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    Qs on Middle School

    Looking for the 101 on how to apply to middle school in Manhattan. DOE site says to apply to
    "admissions priority or guarantee, such as their zoned school(s) or continuing school" but many middle schools do not seem to be zoned? Is it just by geographical proximity then?

    Assuming the grades and test scores check out--- do you just apply going down the list of schools you prefer and hope for the best?

    TIA for all your thoughts & experience on this.

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    Proximity is one aspect re zoned.

    Every kid has a zoned middle school, you can find out what is yours by calling 311.

    Yes, you prioritize all your choices on the application and its processed in your rank order until a match is found.

    I'm not sure if that addressed what you've asked. If not, just holler!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SKonion View Post
    Looking for the 101 on how to apply to middle school in Manhattan. DOE site says to apply to
    "admissions priority or guarantee, such as their zoned school(s) or continuing school" but many middle schools do not seem to be zoned? Is it just by geographical proximity then?

    Assuming the grades and test scores check out--- do you just apply going down the list of schools you prefer and hope for the best?

    TIA for all your thoughts & experience on this.
    With zoned schools you are guaranteed a spot if you live in that neighborhood. If it’s a screened school, even if close to you, the school looks at grades and test scores and then ranks all applicants based on total score. So, you are not guaranteed a spot. If you have any other questions, let me know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristinayn View Post
    With zoned schools you are guaranteed a spot if you live in that neighborhood. If it’s a screened school, even if close to you, the school looks at grades and test scores and then ranks all applicants based on total score. So, you are not guaranteed a spot. If you have any other questions, let me know.
    What if it says "you are zoned to a district but no zoned school." What does that mean? That you should just try for the screened schools?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SKonion View Post
    What if it says "you are zoned to a district but no zoned school." What does that mean? That you should just try for the screened schools?
    It means that your district has no zoned school, but you are eligible to apply to any schools that are within your district. A zoned school is right next to you. The districts open up pretty widely. You are entitled to apply to any school that is in your district, some are screened, some are not.

    If you go to your district middle school fair it will be helpful. Here is the link:

    https://www.schools.nyc.gov/calendar...0School&mpp=36

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    Does the student have to get all 4s on state exams and all 4s on grades to be considered for East Side Middle and Clinton? What if you are one of the percentage of kids that are low-income and have priority? Do they want kids with all 4s in addition to being low income? Or can they get in with just 3s and 4s on everything if low income still being a priority? On our myschools account, it says on ESMS (and presumably Clinton) 'This school will give priority to applicants eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL) for up to 17 percent of seats'. If anyone has thoughts - let me know. My daughter has all 3s and 4s and we are low income

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYCRED View Post
    Does the student have to get all 4s on state exams and all 4s on grades to be considered for East Side Middle and Clinton? What if you are one of the percentage of kids that are low-income and have priority? Do they want kids with all 4s in addition to being low income? Or can they get in with just 3s and 4s on everything if low income still being a priority? On our myschools account, it says on ESMS (and presumably Clinton) 'This school will give priority to applicants eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL) for up to 17 percent of seats'. If anyone has thoughts - let me know. My daughter has all 3s and 4s and we are low income
    I would think they would apply a similar rubric to the group until those seats are filled. I think its hard to predict without knowing how many kids fall into this group and what the scores look like.

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