School News: Zoning Changes, Open Slots, New School

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New Zoning Announced Tonight at Meeting (from NYC School Maps)

At the District 15 CEC (Community Education Council) meeting tonight, the DOE’s Office of Portfolio Management presented to the public its rezoning proposal for District 15. Schools directly affected by the proposed rezoning would be: 39, 10, 107, and 321, and a brand new school planned to be located in the St. Thomas Aquinas building on 4th Ave at 8th Street.  Also discussed were the newly expanding 133 (returning to a new building on Butler Place in fall of 2013) which will have a small zone plus be a school of choice for District 13 and District 15 (admission priorities still tbd). CEC president Jim Devor also brought up the CEC’s strong interest in ensuring diversity measures for 133 as well possible adjustments to the boundaries between 32 and 58 to alleviate crowding at 58, and reverting The Brooklyn New School to be a District 15-only school (currently they accept students throughout Brooklyn without regard to district). Any and all changes to zone lines MUST be approved by a vote of the CEC. Procedurally, that vote must happen within 45 days from now. The District 15 CEC is a body of up to 9 volunteer District 15 parents (who go through an election process) plus two political appointees. (Read the rest of the article here.)

Entrance to PS 321. Image courtesy of The Brooklyn Paper / Sebastian Kahnert

Zones for Popular P.S. 321 and P.S. 107 Could Shrink Under DOE Proposal (from DNAinfo.com)

Zones for two of Park Slope’s most sought-after schools, P.S. 321 and P.S. 107, could shrink under a Department of Education proposal, officials say.

Zoning changes are in the works for all of Brooklyn’s District 15, and DOE officials are expected to reveal the details at an Oct. 17 meeting of the District 15 Community Education Council, District 15 CEC president Jim Devor said.

Several versions of the rezoning plan have been floated, Devor said. Under the latest proposal, the zone for the high-performing P.S. 321 on Seventh Avenue and First Street would shrink, and DOE would open a new zoned school in the former Thomas Aquinas School building on Eighth Street and Fourth Avenue. That new school would take some students formerly zoned for P.S. 321 and some who had been in the zone for P.S. 39, on Sixth Avenue and Seventh Street. (Read the rest of the article here.)

G&T Calendar Set; Preview of New Exam (from Insideschools.org)

If your child is entering kindergarten-3rd grade in fall 2013, you may sign up now to test for one of the city’s 80 elementary gifted and talented programs. Online and in-person registration is open from Oct. 10 to Nov. 9; testing takes place in January and February in public schools.

Handbooks explaining the G&T programs and admissions requirements are online now and include sample tests. This year, in an attempt to increase the diversity of students who qualify, the Education Department changed one of the exams which determines entrance. The DOE will administer the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test, or OLSAT, as usual, but kids will also take the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT) instead of the Bracken School Readiness Assessment. The Naglieri will count for about two-thirds of the score, the OLSAT, one-third. In previous years the OLSAT counted for 75 percent. (Read the rest of the article here.)

Open Slots for Tots in Pre-Kindergarten (from Insideschools.org)

There is still time to get your four-year-old into a free pre-kindergarten program. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn yesterday urged parents of children born in 2008 to sign up by Oct. 31 for open seats at public schools or at community organizations which offer half and full day pre-k. (Read the rest of the article here.)

New Preschool in Clinton Hill

CitiTots is a new preschool in Clinton Hill that offers full, half and extended days- and even part-time enrollment if it’s available. From their site, ” the curriculum is based on the Creative Curriculum which focuses on interest areas. Its teaching approach is based on the foundation of having an understanding of child development and learning theory. Learning takes place during play activities involving learning centers such as discovery, art, music and movement, sand and water, library/reading, imaginative/pretend play, blocks, toys and games, kitchen/cookshop and computers.”

Cititots childcare sessions are as follows:

  • Full Day – 8:30am to 3:30pm
  • Half Day (Mornings) – 8:30am – 11:30am
  • Early Drop Off – 7:30am – 8:30am
  • Extended Day – 3:30pm – 6:30pm

Details: On the Southeast corner of Lafayette and Waverly across from Underwood Playground in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill.
238 Lafayette Avenue, #1
Brooklyn, NY 11238. Map it
1-347-868-7329

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