PS 133 William A. Butler School   |    610 Baltic Street Brooklyn, NY 11217   |   p. (718) 398-5320    |   f. (718) 398-5325
 

14.15_CodesThank you for your interest in our French and Spanish Dual Language Programs. 

Below is the process for the Dual Language Kindergarten Application:

  1. JANUARY 13- FEBRUARY 20 Register Your Child(ren) for Kindergarten:  You can still apply to kindergarten! We extended the kindergarten application deadline to Thursday, February 20. Apply online, by telephone or in person. Read more here. Use the codes in the box to the right to rank your choices (if you are English-speaking, use 13K133 with your language preference being ‘French’ or ‘Spanish’ – if you are a native French speaker, use 13K133FR). Anglophone students jump to step 4.
  2. LATE JANUARY: PS133 to Schedule Appointments for Native Speaker Assessments: PS 133 will call or email all native speakers to be assessed in their native language. It is helpful for us to have you apply early so there is ample time to schedule assessments, however, all applicants will have the opportunity to be assessed no matter when they apply within the application window.
  3. JANUARY 22-FEBRUARY 28th: PS 133 to Conduct Assessment Testing: All students who confirmed and scheduled a testing time will be assessed by one of our Dual Language Teachers.
  4. EARLY APRIL: PS 133 to Issue Placement Letters: PS 133 will email or mail letters of acceptance to ALL students: Francophones, Spanish speakers and Anglophones.
  5. LATE APRIL: Pre-register with PS 133 to secure your spot: Please accept or decline your placement in our Dual Language Program.

Please click here to see the DLP Presentation from our Information Session on January 9th.

 

How do I apply for the program?

As per NYCDOE kindergarten admission policy, the application period is from January 13th – February 14th.

1. Fill out your DOE application
Online: Kindergarten Connect at www.nyc.gov/schools/kindergarten
By Telephone: Kindergarten Connect Team at 718-935-2400
In Person: Visit an Enrollment Center in one of the 5 boroughs

Read more about the process from the DOE website here.

Families must rank their program choices on the application and indicate their child’s native language.  (Please note:  If you are interested in a DLP, you should indicate that as your first program choice.)  Only children whose native language is Spanish or French will be contacted to schedule an appointment for the assessment.

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2. Schedule a Language Assessment for French and Spanish speakers. Children must be tested for language proficiency in order to be admitted – we will contact you and ask to assess your child(ren) .  The test includes following instructions, answering basic questions and talking about a book.  It measures a child’s ability to understand French (or Spanish) and speak French (or Spanish).  The assessment is 10-15 minutes. Applicants who indicated French (or Spanish) as their native language will be contacted for an appointment.


Because our assessments are conducted by our regular Dual Language teachers, appointments will be scheduled after regular school hours beginning at 3:30pm.

Your child enters the French DLP either as a Francophone (or Spanish speaker) or an Anglophone.  For the purpose of the program, Francophone (or Spanish speakers) students are students who have passed the proficiency test in French (or Spanish); their first language is considered to be French (or Spanish); their second language is considered to be English.  Similarly, Anglophone students are any students who were admitted through the random selection process. Their first language is considered to be English and their second language is considered to be French (or Spanish).

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3. Complete the registration process
Families offered placement must visit the school by late April (specific date TBA)  to accept the offer. You must bring the child with you, as well as:

  • Proof of your child’s age (birth certificate or passport) Child must have been born in 2009 for kindergarten.
  • Proof of residence (two documents)

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Eligibility

PS 133 is a non-zoned school.  We have seats for applicants from both District 13 and District 15.  Approximately one-third of available seats will be offered to residents of D13.  Approximately two-thirds will be offered to residents of D15.  For 35% of it seats, we will prioritize first English Language Learners, then students with free and reduced lunch.  For each district and the prioritized applicant groups, the following admission priority structure will be applied.  Out of district applicants who do not fall into groups 2 or 4 below will be offered seats only after all D13 and D15 applicants have been accommodated.  The Office of Student Enrollment will determine placement based on the following criteria:

  • In-district siblings
  • Out-of-district siblings
  • In district current Pre-K students
  • Out of district current Pre-K students
  • Other in district applicants

For the 2014-2015 school year we will have Kindergarten seats available for both French and Spanish dual language programs.

  • Due to the immersion nature of our programs, Anglophones/English speaking children will only be admitted at the Kindergarten and first grade levels.  However, we are currently not anticipating any vacancies for Anglophone/English speaking students in Grade 1.
  • Limited seats in Grade 1, 2, and 3 will be available for Francophone students who pass a grade level French proficiency test, until all seats are filled.
  • Limited seats in Grade 1 and 2 will be available for Spanish native speaking students who pass a grade level Spanish proficiency test, until all seats are filled.

Children learn from their teachers, but they also learn from other children.  Therefore, an effort is made to have 50% Francophone (French-speaking) students and 50% Anglophone (English-dominant students or speakers of other languages) students.

Requirements for Anglophone students:

  • Admissions according to DOE policy
  • Residents of District 13 or District 15
  • If space permits, then to students out of zone
  • Must select “13K133FR” as one of your program choices on the Kindergarten application
  • Must indicate your child’s native language

Requirements for Francophone and Spanish Speaking students:

  • Must complete application between January 13, 2014- February 14, 2014
  • Must designate French (or Spanish) as Native language on application
  • Must be assessed in French (or Spanish) – Applicants who indicated French as native language will be contacted for an appointment
  • Admissions according to DOE policy
  • Priority is given to native speaking students residing in District 13 and 15,
  • If space permits to students out of zone.

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When will I be notified if my child got accepted into the program?
All families applying to kindergarten at PS 133 will receive a letter in early April notifying them whether or not their child has been accepted. In the offer letter, the program to which the student has been admitted will be indicated. Those who are not offered placement will be put on a waiting list.

How fast does the waiting list move?
Movement of the waiting list depends on whether or not parents accept or decline the seats.  Parents are notified in the order of the waiting list as quickly as we know availability.

If I opt out of the program at a later date, will my child be given a seat in the General/Mono-lingual kindergarten class?
If seats are available, your child can be offered a seat in the monolingual class.  However, once a DLP seat is declined, it will be offered to the next person on the waiting list.  There is no guarantee of re-admittance into the program.
Please click here to read about the DLP Program Model.

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