In January of 2013, at the end of a three-year deliberation, city agencies voted to split the “school choice” zone historically shared by our local elementary schools into distinct zones for each school.
The new zones for PS3 and PS41 will go into effect at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year, coinciding with the opening of the Foundling School at W 16th St and 6th Ave. New elementary school students entering school in 2014 will be zoned according to the newly drawn zone lines as described below, but no currently-enrolled student will have to switch schools, and younger siblings will be able to attend their older siblings’ schools.
The impact upon most families in NYU housing will be as follows:
- Families living south of Washington Square North (including those in Washington Square Village, Silver Towers, 29 & 37 Washington Square West, and 14 & 15 Washington Place) will be zoned for PS3.
- Families living north of Washington Square North (including those in 7-13 Washington Square North, the Mews, and on East 8th Street) will be zoned for PS41.
- Families living in the Armory will be zoned for the new Foundling School.
The enrollment application process for the 2013 school year is unlikely to change from that of previous years, but the Department of Education may yet choose to amend it. The DOE also has yet to finalize the details of the enrollment process for the 2014 year.
The city’s zoning decision is final, although community members may continue to direct comments to the Manhattan District 2 Community Education Council, or CEC. Visit the CEC’s website for additional documents related to the rezoning, including maps, the final approved resolution, and more.