Deadlines, Wait Lists & Placements, oh my 2/3/14

All dates, deadlines, times and places need to be confirmed with the sponsoring organization or school. This newsletter is a listing of interesting sounding programs that come across my desk, it is not necessarily an endorsement of the programs. All listings are unpaid.

I have been blogging

kindergarten connect: questions answered

finding your way around insideschools

2013 test scores

getting a school tour from a student

"kindergarten connect" conspiracy theories

Private Preschool (and Elementary) Seats and Open Houses

ABC Child Center has 10 spaces available for the afternoon program (12:45 - 6:00pm) Monday - Friday. They have a limited number of full day (8am - 6pm) space available. For more information please contact ABC directly at 718-389-9004 or email at

Billy Martin Child Development Center at 333 Classon currently has openings. It comes highly recommended by a client. If you are looking for great coverage at an affordable price (the kids are engaged AND they potty train 2 year olds!) you should give them a look. Contact the school at 718-857-5630.

Brooklyn Free Space is offering their last tour on Fri. 2/17 (applications are also due that day) Sign up online.

Building Bridges Preschool currently has openings in their two's classes, three's classes and PreK. Contact Susan Kuhlmann for more information at or 347-334-64754.

Brooklyn Apple Academy is having an open house on Sunday, February 9th @ 2pm. Come learn about B.A.A.'s collaborative, child-led curriculum and enrichment programs for homeschoolers. Enjoy a puppet show and workshop from Jawbone Theater Co. and stay for tea time with the B.A.A. community! Park Slope Jewish Center. 1320 8th Ave. Brooklyn, NY.

Brooklyn Country Day preschool will be holding an open house on March 15 and 16. For more information go their website

Lango Early Childhood Language and Cultural Center is offering Spanish and Mandarin immersion preschool program for children ages 2-5. Applications for 2014-2015 are available at

Mozart and Einsteins Preschool has immediate openings for 2014 and Summer Musical Theater Camps. Their students are ages 2-5. We have 2, 3, and 5 day-a-week options. (Full day only.) Families are invited to apply online at or to call 718-928-5618 for more information.

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Academy will have open houses every Thursday @ 9:00am. They have spots for PreK-8th grade. Contact the school for more information.

Who's On First has an opening as of 4/1 for Tuesday/Thursday afternoon spot. There is also a MWF afternoon spot as of 3/1. We could also combine the two and make it a M-F spot as well. Contact Nicole at for more information.

If you are a preschool or elementary school director, and want me to list open seats in your program for fall 2013. Please send a note to

Public Elementary Schools

The Kindergarten Calendar is up:

Application Period begins 1/13/14 (not first come, first served)
Application Deadline is 2/14/14 for Kindergarten Connect (online application)
Placement Offers from Kindergarten Connect will distributed in early April
Pre-Registration will be mid to late April

Not included in Kindergarten Connect:
Charter Schools do their lotteries in early April
G&T placement process will be later in the spring, after test scores come in.

If you want email updates from the DoE about Kindergarten admissions, PreK admissions, G&T, Charter Schools, late breaking news, subscribe to the DoE's email alerts here.

Watch this video from Inside Schools about what to look for on a kindergarten tour.

You can find 2014-15 Elementary School Directories here. Be skeptical of the status bar at the top of each school's page ("last year this school only admitted zoned students"). If you want to know the whether the school you are interested in takes out of zone students in your grade, talk to their parent coordinator. Principals: if you would like me to tell parents that you are happy to have them from outside of zone - Let me know.

Public Prek

Application Period begins 3/3/14
Deadline to submit application 4/1/14
Decision Letters sent early June (on Memorial Day weekend, they can't hear you scream)
Pre-registration June 9-20

The 2014-15 Directories will be available in March online and in any public school that has a prek

Reporter Request:
I'm a producer at WNYC and I'm looking to meet a parent who is currently deep in the pre-K application process (attending school tours and deciding where to apply) for a feature on WNYC. I can be reached at 646-829-4487 and

Gifted and Talented for Kindergarten (to 3rd Grade) Admissions

Access the current handbooks (and practice tests) here.

The G&T calendar is online here.
Jan-Feb 2014 testing takes place
Early April score reports and applications sent to eligible students
April 18 application deadline
Week of May 26 decision letters (where you were placed) mailed to families
Week of June 9 deadline for families to pre-register for placement

Some G&T seats remain unfilled from SchoolBook

Public Elementary Tours

You must confirm these dates before you go: I am typing very fast, dates change and sometimes the schools want an RSVP. If you don't see your school here and you want to list your dates- please email me, I would love to include them!

