Sunday, February 27, 2011

New Schools Choice forms DUE - FEB 28th

New High Schools

Visit our Publications page to see the directory of new high schools opening in September 2011.

New schools choice forms are due to guidance counselors on
February 28, 2011.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Latino College Expo

NYCore Conference

2011 Conference

Join educators, parents, students, activists, and community members from across the city and beyond for a one-day conference focused on exploring the connections between education and social justice.  This conference is an opportunity to network, inspire one another, and build a movement.
Conference 2011 Theme
Whose Schools? 
Our Schools!
The challenges currently facing our educational system can be daunting and discouraging. Critical thought and effective pedagogy seem to be buried under the flood of calls for “accountability” and “increased test scores.” But in the face of all these challenges, educators are working together with youth, parents, and community activists to keep the fires of critical thinking and curiosity alive. Committed educators know that there is no silver bullet, no magic wand, and no place for rescue from above. We know that the true superheroes are those who work every day with dedication, creativity, and compassion. We know that we change lives not with promises of rescue, but by working in solidarity with youth and their families to be our own heroes and heroines.
This conference is an opportunity to get together and share how we are doing this, in our classrooms, our schools, and our communities. Join us in celebrating the daily courage of educators in our city and beyond. Join us in networking, connecting, and building a movement of educators and community members who care about social justice.


2010 Conference – 2010 NYCoRE Conference Program

Monday, February 14, 2011

Racial gap persists for city’s specialized high schools | GothamSchools

Racial gap persists for city’s specialized high schools | GothamSchools 2011

Welcome to 2011
New York Summer Camps & New York Summer Programs – Commuter/Residential
Featured Camp
Featured Camp
Featured Camp
Featured Camp
iD Tech Computer Camps for ages 7-17
iD Tech Computer Camps ages 7-17
at Vassar and other universities
New York Summer Music Festival NYSM
New York Summer Music Festival
NYSMF SUNY College at Oneonta NY
Summer Dance Intensive at Syracuse University
Summer Dance Intensive
Syracuse University
 Syracuse University Summer College for High School Students
Syracuse University Summer College
for High School Students 

Featured Camp
Featured Camp
Featured Camp
Featured Camp
Video Game & College Prep Programs at Universities Nationwide
Video Game & College Prep Programs at
Universities Nationwide
SOCAPA Visual & Performing Arts Summer Camps NYC, Hollywood, Berkshires MA
SOCAPA Visual & Performing Arts
NYC, Hollywood, London, Burlington, VT
Summer Theater Institute New York City
Summer Theater Institute 2011
New York City
American Academy of Ballet Summer School at SUNY Purchase
American Academy of Ballet
Summer School at SUNY Purchase

Featured Camp
Featured Camp
Featured Camp
Featured Camp
Eastern U.S. Music Camp Instrumental, Vocal, Jazz
Eastern US Music Camp: Instrumental,
Vocal & Jazz at Colgate University
 Summer Theater Intensive NYC Actors Movement Studio
Summer Theater Intensive NYC
Actors Movement Studio 
Sports Camps on
New York Sports Camps & Clinics
Westchester Community College Summer Programs Westchester NY
Westchester Community College
Art, Culinary, Media Arts, Science

