NEW YORK (CBS 2) — At P.S. 107 in Park Slope, the race to kindergarten class begins long before the bedroom alarm clock goes off. Around 47 families were on a waiting list to get their little ones into class, and according to PTA officials, desperate parents from other neighborhoods have tried to use someone else’s Park Slope address.
“It speaks to just how good the school has gotten. So the word gets out, and people move to the area,” resident Jennifer Vega told CBS 2’s Jay Dow.
Parent Marcelo Piza said he declined to help cheat the popular, competitive program, which has become a victim of its own success.
“I have people ask me for my address,” he said. “If all schools were good, we wouldn’t have that problem.”
However, not all schools are created equal, or in the same size. P.S. 107 currently has just under 100 kindergarteners.
For many parents, the key to an easier path to admission involves the number of children they have, especially if an older sibling is already enrolled in the program.
PTA co-president Mary Vines said a couple of families have already been busted this school year through home visits.
Asked if they want to see the Superman sheets and the Hello Kitty curtains, Vines answered “Yes, you have to witness that there is a bed in the room for the child to sleep in.”
It’s nothing personal she said. It’s simply about giving P.S. 107 the best shot at serving its local parents.
The school also has an additional challenge: 18 of the 53 children on its waiting list are twins. According to city policy, schools must accept siblings.
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