Transferring Kids to Public, Gifted, and Private Schools AFTER NYC Kindergarten

March 30, 2017

What happens if your child gets into his or her dream school only to find out it isn’t the dream? You thought it was the perfect plan. Your child prepped so hard for all of those exams. You toured the school, and it was just right, wasn't it? But now, your kid is enrolled and you’re realizing things aren’t so peachy after all. Is the commute too long? Is it not the best fit for your child? For a multitude of reasons unforeseen, sometimes the school a parent chooses for a child just doesn’t work out.




So, is transferring an option? For public schools, your best bet is to try to get into the school the following year, as opposed to transferring mid-year. With private schools, you might actually be lucky and find that there is a rolling admissions system, but be warned: private schools may also require you to start the application process from scratch, with further testing involved for your child.


For the most part, schools will have their own exams. Research the schools you are interested in to see what tests your child will need to take for the application. Each different exam has multiple components, but Bright Kids has all the workbooks and tutoring your family will need to help prepare your child for any and all content he or she might come across on any test.  Being sure of which tests your child will need to take will allow for him or her to receive the best preparation possible. Being sure of which tests your child will need to take will allow for him or her to receive the best preparation possible from our skilled team. 


To get started with this whole process, first contact the schools you might like to transfer your child to and see if there is availability for the following year. Schools often add a seat or two to the first grade class for the next year. Just because you talked to so-and-so at the school and that person said “sure” doesn’t mean there is a spot available, nor that said spot would be reserved for your child. GET IT IN WRITING. Email communication can also be handy to ensure a clear paper trail of your communication with the school.


When reapplying to a Kindergarten class,  there is usually a ton of seats. For first grade, there are fewer spots. As the grade rises from there, the number of seats decreases. Still, it is certainly not impossible to transfer!

If your child is in a public gen-ed school, he or she can take the public G&T test and apply city-wide or to the district if over the 90th percentile. The public G&T test is slightly different after Kindergarten. One big difference is that, starting in the first grade, students must “bubble” in test answers and they are tested in a group. Some students may struggle to test in a group with other kids, as distraction can be an issue. If you are in a public school, you can request to take the test at your local schools. For second and third grade entry, the tests still involve both verbal and nonverbal questions, but they are increasingly more challenging. 


If you are considering transferring schools, don’t be discouraged! There are plenty of options within reach. Once you have picked out the schools you are interested in making the switch to, give us a call to get your child set up for crucial test preparation. At Bright Kids, we are committed to making the transferring process easier for you and your child, so you can always trust that you are in excellent hands. For more information, refer to the Raising Your New York City Bright Kids episode on transferring schools in New York City:

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