I'm a 7th grade parent so I'm trying not to freak out yet, but I saw a list of the admissions reqs for the popular public high schools. Setting aside the issues with COVID (looks like this year's 8th graders are having to share their 6th grade grades and test scores), it was eye-opening to see how many elite schools reserve a majority of their seats for students who qualify for FRL.
We don't qualify, so for many of the schools we would be competing for 30% or so of the spots. I've never thought about leaving NYC, but I don't know if my DD has the chops to get into an elite school in this way, and I don't want her to be in a school where she is really one of the only kids from a middle-class background. Right now she's at a very diverse middle school (D15 in Brooklyn) and probably one of the top 5 or so kids in her class so far as grades, but I don't think that's going to cut it when there are so many bright kids and so few spots for middle class kids in these schools.
Any advice? And yes--of course I care about all NYC's students including those in poverty and with few advantages--but I also need to figure out what to do with my basic middle class white girl who is bright but not the world's most spectacular student.