Applications for 3-K and Pre-K spots for the 2021-22 school year will open on Wednesday, Feb. 24, the Department of Education announced earlier this week.
By Lisa B MommyPoppins
Free Coding Programs and Websites for Kids
Code.org: This nonprofit foundation's website is an excellent starting point for coding novices. It shares plenty of useful online resources, apps, and even local schools that teach coding. The creator behind the Hour of Code movement that has led many tech companies to create free tutorials and basic programs accessible to all, Code.org's own Hour of Code page for kids includes dozens of grade-level-based coding games, from Moana to Minecraft. What's especially nice is how many activity options are accessible offline for kids with spotty internet.
Code Monster: Particularly useful to quickly demonstrate the very basic nature of what code is and how it works, Code Monster presents visitors with two adjacent boxes. One displays code, the other shows what the code does. As you play with the code (with some help from a prompt, and maybe a parent to begin with), you learn what each command does. if you have an older kid or 'tween who gets the basics, try Code Maven, a sister site.
Scratch: Designed by MIT students and aimed at children ages 8 to 16, this easy-to-use programming language that is the foundation of many schools' coding programs lets kids build almost anything they can dream. There are no obscure lines of code here. Instead, arrange and snap together Scratch blocks as if they are virtual Lego (all with the help of a cheeky cat). It's more than just a coding guide; it's a vibrant online community of programmers who swap ideas and inspiration.
mBlock: Based on Scratch and its "building block" approach to code, mBlock offers a step up for older kids who want to learn Python, AI, and other skills, too. For kids who learn best by playing games, the platform is available for free on mobile apps, too.
Khan Academy: Known for its extensive and challenging math games, Khan Academy also has basic programming tutorials that teach kids how to build graphics, animations, interactive visualizations, and more. Its Hour of Code section is guided by an interactive video that guides users through a process of making a simple snowman, and links out to more advanced projects from there.
Swift Playgrounds: Designed by Apple for the iPad, Swift Playgrounds is a much more sophisticated-looking (but still simple to learn) version of Code Combat (see below), with the added benefit of being free. Best for ages 4 and up, Swift prompts kids to solve interactive puzzles in the guided "Learn to Code" lessons to master the basics of coding. Children can go on to experiment with a wide range of challenges that let users explore many unique coding lessons and experiences. It requires a Mac with an OS of 10.15.4 or higher, or an iPad with an OS of 13.4 or higher.
Learn to Code Apps for Phones and Tablets
In addition to the computer coding programs above, there are tons of great mobile apps if you're looking to teach your kids to code on the go. This is just a short list of coding apps for phones and tablets that have gotten thumbs-ups from parents; more are being released all the time.
Code the Robot. Save the Cat
Code Masters Wonderwood
Daisy the Dinosaur
Monday, January 25–Sunday, January 31, 2021Join the Museum and the Raleigh Astronomy Club to help you see the big picture — of the Universe! From virtual crafts and activities to moon zooms, lectures to LEGOs, space enthusiasts of all ages will find something to do at Astronomy Days. This year Astronomy Days is VIRTUAL! Join us for 7 days of astronomical programming!
Check out the program schedule and register HERE!
Sign language upon request 72 hours prior to event. Closed captioning for all live programs except videos and movies.
¡Únete al Museo y al Club de Astronomía de Raleigh para observar el Universo… desde otra perspectiva! Desde manualidades y actividades virtuales hasta observar la Luna de cerca, desde charlas sobre el espacio hasta crear con LEGOs, tenemos de todo para entusiastas del espacio de todas las edades durante el Astronomy Days.
¡Este año el Astronomy Days es VIRTUAL! ¡Acompáñanos durante 7 días llenos de programas astronómicamente geniales!
¡Echa un vistazo a nuestro programa y regístrate AQUÍ!
High school applications open the week of January 18, 2021, with the deadline to apply coming during the week of February 22, 2021.
The SHSAT, the entrance exam that determines admission to eight of the city's nine specialized high schools, will be administered to students in their local middle schools, though parents will need to register their children. Registration for that opens Monday, December 21, 2020, and closes Friday, January 15, 2021.
Unlike middle schools, high school's geographic admissions priorities are being phased out over a two-year period. For this admission cycle, district priorities have been eliminated; geographic priorities, like borough residency requirements, can still be utilized but will be eliminated in the 2022-23 admissions cycle.
High schools can also rely on admission screens, utilizing a combination of 2018-19 test scores, previous years' grades, or other measures determined by each school. Schools must post their full admissions rubric online.
Auditions for performing arts high schools have shifted online, too. Students can produce one audition piece to submit to multiple schools.
How to Apply to NYC's Public Schools
All families must set up a MySchools Account to process applications, whether applying to 3K or high school or any grade in between. Questions about the process can be addressed by your child's current school, by reaching out to the Family Welcome Center in your home district, or by calling 311.