City to End Gifted & Talented Tests for 4-Year-Olds After This Year

The gifted and talented tests that children take when they're four years old will occur in April this year, but will no longer be given after that, the Depar … Read the rest of this entry >>

New City Admissions Policy Could Complicate Upper West Side Middle School Diversity Plan

A new city policy that will eliminate all academic screens in middle school admissions for the upcoming school year could have a perverse effect on the Upper West … Read the rest of this entry >>

Local Schools Take Different Paths to Reopening

Schools on the Upper West Side were once again a hub of morning activity this week as elementary students resumed in-person instruction for the first … Read the rest of this entry >>

Public Schools to Reopen Starting Dec. 7 for Younger Grades; Moving to 5-Day-a-Week In-Person Learning

Mayor de Blasio announced on Sunday that NYC school buildings for grades 3-K, Pre-K and grades K-5 will reopen on Monday, Decembe … Read the rest of this entry >>

NYC Public Schools to Close on Thursday as Covid Positivity Rate Hits 3%

New York City will close its public schools starting on Thursday because the 7-day Covid-19 positivity rate has hit 3%, according to the m … Read the rest of this entry >>

City Changes Rules for Hybrid Schooling as Most Parents Have Gone to Remote-Only

The city says it will only allow parents to opt their children back in to hybrid schooling once this year, after previously saying there would be wi … Read the rest of this entry >>

How the Bestselling ‘Fancy Nancy’ Author and a Rising Star Became BFFs

How did the author of a wildly popular children’s book series called Fancy Nancy and a girl from Washington Heights … Read the rest of this entry >>

School Schedule Changes Again — Older Kids Won’t Be Back Until October

The city once again pushed back the start date of in-person school to try to improve the setup and make sure it's safe. For parents, that means schedules are scrambled a … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS School Complex With Poor Ventilation Won’t Open to Students

The city will not allow the Martin Luther King Jr. Educational Campus on the Upper West Side to open, because the school has poor ventil … Read the rest of this entry >>

Thousands of Columbia Students Return, and So Far the Positive Covid Rate is Low

Columbia University officially starts classes on Tuesday and thousands of students are already back in the city. About 1,000 are on campus, and about 13,00 … Read the rest of this entry >>

City Will Delay Public School Opening as School Staffs and Others Question Timeline

New York City will delay the opening of public schools for both in-person and remote lessons until Sept. 21, Mayor de Blasio announced on Tue … Read the rest of this entry >>

Local Parent Council Wants City to Delay Public School Opening

The parent council for the Upper West Side and parts of Harlem has sent a letter to the mayor and governor asking them to delay the planned reop … Read the rest of this entry >>

Twin Parks Montessori Expands Infant Program

SPONSORED: Twin Parks Montessori announces an expansion of its infant program at its Park West campus.  Our infant program is taught by highly qual … Read the rest of this entry >>

Bank Street School for Children to Reopen Full-Day/In-Person

SPONSORED: The Bank Street School for Children, an independent, coeducational nursery through 8th-grade school on the Upper West Side, believes … Read the rest of this entry >>

Columbia Undergrads to Go Full-Virtual for Fall Semester; Reopening Pushback Came from Several Groups

Columbia University President Lee Bollinger announced on Friday that the university will hold all of its classes online in the fall seme … Read the rest of this entry >>

Jewish Education, Wherever You Are

SPONSORED: For families on the Upper West Side, we know this school year is going to be different! But don’t leave Jewish education out of your child’s plans. Jewish Journe … Read the rest of this entry >>

Schechter Manhattan Reopening For Full-Time In-Person Learning This Fall: Virtual Information Session August 12, 8:00pm.

SPONSORED: Schechter Manhattan recently announced its plans to safely welcome students back to its building five days a week this f … Read the rest of this entry >>

Local Parents are Split About Returning to Schools, Fascinating Survey Shows

The unscientific survey of local parents that we conducted over the past 24 hours has yielded some fascinating results. Parents at both public and private schools are clearly struggling … Read the rest of this entry >>

Take Our Anonymous Survey to Answer the Big Question of the Week: Will You Send Your Kids Back to School in Person?

The city has given parents until this Friday to make a very difficult decision: will you send your child back to school this fall for a hybrid in-person and remote educ … Read the rest of this entry >>

Parent Group Calls for at Least 30% of Public School Learning to be Outdoors This Fall

Some Upper West Side parents have been pushing the Department of Education to move more activities outside when schools reopen this fall. The di … Read the rest of this entry >>