SIPP Grant

Socioeconomic Integration Pilot Program Grant

In late July, the New York State Education Department awarded Socioeconomic Integration Pilot Program Grants to a number of NYC schools, including District 1’s PS 15: Roberto Clemente School. See the grant announcement here. And see CEC1’s executive summary of its diversity workshops aimed at driving admission planning.

The grant covers a 6 month community planning process which will result in a proposal that, if approved, will fund a 2 year implementation period to work towards the goals mapped out in the planning grant.

The planning grant will allow for the creation of a district-wide Family Resource Center, a school improvement initiative at PS 15, and socioeconomic-based, diversity-conscious student assignment planning.

The Pilot Grant kicked off at the CEC meeting at PS 20 on Weds. September 16th, where members of the D1 community were offered the opportunity to join one of the 3 working groups that will undertake the planning over the Fall. Community members can email Lisa Donlan, Project Coordinator, at to express interest in joining a work group.

The 4 planning groups that make up the District Planning Team, a sub committee of the District Leadership Team, will meet monthly following the kick-off forum on Sept 16th.

Click on the links below for more information about each work group:

PS 15 Enrichment Planning Work Group

primarily made up of  staff, teachers, administrators, parents, and family members of students from the PS 15 school community, with focus on school-based engagement and the educational enhancement and magnetization of PS 15;

Family Resource Center Planning Work Group:

a diverse, representative group of family and community members, teachers, staff and administrators from the CSD1 community the work group will create a community-wide Family Resource Center that will facilitate the equitable implementation of the SES Integration conscious student assignment and choice based school admissions policy;with particular focus on the types of families the Resource Center support will target;

Socio-Economic Diversity Conscious Student Assignment Planning Work Group:

a diverse, representative group of family and community members, teachers, staff and administrators from the CSD1 community will formulate  and test an effective and equitable SES integration conscious student assignment and target school choice based admissions policy;

Program Monitoring and Evaluation Work Group: 

to identify the timeline, methodology, quantitative and qualitative data and information and metrics  that will document and assess the implementation of the SES Integration Pilot.

At the D1 SIPP Grant Community Meeting on March 29, 2016, the Superintendent and two Work Groups presented updates on grant and work group progress.

News, Links, and Save the Dates from CEC 1

  • The District 1 Leadership Team (DLT) Engagement Pilot will kick off in September. The pilot will involve a community-based needs assessment and goal setting process to inform the Office of District Planning. The Office of District Planning (ODP) “improves opportunities for students by creating and supporting high-quality schools and programs. Every year ODP assesses the needs of students in every district in New York City.” The pilot will allow for D1 goals and priorities to flow from our own community-driven assessment. Please join the DLT meeting on September 17th (see below) for more information from the Engagement Pilot working group.
  • CEC 1 signed on to testimony presented to the Panel of Educational Policy on August 26th urging a change to a footnote in Chancellor’s Regulation A-101 (see attached). The footnote concerns the consideration of race as a factor in school admissions, and the proposed change will be on the agenda of the PEP’s September 29th meeting.
  • In July, the New York State Education Department awarded Socioeconomic Integration Pilot Program Grants to several schools, including District 1’s PS 15: Roberto Clemente School. The grant will pay for a 6 month community planning process and then, if the plans are approved, will fund a 2 year implementation period to work towards the goals mapped out in the planning grant. The planning grant is looking at creating a district-wide Family Resource Center, a school improvement initiative at PS 15, and socioeconomic-based, diversity-conscious student assignment planning.
  • Yolanda Torres will serve as the Executive Superintendent of the Division of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) at the NYC DOE – click for the press release.
  • Chancellor Carmen Fariña highlighted a District 1 school and principal in her August 2015 Principal Notes: “I was delighted to visit University Neighborhood Middle School’s summer program at New York University and to see students’ love of learning continue after the school year ended. The program was a fascinating approach to interdisciplinary learning, and its combination of academic disciplines highlighted the critical and creative thinking skills with which we must imbue our students. It was wonderful to see Principal Laura Peynado Castro take advantage of an excellent institution of higher education to expand offerings for her students. As an NYU graduate, I am well aware of the university’s strong academic tradition. As Chancellor, I encourage schools to reach out to their community to establish partnerships with local organizations and institutions. Educating our City’s students is a task for all of the City’s residents.”
  • Click here to see how many students opted out of state tests at particular NYC schools in 2015.

  Save the Dates!

  • CEC 1 Business and Calendar Meeting – Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 6-9pm, PS 20 (Anna Silver School) at 166 Essex St., NY, NY, 10002
  • District Leadership Team Meeting – Thursday, September 17, 2015, 10am-12pm, PS 20 (Anna Silver School) at 166 Essex St., NY, NY, 10002. DLT meetings are open to the public.
  • Panel for Educational Policy Meeting – Tuesday, September 29, 2015. Meeting begins at 6:00PM; Speaker sign-up begins at 5:30PM and closes at 6:30PM. Michael J. Petrides School , 715 Ocean Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301

Demographics: Charters vs Traditional Public Schools

The chart below gives the average percentages of English language learners (ELL); total special education students (Students with Disabilities); special education students in self-contained classrooms; and students in temporary housing in charter and traditional public elementary and K-8 schools in the city’s Community School Districts. Charter schools are in red and traditional public schools are in blue. The averages are from the 2013-14 school year, calculated using public data from the NYC Department of Education.

charter vs. public

District 1 – Class Size Data


“In 2003, NYS Court of Appeals held that NYC class sizes  too large to provide students with constitutional right to a sound basic education”

With the passing of the Contracts for Excellence law (C4E) in 2007 which allocated additional aid to high needs districts, NYC  was required to produce a plan to actively reduce class room size in NYC public schools. Despite the C4E regulations, class size city wide for grades k-3 is now the largest it has been since 1998. Additionally, class size city wide for grades 4-8 are largest since 2002.

How does class size measure up in District 1?

Click here to find out!


Middle School applications are due by DECEMBER 13TH !!

Click here to see the DOE Middle School Process Calendar

Kidergarten Application process begins January, 13th 2014 and ends on February 14th, 2014.

Placement offers will begin coming in April and pre-registration will take place late April.

As previously piloted in District 1, families will now be able to register online using Kindergarten Connect

Click here for more information!