Check the school's calendars if they don't have a "visit the school" tab.
Sometimes schools don't set up regular tours and they are happy to show you around as an individual (don't expect this from one of the highly sought after programs). If you want to visit one of these "under the radar schools", call the parent coordinator or the secretary and ask if they are setting any up.

Watch this video from the awesome Inside School before you tour.

The DoE is also listing open houses on their website (scroll down the page)

District 13

PS 8 Tours lower school 3/5 @ 9:00 am no RSVP required
PS 8 discontinues their Pre-K program.

PS 9 Tours 2/14, 3/14, 4/11 @ 9am register online

PS 11 Tours 2/12, 3/13 @ 9:00am Register online (scroll down their home page and click on a date)

PS 20 2/13@ 9am
They have a new Dual Language French Program

PS 46 in Ft. Greene, has a NEW MAGNET GRANT (Communications and Media Arts through Applied Training)!
Check out their open house on 2/12 @9am. They also have a Dual Language Spanish program for PreK-5th grade. Open house for the Dual Language program will be on 2/26 and 3/26 @ 9:00am. For more information contact Ms. Lopez or Mr. Johnson at 718-834-7694, or by e-mail at

PS 133 Tours 2/6, 2/13, 3/6, 3/13, 4/3, 4/9 @ 9am. Registration is required. Register here.

PS 282 Tours 2/12, 2/26, 3/12, 3/26, 4/9, 4/23 (@9:00am). Meet in the lobby @ 8:45. Registration is recommended. Register here.

Achievement First Endeavor Charter Tours 3/4 @ 8:00am

Brooklyn Prospect Charter info sessions will held for the elementary school on 2/11 @ 6:00pm @ the Dwntwn Brklyn Campus Sign up here. Lottery applications will be available here

Community Partnership Charter School Tours 2/26 @9am, 3/8 @ 10am, 3/20 @ 9am. No registration necessary.

Community Roots Charter School Tours 2/6, 2/11, 2/27, 3/13, 3/18, 3/27 @ 8:45am register online

Compass Charter School
Information Meetings 2/7, 2/28 @ 6:30pm. Sessions being held at Brooklyn Community Housing and Services, 105 Carlton Avenue. Check website for more details. Application here.

District 14

PS 31 Tours 2/27, 3/20, 4/24 @ 9:00am. No RSVP necessary.

PS 34 Tours 2/5, 3/12, 4/9, 5/17 @ 9am. No RSVP necessary

PS 84 Tours 2/5 @ 9:00am, PreK focused tours: 2/12, 2/27, 3/19, 3/28 @ 9am. RSVP to (718) 384-8063.

PS 110 Tours 2/3, 3/3, 4/7 @ 9:15am

Beginning With Children Charter School Open Houses 2/5, 2/7 @9:30am, 2/23 @10am, 3/5 @9:30am, 3/7 @5:30pm, 3/16 @10am. For a tour or application visit, or call 718 388-8847 Ext. 260.

Brooklyn Arbor, PS 414 2/7, 2/28 @9am, no RSVP necessary

The Ethical Community Charter School Tours 2/12 @ 9am, 3/12 @ 9am & 4:30pm, 4/9 @ 4:30pm

Success Academy Williamsburg Tour 2/3, 2/10, 2/24 @ 10am. RSVP necessary. Sign up here.

District 15

PS 10 Tours 2/14, 3/14, 4/10, 5/6 @ 9am. Sign up

PS 15 open houses generally offered every Thurs. morning. RSVP to Parent Coordinator, Judith Reis 347-563-5380

PS 39 Tours 2/12 @ 9:00am No registration required

PS 58 Tours 1/16, 1/27 @ 9:00am No registration required.

PS 107 Tours 2/13@ 9:00am. No appointment necessary

PS 118 Tours 2/10 @ 9am. No registration needed.

PS 124 Open House Dates 2/5 @ 9:30. Registration is requested. Interested parents email Mrs. Maxil at to reserve a spot.

PS 130 Pre-K Tours 2/12, 2/13. Register here.

PS 146, Brooklyn New School Open House 2/6, 3/18 (prek) @ 9am, 2/27 @ 6pm. No registration required.

PS 154 Tours 2/6 @ 9:30am. RSVP to

PS 230 1/22, 1/31 @9am

PS 261 Open House 2/26, 3/25, 5/7, 5/20 @ 9am. No need to register

PS 295 Tours 2/4, 3/4 @ 9:00 am. No need to register

PS 321 Tours 2/14 @ 8:45am. No registration required

PS 372 The Children’s School Open House 2/11 @ 6:00pm. No registration required. Open House located at Recreation Center on 1st street between 3rd and 4th Avenue.

