Iken Ude-Smith and Corbit Smith, outside an enrollment center in Brooklyn, where they hoped to select Iken's school.
Every summer, thousands of children scattered across the city don't have a school to attend in the fall. Beginning this week, and continuing through the beginning of the school year, many of these students will start figuring out what their best options are and find themselves flooding to hubs designed to help them.
The sorting happens at nine pop-up enrollment centers housed in school basements and auditoriums, where Department of Education officials and volunteers sift through documents, check for seats in the city’s 1,700 schools, and listen to new students’ histories and needs.
It's a process designed to deal with the unique transience of New York City's public school population, which annually includes about 50,000 students who enroll in city schools “over the counter” — or after regular enrollment deadlines.
We met families at last year's enrollment centers. Now, here are some of the new faces from this year: