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Mysterious Middle School Selection Process Forced Out by Open Records Law

(DNAINFO)  Shaye Weaver | November 9, 2016 — Four schools require students to list them as their first choice in order to get in, rubrics show.

The middle school application process was something of a guessing game up until this week.

Parents have had little guidance when it came to figuring out how the middle schools in their district selected students during its competitive admission process. It wasn’t clear how much weight each school puts on various criteria, including grades, attendance, interviews or how students ranked their favored schools.

While the Department of Education has to approve the requirements, it’s up to each school to decide what they include and whether or not to disclose them to families. So, in most cases, parents have had to blindly apply and hope for the best.

Now, just in time for this year’s admissions deadline on Dec. 2, District 2’s Community Education Council announced that they have finally gotten their hands on the criteria used for 12 out of the 15 middle schools in the district that use this rigorous screening process.

Source: Mysterious Middle School Selection Process Forced Out by Open Records Law – Upper East Side – DNAinfo New York