Hellenic Classical Charter School Open House 2/1 @ 10:00am, 3/8 @ 10am

District 17

PS 249 Tour 2/5 @ 8:45am

PS 705 Tours 2/7, 3/7, 4/11 @ 9am. RSVP to

PS 770 - The New American Academy Tours 2/4 @ 10am, 2/6 @ 5:30pm, 2/11@ 10am, 2/13 @ 10am. Contact with any questions.

District 22

PS 217 2/4 @ 9am for more info contact Parent Coordinator, Ute van Sitteren

Middle & High School

I am giving my HS Choice: Calm and Clear talk about public high school choice on Mon. 3/10 at Hootenanny Art House in the south slope
Tickets are $30 here.

Check out these new and growing programs

Basis Independent Brooklyn is a K-12th grade program, but I put it here so that you older parents will take a look.

Blue School is growing to Middle School beginning in the fall of 2015 with 6th grade. Contact Dawn Williams for more information.

Brooklyn Heights Montessori School
while I am at it, take a look at what they are doing at Middle School.

Brooklyn Lab Charter School in downtown Brooklyn. This is a new college prep charter school opening in fall of 2014 for 6th grade

Brooklyn Prospect Charter School intends to grow their downtown campus to a K-8 school.

Fusion Academy & Learning Center Information Session for the new private 6-12 grades opening April 2014. Tuesday, February 11 @ 6:00 - 7:30pm
at Panera Bread, 345 Adams Street. RSVP.

Greene Hill School is growing to Middle School next year. They will continue to take applications that come in. For more information, contact Laurie Baum

Tutoring for PS, MS, HS Choice (or college)

to find the tutor you want, Teachigo

Advantage Essay Coach works with both private-school and public school students, 11th-graders and 12th-graders to write college admission essays. Contact Nikki Weinstein at

Arc Learning Group They offer personalized tutoring and test prep to help K-12 students. Contact Sam Aurora at or 347.610.4184 for information.

Bee Tutored check them out for ELA/Math prep.

Brooklyn Essay Coach works with students to write college admissions essays. For information contact Shea Dean at 718.812.8940

Club Z! In home tutoring of Brooklyn works with students in all subjects, pre-k through adults, SAT & ACT. They use screened and background checked tutors. Contact Denise Harding, the director at 917-873-1461 and find more information at

Praxis Tutors, helping high achieving students reach their goals

Themba Tutors are traveling NYC learning specialists working with students of all ages. Offering one-on-one strategy based learning support, test prep., e.g. SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, etc., and offering college coaching by a guidance counselor. For more information contact them at (917) 382-8641 or

For Parents and Students of All Ages

Parenting Workshop: RAISING BOYS TODAY: Nurturing the Nature of Boys to Help Our Sons Thrive in Today's World. February 3 - March 10, 6:30 - 8:00 PM, 6 Monday sessions being held at Brainy Academy, 792 Union Street, 2nd floor. Register at Get more information at

Brooklyn Game Lab
After School for Gamers - no video games, just social, multiplayer board & card games.

Websites and articles

NYC's Other Great Elementary Schools

Read The Electic Dad:
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Five Movies to Connect Kids with Nature
Saving Mr. Banks
Five Documentaries to Connect Kids with Nature
Journey to the South Pacific IMAX
Monty Python and the Holy Grail

What choice time should look like in the classroom.

Join the campaign for Universal Prek in New York City.


Brooklyn Preschool Map

This two sided, folded map lists over 200 preschools in northwest Brooklyn; twos, threes and fours/Prek programs in private and independent schools and community based organizations. You can also find this map for sale on my website and I will be offering it for sale at the Intro to Nursery School talks and as part of the package that I offer to private clients who meet with me for an hour or more.

Get the Preschool Map here for $10, plus shipping and handling

Brooklyn Elementary Zone Map

This two sided, folded map covers full districts 13, 14, 15 (new zone lines), 17 and the northern part of district 22. It shows locations, phone numbers, zone and district boundaries for local zoned elementaries, charter and unzoned programs.

I am only offering this map for sale through this newsletter, at the Intro to Public School talks and as part of the package I provide to private clients who meet me for an hour or more.

Get the Elementary Zone Map here for $10, plus shipping and handling

Get Both Maps

Buy both maps here for $15, plus shipping and handling.
I will only be offering both maps for sale through this newsletter, my talks and as part of the package that I provide to private clients who meet with me for an hour or more.

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