Parents looking to apply for kindergarten slots next week will be able to dig into the details of potential schools with a new tool being launched by Acting Public Advocate and Council Speaker Corey Johnson.
“It’s a lot of work being a parent, and navigating the city school system can feel like a second or third job,” Johnson, who is launching the site as part of his public advocate duties, said. “Of course you want to get it right, which means a ton of research. We put a lot of information all in one place here to make it easier for families.”
The city’s Department of Education maintains a school dashboard system that can show parents detailed information about test scores, school performance, student population and attendance.
But the new site offers other information not available there — like a school’s total budget, the amount spent per pupil, and Parent Teacher Association budgets. Parents can also see admission rates for pre-K and kindergarten seats, and find info on a school’s gymnasiums, auditoriums.
The new dashboard from the public advocate’s office is also in the form of a map, so parents can check out which schools nearby have kindergarten and compare them.
“Parents engaged in the school admissions process should have access to as much data as possible so they can make the best, most well-informed decision for their children and families,” Councilman Mark Treyger, chair of the education committee, said.