Middle School Mayhem!

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

Parents of 4th graders: don’t think you have it easy until next year. Colleges look at the high school junior’s grades while middle schools look at 4th grade grades, test scores and absences. If your child didn’t do well in 3rd grade, think about getting a tutor for 4th.

Below is a list of websites, resources and schools to help start your process. Bookmark these sites and refer to them often. Tours have already begun and some tours have filled up.

Your parent coordinator and guidance counselor should have more information for you.


Important dates

For a comprehensive list of dates, click here:



While dates vary each year, here the three important periods to consider:


Applications are due: December

Placements received: May

Appeals Due: June


Helpful websites

Inside schools: www.insideschools.org

Department of Education: http://schools.nyc.gov/default.htm

School Calendar: http://schools.nyc.gov/ChoicesEnrollment/Middle/Calendar/default.htm


List of schools



If your child goes to a District 15 school but you live in another district, you can apply to schools in both districts. Input your address on the Department of Education’s home page and your zoned schools will come up:


Find the schools in your district here:



City Wide Talent Schools

5th graders in all 5 boroughs can apply to the following talent schools. These schools will be listed on your regular application. You will need to attend auditions or tests in order to apply for these schools.


K239 – Mark Twain (I.S. 239)
2401 Neptune Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11224
Phone: 718-266-0814 Fax: 718-266-1693 http://schools.nyc.gov/schoolportals/21/K239


012 – Talented and Gifted (TAG) School for Young Scholars
240 East 109th Street, New York, NY 10029
Phone: 212-860-6003 Fax: 212-876-3782 http://schools.nyc.gov/schoolportals/04/M012


M334 – The Anderson School (P.S. 334)
100 West 84th Street, New York, NY 10024
Phone: 212-595-7193 Fax: 212-496-2854 http://www.ps334school.org/about-us/overview-of-grades-6-8


M407 – Institute for Collaborative Education (ICE)
345 East 15th Street, Manhattan, NY 10003
Phone: 212-475-7972 Fax: 212-475-0459 http://www.iceschool.net/group_profile_view.aspx?id=9574a6c9-d7a7-43f1-9ecb-c0e035d7e132


M408 – Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS)
328 West 48th Street, New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212-247-8652 Fax: 212-247-7514 http://www.edline.net/pages/ppas
Contact Carole Lunney, Admissions Coordinator 212-247-8652 ext:360


M442 – Ballet Tech / NYC Public School for Dance
890 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212-254-1803 Fax: 212-477-5048 http://ballettechschool.org/


M539 – New Explorations into Science, Technology and Math School (NEST + m)
111 Columbia Street, New York, NY 10002
Phone: 212-677-5190 Fax: 212-260-8124 http://nestmk12.net
M859 – Special Music School
129 West 67th Street, New York, NY 10023
Phone: 212-501-3318 http://www.kaufman-center.org/sms.htm


Charter schools applications are semi-outside of, but still listed on, the regular middle school application. Be sure to check out the charter schools to see if one is a match for your child.


Brooklyn Prospect Charter School
Phone: (718) 965-7950
153 35th Street, Suite 523
Brooklyn, 11232-2307 http://www.brooklynprospect.org/Students


Summit Academy Charter School
27 Huntington Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Phone: (718) 875-1403
Fax: (718) 875-1891



The Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School (BUGS)
CONTACT: http://bugsbrooklyn.squarespace.com/contact-us/

If nothing else works out, parochial and private schools sometimes have openings for 6th graders. Here’s to hoping your child gets accepted to their first choice school.