DOE Alters Admission System ‘to Increase Diversity,’ Top-Performing Students go to Bottom-Rung Schools

The Department of Education assigned high-achieving students of Manhattan to struggling schools — a major change to a merit-based system, with a lottery that is expected to increase diversity at New York City’s most selective public high schools. The time-honored controversy of the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) causing underrepresentation has recently erupted again […]

DOE to Host Virtual Conference on Reopening NYC Schools

STATEN ISLAND, NY — As part of its ongoing effort toward the full reopening of public schools, the Department of Education (DOE) will host a virtual conference for Staten Island on Monday, May 17, from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m, with conferences for the other four boroughs to follow. The online information session, titled “Conversation […]

How to Deal with Fear: Insight from Seneca

How to deal with fear on tests

I don’t remember how I came across it, but I started journaling in “The Daily Stoic Journal” that accompanies “The Daily Stoic” by Ryan Holiday. “The Daily Stoic” offers a quote from a Stoic philosopher such as Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, and Epictetus, and an explanation from Ryan Holiday. In general, they provide good advice and […]

New COVID-19 School Closure Guidelines

COVID-19 NYC School Guidelines

The Department of Education (DOE) of New York City laid out new COVID-19 school closure guidelines to ensure students, faculty, and staff’s safety, formally replacing the two-case rule last Thursday. On Monday, students in New York City public schools will return to in-person schooling after what is hopefully the final period of COVID-related blanket school […]

NYC to Remove the COVID-19 2-Case Preventative Measure, said Mayor

On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans to remove the NYC two-case rule because of consistent school shutdowns, stirring the academe. Bill de Blasio seeks repeal to reopen schools and says the existing measure made no sense. The new approach remains unclear as it was not discussed in further detail. “We’re working on what […]

NYC Teachers Were Unhappy with Chancellor Carranza

Richard Carranza Resigned

Former Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza’s dissatisfaction percentage rating among New York teachers rose amid the pandemic, results from NYC School Survey showed. Among 52,822 NYC teachers, Carranza’s dissatisfaction rating was recorded 25 percent, up by eight percentage points from 17 percent in the preceding academic year. The satisfaction rating was only 49 percent, while 25 […]

NYC High Schools Reopened on March 22, 2021

High Schools in Staten Island and the rest of New York City returned to face-to-face class on March 22, imposing various school health protocols to students during COVID-19. Half of NYC high schools can return to their normal system of learning on March 22. Approximately 55,000 students who chose face-to-face learning are back to the […]

9th Grade SHSAT

What’s on the 9th Grade SHSAT? 9th Grade SHSAT different from the 8th grade SHSAT. It is more competitive than the 8th grade SHSAT since there are a lot less spots available in the schools. As a result, you’ll need to aim for a higher score on the 9th grade test than the 8th grade […]