We maintain a description of summer camps and summer programs that are found at these schools, colleges, & universities:
For summer camps not held at colleges & schools, click on link below.
·Adelphi University
·Alfred University
·American Academy of
 Dramatic Arts
·Barnard College
·Baruch College
·Berkeley College
·Binghamton University
·Brooklyn College
·Colgate University
·College of St. Rose
·Columbia University
·Concordia College
·Cornell University
·Fingerlakes Community College
·Fordham University
·Hamilton College
·Hartwick College
·Hobart and William Smith
·Hofstra University
·Houghton College
·Ithaca College
·Iona College
·LaGuardia Community/CUNY
·Le Moyne College
·LIU Brooklyn Campus
·Long Island University CW Post
·Manhattanville College
·Marymount College of Fordham
·Monroe Community College
·Nazareth College
·New York Chiropractic
·New York Film Academy
·New York Institute of Technology
·New York School of Interior Design
·New York University
·Pace University, Pleasantville
·Pace University, New York City
·Plattsburgh SUNY
·Polytechnic Institute of NYU
·Pratt Institute
·Purchase SUNY
·Queens College
·Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
·Roberts Wesleyan College
·Rochester Institute of Technology
·Sarah Lawrence College
·School of Visual Arts, SVA
·Siena College
·Skidmore College
·St. Joseph’s College
·St. Lawrence University
·SUNY Albany
·SUNY Brockport
·SUNY Old Westbury
·SUNY Stony Brook
·SUNY Cobleskill
·SUNY Cortland
·SUNY Fredonia
·SUNY Geneseo
·SUNY Maritime College
·SUNY Old Westbury
·SUNY Oswego
·SUNY Plattsburgh
·SUNY Potsdam
·Syracuse University
·Union College
·University of Rochester
Our summer camps and summer programs cover all of New York State, with emphasis on the following towns and cities:
·Bayside, Queens
·Dobbs Ferry
·New Rochelle
·New York City
·Old Westbury
·Saratoga Springs
·Seneca Falls
·Stony Brook
·Throggs Neck
·Upstate New York
·White Plains
ARTS and ACADEMIC summer camps and summer programs New York State include a wide variety of categories:
Acting Camps, Summer Academic Programs, Architecture, Astronomy, Ballet, Computer Camps, Culinary Arts, Choral, Communication, Dance Camps, Day Camps, Digital Arts, Drama Camp Programs, EMS, English as a Second Language ESL, Enrichment Programs, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Fashion, Filmmaking, Film Camps, Forensic, Gifted Programs, Journalism, Language Camps, Leadership Camps, Math, Media Arts, Magic, Music Camps (Jazz, Instrumental, Vocal), Musical Theater, Remedial/Preparatory, Robotics, Summer Dance Camps. Theater Camps, Science, Technology Camps, Video Game Creation, Visual Arts, Writing/ Creative Writing. Residential and Day Camps
SPORTS CAMPS in New York State are listed in the following categories: Baseball, Basketball, Backpacking, Boating, Cheerleading, Circus Arts, Cross Country, Day Camps, Diving, Equestrian, Fencing, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Horseback Riding, Horse Camps, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rock Climbing, Ropes, Rowing, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Sport Camps, Swimming, Tennis Camps, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling. Residential and Day Camps

Click here to view all Summer Camps & Summer Programs Not on College Campuses
Click here for Summer Programs on CAMPUSES outside New York State

Monday, February 7, 2011

NYC Department of Education Feb & March Schedule


12th: New Schools Fair
13th: New Schools Fair
16th: Cover Design Competition Submission Deadline 
16th: Middle Schools: Citywide Evening Parent Teacher Conferences
17th: Middle Schools: Citywide Afternoon Parent Teacher Conferences
18th: School Wellness Poster Contest Deadline
21st-25th: Midwinter Recess (Schools closed)

4th: Kindergarten ApplicationDeadline
7th: Pre-K Non-Attendance Day
15th: Elementary Schools: Citywide Afternoon Parent Teacher Conferences
16th: Elementary Schools: Citywide Evening Parent Teacher Conferences
17th: High Schools: Citywide Evening Parent Teacher Conferences
18th: High Schools: Citywide Afternoon Parent Teacher Conferences
21st: D75: Citywide Evening Parent Teacher Conferences
22nd: D75: Citywide Afternoon Parent Teacher Conferences

Friday, February 4, 2011

Millenium Brooklyn HS Applications due February 25

Application packet (including writing sample, essay, and report card) must be postmarked by Friday, February 25th - but the sooner the better! This seems like a great new school, and preference is given to Brooklyn students!

