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5th Grade & Middle School

Middle School Application Deadline extended to February 23rd!

UPDATE FEB 9, 2021:

Families should have begun building their child’s application at www.MySchools.nyc.   If you have not signed into your MySchools account yet, you’ll need your MySchools Welcome Letter with the account access code.  This was sent to your home by US Mail the week of Dec 11 directly from the DOE.  If you missed it, please contact Guidance Counselor Lori Mendez ASAP at LMendez11@schools.nyc.gov.  You will also need your child’s student ID (aka OSIS) number.

Remember, students can apply to up to 12 schools on their application.  Students will receive one middle school offer in the spring.  To increase the chance that your child will be offered a school that you ranked on his/her application, it is best to consider as many options as possible.

Here are some helpful resources to assist you with building the application

D15 Middle School Admissions FAQs

D15 Middle School Sibling Priority Pilot, and Twin Matching

Middle School Admissions Checklist  (English) (French) (Spanish)

MS Enrollment Slide Presentation on MS Admissions (English) (French) (Spanish)

Visit the DOE Middle School Admissions website, where you can find posts and videos about the admissions process, including how to make your MySchools Account, and how to build a strong middle school application for your child.

Research schools at the independent website www.InsideSchools.org

Recordings of PS 58 Presentations in Konstella Files.  Watch the November Student Panel, the November presentation, and the January Parent Panel.

Virtual Open Houses and Fairs

Open houses and middle school fairs are a key way for families to learn about school options and the admissions process, and the DOE is committed to continuing this tradition even while many families are remote. Families should expect middle schools to host virtual tours and open houses this year.  Please visit and the bookmark the websites of all the schools your child is interested in.  Check websites frequently.  Some middle schools have virtual tours ready now.

A list with links to school tours was posted on 5th grade classroom feeds on Konstella Nov. 5.  Individual tour announcements have also been sent to your classroom page on Konstella.

Families Temporarily Living Outside NYC

Students who have temporarily relocated outside NYC, but who have maintained a permanent residence in NYC, may participate in middle school admissions, as long as your permanent address on file with the school remains your NYC address.  Please check your address at your NYC Schools Account.  If you need to change your address, please provide PS 58 Pupil Accounting Secretary Tina Nyffler with a copy of a recent utility bill.   You can scan the document and send it by email to tnyffler@schools.nyc.gov.

Diversity in Admissions

All District 15 middle schools participate in Diversity in Admissions.  Please read more about this program at the Diversity in Admissions webpage.

Charter Schools

Charter Schools have a separate application process.  Please read more about that at the DOE Charter Schools webpage.  Families should visit the webspages of charter schools for more information about their admissions timeline and virtual tours.

Questions?

Contact School Counselor Lori Mendez LMendez11@schools.nyc.gov, Parent Coordinator Joan Bredthauer, jbredthauer2@schools.nyc.gov, or MSEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov.


updated February 4, 2021

Sibling Priority in Middle Schools

D15 Sibling/Twin FAQs:

 Who will receive the sibling priority?

Any fifth grader zoned to District 15 for middle school or attending a District 15 elementary school who has a sibling currently in sixth or seventh grade at a District 15 middle school. Siblings are an applicant’s brother or sister, including half-brothers, half-sisters, stepbrothers, stepsisters, foster brothers, and foster sisters who live in the same household. Fifth grade students with siblings in eighth grade in a District 15 middle school are not eligible for this priority.

Why are only siblings in the sixth and seventh grade receiving priority?

This year’s sixth and seventh graders were admitted under District 15’s diversity plan. Sibling priority will not apply for students with siblings in eighth grade or older, as those students were admitted prior to the implementation of the D15 diversity plan. Additionally, 5th graders with 8th grade siblings in grades 6-8 middle schools do not have a priority as the students would not be attending the middle school at the same time.

How does sibling priority affect applications?

All applicants should list schools in their true order of preference. A student will receive priority to their sibling’s school no matter where they list the school on the application. For example, if an applicant lists their sibling’s school as their third choice, and does not get an offer to their first or second choice, they will still have a priority to their third choice.

Who is considered a twin?

Siblings zoned to District 15 for middle school or attending a District 15 elementary school who are currently both in 5th grade. The term also includes triplets, etc.

How should families of twins complete their applications?

Twins eligible to apply to District 15 middle schools who list all schools in the same order on their applications will receive offers to the same District 15 middle school. Their applications must be identical. If a family with twins lists boroughwide or citywide programs on their applications, and one or both twins gets an offer to one of those programs, the twins will not necessarily be placed together.

How should families who are eligible for the priority identify their siblings or twins?

Before you submit your application to D15 schools, you will be prompted to identify any siblings.  Sibling priority only applies to D15 schools.  If you have 5th grade twins, please contact School Counselor Lori Mendez at LMendez11@schools.nyc.gov.  The twin verification process takes place at the elementary school level and there is nothing a parent needs to note on the application.  Ms. Mendez will verify twins for Enrollment.

Middle School Resources

External link to My Schools site

 

D15 Diversity Plan

 

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