More than 200 pre-K seats will be added to District 2 schools, but none are on the Upper East Side.
M.S. 177 will open in fall 2014 under the direction of Prinicpal Christina Riggio.
The Panel for Educational Policy voted on how students will be admitted to the new school at P.S. 158.
The Department of Education wants the student body to meet "unprecedented" criteria, critics say.
With few slots at neighborhood schools, parents are preparing for a grueling application season.
P.S. 158 parents say they want a DOE middle school, not another charter school, in their building.
The charter chain is hoping to open two schools in existing public school buildings in District 2.
Parents want a middle school to share space with P.S. 158. The DOE is also considering a K - 5 school.
Upper East Side parents want a new middle school, but debate rages over whether it should be for gifted and talented children or general education.
P.S. 290's principal fears that the DOE's rezoning of Upper East Side elementary schools could leave the popular school with too few students, which could then hurt the school's budget.
When the Department of Education recently announced a new round of proposed changes to the neighborhood's school zones, brokers have been bracing for the changes.
If you think college admissions are stressful, try getting your child into kindergarten on the Upper East Side.
P.S. 158's zero tolerance for bullying led to a two day suspension for a fourth grader taping "kick me" on a classmate.
After months of anticipation, the new P.S. 267 opened its doors to three classes of kindergartners on the Upper East Side.
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