Millennium Brooklyn High School was founded in 2011, as a result of the communicated need for more high school seats for students residing in the 'Downtown Brooklyn' area seeking an accelerated education in their Borough. Millennium Brooklyn anticipates a total enrollment of approximately 450 students at full capacity. Teachers are available every day after school for extra help. An active Parent Association and School Leadership Team will ensure families further resources, initiate programs and raise funds to support them.

Millennium Brooklyn is a screened program. Criteria to be considered for admission to Millennium Brooklyn are:

* A minimum 90% average (for all core classes).
* 10 or fewer combined absences and late marks in grade 7.
* State standardized test scores at level 3 or 4 in grade 7.
* You must submit a portfolio which includes:

1. One writing sample of a graded English or History paper (will not be returned).
2. A one-page personal essay: Why do you want to be a part of a new school? What strengths do you think you can bring to a developing school community? (Must be typed.)
3. A copy of applicant's most recent 8th grade report card.

* Your child's name and middle school must be written on the front page of both the writing sample and essay.

An interview will be given to students who meet the above criteria.

Send all above materials in one envelope to:

Lisa Gioe, Principal
345 Dean Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

POSTMARKED no later than Friday, February 25th. To verify receipt, send registere d mail. Send all materials together (they do not accept separate or partial submissions). Preference will be given to students who live in Brooklyn. There are approximately 108 seats offered to the incoming class each year.

Good luck!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Rock Camp for Girls: Summer 2011

Rock Camp for Girls: Summer 2011

Thank you for your interest in Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls! We’re very excited about camp this year, and we’re looking forward to receiving your application. Please read the information below carefully – wecannotconsider incomplete or late applications. Rock on!
For more information on the program itself, click here.
Si deseas una solicitud en espaƱol, por favor escribe o llama a 347-599-0716.


Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls summer day camp is an intensive, six-day program featuring instrument instruction, workshops, songwriting/band practice, live performances by visiting artists, and a showcase concert. Campers receive two hours of instrument instruction each day in small groups organized by skill level and age. All classes are taught by volunteers. On the first day, campers form bands, and during daily band practice, campers write music and lyrics collectively, assisted by band coaches. Campers also attend workshops on topics ranging from songwriting to sound engineering to self-defense. At the end of the week, bands perform their original song at a showcase concert.


→ JULY SESSION: Monday, July 11 – Saturday, July 16
Hours: Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The July Session final concert will be on Saturday, July 16, at a venue TBD.
→ AUGUST SESSIONMonday, August 22 – Saturday, August 27
Hours: Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The August Session final concert will be on Saturday, August 27, at a venue TBD.
Please note that campers may not attend more than one session in the same summer and campers must be able to perform in the final showcase concert in order to attend camp.


Urban Assembly School of Music & Art, in Downtown Brooklyn. The camp is located on the 7th and 8th floors of the multi-school building at 49 Flatbush Ave Extension. The building is wheelchair accessible. The closest trains are the A/C/F/R trains at Jay St–MetroTech.
(For more information on transportation, please see
IMPORTANT: PLEASE DO NOT call Urban Assembly School of Music and Art for information about camp and DO NOT SEND or DROP OFF any application materials at the school. Application materials sent to or dropped off at the school will not be considered.


Application Fee: $10 (non-refundable)
Fee may be waived (see application)
Tuition: $525
Financial assistance available (see application)


Any girl who will be between the ages of 8 and 18 during the camp session may apply for camp. No experience is necessary and you don’t have to live in New York to apply (please see below for more information about out-of-town campers). Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls welcomes campers who self-identify as female, trans, and gender non-conforming.
Note: Campers must be at least 8 years old at the time of camp to attend. No exceptions will be made.


Reduced tuition is available for campers from low- and moderate-income households. Applications for reduced tuition should be included with your camp application materials and the same deadlines apply. See the application for more information.


