In each of its five boroughs, New York City Department of Education, for the first time ever is conducting three summer high school admissions sessions. As per a DOE administrator the summer sessions, although new, will not replace September’s citywide high school admissions event.
Second summer session at Sunset Park High School
This Tuesday the second session hosted at Sunset Park High School concentrated on “Specialized High Schools” admissions. In the entry hall of the school, two symmetries of information tables were sectioned off. The first table contained email notification signup sheet, handouts on specialized high schools, Specialized High Schools Student Handbook and Directory of NYC Public High Schools 2011-2012 books. One table and the entry hall was manned by DOE administrators who answered general questions, orchestrated sign-ups, distributed books and directed the crowd.
Invite to healthcare companies
The second table displaced healthcare information. Ms. Robbin Moore, the community relation representative, declared that her company Amerigroup Community Care was invited by NYC DOE to attend the session to make available health care options for low income families that do have coverage for their children. The invitation, as per Ms. Moore was also extended to several other insurance companies.
The DOE presenter
The second summer session’s polestar was the admissions process for specialized high schools. Evaristo Jimenez, the DOE presenter, detailed the phases of the admissions process. After introducing the guest panelists, Mr. Jimenez engaged their input via selective questions.
The guests speakers, principal Jason Griffiths of The Brooklyn Latin School and Assistant Principal Marc Williams of Brooklyn Technical High School, provided the audience with their schools’ outline of expectations for specialized high school students. Mr. Griffiths informed all present, when considering attending a specialized school, parents and students should be cognizant of the “three hours of home work” everyday coupled with weekly assignments. Mr. Williams declared “parental involvement is just as important”. It is a crucial part of a specialized high school student’s success.
A reaction from an 8th grader
When asked of his opinion on the session Keshawn, an 8th grader at Academy of Business and Community Development, quietly responded it was “good” because he learned “about specialized high schools” and their “basic requirements”. Keshawn plans to apply to specialized schools Brooklyn Technical High School and Stuyvesant High School. His focus for high school will be math and science.
The turnout for the second summer session was overwhelming. The third and final high school Brooklyn admissions summer session is August 4. This session will focus on “admissions methods with an emphasis on screened and audition programs”.