5th Grade & Middle School

Fifth grade year is filled with many activities: trips, celebrations, the 5th grade musical, and graduation.  Make sure you pay attention to Konstella messages from the 5th Grade Parent Representatives, who will coordinate many of these activities.  There are many opportunities to volunteer.

Of course, 5th grade is also the year you apply to middle schools.

Middle School Choice in District 15

Staying informed about the middle school choice process is important.  There are no zoned middle schools in our district, and every family will need to look at school choices and create an informed list of schools that are a good fit for their child.  Families are urged to make sure that they are receiving Parent Coordinator Joan Bredthauer’s grade 5 e-blasts.   Some important 5th grade messages may be sent through Konstella.  Families should also sign up for updates directly from the Department of Education at the Connect page.

Middle Schools offer tours and open house events for 5th grade families beginning in early October.  Some schools require you to sign up for these events in late September, so we recommend bookmarking the websites of schools that interest you now, so that you can sign up as soon as the dates are posted.

In the fall, students received the D15 Middle School Directory from Lori Mendez, School Counselor.  The directory is also available online at the DoE website’s Middle School Enrollment page.  In 2018, the middle school application process will be paperless.  Families will have access to their child’s application online via the MySchools website, and will submit the application electronically.  You may even receive a suggested list of schools based on your child’s interests.  Families who need assistance with the online application should contact Ms. Mendez or Ms. Bredthauer.  The date to submit your application is December 14th.

Middle School Resources

Link to Middle School Application


D15 Middle School Forums

November 8th, 5 to 7 PM PS 1, The Bergen School 309 47th Street in Sunset Park November 14th, 6 to 8 PM PS 130 Upper School 713 Caton Avenue in Kensington

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