We understand the 2017-18 Kindergarten wait list is stressful for your family. The attached FAQs were created in anticipation of your concerns and based in part, on our experience administering the wait list in 2015. We hope you find them informative.
If you need more information once you have reviewed the FAQs, please contact Parent Coordinator, Eileen Carrier at email@example.com
P.S. 8 Waitlist FAQs 2017
1) My child was wait-listed at P.S. 8, our zoned school, and offered a seat at another District 13 school. What should I do?
A: First, tour the school in which your child received placement. Second, pre-register your child at that school by the April 7, 2017 deadline indicated in your offer letter. This ensures your child has a Kindergarten seat for the fall of 2017.
2) How do I pre-register my child at their alternate school?
A: To accept your offer, you must pre-register in person with your child at the school indicated in your offer letter. The DOE requires the following documentation:
- Child’s birth certificate, passport, or record of baptism which includes the date of birth, or other official document of age (See Chancellor’s Regulation A-101 for documents accepted for proof of age)
- Immunization records
- Latest report card/transcript (if available)
- Individualized Education Program (IEP) and/or 504 Accommodation Plan (if applicable and available)
- Proof of address validated by two documents containing the address of residence. Click HERE for the complete list.
3) Will my child lose their place on the P.S. 8 waitlist if I pre-register them at their alternate school?
A: No. If your child is zoned for P.S. 8, they have been placed on what is called a Capped Zoned School waitlist. The Office of Kindergarten Admissions assigned your child a position on this waitlist by lottery. Your proximity to the school is not a factor.
4) How do I find out my child’s place on the P.S.8 waitlist?
A: You may email Eileen Carrier, our parent coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use “Wait List” in the subject line. Please identify your child in the email.
5) When should I expect the P.S. 8 waitlist to move?
A: Expect the first waitlist movement to occur in mid-April after the pre-registration deadline has passed and Charter Schools have held their lotteries. The school will not have any information prior to this time.
The Gifted & Talented acceptance deadline is June 16, 2017. We expect the waitlist to move again shortly after this time. It is our experience too that some movement continues throughout the summer in unpredictable increments. Historically, there has been a burst of activity the week before school starts or even during the first weeks of school.
DOE admissions officially close on October 31st, 2017. If you have not heard from P.S.8 by this date, then no Kindergarten seats are available for your child for the 2017-18 academic year.
6) Who manages the P.S. 8 waitlist?
A: The P.S. 8 staff and administration will manage the waitlist internally. They do NOT have the ability to change a child’s assigned number. Parent Coordinator, Eileen Carrier, is the most likely person to contact you should a seat become available for your child.
7) How many Kindergarten seats are available at P.S.8 for the 2017-18 academic year? How many in-zone applications were received? How many children were waitlisted?
A: P.S.8 will have five Kindergarten sections of 25 children, totaling 125 seats. There were 187 in-zone applications. 165 offers were made, there are currently 22 children on the waitlist.
8) Why were more offers made for P.S. 8 than seats available?
A: The Office of Kindergarten Admissions determines the number of offers each year.
9) How do I find out where other wait-listed families have been offered placement?
A: Due to privacy restrictions, P.S. 8 is not permitted to share information with parents about other children. However, it is our experience that the DOE attempts to assign capped families to the same alternate school placement.
10) Why is there a waitlist for the 2017-18 academic year, when there was none for 2016-17?
A: There were 148 in-zone Kindergarten applications for the 2016-2017 academic year. All applicants were offered a space at P.S.8, 35 of them were siblings. Given attrition, the 125 seats were filled without a waitlist. At this time, it is not clear why there has been a significant jump in applications for this academic year.
11) How are Kindergarten offers made?
A: “[The DOE Office of Kindergarten Admissions] uses admissions priorities to make kindergarten offers. Admissions priorities group students based on their priority to attend a school. The Kindergarten Directory lists the admissions priorities used for each school. Applicants are considered for admissions at every school you list on your application. You will get an offer to the school that you ranked highest that was able to accommodate children from your priority group. If there are more applicants than seats available in a given priority group, a random selection from that group will get an offer.”
12) What are the admissions priorities for P.S. 8?
A: Admission priority is first granted to zoned siblings, then zoned non-sibling students, followed by non-zoned siblings and finally, non-zoned non-siblings.
13) With whom should I follow up if I have additional questions?
A: Please contact P.S. 8 Parent Coordinator, Eileen Carrier via email: email@example.com. Indicate “waitlist” in the subject line, this will enable Eileen to prioritize your inquiry. For further questions, you may also contact the D13 Family Resource Center at (718) 636-3284 or the Office of Kindergarten Admissions at ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov or (718) 935-2009
NYC DOE Office of Kindergarten Admissions
P.S. 8 Parent Coordinator, Eileen Carrier: firstname.lastname@example.org (indicate “waitlist” in your subject line).
D13 Family Resource Center: 718-636-3284
Office of Kindergarten Admissions: ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov or (718) 935-2009