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Beyond the ClassroomInclusion for All

NYC Schools Show Their PRIDE

On Sunday, June 25, hundreds of students, families, friends and educators joined to celebrate #NYCSchoolsPride! Naturally, we took photos. :-) We could not be prouder to stand alongside our LGBTQ students, staff members, friends, and family members during the 2017 NYC Pride March. Thank you to everyone who joined us on June 25!
June 27, 2017
Beyond the ClassroomPublic Schools 101

Announcing the new Zero Waste Schools (ZWS) Website & Awards!

In the fall, the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY), along with DOE and GrowNYC’s Recycling Champions Programs (RCP), launched a new social media platform and website called, Zero Waste Schools (ZWS): The ZWS website is an online community that promotes sustainability and recycling in schools through social media, contests, and student and teacher-generated content. New ZWS Contests & Awards Launching this April, new interactive versions of DSNY’s Golden Apple Awards, now called the Zero Waste Schools (ZWS) Awards, will provide students and teachers with an opportunity to win cash prizes for their school’s recycling and sustainability efforts, as well…
March 31, 2017
Data and ReportsPublic Schools 101

NYC School Survey Now Underway

Parents of students in all grades have started receiving paper surveys this week, backpacked home in bright green envelopes or distributed at school events. Parents may also choose to take the survey online at, where the DOE is tracking the number of online survey submissions in real time. Students in grades 6 through 12 will receive and complete their surveys in school, either on paper or online, while teachers will take the survey online. For the third year, Pre-K centers will also be participating in the survey. All survey responses are due by March 31. The NYC School Survey is…
March 3, 2017
Pre-K AdmissionsPublic Schools 101

Reminder: Apply to Pre-K by March 3, 2017

All NYC families with a child born in 2013, including students with disabilities, can apply to pre-K until Friday, March 3, 2017. You can list up to 12 choices on your Pre-K Application—remember to include the program code and to consider many different program options. Apply one of three ways: Online via our application site By phone at 718-935-2067 In person at a Family Welcome Center
February 28, 2017
Data and ReportsIn the News

Grad Rates for Public Schools Continue to Rise

Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced that New York City’s four-year high school graduation rate hit a historic high in 2016 – 72.6 percent. The dropout rate also fell to the lowest ever – 8.5 percent. And these improvements were spread across all parts of the City. Both the graduation and dropout rates were highest for Hispanic and Black students, and every single borough saw its graduation rate increase and dropout rate decrease. The Bronx saw the highest increase in graduation rate. To read more, check out the Mayor's and Chancellor's announcement.
February 13, 2017
College Access for All

It’s Financial Aid Awareness Month

Students must complete the FAFSA to be eligible for any type of aid for college. Many colleges (including CUNY) allocate funds on a rolling, first-come-first-served basis, so early application is key. Students who complete FAFSA are much more likely to enroll in college. Yet, despite how import the FAFSA is, many students do not complete it because they incorrectly believe they are not eligible. It has been estimated that nearly $50 million in Pell grant awards alone goes untapped by New York City students each year that would be eligible if they had only filled out their FAFSA forms. Questions? Visit our financial…
November 21, 2016
Public Schools 101

School Quality Reports Released

The latest School Quality Reports, for school year 2015-2016, have been released. These reports present information about a school’s practices, learning environment, and performance results. The School Quality Snapshot is a report designed to give families a clear, concise picture of the quality of each school, while the School Quality Guide provides more detailed information intended for schools to use to inform their planning efforts. Both reports were updated last year to align to the Framework for Great Schools, the DOE’s research-based approach to school improvement. Schools that are strong in the areas of the Framework are more likely to produce…
November 16, 2016
Beyond the ClassroomInclusion for All

Changing the World, One School at a Time

A District-Wide Effort to Expand Gender and Sexuality Alliances Neil Sarkar sat at a table inside the New York City Council Chambers at City Hall. Dressed in a striped, button-down shirt and pressed slacks, he began his testimony before members of the City Council’s Committee on Education. “Our goal is to eliminate discrimination and harassment towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, asexual, and pansexual students,” said Neil as he leaned into a microphone. Neil is not an educator, legal expert, or City official. He is, in fact, a 13-year old eighth grader at District 2's East Side Middle School (ESMS)…
October 24, 2016
Big Apple Awards

Congratulations to This Year’s Big Apple Award Honorees

After thousands of nominations, hundreds of interviews, and hours of internal debates, the DOE announced the recipients of this year’s fourth annual Big Apple Awards! The Big Apple Awards is a recognition program that celebrates City teachers who inspire their students, demonstrate exceptional success in improving student learning, enrich their school communities, and serve as great model teachers for other educators throughout the City. This year, the DOE chose to surprise each of the 17 teachers in person; Chancellor Carmen Fariña, Senior Deputy Chancellor Dorita Gibson, and Deputy Chancellor Phil Weinberg each surprised the award recipients in their classrooms and offices…
June 27, 2016