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Old 03-19-2009, 09:25 PM
 
Location: NYC
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We´re a family who´s looking into renting an apt. in Roosevelt island, due to the fantastic Manhattan views. We´ve heard though (and seen on schooldigger.com) the school is really bad, someone told me that if the public school one´s address is zoned to needs improvement my son would be eligible to enter another (better) public school. Is that correct? Should I call an enrollment office or just contact schools in Manhattan (close to the subway stop there). We cannot afford private school..
Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-19-2009, 09:50 PM
 
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What grade would your son be entering? And be sure to also check out Inside Schools for school reviews.
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Old 03-22-2009, 08:23 PM
 
Location: NYC
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Hi squeezeboxgal,

My son´s behind, since he only speaks and understands Danish so far (he got here a month ago), though we practice some English with gim, he´s not going to catch up in kindergarden, where he is right now. I´m thinking if I can get him into pre-k somewhere, it will be a better start for him, he´s bright but might get wrong ideas about schools due to falling behind at the end of a school year.
Any advice appreciated, and tx for inside schools
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Old 03-22-2009, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Buffalo, NY
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I came here when i was 8 without a word of english as well. They skipped 2 grades with me and started in second grade(my sister 6th and other 4th). Im now a senior in high school and pretty much say that my english is up to par. I think your son will do fine, kindergarden or not. Difference is that i went to a public school in flushing not Roosevelt Island. That was 10 years ago though, things might have changed.
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Old 03-22-2009, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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I came here when i was 8 without a word of english as well. They skipped 2 grades with me and started in second grade(my sister 6th and other 4th). Im now a senior in high school and pretty much say that my english is up to par. I think your son will do fine, kindergarden or not. Difference is that i went to a public school in flushing not Roosevelt Island. That was 10 years ago though, things might have changed.

Sorry, getting off-topic for a second...
Do you go to Flushing HS?


To the OP-- Yes, you should be able to go to another school if that one is failing. I really don't recommend sending your child to a failing school. I teach in a school in the south Bronx, and even though it's not failing, it still isn't a very good school. I can't imagine what a failing school is like.
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Old 03-22-2009, 09:44 PM
 
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Rachael -- do you know what the process would be for the OP to apply for a different school? And how should she go about finding one?
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Old 03-23-2009, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Bedford Park, Bronx
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I thought that the child had to attend the school before being offered a transfer, perhaps someone knows for sure.

I'd look into Midtown West PS 212 - I hope this link works. Insideschools.org :: School Profile - P.S. 212 Midtown West School

You'd have to apply and interview, but it's supposed to be a very good school.
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Old 03-23-2009, 12:26 PM
 
Location: NYC
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Thank you Pete Piper
I wonder if they will admit my son for pre-k (special conditions, he´s Danish, only speaks and udnerstands Danish) in pre-k at this time of year though he´s 5 yrs old (?)..And whether I´m late for registry into kindergarden from September 09...

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I thought that the child had to attend the school before being offered a transfer, perhaps someone knows for sure.

I'd look into Midtown West PS 212 - I hope this link works. Insideschools.org :: School Profile - P.S. 212 Midtown West School

You'd have to apply and interview, but it's supposed to be a very good school.
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Old 03-23-2009, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Buffalo, NY
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Sorry, getting off-topic for a second...
Do you go to Flushing HS?
I went to P.S 22(Flushing)
Junior High School I.S.25(flushing)
Murray Bergtraum HS(manhattan)2 years
Bayside HS(bayside queens)last year here

And for danishmom, its never to late to register your child to school. During the first few years of my school years, new students were coming in, in all months even as late as may-.-Most of them were immigrants and didn't speak a word of english.
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