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Orientation meeting for new and returning students is hold in August, for all parents/guardians. Parents/guardians will be notified for the date and time. Prior to the orientation parents/guardians are advised to read “The Essential 55” by Ron Clark and discuss the rules with their children, since this handbook outlines values of Great Oaks Elementary School.


The New York State Department of Education diagnostic and evaluative test: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Standardized independent tests: Iowa Test of Basic Skills. Students are regularly tested by commercial and teacher-made tests at least three times.

Students are recommended and maybe accepted to the following programs: A better Chance, Prep for Prep 9, Teak Fellowship, Wadleigh Scholar Program, Math and Science Institute, Hunter College High School and New York City specialized High. Referrals are based on the child’s academic performance, attendance; behavior and parental interest New Students entering school are required to take a placement test.


Prior to admission, each student is required to submit a Department of Education New Admission Examination Form. This is in compliance with the New York State laws. Failure to do so will delay student’s admission. NO EXCEPTIONS.

All Parents/Guardians must notify the Principal/Vice Principal “orally” about all mandated medications that must be used on school premises.

All medication must be kept in the school’s main office; the child will come to the office to take his/her medication. The school does not administer medication.

Example: Asthma pumps, tablets, pills, etc.