The Computer School Admissions
Students must live in District 3 or currently attend a District 3 elementary school in order to apply to The Computer School. Students are not required to attend a tour or Open House in order to apply to The Computer School.
Middle school applications must be turned in to your current public school or the District 3 Office of Student Enrollment at 388 West 125th Street. These applications will be handed out to you if you attend a public school in District 3. If you are currently enrolled in an independent school or a school outside the district, you will turn your application into the District 3 office. Applications are typically due the first week of December.
The Computer School uses a screened admissions criteria which includes the following:
- Academic Portfolio
- Review of Grades, Test Scores and Attendance
- Student Interview, including writing sample
All students ranking The Computer School as their first choice will receive a full screening (usually done in February). Students ranking The Computer School second choice or lower will only be screened at the option of the school, or during the appeals round.
Each of the above criteria will be further broken down as follows:
School Tours & Open Houses
Greetings, 5th Grade Families!
We look forward to hosting you on a Computer School tour this fall!
Please stay tuned for more information on signing up for a tour via a booking website. We’ll post a link in late September (most likely) for tours in October and November.
All tours will require a reservation.
We’ll also host an evening Open House in November; we’ll post that date as soon as possible. You will not need a reservation to attend the Open House.
If you have questions about our admissions process, please contact Sara Sloves at [email protected].
If you have questions for the enrollment office, you can call 212.342.8300 and ask for Middle School Enrollment.
There is large variety of report card formats and grading scales from our many sending schools, as well as differential quantity and insightfulness of commentary from individual teachers within and across schools. This information is carefully and holistically considered to determine overall scores. The two evaluation criteria are:
· Individual academic achievement
· Behavior and ability to collaborate willingly, consistently, positively and productively
Scores will be translated to a 25-point max scale based on scaled score. For non-DOE applicants, out-of-state, ERBs, Stanine scores, or other non-NYS test scores will be interpreted and scaled accordingly. In cases where standardized test scores of any kind are not available, report card and SEMS info will be increased to 65%.
We administer group interviews, generally with 3 staff members interviewing 12-15 students. Interviewers evaluate students for:
· Clarity of expression/articulation of thoughts
· Collaborative skills
· Self-control, maturity and politeness
· Active listening/attentiveness
Portfolios should contain a variety of graded work (originals are best.) Portfolios are evaluated based overall quality of assessed work. Since the level of support in compiling portfolios varies from class to class and from school to school, portfolios are considered in comparison to students from the same class and/or from the same or similar schools.
Students will be evaluated on a 10-pt scale as follows: Each absence counts for 2 points, each lateness counts for 1 point.
0-5 points: 10
6-10 points: 9
11-15 points: 8
16-20 points: 6
21-25 points: 4
26-30 points: 2
Over 30 points: 0
Extenuating circumstances will be considered and scores adjusted when justified.
Writing sample will be evaluated on clarity and depth of written expression
Students with IEPs, English Language Learners, and students from underrepresented District 3 Title I schools may receive additional consideration during the admissions process.