High School Fairs 2018
September 22-23  & October 13-14

Come to a high school fair to meet schools in your borough! Fairs will take place from 10am to 3pm on September 22 and 23 and October 13 and 14. 

The Brooklyn fairs will have schools from Brooklyn and will be at a different location each weekend:

September 22 and 23
John Dewey High School 
50 Avenue X 
Brooklyn, NY 11223 

October 13 and 14
Brooklyn Technical High School  
29 Fort Greene Place 
Brooklyn, NY 11217 

At all of the fairs, there will be workshops on high school admissions at 10:15am and 12:30pm.  (If you’re interested in schools in other boroughs, you can go to those fairs, too.)

Use this survey(Open external link) to register for these fairs. Registration is not required, but we encourage you to register so that we know how many people to expect. 

Don't forget to visit websites of high schools in which you are interested--and go to each school's Open House as well!  (Sixth and seventh graders, this includes YOU, too.)

View the PDF document with more information:

High School Fair 2018.pdf  

Arabic High School Fair 2018.pdf  

Click here to view our school calendar to see the dates and Brooklyn location of the High School Fair weekends in September and October.

Click here to view the NYC DOE high school site  to learn more about all the fairs and to register.

The NYCDOE High School Finder

Career & Technical High School Fair
October 27, 2018
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Learn about over 270 programs offered citywide.  Middle school students and their families are invited to learn more about Career and Technical Education High Schools.  Participants will interact with school leaders and students from CTE schools and programs in addition to industry and college partners.

George Westinghouse High School
105 Johnson Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(near Jay Street/MetroTech)

Don't forget to visit websites of high schools in which you are interested--and go to each school's Open House as well!  (Sixth and seventh graders, this includes YOU, too.)

For more information, click on the flyer (PDF) below:
CTE HS Fair 2018.pdf 

 Spanish CTE HS Fair 2018.pdf 

Summer Arts Audition Boot Camp Application
for Current 7th Graders
Interested in Specialized Arts High Schools

 Student Application Period: thru April 27, 2018

Program Description:
     Middle School Arts Audition Boot Camp is a free, two-week arts program for New York City Department of Education public school students entering grade 8 in September, 2018. This will be our fifth year serving these talented Middle School students of New York City and our hope is to expand the program this year to meet the needs of more students than ever. Our goal is to provide equity and access in preparation for screened DOE high school arts schools/programs. This is an intensive program for up to 350 NYCDOE public school students. 

Meals:  Free breakfast and lunch will be available for students while the program is in session.

Program Dates:   July 30 – August 10, 2018 
Schedule:  Boot Camp meets daily, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Accepted students must commit to full attendance and participation for the entire program.

Location:                Lincoln Center Education, The Rose Building – 165 West 65th Street, NY, NY 10023 
Transportation: An MTA student Metrocard will be provided to each student free of charge by the first day of the program, July 30 and is valid for the duration of the program as well as for scheduled parent meetings.

Admission to Middle School Arts Audition Boot Camp is by online application and audition/screening. Students may apply and audition for only ONE studio.
Student Auditions/Screening: Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, 2018 at Talent Unlimited High School - Julia Richman Education Complex – 317 East 67th Street, New York, NY 10065

TO APPLY: Click here or visit 

Visit our website for more information:

Questions?: Please e-mail  or call (917) 521-3762


Audition Format:  Ballet and Modern technique class, improvisation, and individual interviews.  Be prepared to spend a half day in the audition (9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.). 
Prepare:  Please wear appropriate dance or movement attire.  Hair should be neatly pulled back.  Boys may wear white t-shirts and tights or sweat pants. 
Suggestions:  Present yourself as a dancer through your movement, class participation and use of focus. 
Students auditioning for the dance Boot Camp should have some previous dance training or experience at school or in a dance studio setting.

Instrumental Music - Please note that the Instrumental Music studio does not include guitar or piano.  String instruments are limited to violin, viola, cello or string bass. 
The instrumental studio is designed to enhance and refine the musical skills and techniques of young, aspiring instrumental musicians. The curriculum develops music performance through exploration of a variety of musical repertoire. 
Audition Format:               Performance of one prepared selection before music faculty. 
Prepare:                              One musical selection in any style to demonstrate ability and talent (length of selection is not critical). Memorization is not required.
Bring:                                 Please bring your instrument and a copy of your audition sheet music with you, if available. 
Requirements:                  Student must be able to demonstrate the ability to play one prepared selection.

