Upper West Side Pre-School Has 3% Acceptance Rate

by - June 14, 2010 at 11:51 pm - - Comments Off on Upper West Side Pre-School Has 3% Acceptance Rate

163Think getting into Harvard’s tough? Try getting your 4-year-old into PS 163 on West 97th Street. The admission rate for pre-K at that school is just 3%. PS 87 on 77th Street and Columbus had Read More / Comment »

City Makes Messy School Waiting-List Gaffe

by - May 23, 2010 at 2:03 pm - - Comments Off on City Makes Messy School Waiting-List Gaffe

The city’s Department of Education must really have it out for Upper West Side parents. Not only has the department regularly ignored pleas by parents to expand the number of local slots for kindergartners and elementary school kids, but they Read More / Comment »

Look Out Ahead: Too Many Kids, Too Few Schools

by - May 5, 2010 at 12:35 pm - - Comments Off on Look Out Ahead: Too Many Kids, Too Few Schools

A recent rally protesting school overcrowding at City Hall.

A recent rally protesting school overcrowding at City Hall.

Editor’s Note: This is a monthly column by Rebecca Levey about raising children on the Upper West Side.

By Rebecca Levey
Of all the crazy and neurotic exploits that New York City parents go through, none is more fraught with insecurity, fear and downright competitiveness than the school process. Read More / Comment »

Education Department Misled Parents About McCourt School

by - April 29, 2010 at 10:06 pm - - Comments Off on Education Department Misled Parents About McCourt School

brandeisThe new Frank McCourt High School, scheduled to open in the old Brandeis High School building on 84th Street this September, is supposed to be open to all sorts of kids from throughout the city. But a booklet prepared by Read More / Comment »

Bill Would Make Developers Estimate Schoolkids

by - April 26, 2010 at 4:06 pm - - 1 Comment

rosenthalThe city has underestimated how many children would flood into the Upper West Side from new  developments. That’s led to ridiculous waiting lists at local schools, with 125 Read More / Comment »

Frank McCourt School Open House Monday Night

by - April 19, 2010 at 12:28 pm - - Comments Off on Frank McCourt School Open House Monday Night

The Frank McCourt High School, which will open this fall in the Louis D. Brandeis High School building on 84th Street just West of Columbus Avenue, is hosting an open house Monday night. Read More / Comment »

Local Kindergartners Put on Long Waiting Lists

by - March 26, 2010 at 9:46 am - - Comments Off on Local Kindergartners Put on Long Waiting Lists

class sizeUpper West Side parents have been warning the city for years now about the need for more seats in local kindergartens and now we can see why: getting into your local Upper West Side kindergarten is starting to resemble getting into a top-ranked college. Read More / Comment »

Students Propose Redesigned MLK High School

by - March 11, 2010 at 12:47 am - - 2 Comments

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The plaza in front of Martin Luther King, Jr. High School on Amsterdam Avenue and 66th Street is a pretty depressing and underutilized space right now, but students at the school have some ideas to make it better. Read More / Comment »

PS 9 PTA is City’s Most Generous

by - March 9, 2010 at 9:13 am - - Comments Off on PS 9 PTA is City’s Most Generous

classroomParents at PS 9 gave enough money to pay for 33 teacher’s aides this year, more than any other school in the city, the Post reported. With local schools packed tight due to overcrowding, parents are trying to give their kids as much attention Read More / Comment »

Upper West Side Students Want to Tour Nazi Death Camps

by - February 22, 2010 at 12:03 pm - - Comments Off on Upper West Side Students Want to Tour Nazi Death Camps

It’s no vacation, for sure.

Seven students from the High School for Law, Advocacy and Community Justice  and Amsterdam Avenue between 65th and 66th Street are raising money to take a trip to Europe. Read More / Comment »

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