Admissions

Middle School Virtual Open House

Please join us virtually on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 7pm to learn more about ACLA.  This presentation is geared to current fifth graders applying to enter ACLA as a sixth grader in the Fall of 2021, and their families.  Our presentation will be in English and Spanish and will allow for questions and answers through our chat feature.  

 

MISSED IT?  Recording available here: https://youtu.be/BGJLSaWqoWk

Middle School Admissions (entering 6th grade)

UPDATE - January 20, 2021

Code:

  • Please find our school by searching for All City Leadership Secondary School in myschools.nyc.  Our program code for incoming sixth graders is  K554M.

Timeline: 

  • The middle school application at myschools.nyc is now available.
  • The deadline for families to submit their middle school application is Tuesday, February 9, 2021.
  • Middle school offers will be available to families and school staff in late spring.

Seats and Demand Last Year:

  • The number of available seats for our incoming class has not yet been finalized by the Department of Education
  • Last year, there were 868 applicants for 49 general education seats and 165 applicants for 11 special education seats available for sixth grade applicants.  This may or may not be the same this year.

Admissions Methods: 

  • Students are randomly selected.  As announced by city and agency leadership, all DOE public middle schools will use an open admissions method this year. This means that programs will pause on screening, or using applicants’ academic records, auditions, or other assessments to evaluate or admit students.  If a school has more applicants than available seats, offers will be made using priority groups (when applicable) and random selection (a lottery).   The random selection will be conducted by the Department of Education  - ACLA has no control over the selection of students.

Welcome Letters:  Welcome letters encouraging families to create MySchools accounts are now available to all 5th grade families.  Please reach out to your the guidance counselor at your child's current school for assistance.

The Parent Portal is the part of MySchools that parents can use to apply to schools. MySchools works best with the Google Chrome browser.

 

High School Admissions (entering 9th grade)

UPDATE - December 3, 2021

  • The high school application isn't open yet, but don't wait to start exploring NYC's 700+ program options: Set up your MySchools(Open external link) account and favorite 25-50 programs that interest you.
  • Read the 2022 NYC Public Schools Admissions Guide! The Admissions Guide (available to view or download below in 10 languages) provides an overview of admissions processes and resources for: EarlyLearn (childcare for eligible families), 3-K, pre-K, kindergarten, middle school, and high school, including a section on how to use MySchools. Print copies will be available in 10 languages at schools, early childhood programs, libraries, and other sites before Thanksgiving.
  • Visit https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enroll-grade-by-grade/high-school for updates.

 

Code:

  • Please find our school by searching for All City Leadership Secondary School in myschools.nyc.  Our program code for incoming ninth graders is  K55C.

Timeline: 

  • The high school application at myschools.nyc is NOT YET available.
  • The deadline for families to submit their high school application HAS NOT BEEN ESTABLISHED BY THE NYC DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AT THIS TIME.
  • High school offers which will be determined centrally by the Department of Education.  The timeline for when this information will be available to families and school staff has not yet been determined by the NYCDOE.

 

The information below is from the 2020-2021 school year.  It  will be updated once new information becomes available:

Seats and Demand Last Year:

  • The number of available seats for our incoming class has not yet been finalized by the Department of Education
  • Last year, there were 1,215 applicants for 52 general education seats and 187 applicants for 10 special education seats available for ninth grade applicants.  This may or may not be the same this year.
  • The vast majority of our ninth grade seats are filled by continuing ACLA 8th graders.

Educational Option (Ed. Opt.) programs: Like in previous years, the Ed. Opt. admissions method is intended to create academic diversity among incoming students through admissions. Since students did not take state exams in spring 2020, the Ed. Opt. admissions method will operate differently this year.  To see your child's category, go to your student's profile in myschools.nyc and scroll down to "Ed. Opt. Category."

·       How Ed. Opt. categories will be determined: In the past, students were assigned a reading category for admissions to Ed. Opt. programs based on their previous year ELA standardized test score. Since state tests were not administered in spring 2020, this year the DoE will use a composite score of students’ prior years’ performance in the four core courses: English, math, science, social studies:

o   Average of each student’s final course grades from the 2018-2019 school year.

o   Average of each student’s marking period course grades from fall 2019 through February 2020.

o   Standardized test scores from spring 2019.

Based on this composite score, students will be assigned an Ed. Opt. category, and a proportional number of offers will be made to applicants from each category for each individual Ed. Opt. program:

·       The top third of students citywide will be in the “High” category. One third of offers to each Ed. Opt. program will be made to applicants in the “High” category.

·       The middle third of students citywide will be in the “Middle” category. One third of offers to each Ed. Opt. program will be made to applicants in the “Middle” category.

·       The bottom third of students citywide will be in the “Low” category. One third of offers to each Ed. Opt. program will be made to applicants in the “Low” category.

·       No ranking: In the past, some Ed. Opt. programs chose to rank applicants; this prioritized those ranked applicants for admission, but had no influence on whether or not the program met its match targets. This year, in an effort to streamline the process, Ed. Opt. programs cannot rank applicants. Instead, all applicants to Ed. Opt. programs will be considered equally and randomly among others in their category (high, middle, or low) for the number of offers available for applicants in each category.

 

Questions about ACLA admissions?

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