 29 and October 17, 18 Bard Assessment. PLEASE REGISTER FOR THE ASSESMENT BY VISITNG THEIR WEBSITE AT  You will need to bring a 7th grade report card and a Bard application to the assessment.  

October 3 Citywide High School Fair

October 24, 25 Borough Fairs   

November 7 OR 8  Specialized HS Admissions Test

November 14  Specialized HS Admissions Test (for students with testing modifications)

November 21, 22 Fiorello H. LaGuardia HS Auditions
December 6 Open House and Tour Information:

Beacon High School—for those students who DID NOT attend the Spring Open House
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Thursday, October 8  Manhattan and Bronx residents
Monday, November 2 Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens residents
You do not need to register for the open house          

Millennium High School—please check their website next week to register for a tour. They were holding them every Thursday morning from September through November last year, but may be different this year. Register at for these open houses.

Please be aware that ALL interviews must be made by contacting the schools directly.  All contact information can be found in the High School Directories along with dates and times of open houses, interviews, tests and auditions.

Obviously there are many more high schools conducting tours and open houses so please make sure to check this information by contacting the schools directly or by going on to

Please tour as many schools as possible. The more schools you rank on your application the better chances you have to be matched to a school. 

Provided by The Computer School counselors

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Bard HIgh School Assessment Registration

Registration for the Bard Early  College High School assessments have started. Go directly to their website and click on the link  for How To Apply To Bard. You will then be asked if want to register for either the assessment or open house (you can do both). The  assessment dates are: September 15, 22, and 29. October 17 and 18.  

Our experience is that the sooner your child takes the test, the better. Doing so gives them more time to correct the test and make the necessary calls for interviews. All students are eligible to take the assessment but may not be called back for an interview based on the results.

Provided by CS counselor Erin Hill

Brooklyn Latin Open House

Brooklyn Latin has an Open House on November 5, 5 pm. They also offer Informative Fridays at 9am, starting in October, which you can sign up for. The daytime gathering sounds smaller and offers a chance to see the school in action.

Provided by Kavery Kaul

Ed. Note: I tried to verify this on their website (no info) and by phone (phone tree that kept glitching). Kavery confirmed that it took many calls to get this information but that she did hear it in person. If anyone is able to verify, let me know. Brooklyn Latin 718 366 0154

Friday, September 4, 2009

Beacon Open Houses

The Beacon School will hold two Open Houses for 8th grade students.  Both students and parents are encouraged to attend. The dates are:

Thursday October 8, 2009 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. (for students who reside in Manhattan and the Bronx)

Monday November 2, 2009 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. (for students who reside in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island)

Please note that for those families who attended our previous Open House events, the same information will be distributed and we strongly encourage you not to attend a second time.

Registration is NOT necessary for Open House Events.

Support Frank McCourt HS with Gale Brewer

 Community School District 3 parents are organizing to open a CSD 3 high school on the Brandeis Campus, West 84 Street, in 2010 to serve 800-1000 students. The Frank McCourt High School of Journalism, Writing & Literature is a new, college preparatory high school with a focus on creative and expository writing, journalism, digital communication, and literature.  The school will also provide opportunities in creative and expository writing, journalism and literature in the Spanish language (and eventually French) for students who are English Language Learners or who are bilingual and biliterate. PLEASE support the creation of this school, and let us know if you want to participate in the planning.  Go to the following for information: For Facebook participants; Petitions Online:; Or send a question to or contact us at

Excerpted from Gale Brewer's September 1, 2009 Newsletter

Lehman Open House

Fall Open House for Prospective Students

In order to learn more about our school, prospective students and their parents are invited to our fall open house on Tuesday, October 13, at 5:30 PM, in the Performing Arts Center on the Lehman College Campus. It is not necessary to RSVP.

High School of American Studies at Lehman College
2925 Goulden Avenue
Bronx, NY 10468
Phone: (718) 329-2144