The city Department of Education has released the first stats about applications for local public schools since the Upper West Side school district went through a large and controversial rezoning late last year.
Exact comparisons to previous years are difficult, because the zone sizes have changed. But from a first look at the numbers, it appears that PS 191 on West 61st Street attracted enough interest to fill the intended number of Kindergarten classes.
That’s significant because affluent parents had previously shunned PS 191, whose students mostly came from the Amsterdam Houses projects. The rezoning made that school’s district more diverse, and school leaders were hoping that enrollment would rise. PS 191 will also be in a new building starting in September, another perk.
The Department of Ed had projected that the new zone size for 191 would accommodate 110-120 kids for Kindergarten, and 126 students have received offers to the school. It’s not 100% clear if that means it will be more diverse, but it’s a positive early sign that the classes will be filled.
Another significant stat: PS 199 on 70th and PS 87 on 78th both have waiting lists, which could raise concerns from parents who had hoped the rezoning would reduce waiting lists at popular schools. At PS 199, the waiting list may have to do with the simple fact that there is one fewer Kindergarten class this year. At 87,
it appears to be a result of some parents who had previously been zoned for PS 452 attempting to now get into PS 87, because PS 452 is moving to the old PS 191 building it’s not immediately clear why there’s still a waiting list. (It’s all quite confusing but is explained in detail in a previous article.)
We received the following stats from the Department of Ed:
2017 Kindergarten Admissions
Zoned Waitlist Data
*Includes students who have more than one zoned school and received an offer to one of their zoned schools that they ranked lower or did not apply to, as well as students who are waitlisted at a dual language program at their zoned school but were accommodated at another school of their choice that is not their zoned school.
03M084 Below 10
03M163 Below 10
(The DOE says they can’t share exact numbers below 10 because of state law.)
-787 students put M199 on their application, up from 688 last year.
-129 students received offers, down from 150 last year. There is one fewer K section at M199 this year due to space constraints.
-There is a zoned waitlist of 34 students, compared to 30 last year.
– This year, 26 applicants were grandfathered as zoned siblings, and the number of students receiving grandfathered sibling priority will decrease over the course of several years.
– 171 students put M191 on their application, up from 97 last year.
– 126 students received offers, down from 163 last year.
– This is driven entirely by 50 fewer “overflow” offers to M191 – 32 “overflow” offers rather than 82.
– Following conversations with the District 3 Superintendent, students who were otherwise waitlisted were given offers to multiple schools in the district this year, including M452, given its additional capacity.
– 604 students put M452 on their application, down from 658 last year.
– 128 students received offers, up from 76 last year. We were able to increase the number of offers, given the additional capacity.
– This is also driven partially by 24 zoned students who are waitlisted at M087 and will receive offers to M452.