View Full Version : Manhattan-Midtown Kindergarten Waitlist Expected at New P.S. 59 Building in Midtown

03-19-2012, 09:38 AM
From DNAinfo.com (http://www.dnainfo.com/20120319/murray-hill-gramercy/kindergarten-waitlist-expected-at-new-ps-59-building-midtown) by Mary Johnson:

When the kindergarten admissions season kicked off in January, P.S. 59 looked to be the only school with available room on Manhattan's overcrowded east side.

The elementary school was on track to move from its temporary home on East 63rd Street to a new, larger location on East 57th Street, and early estimates indicated the school would have plenty of space for students when it opened in fall 2012.

But now that the registration deadline has passed, the numbers reveal that P.S. 59 will have a kindergarten waitlist several-dozen students long, said Eric Goldberg, a member of the District 2 Community Education Council.

That waitlist is even longer than what parents are facing at P.S. 116 in Kips Bay, where parents and teachers recently lost a lengthy campaign to stem overcrowding in the school. The waitlist there is 26 students long, said Goldberg, whose child attends the popular neighborhood school.

Faced with such a surge of kindergartners at P.S. 59, the Department of Education is urging the school to open five kindergarten classes of 25 students each, instead of the four originally planned for the new school building, Goldberg said.

But even that will leave the school with a waitlist of some 40 students.

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