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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make your admission decisions?

After submitting your completed application, your child(ren) will visit with a school representative for an assessment. For all older children, we will ask for a copy of their most recent report card and to complete an online assessment through iReady. iReady is a program designed for elementary and middle school aged students to administer academic based programming. We also request any records or materials (IEPs, letters for recommendation etc.) to help us understand your child fully to ensure we offer the best environment for their learning needs.

Families applying to the DOE programs are automatically placed by the DOE. No assessment is conducted unless you apply for our Summer Institute program.

Do you offer scholarships or financial aid?

Yes, scholarships are awarded based on certain eligibility criteria that is published by our grantors each year. Financial aid is offered on a sliding scale based on family size, income and need. Financial hardship should not prevent a family from seeking an education with us.

Breakfast, lunch and "after school" snack are provided free of charge by the NYC Department of Education. Yes, you have the option to pack your child’s food. You do not need to inform us of your choice each day.

What is your food program like? Can I pack my child’s lunch?

In Pre-Kindergarten, we use an iPad to take photos to document students’ learning. Classroom touchscreen computers are provided for guided reading, and a listening center is available. They also have Interactive TVs in each room for specific programming when needed.

In Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 8, each classroom has a Smart Board or Interactive TV.

  • Kindergarten to Grade 2 students use chrome tablets during the regular school day.

  • Chromebooks in grades 3 to 8 are available for daily use.

  • Grades 6-8, students will receive instruction in coding once per week.

What is the technology like in the classroom?

Nap/Rest time for PreK and Kindergarten varies. If students do not nap, teachers will encourage them to rest their bodies or they can read/look at books.

  • Pre-Kindergarten 3 students rest for 75 minutes

  • Pre-Kindergarten 4 students rest for 60 minutes

  • Kindergarten students rest for 45 minutes

Each student has their own personal mat in PreK and Kindergarten. You should provide a rolled nap mat or an all in one blanket which goes home for weekly washing. The nap mats are disinfected and cleaned daily.

What is your rest time policy?

How are children placed after assessment? Who determines what classroom they are assigned?

The admission team, comprised of the principals, teachers, and staff consider multiple factors including birth month, gender, students strengths and skills to create a balanced classroom of students.

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