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Local News October 15, 2009  RSS feed

DOE Announces Its Middle School Fairs

Run Until Oct. 22; Apply By Dec. 15

The New York City Department of Education announced the schedule for middle school fairs in community school districts that offer middle school choice to students.

Like last year, all districts will follow the same middle school admissions calendar. The placement criteria from previous years will remain in place in each district. Students will receive middle school applications at their elementary school in November and must return the completed application to their school by Dec.15.

Students in Districts 24 and 30 who plan to apply to Academically Enriched Programs should submit the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT) “request for testing” form by Oct. 28.

Students anywhere in the city who plan to apply to Mark Twain I.S. 239 for the Gifted and Talented and District 21 students who plan to apply to District 21 Talent Programs should submit a Mark Twain/District 21 request for testing form by October 28. Public school students can obtain a request for testing form from their elementary school, and nonpublic school students can visit one of the department’s borough enrollment offices to pick up a form.

Families will be notified of placements in May. Specific information about middle school options in each district, including selection criteria and eligibility rules, is available in the middle school directories that elementary school students will receive at their schools next week. The directories will also be available at borough enrollment offices, the middle school fairs, and on the department’s website at www.nyc.gov/schools/enrollment.

At the middle school fairs, families can meet staff and students from middle schools in their district and learn more about the middle school application process. All the fairs run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and include a workshop on the admissions process. Interpretation services will be available at all the fairs. In addition, individual schools are holding tours and open houses now through October 22.

Families can also sign up for regular e-mail updates about the middle school admissions process on the department’s website at www.nyc.gov/schools/enrollment. The e-mails will include reminders about key dates and deadlines in the admissions process.

The fair schedule, middle school directories, the admissions calendar, and a list of open houses are available on the department’s website.