by Hana M '18

DOE Directs School Year Latecomers to BSGE

As we all know, BSGE is a very small school with not a lot of kids in it. But recently, BSGE’s Freshman Class has not been filled to the capacity as it had previously due to an increased number of 8th graders leaving for a different high school, and accepted 9th graders that may have turned BSGE down.

Since BSGE is funded by the Department of Education, the DOE can refer students who are arriving late in the school year to come to BSGE to fill the empty spots of the 9th graders that left. There are four new students in the 9th grade and they came in slowly throughout the beginning of the year.

Diego Chica ‘18 moved here from Florida less than a month ago so not only did he miss a month of school, but he also missed any opportunity to get into a Specialized High School. Instead of it being mandatory for him to attend his zoned school, he was given the opportunity to come here. To be accepted into BSGE, Diego had to go to the DOE. When they referred him he took a test and they accepted him after he passed.

Students who arrive at BSGE this way aren’t told too much about the school. The only thing that Diego was told was, “This school only accepted 90-100 students, and if you work hard enough you can earn both a New York high school diploma and an international diploma.”

Dilawar Khan ‘17, another recently transferred in student, said, “They only told me that it was a small school but a really good school. They also said it would be a lot harder than the school I went to before.” Apparently BSGE isn’t as hard as he was warned, with Khan commenting, “It’s actually easier than I thought.” He continued, “Mostly because my parents scared me thinking it was a type of nerdy Hunger Games. They were wrong.”

The 9th graders welcomed Dilawar and the other three latecomers and tried to help them as much as they could. “They were way too nice to me,” Dilawar said. “A little nicer than I expected especially since there’s barely any Latinos and African Americans, only white people!”

Syed Tanbir 18′ says, “because we have such a small school, we can all come together and make the new kids feel better about coming to BSGE and surround them with a better environment – unlike in bigger schools.” He added, “BSGE changed me and made me a better person, so I hope it can make as big of an influence on these new students as well.”