Middle School Placement

In January 2011, BCSC's Board of Trustees approved funding for the creation of an expanded, enhanced plan for Middle School Placement and a new staff position to undertake these responsibilities. Our goal is to ensure that for each of our graduating 5th grade students, we generate middle school options that meet his or her individual needs.

Our Director of Middle School Placement is touring many middle schools and developing relationships within New York City's education community in order to guide our students and their families toward schools with high expectations and rigorous instructional programs.

In addition to participating in the New York Department of Education's Middle School Choice process which provides access to District schools, BCSC is working closely with a carefully selected group of independent and parochial schools to ensure that our graduates are purposefully matched with school communities that suit their individual goals and interests. BCSC is working with our colleagues in other high performing charter schools to identify available seats.

Gleaning best practices from other high performing schools, our Middle School Placement plan includes a commitment to:

  • Provide family meetings to assist in preparing and completing applications;
  • Conduct family workshops that address issues such as transition to middle school, financial planning, and school choice education;
  • Recommend appropriately selected students to organizations such as Prep for Prep, Summer on The Hill at Horace Mann, A Better Chance, and other out-of-school time programs;
  • Engage BCSC's school community, including parents, faculty and staff in the Middle School Placement process.
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