For years, parents have been trying to figure out how to get their children into Michael J. Petrides School without winning a lottery.
It turns out there’s another way besides being one of the best students in Staten Island. Be one of the worst.
Middle schoolers under superintendent’s suspension will be doing their time in an administrative building at Petrides, according to the Staten Island Advance. The school that boasts a 92 percent rate of graduates going onto four-year colleges will receive students who may be guilty of violent or gang-related behavior.
A superintendent’s suspension covers more serious offenses than a regular suspension by a principal. The Alternate Learning Center in particular, which will set up shop in the Petrides building, serves students who’ve committed the two highest levels of offenses. These could include anything from making bomb threats to selling drugs or possessing a weapon.
The other Petrides School buildings nearby, in the meantime, serve children as young as kindergarten age.
Suffice it to say, parents are not happy, and the Advance has details of a somewhat tense meeting between parents and representatives from the city Department of Education Monday night.