Kindergarten

December 5, 2018

NYC Kindergarten application period:  December 5th – January 14th 

Please visit the NYC Department of Education’s website for details.  Here is an overview:

Children apply for Kindergarten in the year they turn 5.  Children in our pre-K program must re-apply for Kindergarten.   Applications are not made at the school.  Instead, applications can be made:

  • Online
  • By phone to 718-935-2009
  • In person at a Family Welcome Center (ours is at 29 Fort Greene Place, basement of Brooklyn Technical HS)

Families may put up to 12 school choices on their application.  At PS 58, we offer Kindergarten, and French Dual Language Kindergarten.  You may place both programs on your application and rank them in order of preference.  You may also list additional programs at other schools.

PS 58 has five Kindergarten classes and two French-English Dual Language classes (a total of seven Kindergarten classes).

French Dual Language Kindergarten

In each of our DLP classes, half of the children are English-dominant, and are ready to learn to read and write first in English, and half are French-dominant or bilingual, and may begin to learn to read and write in French.  As children continue through the program, they each learn the second language.

If you apply to the French Dual Language program you will be asked to indicate the language your child speaks.  Zoned applicants who speak French “Very Well” must come in for a mandatory language verification assessment before the January deadline.  If, as a result of our assessment, we cannot verify that your child is fluent, your child will automatically be entered in the random selection for seat offers to Anglophone applicants.  We recommend that all families applying to the DLP also put our “English” Kindergarten program on the application to increase the chance of a seat offer to PS 58.

Zoned children who have English Language Learner status are given priority for the program.  (New students who speak languages other than English at home take the New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners. The New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners tests students’ English language skills and determines if they are an English language learner and entitled to supports and services to learn English.)

Department of Education Enrollment priorities also apply (see below).

Zoning

PS 58 is a zoned school, which means we must give priority for enrollment to children who live in our school’s zone.  Due to the high number of applications from families within our zone, we have not been able to offer seats to out of zone children for many years.  To find out if you are zoned for PS 58, please enter your home address into the School Search tool at the NYC Department of Education website.

Enrollment Priorities

The Office of Enrollment will send placement notifications to all applicants, usually in March.  In the past several years, based on citywide enrollment priorities, PS 58 seat offers have been given to applicants in the following order, until we reach capacity:

  1. Zoned with a sibling who will be attending PS 58 concurrently
  2. Zoned, no sibling

Additionally, French-fluent students who are English Language Learners are given priority for the DLP.

Wait Lists

When seat offers are sent in March to families who applied by the deadline, our “all-English” Kindergarten program usually has a small wait list of zoned children and our French DLP usually has a long list of English-speaking applicants, and sometimes a shorter wait list of of French-speaking) applicants.  Families who miss the deadline may still be able to apply online after the deadline and be added to the wait list. At some point, the online application closes, and families must contact the school directly to add their child to the wait list.  In September 2018 we had a wait lists for all programs.

Our French Dual Language program usually has a very long wait list of zoned Anglophone applicants and sometimes has a short wait list of French-fluent applicants, too. We urge all zoned  families seeking a DLP seat to apply to BOTH of our programs to increase the chance of a seat offer to PS 58.

Since PS 58 fills its seats with zoned children, out of zone applicants will likely be placed on a wait list by the Office of Enrollment.  Unfortunately, our school has not been able to offer seats to families on the out-of-zone wait list for many years.

 

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