• District 15 - Sunset Park PAR Team Application

    Did you know that the NYC Department of Education is opening several new school buildings in the Sunset Park area of District 15? Are you interested in learning more about the schooling experiences and needs in our area and making recommendations about what should happen with SP schools?

    We, the PAR for Educational Justice Project (PAREJ) of Brooklyn College, City University of New York (CUNY), the Department of Education (DOE) Office of District Planning (DOE – ODP) and Voces Ciudadanas (VC) are collaborating on a participatory action research project (PAR Project) in Sunset Park.

    This process replaces the usual rezoning process and aims to build a deeper understanding of what equitable schooling could look like in our communities. A team of local members, who will be directly impacted by changes in our Sunset Park Schools, will carry out the work. We call this group of community researchers: the D15 Sunset PAR Team. We are actively seeking local community members who want to join the PAR Team!

    The PAR Team will work together to figure out what we need to ask our neighbors to achieve equitable and thriving schools. Please see the application on the flip side. The PAR team will be a group of people who will meet for 1 – 5 hours a week to:

    • create community
    • discuss and think through the biggest questions facing our community
    • research history of schools and schools zones
    • be trained in research methods and ethics
    • carry out research (like interviews, surveys, focus groups) at laundromats, playgrounds, church groups, community centers, and other places
    • study and analyze DOE data
    • compile and analyze community knowledge  and DOE data
    • lead art projects with children
    • share back what we find via community forums
    • produce recommendations to inform DOE policy

    This is a project conducted by community members, with community members, and for our communities. The recommendations from the PAR team will shape the Department of Education’s plan for the future of schools in Sunset Park. The goal is an equitable education and thriving schools for all children in Sunset Park.

    This participatory process will center families impacted by the school changes and particularly families from historically excluded communities.

    We are recruiting 12 community members to join as the D15 Sunset PAR Team. You do NOT need to have any prior experience in any of these areas, or in writing or public speaking, and you do NOT need to be a U.S. citizen. Community researchers will receive a stipend for their participation.

    The D15 Sunset PAR Team will launch in early Dec. Meetings will take place once/week. The PAR team of community researchers will be asked to commit approximately 5 hours/week between Dec – May on the project. The times for weekly meetings will be finalized once the research team is assembled.

    Please Note: If you’re interested in being involved there are multiple ways to participate – we need you! Within the application, you will have an opportunity to express your level of availability as well as the strengths you bring.

    Applications are due Nov 29th.

    Submit online via the links below or fill out the attached paper application and drop it off at Voces Ciudadanas 475 41st Street, Basement, Tuesday – Friday 12pm – 6pm  or Saturdays 10am – 2pm.

    Online PAR Team Application - English (weblink) 

    Online PAR Team Application - Spanish (weblink)

    Online PAR Team Application - Chinese (weblink)

    Online PAR Team Application - Arabic (weblink)

    Online PAR Team Application - Bengali (weblink)

    For more information or help with submitting an application contact Maddy Fox at (e) (p) 917.560.8846 or contact Voces Ciudadanas at (e) (p) 347.916.0968

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  • Elementary School Events

    Come to an Elementary Admissions Virtual Event!

    For families with children born in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

    This fall and winter we will be hosting multiple events online to walk you through 3-K, pre-K, and kindergarten admissions.

    During each online event, we will discuss:  

    • How to learn about schools and programs.  
    • How to create and access your MySchools account, via, the online school directory and application system. 
    • How to get ready now to apply later. 

    Please note | Information about accelerated learning for all through Brilliant NYC will be shared during separate public engagement events.

    The content of each event is the same, but different interpretation services will be provided for different events, as follows: 

    • November 16,  2pm to 3pm | Event held in English. Interpretation provided in: Spanish, Bangla, Korean  
    • November 18,  6pm to 7pm | Event held in English. Interpretation provided in: Chinese (Mandarin), Urdu, Haitian Creole  
    • November 30,  2pm to 3pm | Event held in English. Interpretation provided in: Russian, Arabic, French  
    • December 9,  6pm to 7pm | Event held in English. Interpretation provided in: Spanish, Bangla, Korean 
    • December 14,  2pm to 3pm | Event held in English. Interpretation provided in: Chinese (Cantonese), Urdu, Haitian Creole 
    • January 10,  6pm to 7pm | Event held in English. Interpretation provided in: Russian, Arabic, French
    • February 2,  6pm to 7pm | Event held in English. Interpretation provided in: Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin)  

    A captioned recording will also be posted on our website in December. 

