Dozens of local students accepted into specialized high schools
By Sarina Trangle
Students had a lot to think about over the weekend.
On March 15, the Department of Education informed those who applied to the city’s nine specialized high school’s whether they had be offered one of the sought-after seats.
The David A. Stein Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy, MS/HS 141, has 23 students heading to specialized high schools.
Principal Lori O’Mara said last year’s showing of 30 eighth-graders being admitted to specialized schools was particularly strong and this year’s figures reflect RKA’s typical academic success.
Nine eighth-graders were admitted to Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, Ms. O’Mara said.
“I am excited because it’s a challenge to keep arts programming going,” she said, noting that a teacher stays after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays to help students prepare portfolio submissions.
“The kids love it. The parents love it. It’s a lot to manage space and coordinate materials, so it’s nice to see that it pays off,” she said.
Ms. O’Mara said one RKA student was bound for Stuyvestant High School; three were admitted to The Bronx High School of Science; two were offered seats at Brooklyn Technical High School; four got into the High School of American Studies at Lehman College; another two were admitted to High School for Math, Science & Engineering at City College; and two got into Brooklyn Latin School.
Ms. O’Mara said 104 students took the Specialized High School Admissions Test and about 22 percent were accepted into the eight specialized high school it tests for. LaGuardia admission is determined by portfolios and auditions.
One student from Multiple Intelligence School, PS/MS 37, received a seat at American Studies, according to Principal Kenneth Petriccione.
At Kinneret Day School, 92 percent of eighth-graders who took the Specialized High School Admissions Test received a seat at one of the schools, according to Assistant Principal Simone Nenner. She said several students take mock tests to prepare.
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