(The following is the second in a series of articles examining the events leading up to, and beyond, the expected March release of Round 1 high school admissions results for New York City middle school families.)
Yesterday, the NYC Department of Education published additional information on their website about the release of Round 1 high school admissions results and the Round 2 high school fair. The expected release date is now confirmed as the week of March 10, with the Round 2 high school fair scheduled for the weekend of March 15 and 16.
For the nearly 80,000 middle school families awaiting these results, this relieves little anxiety related to the outcome of the process. Many of these families will receive a match to a high school that falls lower on their list of preferred school choices submitted to their guidance counselors back in December. Others will receive no match at all in Round 1 and will have to navigate the dreaded Round 2, with its limited selection of palatable choices. Round 2 selections are due back to counselors by March 21.
Families across the city are experiencing a wide range of emotions – some losing sleep with anxiety and others simply choosing to ignore what’s to come. “I heard it was crazy,” said Jackie S., parent of Brooklyn 8th grader, Maya. “The rumors were that there were not a lot of options, and the process has been pretty awful. I’m trying to ignore it.”
While Maya had fewer expectations going in, she also feels like the process has been frustrating and difficult. “There has been a lot of pressure with grades and tours, combined with a lot of work. I’m pretty nervous.”
With less than 2 weeks to go until letters are distributed, the pressure will undoubtedly intensify. Stay tuned…