The deadline for applying to NYC public schools has been extended after the website crash

The deadline for applications to public high schools and middle schools in New York City was extended Thursday after the website that accepted applications went down a day before the paperwork was due, infuriating parents.

The final day to submit an application for the advanced grades has been moved from Thursday to Monday, December 5, the Education Ministry said after the technical glitch.

“DEADLINE EXTENDED! Apply to middle or high school by Monday, May 12th. Any additional requirements (such as auditions or ratings) are still due on 9/12. due,” according to the DOE tweeted Thursday morning.

The extra time comes after the DOE’s MySchools website collapsed amid heavy traffic on Wednesday and frustrated parents were unable to load it and submit the correct documents.

As angry mums and dads suffered from the site crash, a message emerged that read: “Traffic is currently high and you will be able to access your account shortly. We appreciate your patience.”

A New York high school.
The DOE’s Myschool website crashed a day before Thursday’s deadline.
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The site crash resulted in at least one working mom, Lindsay Owen, wasting hours at the computer applying during the already stressful and competitive process — which should have taken only minutes, she told the Post.

Many parents then called for the Thursday deadline to be extended to Wednesday afternoon.

The DOE had recommended submitting applications online, but said students could also submit paperwork through a school counselor or at a Family Welcome Center.

In September, the DOE announced it would revamp its controversial pandemic-era high school admissions process and put academic merit back into priority when selecting applicants for some of the city’s most competitive public high schools.

The DOE did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment Thursday. The deadline for applying to NYC public schools has been extended after the website crash


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