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June 28, 2019
Chicago will allow students to start kindergarten early, skip grades
The new policy on early entrance to kindergarten will go into effect for the coming school year.
March 28, 2019
Happy, frustrated, or wait-listed: New York City families get kindergarten offers
The kindergarten waiting game is finally over — for most families, at least. New York City’s education department released placement…
March 22, 2018
Here are the 50 New York City schools with kindergarten waitlists in 2018
In a sign of just how volatile admissions can be, just 23 of the schools also had waitlists last year.
By the numbers
March 22, 2018
Fewer children land on waitlists as New York City reveals final kindergarten applications tally
Just 590 kindergarten applicants were placed on waitlists this year as the overall number of children applying to kindergarten fell.
April 24, 2014
Reductions in kindergarten waitlists spread across city, minus the Bronx
New data on kindergarten waiting lists released Wednesday show that most school districts saw some relief.
September 20, 2013
NYC sitting out national move to tie charter, district admissions
Superintendent Seth Andrew at a 2012 Democracy Prep admissions lottery event. When the city announced last week that a kindergarten admissions website would link to the charter school application, it took a small first step toward unifying charter and district school applications. But there appears to be little local enthusiasm for a fully unified enrollment process—something that many of the nation's other large school districts are working toward with urgency. In Denver, parents can apply to every charter and district school through one form and a single process. In New Orleans, the same is possible, with the exception of some of the city's highest-performing charter schools. Newark is well on its way, as is Chicago, and similar discussions are taking place in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. But while there hasn't been any significant movement on that front yet in New York, city officials have indicated it's a long term goal. "Eventually, we plan to streamline the application process to allow parents to apply to many types of public school programs in one place – be they district, charter, gifted and talented, or otherwise," department spokesman Devon Puglia said. Pushing for an integrated enrollment system could help cement charter schools' place in the city's school system at a time of political uncertainty for the charter sector. But city charter school advocates have indicated that they are focused on other issues.
April 12, 2013
Annual tally of soon-to-be kindergartners on wait lists is 2,361
The city Department of Education has placed slightly fewer incoming kindergarteners on wait lists than it did last year, despite receiving over 2,000 more kindergarten applications. But the news is unlikely to console the thousands of families who don't yet have kindergarten seats for September. Wait lists at 105 schools contain 2,361 students, meaning that the average wait list is 25 percent longer than it was last year.
November 17, 2011
Stringer to Walcott: We can fix "fictional" kindergarten wait lists
The start of the city's eight-month kindergarten admissions season isn't until January, but Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer already has kindergarten on his mind. Today, Stringer is sending a letter to Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott with suggestions for making the anxiety-producing admissions process easier on families and schools. The current kindergarten admissions process has families registering for their local schools starting in January. By March, many schools are already maintaining wait lists. Between then and the first day of school, the lists thin out as families move, choose private school, or win admission to charter schools or specialized programs at other schools, which have different application deadlines. Most of the time, families that stay on the wait lists end up being able to attend their zoned schools — but only after months of worry and searching for back-up options. "This is particularly problematic in school zones that are historically overcrowded because parents can experience months of unnecessary anxiety as their children sit on waitlists that often turn out to be, for lack of a better term, 'fictional,' Stringer writes in the letter. The letter outlines steps the city could take to streamline the admissions process, for many families a first contact with the DOE's bureaucracy.
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