We have several scholarship opportunities for prospective campers. These scholarships have been created by specific sponsors, and are separate from the reduced tuition application process. Please note: Scholarship applications should be included with your camp application materials and the same deadlines apply.
Black Rock Coalition “Original Rocker” Scholarship
Murray Hill’s “For the Queer Kids” Scholarship
Still Saffire “Sisters” Scholarship
Sills Family Foundation Scholarship
For more information on our 2011 scholarships, please see the application.


You can choose to study guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, vocals, or DJ/turntables. Please check only ONE first choice and ONE second choice instrument on the application. If you would like to study a different instrument, like violin, horns, or reed instruments, please indicate that in the instrument section, and we will do our best to accommodate your request. Due to the need to acquire the gear we need in advance, you cannot change your selection after you send in your application, and you cannot change during the camp session.


In addition to the basic camper application, we ask that all prospective campers take some time to communicate why they want to be a part of Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls by creating an “Express Yourself” piece. Applicants may choose any format: a letter, a picture, a collage, a song or poem, etc. Please make sure the piece has the applicant’s FIRST AND LAST name on it! Please note that all submitted materials become property of Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls and cannot be returned.


Campers are selected by a committee seeking to establish a balanced and diverse camp population in relation to instrument groups, age, race/ethnicity, economic status, geography/community, and experience. Campers are not selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be aware that we make every effort to welcome back returning campers, but we cannot guarantee spots for returning campers. Applicants who were not admitted last summer will have high priority. Applicants who have attended camp for the past 3 years in a row may not be able to attend this summer, but will have higher priority the following summer.
Upon receipt of your application, we will send you a notice via email (or snail mail if an e-mail address is not provided) confirming that we have received it. If you have not received a notice within 3 weeks after you send in your application, call us at 347-599-0716. Please don’t call unless you haven’t received a confirmation and it has been a full three weeks since you sent in your application! Please note that we anticipate receiving many more applications than camper spots, so we will not be able to accept every girl who applies. We will mail out notifications to every applicant. Additional information about camp will be sent with acceptance letters.


Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national and/or ethnic origin, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, mental or physical ability, or gender identity/expression in the administration of any of its educational programs, admissions policies, financial aid, and other camp-related policies and programs, as well as volunteer and employment-related policies and activities.


Willie Mae Rock Camp is a day camp and we do NOT provide lodging. We are able to offer limited assistance with host family arrangements. If you are interested in contacting a prospective host family, or if you are a local family interested in hosting a camper, please let us know on your application.


In an effort to help families plan their summers and still extend the opportunity to as many girls as possible, we will be doing two rounds of application review. If you are not accepted in the Early Bird Round, your application will be reconsidered during the General Round. Applications for both summer sessions will be reviewed in both rounds.
Early Bird Round
Application Deadline: Postmarked by Friday, February 18, 2011
Notification letters mailed: Week of Monday, March 7, 2011
Tuition & enrollment forms due: Postmarked by Monday, March 21, 2011
General Round
Application Deadline: Postmarked by Friday, April 29, 2011
(late applications will not be considered)
Notification letters mailed: Week of Monday, May 23, 2011
Tuition & enrollment forms due: Postmarked by Monday, June 10, 2011

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Brooklyn Historical Society Saturday Academy

The Spring 2011 session will meet: March 5, March 12, March 19, March 26, April 2, and April 9.
The Brooklyn Historical Society in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, presents Saturday Academy for students in grades 6-12. Saturday Academy is a free, six-week program for students interested in American History, and best of all, there isn't any homework or testing!  
Courses included : 
History with Hands: Exploring Brooklyn History Through Art Making (Grades 6 – 12)
SAT/AP U.S. History Review  (Grades 11 – 12 only) 

Registration is now open! Click here to download the application.Applications are due by February 18, 2011. 
Questions?  Please call the Saturday Academy Coordinator at 718-222-4111 ext. 228. 

Blue Tree Summer Camp for Girls - Grades 7-12

The Basics

Blue Tree is open to rising 7th-12th grade girls. We offer multiple two-week sessions, open to both day and residential students. Girls choose two classes per session.
We welcome girls from many states and countries. Most students choose to board on campus, but day students benefit fully from the program as they are welcome to stay through dinner and evening activities. (Please see Sample Schedule.)

