|Some light summer reading.|
|As big as a phone book and broken down by borough!|
The two-inch thick 2016 New York City High School Directory is a study in being prepared, as well as in not panicking, knowing that you must extract, from this gigantic book, by December 1, up to 12 public schools you would like your child to apply to—that’s right, apply!—in the hopes that one of them will accept him or her for high school. No borough is off limits! In a way, it is a very great gift—if there is something you are passionate about as a middle schooler, that goes beyond the regular college prep of many schools, you can apply to a high school in New York City that specializes in that very field. Interested in earning an FAA certification in airframe maintenance by time you are 18? There’s a school for that. Want to go to work for the MTA right after high school as a train technician? There’s a school for that. Have your dreams set on being a Broadway actor, dancer, singer or musician? There are many schools for that!
|Another book I have to read through: The Specialized High School Handbook!|
While I do my research and get ready for school tours in the fall, I have been thinking that this process is another piece of the puzzle of what makes someone a New Yorker. Even at the middle school level, most of the kids in New York City schools have experience with interviews and the competition involved in earning a seat. Does this help or hurt a child? I haven’t fully made up my mind on that one yet. I do know that by 9th grade, a kid who has grown up in any of the boroughs of New York City has already been through a couple of levels of academic competition that kids in other parts of the United States may never have to face. I’m sure this explains not only a native New Yorker’s ease with the city—the middle schoolers I know, my son included, are so familiar with the bus and subway lines!—but maybe too their impatience and/or competitiveness.
|Each school has its own write-up and admission requirements.|
Every time I read through these books, I am trying to feel like I have not been run over by these, recently parked out in front of my place:
|Had to include this picture. How often do you have 3 NYC steamrollers parked out front overnight?|
For any of you native New Yorkers out there, I would love to hear your thoughts on the high school admissions process. For everybody else, do tell me what your high school admissions process was like. I bet we have the same story—you went to the school closest to the place where you lived!