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02-11-2013, 10:51 AM
From DNAinfo.com (http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20130211/east-village/lower-east-sides-district-1-offers-choices-for-kindergarten-applicants) by Serena Solomon:

Families in the Lower East Side's District 1 have more choices than most when it comes to applying to kindergarten.

The district, which also encompasses the East Village and part of Chinatown, is one of the only places in the city where parents can send their children to any elementary school in the area, rather than being guaranteed a seat in a local zoned school.

Parents say this choice can be both a challenge and an opportunity, as they weigh options like child-centered progressive schools, dual-language programs and more.

District 1 also has a handful to K-8 schools that are popular because they save parents and students the trouble of finding a middle school after fifth-grade.

District 1 also offers the city's only two schools with a dual-language program for Mandarin Chinese: Shuang Wen on Cherry Street and P.S. 20 on Essex Street.

Families in District 1 fill out a single kindergarten application ranking their choices, and this year, for the first time, parents can also apply over the phone or online.

The Earth School, 600 E. Sixth St.
The Neighborhood School, 121 E. Third St.
P.S. 20, Anna Silver, 166 Essex St.
Shuang Wen School, 327 Cherry St.
P.S. 188, The Island School, 442 E. Houston St.

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