Arthur Pazmino, a 13-year-old who attends I.S. 126 in Astoria, wants to attend Queens Vocational High School. But he won’t be too disappointed if he doesn’t get in. “I have many other opportunities,” said Pazmino.
His mother points to a long handwritten list of possible choices that the pair brought to the weekend’ high school fair at Francis Lewis High School in Queens.
Low grades have been a problem for Arthur Pazmino. “I want a school for him that is strong in computer science and discipline,” his mother said.
She’s attracted to Queens Vocational because of its partnerships with LaGuardia Community College and National Grid, the energy company. She also likes his zoned school, one of the few remaining in the city, because it has an Officer Training Corps. “It’s good because they teach students how to manage their time,” she said.
Commuting is also important when choosing a school. She doesn’t want her son to spend so much time traveling to school that he doesn’t have time for homework.
When it comes to the overwhelming process of choosing a school, she said, “We have a lot of decisions to make.”
Roxanne Scott is a student at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.