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  • Hang in there: High school letters arrive March 10

    Written by Laura Zingmond
    The wait is almost over. High school decision letters will be distributed by Friday, March 10. Schools will first have access to the letters mid-week, but don't expect to receive yours before Friday when most schools choose to hand them out at the end of the day. If your school mails the letters, you may not get yours until Saturday. Non-public school students should contact the person handling high school admissions at their school to…
  • How Over-incarceration of Parents Can Harm Children

    Written by Insideschools staff
    By Leila Morsy and Richard Rothstein As many as one in 10 African American students has an incarcerated parent. One in four has a parent who is or has been incarcerated. The discriminatory incarceration of African American parents is an important cause of their children’s lowered performance, especially in schools where the trauma of parental incarceration is concentrated. Two policies have been mostly responsible: an increasingly punitive sentencing policy, including prison terms for violent crimes…
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  • Pre-k picks: Manhattan & the Bronx

    Written by Lydie Raschka
    It's gone from famine to feast in recent years: Parents once faced with too few pre-k options may now wade through a world of choices. Let us help you narrow the list with some promising new programs and schools we can recommend in every borough. Note: If a great program is hopelessly oversubscribed we didn't include it here. Applications for pre-kindergarten for children born in 2013 are due Feb. 24. (Charter schools have separate applications.…
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  • Pre-k picks: Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island

    Written by Lydie Raschka
    Got a 4-year-old? Now's the time to apply to pre-kindergarten. We've compiled a list of best bets, based on our visits and intel on schools most likely to have space. Before reading on, see more details about the process on our post, Pre-k picks: Manhattan & the Bronx BROOKLYN Fort Greene, Bedford-Stuyvesant and Vinegar HillIn District 13, in the heart of Bedford-Stuyvesant, PS 3, a school noted for its dedication to the arts, has five…
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  • Suit up for summer programs this winter

    Winter is the perfect time to think about summer activities for children. In fact, deadlines are coming quickly for many of the city's free programs. Summer is a great time for children to explore a new challenge or continue to sharpen their areas of strength. Not sure how to find the right program? InsideSchools offers a guide of more than 100 free and low cost, summer and year-round programs for children. Here are a few…
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  • Explore your public school options: 2 events with Clara Hemphill

    Written by Insideschools staff
    Learn about your public school options from Clara Hemphill, InsideSchools founder. She is offering two free workshops in Manhattan next week and presenting her new book, NYC's Best Public Pre-K and Elementary Schools. Come to the Upper West Side on Monday, Feb. 6, at 6 pm for the workshop at Rutgers Community Programs at 236 W. 73rd Street. Sign up here.Or, come to the Word Up Community Bookshop/Libreria Comunitaria, 2113 Amsterdam Ave. in Washington Heights, Thursday, Feb.…
 

About Special Education

  • What is special education?

    If your child is having trouble in school, he may need help from a teacher with special training. This extra help is called special education. It’s free, and your child has a right to it under federal law. The public school system has a range… Read more and watch video
  • Noteworthy special education: elementary schools

    These programs were recommended by special education advocates, parents’ groups, university researchers and Insideschools staffers. We looked for schools with high academic standards (reflected by better-than-average test scores); that treat all children kindly; and that serve a substantial number of special needs students. This list… Read more
  • Noteworthy special education: middle schools

    These programs were recommended by special education advocates, parents’ groups, university researchers and Insideschools staffers. We looked for schools that have high academic standards (often reflected by better-than-average test scores); that treat all children kindly; and that serve a substantial number of special needs students.… Read more
  • Noteworthy special education: high schools

    We picked a few schools that have long history of success with special needs students. We also highlight new schools that have a promising approach, even if they are too new to have solid results. Not every school works for every child, and finding a… Read more