The Parents' Bill of Rights, published by New York City’s Department of Education, explains the rights and responsibilities of parents and families of New York City public schools to help ensure that all students get a quality education.
Parents have the right to a free public school education in a safe and supportive learning environment.
Parents have the right to:
The Department of Education and its schools are responsible for providing parents with access to their child’s education records and any available information on educational programs and opportunities.
Parents have the right to:
Parents have the right to be given every available opportunity for meaningful participation in their child’s education.
Parents have the right to file complaints and/or appeals regarding matters that affect their child's education.
Parents have the right to:
All Parents Are Responsible for:
Click below to view the entire Parents Bill of Rights in your preferred language.
All the statements above are true! To learn more about your rights, read “ Know Your Rights ” by Advocates for Children. Translated versions are available.
Visit Respect for All page. You can view the page translated by clicking on your preferred language at the top of the page.
Visit New York City Department of Education’s website to learn how to enroll new students in New York City public schools and apply for middle and high schools. The website provides calendar and events, publications in eight languages and information about the admissions processes.
Charter schools are independent public schools, governed by their own not-for-profit boards of trustees. All students eligible for admission to a traditional public school can apply to a charter school. Students are admitted through a lottery, but charter schools do give preference to siblings of students already enrolled in the school and students living in the charter school’s district.
To learn more about charter schools, click www.nycchartercenter.org and read Facts, Q & A.
OSE is in charge of student enrollment from pre-kindergarten to high school. This office also oversees admission to gifted and talented programs, special education placement, and school transfers.
Address & Telephone
1 Fordham Plaza, 7th Floor, Bronx, NY 10458 Phone: 718-741-8495
7, 9, 10
1230 Zerega Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462 Phone: 718-828-2975
8, 11, 12
1780 Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11230 Phone: 718-758-7687
17, 18, 22
415 89th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11209 Phone: 718-759-4914
1665 St. Mark's Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11233 Phone: 718-240-3600
19, 23, 32
29 Fort Greene Place, Room BE12 Phone: 646-285-8152 *general education only
13, 14, 15, 16
131 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 Phone: 718-935-4908 Staten Island **special education only
333 Seventh Avenue, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10001 Phone: 212-356-3700
1, 2, 4
388 West 125th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10027 Phone: 212-342-8300
3, 5, 6
28-11 Queens Plaza North, Long Island City, NY 11101 Phone: 718-391-8386
30-48 Linden Place, Flushing, NY 11354 Phone: 718-281-3791
82-01 Rockaway Boulevard, Ozone Park, NY 11416 Phone: 718-348-2929
90-27 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435 Phone: 718-557-2774
715 Ocean Terrace, Building A, Staten Island, NY 10301 Phone: 718-420-5629
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The Department of Education of New York City offers bilingual programs to serve the needs of English Language Learners (ELLs)—students who speak a language other than English at home and score below proficient on English assessments when they enter our school system. Transitional Bilingual Education and Dual Language programs strengthen students’ native language development and content knowledge while they build their social and academic English skills. English as a Second Language (ESL) programs use strategies for English language development with native language support so that students develop language and content knowledge in English.
In the orientations, you can:
At the end of each orientation, school staff collect the Parent Survey and Program Selection Form, which indicates the program that you are requesting for your child.
Following is the brochure for parents of English Language Learners published by the Department of Education of New York City.
New York City Department of Education offers special education services for children with disabilities. If you receive a letter about your child being recommended for evaluation for special education, contact the principal or teacher. Each student who is recommended for special education is evaluated at their school by an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team, which is comprised of school staff and a student’s parents.
Click insideschools.org to find the answers to the following questions:
District 75 offers citywide educational, vocational, and behavior support programs for students who are on the autism spectrum, severely emotionally challenged, and/or multiply disabled. District 75 consists of 56 school organizations, home and hospital instruction, and vision and hearing services. The schools and programs are located at more than 350 sites in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and Syosset, New York.
For more information visit the New York City Department of Education’s Gifted & Talented web page.
