Education Advice

In this section you will find advice and tips about:

The Process

Kindergarten

Middle School

Looking for advice about Daycare or Preschool? Go HERE.

 

Red-shirting Policy Change 2013

In light of changes to “red-shirt” changes in 2013 – Park Slope Parents have updated all you need to know. With advice updated January, 2015

 

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School Report Cards

An interesting thread in response to the October 07 release of "School Report Cards"

 

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Pre-Schools and Daycares: The difference

What's the difference between Pre-schools, daycares and Pre-K? Find out more here.

 

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Thinking about Homeschooling?

Read what some of our members are saying about homeschooling

 

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Middle School Mayhem!

Here is a list of websites, resources and schools to help start your process. Bookmark these sites and refer to them often.

 

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January 2014 Kindergarten Admissions Update

From NYC.gov:

If you live in New York City and your child is turning five years old in 2014, your child is eligible to attend Kindergarten in September 2014.

Below are important dates and resources to guide you through the application process. 

 

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Middle School Interview Questions

Based on member experiences & online sources, PSP found that typical interview questions include things about the school itself, what are the academic interests of the applicant, how they are involved with the community, what are their aspirations for the future & what interests they cultivate outside of school.

 

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The Tradition of Out to Lunch at PS 321

PSP members talk about the benefits (and the few potential drawbacks) PS 321 of off-campus lunch.

 

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Middle School Applications

Information about the middle school application process.

 

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Prekindergarden & Kindergarten Application Process

Important links to Public School Pre-K,  Kindergarten and First Grade information.

 

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Saving For College

Tips on how to start saving for your baby's college education.

 

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Ready to Apply to High School?

Joyce Szuflita, our own "Brooklyn School Lady" has important new information about starting the application process to High School.

 

 

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Too Early For Back-to-School? Think again.

Here are Eleanor Traubman’s top ten tips for staying cool and collected when the lazy days of summer give way to the panic of the new School year.

 

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Greener Alternatives for Back to School

An eco-friendly shopping list of all those back to school must haves.

 

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New (school) Year’s Resolutions

Some resolutions to keep for the new school year... or at any time of the year for that matter!

 

 

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Let's (Re)Do School Lunch

More ideas on what to give your kid to take for their school lunch.

 

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Rezoning & Other News From District 15

 

Joyce Szuflita, our own "Brooklyn School Lady" has important new information about the zoning of District 15

 

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Ready or Not: Thinking About Middle School

Tips and website relevant for your application to Middle School.

 

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More on Mark Twain Middle School Admissions

Joyce Szuflita, our own "Brooklyn School Lady" has important new information about applying to Mark Twain.

The Mark Twain admissions process has changed in the last couple years; information about it is still a little confusing.

 

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How to ease the transition for a child with special needs

Tips for transitioning your special needs child into a less (or more) restrictive setting.

 

 

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Elementary School Admissions

The NYC Department of Education website maps out all the steps to applying to Elementary School HERE.

Applying to Kindergarden or PreK? Check out the PSP page HERE.

 

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Back to School Serenely

Tips for going back to school and how to combat that crazy feeling.

Credit: Brandy Shaul

 
It's hard to believe that school starts in a few weeks (Monday, September 9th). Now is the time to put everything in place to make the transtion to the new school year run smoothly. That's why we're reblogging Eleanor Traubman's tips for an organized autumn.
 

Here are Eleanor Traubman’s top ten tips for staying cool and collected when the lazy days of summer give way to the panic of the new School year.

 

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Parent Experience of Holding a Child Back a Grade

From the parents who had their child held back - for development reasons, academic struggles or otherwise - the consensus is the pros outweighed any cons. Here are the voices of experience.

 

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Tips for the First Day Of School - Are you more nervous than your child?

The first day of school is coming up in the next few weeks. With that comes first Day of School jitters. Your child may be nervous. You may be nervous. Big Changes are afoot and they can be scary.

 Here's a new song called "Forever Friends" from the Bright Sides about starting school.

 

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Holding off on Kindergarten?

School districts outside of NYC have earlier age cutoffs for kindergarten. Why can't NYC parents whose children have late fall birthdays request that their children wait a year to start school if they feel that their children aren't ready and they will be the youngest in the class?

 

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2012-2013 Pre-Kindergarten Directory & Info Sessions

2012-2013 Pre-Kindergarten Directory

The 2012-2013 Pre-Kindergarten Directory is now available online. The Directory includes a list of all public school and community-based organization (CBO) pre-kindergarten programs, and information about how to apply.

 

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Make Up and Middle School

A summary of another lively thread on the Tweens Group - this one is about when you should let your Middle Schooler wear make up - and is that even your decision to make?

 

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