2011-01-21 / School News

Councilman Ulrich: Urges Register For Kindergarten


Councilmember Eric A. Ulrich joined new Schools Chancellor Cathie Black two weeks ago for a tour of John Adams High School in Ozone Park. Along with Principal Grace Zwillenberg and other school officials, the Chancellor and Councilmember visited various classrooms and learning communities including the College Summit Program, English as a Second Language and the school’s Virtual Enterprise Program. Councilmember Eric A. Ulrich joined new Schools Chancellor Cathie Black two weeks ago for a tour of John Adams High School in Ozone Park. Along with Principal Grace Zwillenberg and other school officials, the Chancellor and Councilmember visited various classrooms and learning communities including the College Summit Program, English as a Second Language and the school’s Virtual Enterprise Program. Councilmember Eric A. Ulrich is reminding parents and guardians of key enrollment dates for families of children who will begin kindergarten in September 2011. Under the City Department of Education’s enrollment process, families should apply in person, through March 4, at their locally zoned school. Parents can also apply in person to any other schools which their children are eligible to attend. Schools will notify families about assignment offers beginning March 21. To accept an offer, families must then visit the school they choose between March 28 and April 15 to preregister their children.

Children are eligible to start kindergarten in September if they were born in 2006 and are City residents. When applying to a school, parents must show two documents showing proof of residence, the child’s birth certificate or passport, the child’s immunization records and names of any siblings who will be enrolled in grades 1-5 at the school.

Ulrich said, “I urge parents to act as soon as possible to help ensure their child is enrolled in the school that best fits their needs. Choosing the correct school will go a long way towards providing your child with a quality education in the coming school year.”

As has been the case in the past, priority for enrollment at locally zoned schools will be given to students living in that zone. Schools will make assignments according to the following priorities, from highest to lowest: Zoned students with a sibling in grades 1-5 at the school in 2011-2012; all other zoned students; students residing in the school’s district but outside the school’s zone who have a sibling in grades 1-5 at the school in 2011-2012; students residing outside the school’s district with a sibling in grades 1-5 at the school in 2011-2012; all other students in the school’s district but outside the school’s zone; all other students.

To find your locally zoned school, visit the DOE’s website at nyc.gov/schools or call 311.

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