I am proudly the product of public education — growing up, I attended the schools that were located in my district zone, and my transition to high school was simple and seamless. However, learning and working within the New York City public school system quickly made me realize the luxury I had been afforded as a young girl and made me aware of the convoluted primary school experience in NYC.
Each year, the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) encourages students who attend low performing schools to participate in the Public School Choice (PSC) program. School choice allows students to apply to a range of schools across the city, rather than attending the school within their assigned zone. The school selection process is meant to create greater educational equity for economically disadvantaged students, promote competition between schools, and integrate schools across the city at large.