Anxiety Grows as Schools Prepare to Open Amid Covid Surge; New Quarantine and Testing Policies

The Omicron variant has led to the largest Covid surge in New York City since the start of the pandemic, with nearly 30,000 people … Read the rest of this entry >>

Join Morningside Montessori School for the 2022/23 School Year!

SPONSORED: An independent, not-for-profit school on the Upper West Side since 1966, Morningside Montessori School is a warm and inclusive community that has supp … Read the rest of this entry >>

Kids Can Get Vaccines Right at School; Check When Your School is Eligible

Children ages 5-11 were cleared on Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to get low-dose Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinat … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS Parents ‘Freaking Out’ After Hundreds of Students from P.S. 87 Sent Home to Quarantine

Hundreds of students at PS87 William Sherman, on 78th between Columbus and Amsterdam, were forced into quarantine after a staff member tested positive for Covi … Read the rest of this entry >>

As Columbia’s New Climate School Opens, A Professor Talks Extreme Weather, Inequality and (Not) Colonizing Mars

For the first time in 25 years, Columbia University has launched a new sc … Read the rest of this entry >>

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 >>