FINANCIAL DISTRICT — More pre-K seats are on their way Downtown.
The Spruce Street School will open a new 18-seat, full day pre-K class in the fall, on top of the 72 half-day pre-K seats the school had already planned to offer, officials announced.
The arrival of new pre-K seats at Spruce — a school located in the base of Frank Gehry's rippling, silver 12 Spruce St. tower — is welcome news for Downtown parents who are losing two pre-K programs this fall, at Battery Park City's P.S. 276 and the Peck Slip School, due to school overcrowding.
The pre-K cut was a blow to a neighborhood known for quality schools but a surplus of students. In 2012, the four Downtown public schools offering pre-K received a total of 1,776 applications for just 194 seats, according to the Department of Education.
In addition to the Spruce Street School, Battery Park City's P.S. 89 and TriBeCa's P.S. 150 are also offering pre-K this fall.
P.S. 89 will continue with its morning and afternoon half-day pre-K classes, capped at 16 students each. In 2012, the program was deluged with 502 applicants for its 32 spots.
P.S. 150, which offers a full-day pre-K program, has 18 seats available this year.
This citywide pre-K application process for this fall has already ended, so parents who are interested in the new full-day seats at the Spruce Street School should contact the school directly by filling out this form. The school did not immediately provide an application deadline.