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theschoolboards
11-23-2010, 08:32 AM
This from Insideschools.org (http://insideschools.org/blog/2010/11/23/high-school-applications-due-dec-3-the-dos-donts-of-ranking-schools/) by Laura Zingmond:

For eighth-graders and their families who are logging hours pouring over the high school directory (http://schools.nyc.gov/ChoicesEnrollment/High/Publications/default.htm), reading school profiles (http://insideschools.org/index12.php?f=adv), following the High School Hustle (http://insideschools.org/blog/author/inthemiddle/), and trekking all over the city to attend open houses and tours (http://insideschools.org/blog/2010/11/23/high-school-hustle-how-about-virtual-tours-for-overbooked-families/), decision time is here. High school applications are due on Dec. 3 ó and some schools are asking for them even earlier!

Hereís are some doís and donít about filling out the application.


Do be very careful when drawing up your list of (up to) 12 high school choices. You donít have to fill in all the slots. Donít list a school you are not willing to attend. If you get assigned to a school you hate, but listed it on your application, it will be very hard to get placed elsewhere.



Do rank your favorite school first. Thereís no need to play guessing games or set up an elaborate strategy. Schools cannot see which students rank them first, so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by ranking your top choice number one.



Donít apply to a school for which you do not qualify. Say you want to apply to a school that accepts only Manhattan residents and you live in Queens ó you are wasting a spot on your list if you put it down. Likewise, if a school looks for students with a minimum 85 average or above and your GPA is 70, your chances of getting accepted are slim to none.



Do keep a copy of your completed application and get a receipt from your guidance counselor when you hand it in. Review the Department of Educationís high school application checklist (http://schools.nyc.gov/ChoicesEnrollment/High/default.htm#checklist).

Click here (http://insideschools.org/blog/2010/11/23/high-school-applications-due-dec-3-the-dos-donts-of-ranking-schools/) to read the rest of the blog post. Do you have your own tips - please share!