Residential Stay

At each location, we have our own residence house, just for Blue Tree girls and staff. While many summer programs may take place on the same campus, we do not share living space with other groups. It is important that we carve out our own space and create a strong unity within our group!
We’ve found the ideal size for our all-girls program is 30-60 residential students. We limit our session size to create a strong unity within our group! All campuses and dorms are safe and secure, with key-card access entries, 24-hour campus safety, and a residential staff to student ration of 1:5. With all girls and staff sharing a house together, we make the Blue Tree residence our home away from home.

Locations And Dates

We are thrilled to return to Bryn Mawr and add two new locations for our Blue Tree families.
Our 2011 locations: Bryn Mawr College (PA), Smith College (MA), Emory University (GA).
Dates vary by location; each two-week session starts on a Sunday and ends on a Friday. Multi-session students are welcome to spend the intersession Saturday on campus with us.
Bryn Mawr CollegeSession 1: July 10 – 22
Session 2: July 24 – August 5
Bryn Mawr is a renowned all-women’s liberal arts college in Bryn Mawr, PA (a lovely community northwest of Philadelphia).The campus boasts collegiate gothic architecture and beautiful lawns, and it is walking distance to Bryn Mawr’s main street. Facilities include a newly renovated gymnasium and pool, campus center, main dining hall, classrooms and computer lab, and performance spaces. All girls and staff reside in Radnor Hall. We use both double and single rooms, and girls are grouped by age. Residential space is limited to 50 girls per session. It typically enrolls by mid-May, so please enroll early.
101 North Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Take the campus tour!

Smith CollegeSession 1: July 17 – 29
Session 2: July 31 – August 12
Smith is another very reputable all-women’s liberal arts college, located in Northampton, MA (a beautiful town about two hours east of Boston). The campus offers historic residential houses rather than large dorms, and each house has lounges, and a kitchen area. The campus also offers house-based dining halls, recreation spaces, wonderful classrooms and a lovely setting. Again, we use both double and single rooms, and the girls are grouped by age. Residential space is limited to 36 girls per session.
7 College Lane
Northampton, MA 01063
Take the campus tour!

Emory UniversitySession 1: June 5 – June 17
Session 2: June 19 – July 1
Emory is a very strong co-ed university in a lovely mid-town neighborhood of Atlanta, GA. The university has a large campus with many fantastic facilities. Here, we truly have our own house, complete with living room, full kitchen, front yard, and – yes – even our own backyard swimming pool. This location lets girls experience a larger setting and come home to a small, close group. Residential space is limited to 24 girls per session.
201 Dowman Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322
Take the campus tour!
View the amazing Blue Tree house!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Wanna join in the conversation?

Parents of Teens living anywhere in New York's five boroughs are invited to join the over 500 members of the Parents of NY Teens list-serve.  Simply send an email to or sign up at

Parents turn to the list-serve to discuss schools, behavior, jobs, extra curriculars, the application process (middle, high, college) and much much more.

See ya there!

Middle School Choice Calendar 2010-2011

Middle School Choice Calendar 2010-2011

November 2010Middle School Applications Distributed to Families
December 4-12, 2010Middle School OLSAT Testing for Academically Enriched Programs
December 17, 2010Deadline for Families to Return Middle School Choice Applications in All Districts
January 9, 2011-
February 28, 2011
District 21/Mark Twain Middle School Talent Testing
February-March 2011Student Interviews and Testing at Selected Middle Schools
March 2011*New Middle School Choice Application Round
May 2011*Decision Letters Distributed to Families
June 2011*Appeal Decision Letters Distributed to Families

*specific dates forthcoming

For information about District Middle School Choice processes, contact your local Borough Enrollment Office 

2010-2011 Middle School Directories 

Middle School Directories and translations are now available on the Publications page.