I have an 8th grader and since we can't tour schools and dh/I aren't from NYC, we're sort of stuck learning about schools from local parents, and that always feels skewed.
We live in DUMBO. DC is strong student. Really don't want something small and specialized. Would like a traditional high school experience, where you can play on a JV sports team or get a spot in the spring musical without being extra special, where you might go with friends to watch the basketball team play a rival, etc.. Does that exist in NYC? Willing to commute up to 50 min or so. Can't afford private. Will take the SHSAT so leaving that out, are our best options Beacon, NEST, Bard (s), Brooklyn Millenium, Murrow, and Midwood? That seems to be what I'm hearing.