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The high school admissions process isn’t over yet.

Eighth-graders are now attending open houses and preparing for the Specialized High School Admissions Test but city Department of Education (DOE) officials are asking students and their parents to also consider the dozens of brand new schools that will open next September.

The DOE, State University of New York (SUNY) Charter School Institute, and state Board of Regents are now reviewing applications for new schools hoping to open next fall. The schools that win approval will be announced later this year or early January. Details about their curriculums will be included in an additional high school directory to be distributed online and at local schools in early 2009.

Paul Helfman, the DOE’s director of student enrollment for School Districts 20, 21 and 31, explained the high school admissions process at last week’s meeting of District 20’s Community Education Council (CEC).

The new schools are “not in your directory right now,” he said. “If you want to go to a specialized high school, you will have a chance in the month of February to change your application.”

These new schools will be small or charter schools.

Small schools operate under full DOE supervision and offer small class size.

Charter schools also maintain small class size but operate under little day-to-day supervision from city and state officials. Charter schools receive public and private funding.

There are several applications currently under review for new small and charter schools seeking to open in Brooklyn next September.

They include the Coney Island Preparatory Public Charter School, which has already been approved by the DOE.

According to DOE documents, the school seeks to open in August 2009 within District 21, which includes Coney Island and Bensonhurst. The school would ultimately boast nearly 400 students in grades five to 12. Students at Coney Island Preparatory would wear uniforms and abide by the values of PRIDE, an acronym for professionalism, respect, integrity, determination, and excellence.

The DOE has also approved the proposals for the Explore Charter School II and the Fahari Academy Charter School.

Fahari Academy seeks to open in 2009 within District 17, which includes Flatbush and Crown Heights. The school would boast nearly 400 students in grades five to 12.

Explore Charter School II wants to open in District 17 or 18, which includes East Flatbush and Canarsie. The school would open in September 2009 and eventually offer classes in kindergarten to eighth grade.

The controversial proposal for the Brooklyn Dreams Charter School has been shelved for one year. The school seeks to open in District 20, which includes Bay Ridge, Fort Hamilton and Borough Park. The team behind the school is now hoping for a September 2010 opening.

For updates on the high school admissions process, visit http://schools.nyc.gov.

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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