The New York City Department of Education established Chancellor’s Regulation A-501 to end social promotion and ensure that students who are promoted are prepared academically for the next grade level. The promotion policy is as follows for each grade:
Students have to show progress towards meeting the Primary Literacy Standards and the New York State Learning Standards for Mathematics.
For all grades except grade 8: English Language Learners (ELLs) enrolled for fewer than two years are exempt from the promotion standards.
ELLs enrolled for two to three years will be evaluated based on a comprehensive assessment of students’ class work, test results, and attendance.
ELLs enrolled for four or more years who do not have an approved extension of services will be evaluated based on standard promotion criteria.
For grade 8: ELLs enrolled for fewer than two years must pass core academic subjects. ELLs enrolled for two and three years must pass core academic subjects, achieve a Level 2 or above on the State Mathematics assessment, and demonstrate gains in English Language Arts State assessments (State ELA assessment or NYSESLAT). All ELLs enrolled for four or more years will be evaluated based on standard promotion criteria.
Students in all grades with “standard promotion criteria” listed on page 9 of their IEP are subject to the promotion criteria listed above. Students with “modified promotion criteria” on page 9 of their IEP will be evaluated based on these stated criteria.
For all grade 3, 5, 7, and 8 students who score Level 1 on either the State English Language Arts (ELA) or Mathematics assessments, there is an appeal process that provides for an automatic, mandatory review of student work.
Teachers will create a portfolio for each student, which may include standard math work, leveled books from the classroom library or a standard reading passage, writing sample(s), and standards-based class work.
Using standard criteria, teachers will indicate whether the student’s work is comparable to Level 2 and submit the portfolio to the principal for review. The portfolio is then reviewed by the principal to confirm that the student’s portfolio shows evidence of comparable Level 2 work. If that criterion is met, the principal forwards the portfolio to the Community Superintendent for consideration. The Community Superintendent makes the final promotion decision.
Additionally, students may take the summer citywide test in the required subject(s) in August and may be promoted if they achieve Level 2 or higher on the required test(s).
For grade 8 students who fail a core course, there is no automatic appeal. However, students are given the opportunity to attend summer school to pass the required course(s) for promotion to the next grade.
Parents also may submit an appeal in writing to their principal at any time after they are notified in June that their child does not yet meet promotion standards. However, a parent appeal will be considered by the principal and Community Superintendent after summer school has been completed and students have had an additional opportunity to meet the required promotion criteria.
A parent appeal will be granted if the Community Superintendent determines, based on a review of a complete student portfolio, summer test score(s), summer school work, and any summer school teacher observations that the student has met the required criteria and is prepared for the next grade level.
As part of the Parent Appeal process in August, parents may review their child’s portfolio with the principal or the Community Superintendent in order to understand better how their child’s work was assessed.
New York State High School Graduation Requirements differ depending on the year a student first enters 9th grade.
Students can get a Graduation Requirements card from his or her Guidance Counselor. The cards include the credits, Regents exams, and scores required for high school graduation. The cards areintended to help students and parents, in consultation with the school counselor, determine how many credits, the distribution of credits by subject area, and the scores required on the Regents Exams to receive a local, Regents, or Advanced Regents diploma.
For more information visit the New York City Department of Education’s web page on Graduation Requirements.
For current information on Supplemental Educational Services (SES) visit the New York City Department of Education .
Children do better in school when their parents are actively involved. Parent involvement is more than just receiving information about what is happening in the schools. Parents have many opportunities to take on leadership roles and to have influence in school communities. Here are just a few of the ways that family members can get involved in schools:
"Getting involved" can mean different things for different people. For parents, getting involved can mean helping out at school, getting involved in a parent association or parent-teacher association, or getting involved on a district or citywide level. For others, getting involved could mean volunteering or donating money.
Following are opportunities for parents to get involved in New York City public schools:
If you are interested in volunteering at schools, please contact Parent Coordinator at your child’s school. You can also visit Learning Leaders page.
For more information visit the New York City Department of Education’s Parents and Families page.