More than 200 pre-K seats will be added to District 2 schools, but none are on the Upper East Side.
With few slots at neighborhood schools, parents are preparing for a grueling application season.
Major rezoning of the district is affecting two Upper East Side elementary schools in the fall of 2013.
Nearly 50 parents signed a petition claiming the zoning lines for the new P.S. 281 would hurt the school.
A mistake sent students slated for the under-enrolled P.S. 267 to other schools instead.
P.S. 281 is scheduled to open on East 35th Street near First Avenue in fall of 2013.
The school will house just grades K through 5th to create more room for kindergartners, officials said.
The school has waitlists for kindergarten and first grade, despite a spacious new facility.
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.
If you think college admissions are stressful, try getting your child into kindergarten on the Upper East Side.
Despite rave reviews, P.S. 267 got off to a rocky start attracting students amid overcrowded schools on the UES.
Latest Upper East Side public school rezoning wins fans, but doesn't please all
Almost a quarter of New York City public school students stayed home on the first day of class Wednesday.
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