District 13 Middle School Enrollment Forum: February 1 st, from 6 PM to 7 PM.
Sun, Jan 31 4:36pm

Dear families,


The District 13 Superintendent Kamar Samuels, will be holding a Townhall/Forum about Middle School Enrollment tomorrow, February 01, from 6 PM to 7 PM.


ZOOM MEETING ID: 812 1810  5829

PASSCODE: 328475


The Middle Schools admissions rules have been changed this year due to the pandemic.


For more information please read below.


From the DOE website:


Middle School Admissions

Middle school applications opened on January 14.

This year DOE made some changes to better support students’ learning journeys and to ensure a fairer process for all our public school families.

Middle Schools

Students in their final year of elementary school can now apply to middle school! The deadline to apply is February 9. As the DOE shared in December, middle schools that formerly evaluated (“screened”) applicants for admissions will not use academic records, auditions, or other screens or assessments to evaluate or admit students this year. This pause on screening will be in effect for all 70,000 fifth graders entering middle school this fall.

  • Eligibility requirements (which students can apply to a specific school) and admissions priorities (the order that student groups are admitted to that school) are not changing. Students will continue to have priority to attend middle schools close to where they live or attend elementary school. If any middle school program has more applicants than available seats, offers will be made to that program by lottery and using any admissions priorities the school has (e.g., for students with disabilities or multilingual learners). This is how most middle school programs in New York City already admit students.
  • We will engage school communities to help inform the use of screens for future years.

We decided to pause on middle school screens this year because the measures our screened schools previously used to make admissions decisions were no longer available due to the pandemic. In addition, the COVID-19 health crisis has had a disproportionate impact on our communities of color, immigrant families, and other traditionally underserved communities. Pausing on screens for admissions this year will help create more inclusive learning environments and more opportunities for all our City’s students.

To learn more about middle school admissions, please visit Middle School Enrollment.