Dear Neighborhood School Families,
The research is clear regarding the positive outcomes for all children when schools are diverse as measured by race, ethnicity, income level, language, and special education eligibility. On Friday, Chancellor Fariña announced changes to admissions policies designed to promote diversity for seven elementary schools, including The Neighborhood School. As part of the new admissions pilot, we will give priority to students who qualify for free and reduced lunch (FRL) and English Language Learners (ELLs). The changes will not affect returning students or siblings; it will impact pre-K and kindergarten admissions cycles for this upcoming school year.
We hope that this pilot enables TNS to maintain and increase diversity in two demographical areas in which we differ greatly from most schools in District 1. It is not a band-aid, nor is it end-goal by any means. Moreover, it in no way encompasses the many varied and complex ways we think about diversity at our school and in our community. At SLT, we recently discussed how a new and much earlier deadline of January 16 for kindergarten admissions will disadvantage many families. As a school, we are reaching out to the Family Welcome Center, communities that are underserved in our school, and every Head Start and English Language program in the Lower East Side to ensure all LES families have the information they need to apply to TNS, if they so choose. This pilot supports the mission of our school to “provide a lively and diverse educational community. We see our diversity as one of our great strengths. In our mixed age, heterogeneous classrooms, children of many different backgrounds learn to become part of a community that fosters not only tolerance but also true respect for all people.” In addition to piloting this new admissions policy, we will continue to fight for equitable admission policies for all students in District 1.
To read more about this pilot, please check out the following links:
Mark Your Calendars:
Please join us for SING this Wednesday at 8:45am in the auditorium. We will also have a bake sale beforehand, so please bring your appetite!
We have a TNS Half-day on Friday, December 4. Dismissal is at 11:35am.
Whatever family traditions you honor this weekend, enjoy the long and very well deserved break with your children. I hope that it feels restful and rejuvenating.