By Mary Frost
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Eighth-graders who didn’t get a match during the first round in the New York City high school application process – or who don’t like what they got – have another chance in Round 2.
According to the New York City Department of Education (DOE), 90 percent of students were admitted into one of their preferred high schools in Round 1 – meaning 10 percent must reapply in the second round to programs with available seats, including new high schools opening in September.
To learn about schools with openings, all unmatched students should attend the Round 2 High School Fair scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. each day, at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Campus, 122 Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan.
Representatives from schools that are participating in Round 2 of the admissions process will be at the fair, along with a high school guidance counselor to give students advice.
In Round 1, students chose up to 12 high schools, in order of preference, on their applications.
In Round 2, students can apply to any program with available seats, along with new high schools opening in September 2013 and new programs opening in existing schools.
Twelve new high schools are opening up next September. One of these, the Brooklyn Institute for Liberal Arts, will open with roughly 100 freshman seats within the George Wingate Educational Campus in Brooklyn.
The non-profit educational website Inside Schools offers its picks of high schools that still have room.
The city offers full application details on its website.
All eighth-graders and first time ninth-grade students can participate in Round 2, even students who received a match in Round 1.
Students with questions should contact their guidance counselor, call 718-935-2009, 718-935-2399, or visit: www.nyc.gov/schools/choicesenrollment/high