Middle School Informational Session for 2018-2019 School Year

Hello Fourth Grade Families,

Please click on the links below to view the information provided at this morning’s informational session on the Middle School process.
As a reminder, we will be holding another informational session in the Fall, (date TBD), that  will also include any updates/changes regarding the process. In addition, early next school year, you will be able to set up a time to meet individually with me and Ms. Miller where we can provide guidance as you are considering the different options for your child.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have at jgoldstein@lowerlab.org or 212-427-2798, ext. 1371.
Joshua Goldstein
Guidance Counselor
Lower Lab School

Appealing or Attending a school outside of Middle School Admissions

April 17, 2018

Dear Fifth Grade Families,

At this point, you should have received your child’s acceptance letter to Middle School. If your child will be attending the school indicated in the letter, no further steps need to be taken.

If you would like to appeal your child’s match or your child will be attending a school outside of the admissions process, please indicate this on the form you received with the acceptance letter and return to me.

If you are appealing,  I will send home an appeal form for you to complete and return back to me  no later than April 26th, 2018.

If your child will be attending a school outside of the admissions process, please remember to attach a copy of your child’s admission letter to verify admission to that school.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions regarding this process.

Joshua Goldstein


Middle School Acceptance Letters!

April 11, 2018
Dear Fifth Grade Parents:

We have just been notified by the NYC DOE Office of Student Enrollment that the Middle School letters will be available for you to pick up on Thursday, April 12th.  I will have the letters in my office, which is room 137.  You must sign for the letter to pick it up.  Please be aware of the following:

  • The school cannot fax/scan the letters.
  • The school is only giving the letters to the parents or designated caregivers in person, or sending them by mail. If you would like your caregiver to pick up your letter, please have him or her come to the Main Office with a note with your signature stating that this person may pick up your middle school choice letter.
  • No child or sibling will receive the letters.

I will distribute letters on:

Thursday, April 12th between 1:00-3:00 PM


Friday, April 13th between 8:30-10:00 AM and 1:00-3:00 PM

Whatever is not picked up on Friday by 3:30 PM will be mailed home. 

We ask that you share the information with your child at home.  Please do not go out to the schoolyard or to classrooms to share the news with your child. In an effort to protect the feelings of all children, it is necessary for you to do this outside of the school day, and in person.  Please do not text or call your child until he/she is home from school and preferably with an adult.

If you would like to appeal your child’s middle school placement, you must do so by Thursday, April 26th, 2018.  Please contact me to learn more about the appeals process.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns at jgoldstein@lowerlab.org or 212-427- 2798.

Thank you!

Joshua Goldstein

Guidance Counselor

Lower Lab School

Deadline Extended for Small Group Counseling Form

Hello Lower Lab Families,

You should have received a letter regarding the different types of groups  Iris or me will be facilitating. If you are interested in child being part of any of the groups, I am extending the deadline to return the forms to your child’s teacher to Friday, January 19th.

I am attaching a copy of the letter with the revised deadline


Thank you!

Joshua Goldstein

Guidance Counselor

Lower Lab


Class of 2017 Middle School Acceptances


November 14, 2017

Dear Fifth Grade Families,

Here is a breakdown of the acceptances and final placements from the Class of 2017.

District School Acceptances (Including Appeals)

School Number accepted Number Applied
Salk 7 12
Clinton 7 10
ESMS 9 17
Middle Lab 13 17
Wagner SP 17 49
Wagner AP 1 13
Quest 1 1
Yorkville 1 5


Citywide School Acceptances

School Number Accepted Number Applied
NEST+M 2 35


Final Placements

Salk 6                                     Wagner SP 15

Clinton 7                             Wagner AP 1

ESMS 8                                   Quest  1

Middle Lab 9                         NEST+M 2


Private School

Collegiate 3                          St. Ignatius 1

Fieldston 1                          Columbia Grammar 1

Hewitt 1                              Trinity 1

Nightingale- Bamford 1





Middle School Application Are Being Sent Home Today, 11/14!


Dear Fifth Grade Families,

Your child will be bringing home an envelope that contains your child’s District 2 Middle School application.  Please review all of the information to make sure it is correct.  Middle schools will contact you based on the information listed on the application, so please be sure that your address and phone number are accurate.  If you have any changes or corrections, please contact me immediately.

The deadline for these applications is Friday, December 1st, but you may submit yours at any time before the deadline.  If the application is lost prior to the deadline or there are any corrections that need to be made, please contact me and I can print you a new copy of the application.  Please keep in mind the following as you complete your application:

  • The official class is a number that is used for coding the classes in the computer system, so you will see 501 or 502 rather than the room number.
  • Complete only Sections 5 and 6 (on the back.)  l
  • If you have concerns about your child’s attendance, please contact Hugues in the main office.  He can access the attendance records.  Note: an absence or lateness can be coded in the system as explained (i.e. doctor’s appointment) but is still considered an absence or lateness, and will appear on your child’s record.
  • If you feel your child qualifies for “extenuating circumstances” regarding his/her attendance or lateness, please contact me immediately with your explanation and request.
  • If your child receives testing accommodations, he/she will be given those accommodations for any middle school entrance exams.  Please contact the schools with documentation of the accommodations when you are notified about the tests.
  • Sign, date, and return the application to me by December 1st.

As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions at (212) 427-2798 or jgoldstein@lowerlab.org.

Joshua Goldstein


Dear Lower Lab Families,

I know that some of your children are discussing the most recent tragic event that occurred in our city.  Here are some resources that provide valuable information and suggestions on how you can talk to your children about what they may be hearing and feeling.
As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Joshua Goldstein
School Counselor
Lower Lab

Informational Session Monday Morning !

Please take note of the following dates and times:

October 30, 8:30 -9:30am : Informational Session – Josh will give a presentation on the Middle School Application process.  A representative from the Office of Enrollment will also be present to help answer questions you may have.

November 6

6:00 pm

Alumni night

Come with your child to hear current 6th and 8th grade students that graduated from Lower Lab speak about their experiences at the different Middle Schools.