The application process for September 2014 commenced as of December 10, 2013, and officially closed on April 2, 2014.
To learn more about the Harbor Science and Arts Charter School application process, read through the FAQs below to determine what you need to do in order to try to enroll your child at the Harbor Science and Arts Charter School.
You may come and pick up an application following our Open House for New Applicants each December. Otherwise, you need to come to the school's main office, room 202, between the hours of 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, during the application/enrollment period and pick up an application in person.
You may also download a .pdf version of our application during our application period (usually mid-December through April 1 or April 2).
We do not send out applications by mail, fax, or by any other means. Applications must be picked up in person or downloaded from this website.
You may come and pick up an application at our Open House for New Applicants held each December. Our application process begins on the day immediately following the day of our open house. All completed applications should be submitted in person to our school's main office by no later than 4:00 PM on the deadline date, which is usually on or close to April 1st, of the same year that you are applying for admission in September. You will be given a receipt to acknowledge that you submitted a complete application. We do accept applications sent in by mail and/or fax, but caution against doing so, as any applications received after the deadline, regardless of postmark, will not be accepted and entered into the lottery, and applicants have no way of verifying that we received their application on time.
Students are admitted to the Harbor Science and Arts Charter School solely on a lottery-based system. Every prospective student who completed and submitted an admissions application by the early April deadline will be entered into the lottery for our waiting list for the subsequent school year beginning in September of that same calendar year. The lottery will be held in mid-April each year.
The public lottery is held in April for the school year starting in September of the same calendar year. Each grade has its own lottery. First, there is a lottery held for applicants who are siblings (siblings are considered blood siblings or by legal marriage) of a student currently enrolled in the Harbor Science and Arts Charter School. Second, there is a general lottery to complete our waiting list. For each stage (sibling and general, respectively) of the lottery, the names of all students who are applying for a seat in a particular grade, are placed in the lottery hopper. Then the names are pulled out of the hopper and placed on our waiting list in the order that the names were pulled from the hopper. In the general lottery, preference is weighted so out of every group of 10 names, 6 names on the waiting list are students whose families reside in the New York City District 4 community. Click here to view a map of New York City Community School District 4.
IF a seat(s) becomes available in a grade for the upcoming school year, parents of the children on the waiting list for that grade will be called, by phone, in the order that their child's name appears on the waiting list and notified that a seat is available. The parent will be asked if they want to accept the seat. This process is repeated by working through the waiting list until the available seat(s) have been filled.
We will begin to notify parents, by phone, as soon as the school knows how many seats will be available for the upcoming school year. Generally this notification process begins in early-to-mid July, and continues until all of the vacant seat(s) in each grade have been filled.
No. As seats become available for the school year, we will contact the parent of the child who is next on the waiting list for the grade in which a seat becomes available. If you would like to know where your child's name is on the waiting list, you are welcome to contact the office at (917) 261-2700, extension 204, between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday, on days when school is in session. You may ask for either Ms. Aromi or Ms. Singleton and inquire about where your child's name is on the waiting list.
Yes. Our waiting lists are voided at the end of each school year. Therefore, you must fill out an application for each school year in order to be considered for that school year.
Please call us at (917) 261-2700, extension 204, between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday, on days when school is in session. You may ask for either Ms. Aromi or Ms. Singleton.
Please visit the New York Charter School Center's website about charter schools by clicking on the link below to learn about charter schools and exactly what a charter school is.
Our annual admissions lottery will be held on April 9, 2014, at our school building during the school day. The exact time and location have yet to be determined.
Anyone with questions regarding where your child's name is on the waiting list or about the admissions process in general is welcome to call the office at (917) 261-2700 extension 204, Monday - Friday, from 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM during the school year, and Monday - Thursday, from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM, during July.
Ask for Ms. Aromi.