Public School Enrollment Has Declined Sharply; Some UWS Schools Are Down by Nearly 30%

New York City public school enrollment dropped significantly in the 2020-2021 school year, and, if kindergarten applications for the upcoming s … Read the rest of this entry >>

Weekend History: Bloomingdale Goes to School, 1790s and Early 1800s

As parents cope with educating their children in this complicated time, it’s been interesting to look back to the late 18th and early 19th cent … Read the rest of this entry >>

Some Local Parents Want a Remote School Option as Delta Spreads

Due to concerns about the Delta variant and a widely unvaccinated youth population, a growing number of parents and public officials are calling for a r … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS Gifted and Talented Program to Stop Admitting New Students; Parents Question Public Notice

One of three Upper West Side schools with a district-level Gifted and Talented program has decided to shutte … Read the rest of this entry >>

Zoom Days Weigh on Local High School Students: ‘Everything Fun About School Has Been Taken Away’

On April 14th, 2021, a group of Upper West Side mothers filed a lawsuit against Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City School Chancellor Meisha Porter, cla … Read the rest of this entry >>

Enrollment Opens For In-Person And Virtual Hebrew School Classes At Stephen Wise Free Synagogue

SPONSORED: When Stephen Wise Free Synagogue had to close its physical doors in March of 2020 due to COVID-19, like so many … Read the rest of this entry >>

Local Public School is Part of Program to Teach Kids Internet Privacy at Younger Age

The pandemic forced hundreds of thousands of students to start using electronic devices at earlier ages than ever befor … Read the rest of this entry >>

Two Local Universities Say Vaccines Will be Mandatory for On-Campus Students

Columbia and Fordham Universities have made COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for all students who will be prese … Read the rest of this entry >>

Six Schools Received Suspicious Powdery Substances, Deemed ‘Non-Hazardous’

A white powdery substance sent to an Upper West Side pre-school was part of what appears to be a larger pattern. The River Park Nursery S … Read the rest of this entry >>

Updated: Nursery School Evacuated After Box With Suspicious Substance Found

A nursery school was evacuated on Tuesday after a box with an unknown white substance was found in the buil … Read the rest of this entry >>

New KIPP Charter School Opening in the Fall Despite Some Community Opposition; There’s Still Time to Apply

A new KIPP charter school is opening in the Upper West Side's school district this fall and is now accepting applications. The school will admit students through a lo … Read the rest of this entry >>

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 >>