Focus on individual audition preparation and monologue work as well as some exploration of partner scene study. Drawing from acclaimed contemporary and classical plays students further develop their acting and performance skills.  Additional training focuses on actor preparedness, professionalism and the confidence to command the stage. Students will also engage in a variety of intensive physical exercises as well as vocal training to increase range and projection abilities. The abilities to read well, communicate and understand complex text are assets in this program. Theater studio students should be prepared to take direction and collaborate.  
Audition Format:  Perform an individual contemporary or classical monologue and participate in a provided two-person scene with a fellow auditioning student. 
Prepare:  A 90 second memorized monologue from a published play of your choice.

Visual Art 
Students develop skills and knowledge needed to begin the process of producing competitive portfolios for specialized art programs. They work with at least two media over the course of the Boot Camp. Emphasis is placed on drawing and painting, developing observational skills, and stimulating imaginative thinking. Throughout the camp, students have opportunities to share work with peers and receive feedback.  Engagement with community partners, interaction with professional artists, and museum visits enhance the students’ learning experience.   
Audition Format:  Portfolio review of 5 pieces of artwork, brief interview, and completion of one drawing from observation.  
Prepare and bring:  Portfolio of 5 unframed, original works that demonstrate skill in one or more of the following media: drawing, painting, printmaking, and collage. (This may include work the student is planning to present when applying to screened high schools this fall.)  
 Note:  The drawing exercise and brief interview will last approximately 90 minutes.

Vocal Music
The vocal music studio is designed to enhance and refine the musical skills and techniques of young, aspiring vocal musicians. The curriculum develops music performance skills through the understanding of a variety of vocal music repertoire. 
Audition Format:               A cappella (without accompaniment) performance of one prepared selection before music faculty, voice assessment, rhythm and tonal memory test. 
Prepare:               One musical selection in any style to demonstrate vocal quality and range (length of selection is not critical). Examples of appropriate selections: “The Star Spangled Banner,”  “Amazing Grace"

Ellen Mauser | Program Manager
Office of Arts and Special Projects
New York City Department of Education


Family Planning for High School

(begins in grade 6!)

All families and their middle schoolers (especially rising 8th Graders) are encouraged to visit high schools and to learn more about the high school admissions process.   The following links provide information about the dates and times of family workshops about general and specialized high school admissions.

Click here for details about this year's HIGH SCHOOL ADMISSIONS process, in particular:

From the NYS Education Department

Regents Review Videos     

The New York State Regents exams are just around the corner, and educators can help students prepare for them with Regents Review 2.0, a free service presented by New York's public broadcasters. Regents Review 2.0 includes specially prepared television episodes, online videos, and resources.

The programs are also being broadcast on most New York State public television stations. Check with your local PBS station for dates and times.

Regents Review 2.0 is produced by WCNY and is made possible through the support of NYSUT and the Association for Public Broadcasting. Additional production assistance is provided by the NYS Teacher Centers.

Click here to watch Regents 2.0

April 14, 2018

Grade 8

Class of 2018

We are looking forward to the many activities planned for our 8th grade graduation class of PS/IS 229.  

On Monday, September 25th, your child will take his/her graduation pictures (Flyer Attached). All students must wear a white collared button down shirt and blue or black pants/skirt even if they are NOT buying a picture package. A navy blue tie may compliment the outfit.  

The cost of Senior Dues are $80.00 and must be paid in full no later than Oct 28th, 2017.  The Senior dues includes cap and gown, tassel, 2018 t-shirt signed by the graduates, autograph book, 2018 key chain and yearbook.  Also, on September 25th your child will be measured for their cap and gown.  

Please have your child hand it in directly to their homeroom teachers.  

In addition to measuring students for their cap and gown, a representative       from Reed Ring Corp. will be measuring those students who would like to purchase a school ring (Flyer Attached). We would like to remind you that buying a school ring in NOT mandatory and is NOT included with cap, gown and yearbook dues.    

PTA Executive Board 

September 13, 2017

High School Admissions

High School Acceptance Letters Distributed March 7, 2018

High School Placement letters (Round 1) for our current eighth-grade students who participated the high school admissions this year were distributed to each student on March 7.  

For those who received no high school placement, refer to the “Round 2” list of available schools.  Families may wish to attend the Round 2 Fair  on March 17 and 18, if applicable.

Please:  Families must return Round 1 responses and Round 2 applications to school counselors by March 19.

For more information about the Round 2 High School Fair and dates of High School Open Houses, click here.

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