    How to join: 

    • Each event will be hosted live online. Families can join us on Zoom at the event’s start time here:  
    • Visit 48 hours before the event to find the password and any other information you’ll need to join, as well as how to receive interpretation.
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  • Middle School Admissions

    Dear families, 

    Applying to middle school this winter? The application isn’t open yet, but you can start getting ready now to apply later. 

    What You Can Do Now 

    • Explore middle school options.  
      • Use the Middle School Directory (weblink) to find detailed information about schools of interest; you can also search for schools by course offerings, location, sports, accessibility, and more. A few tips:  
        • Most middle school programs have specific requirements about who can apply to them. Later this fall, when you get your welcome letter and log in to MySchools, you’ll be able to see all the programs you’re eligible to apply to in a personalized search. For now, you can check a program’s Eligibility Requirements to learn if your child can apply to it.  
        • Find out which school district you live in for middle school admissions and if you have any zoned schools on the Find A School (weblink) page of the DOE website.. Your child will have priority to attend their zoned middle school(s). 
      • Make a list of schools that interest you and meet your child’s needs.  
      • Visit these schools’ websites to learn more. Each MySchools directory page features a link to the school’s own website and contact information. You can also reach out to schools directly with questions. 
      • Attend virtual or in-person open houses. Many schools’ directory pages also provide direct links to information for prospective families, such as open house information or virtual tours. Touring a school virtually or in person is a great way to imagine what it might be like to go there. When attending events, we recommend bringing a list of questions to ask school staff. 
    • Get to know your child’s current school counselor. They will be your best guide through middle school admissions this year.  
    • Learn more about middle school admissions. Pick up a copy of the 2022 NYC Public Schools Admissions Guide at your current school or download an accessible copy in your language from the Middle School (weblink) Enrollment page on the DOE website. Our website is also where you can find all the latest information and watch our admissions video playlist. 

    What’s Next 

    Later this fall, 5th grade public school families will receive a personalized welcome letter in the mail. This letter will include a unique code to create a MySchools account or add your child to an existing one. When letters are available, all applicants will be able to request a copy from your child’s current school or a Family Welcome Center (weblink).  

    We’ll let you know when letters are on the way! 

    Best wishes,  The Middle School Admissions Team, Office of Student Enrollment

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  • Free and Low-Cost Internet Options

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has launched a short-term Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program, which provides broadband internet service for eligible New York City households, at a reduced cost, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    All families with a student enrolled in a DOE school or program are eligible for this benefit. Families can confirm their eligibility, apply for the program, and find participating broadband providers via the USAC website (weblink). There are two types of benefits available to eligible households:

    • Monthly Benefit: A discount of up to $50/month for broadband service, equipment, and device rentals; or
    • One-time Device Discount: A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of $10 - $50), where available.

    For questions and support, schools and families should email (email) or call (833) 511-0311.

    Please read the full guidance on the NYC Department of Educations website for Free and Low-Cost Internet Options

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  • School Year 2021-22 Safe and Healthy Learning for All

    Fall 2021 marks an important homecoming for our schools. On September 13, we begin the journey to recovery by welcoming New York City students back to school communities and classrooms where they can feel safe and well-cared for, and where they can learn and grow socially, emotionally, and academically.

    Our return to full-time, in-person learning starts with a safe and healthy learning environment for every student and staff member and ensuring students have the tools and support they need to succeed.

    Don't forget to:

    1. Get your children vaccinated if they are aged 12 and older
    2. Submit consent for COVID-19 testing
    3. Use the Health Screening Application (weblink) for a daily health check in for your student.
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  • Get a New York City Schools Account

    Hello Families,

    Please sign up for a NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) where you can access your child’s grades,
    test scores, schedules, transportation information, and more—from anywhere, and in all nine standard
    DOE language translations. In order to see your child’s records, request an Account Creation Code from
    the Parent Coordinator, Michelle Ortiz. Simply send her an email at

    If you don’t have an account, sign up today at NYC Schools Account. It only takes five minutes!


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    Students who have been invited will be provided with a schedule. 

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    Students who have been invited will be provided with a schedule. 

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