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What happens if the school is overcrowded and a 5-year old doesn't get in? Who decides what other public school he would go to - the parents, the DOE, someone else?
Also, does precise location within the zone matter? In other words, is someone right on the border more likely to be left out due to overcrowding, or is it pure chance? And does living on the border mean your "back-up" if you don't get in is the school whose zone you're bordering?
We are looking at apartments in PS 199, and a couple are right on the border with PS 191 school zone, thus the questions... thanks.
1) The DOE will give you an alternate placement.
2) Precise location within the zone doesn't matter. 1st priority - zoned children with sibs in the school (this includes rezoned areas), 2nd priority - zoned children with no sibs.
Thus far, in 2010 & 2011 (2 years with waiting lists), the very last person on the K wait list who registered on time (some people register later) has received a spot in PS199. Some people chose to drop off the waitlist (privates, G&T, charters).
In addition, I have not heard (this is not verified) of anyone in a higher grade who registered in a timely fashion who has been turned away from PS199 (the 25-student cap is only for K).
3) If you live closer to PS452 than PS191, it does not mean that your backup school is PS452. It is not clear what the precise policy is with regard to filling PS452 spots after they have taken everyone from the zone (now that they have a zone).
nyc10023, very helpful, thanks.
The K cap might be 24.