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theschoolboards
03-29-2011, 08:09 AM
This from GothamSchools (http://gothamschools.org/2011/03/28/ill-never-make-my-kids-go-through-this/#more-57080) by Audrey Bachman, an eighth-grader at MS 51 in Park Slope, Brooklyn:
Last week in Hebrew school, I was sitting with a group of friends who all knew what high school they are going to next year.

They all had such poise.

Because they all knew what schools they were going to, all of the worry and stress for them was gone. But while they were feeling relaxed, I was biting my nails, anticipating this Thursday, March 31, when Iíll hear what school Iím going to.

The New York City high school admissions process is crazy. Two rounds: In the first round, which ends in February, you hear back from specialized schools (Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, Brooklyn Tech, etc.). You can take the specialized test to get into these schools and/or audition for LaGuardia, an arts school. If youíre accepted into a specialized school, then you will also hear back from your regular list of schools. This, according to the Department of Education, is to give a student some time to decide between the two schools you were accepted into. (It also gives the schools a way to figure out how many spaces they have left.) If you are not accepted into any specialized school, the city has no reason to to let you know what regular school you were accepted into, so they make you wait another six weeks. Thatís the position Iím in right now.

Being at Hebrew school was just an example of how uncomfortable it is for me to have to be with people who are so confident and happy while I l feel like I donít know whatís going to happen in my future. Lucky for me, the schools that I want to get into are ones that I havenít been rejected from. Unlucky for me, I still have to wait to hear while other people get to relax in the feeling of knowing.

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