With Pre-K for All, Opportunity Starts Now:
In full-day PRE-K, teachers are sparking wonder and igniting learning in our children. Pre-K gives children stronger math and reading skills in elementary school…and a better chance at success in life. Studies show that early instruction improves performance throughout a child’s school experience. In these great programs, children develop and learn how to interact with others, behave in public, share, wait their turns, and listen.

What to Look for in a Pre-K Program:
It is important that you find a program that is a good fit for your child and family. Learn about what to look for in a Pre-K program and what questions you can ask when visiting or speaking with pre-K program administrators or teachers.
*Program hours and services offered 
*Daily schedule for your child             
*Expectations for learning                  
*Family engagement practices           

Apply for Free, Full-Day, High-Quality Pre-K for All:
If you live in New York City and your child was born in 2014, your child is eligible to attend a free, full-day, high-quality pre-K program in September 2018.  Please view the Pre-K Resources page for more information.


Kindergarten Admissions: Overview
If you live in New York City, your child is eligible to apply to kindergarten in the year they turn five. Each winter, kindergarten applications are accepted for the coming school year. Every child is guaranteed a kindergarten placement.

All community schools in NYC serve students with disabilities and English Language Learners, and all families are encouraged to apply. For more information on how the Department of Education can meet your child’s needs, please read the introduction to the Kindergarten Directory.

Search for your zoned school. Read the Kindergarten Directory to learn about programs and admissions. You can also sign up for Kindergarten email updates.

Kindergarten FAQ: Pre-Registration:
How do I accept my child’s kindergarten offer?
Make an appointment to pre-register your child at the school where you received an offer.

What if I missed the application deadline or recently moved?
If you live in New York City and your child was born in 2013, your child is guaranteed a kindergarten placement for the 2018-2019 school year. Please contact your zoned school and other schools of interest directly. Schools will either register your child or place your child on their waitlist, depending on seat availability and admissions priorities. Find your zoned school, or if you reside in Districts 1, 7, or 23 or don’t have a zoned school, you can visit a Family Welcome Center for a placement.

What do I need to pre-register my child?
You must bring your child with you and:
-Child’s birth certificate or passport as proof of age

-Required Proof of NYC Residence (any two of the following):*

-Utility bill (gas or electric) in the resident’s name issued by National Grid, Con Edison, or LIPA (must be dated within the past 60 days)

-Water bill for the residence (must be dated within the past 90 days)

-Original lease agreement, deed, or mortgage statement for the residence

-Current property tax bill for the residence

-Official payroll documentation from an employer (must be dated within the past 60 days)

-Document from a federal, state or local government agency (on letterhead) indicating the resident’s name and address (example: document from the Internal Revenue Service, New York City Housing Authority, or the Administration for Children’s Services) (must be dated within the past 60 days)

* If you are not the leaseholder of your residence, you must submit a Residency Affidavit

(see Chancellor’s Regulation A-101, page 20).

Can I appeal my child’s kindergarten offer?
No. You may receive an offer from a school where you are on the waitlist anytime between now and October. You can also contact other schools of interest directly to place yourself on the waitlist.

How do I get on a school’s kindergarten waitlist?
You’re automatically placed on the waitlist for all schools in Districts 2-32 that you ranked higher than the school where your child got an offer. For example, if you received an offer for the school you listed third on your application, you are automatically placed on the waitlist for your first and second choice schools. Schools will contact waitlisted families directly if a seat is available.

For schools in District 1, only District 1 residents that did not get an offer from a school on their application are eligible to be placed on one District 1 school’s waitlist. To place your child on a District 1 waitlist, please go in person to our Family Welcome Center at 333 Seventh Avenue or fax the form to 917-339-1478. For the full waitlist policy for District 1 please see Page 3 of the District 1 kindergarten directory. 

Should I pre-register my child if I’m hoping for a different offer?
Pre-registering at the school where your child received an offer doesn’t prevent you from receiving an offer at a school where your child is waitlisted. If you receive an offer from a school’s waitlist and you would like to accept, pre-register at that school. Accepting any kindergarten offer doesn’t impact your child’s chances of being offered placement at a Gifted & Talented program, charter school, or specialized school for students with special needs.

Can my child attend a dual language kindergarten program?
This year, there has been a change in how students will be placed in dual language programs. In accordance with New York State Education Commissioner’s Regulations Part 154, the process for newly enrolled ELL students requires districts to complete the identification process before an ELL student receives a final school placement. Parents may enroll their child in a dual language program where approximately 50% of the students are English proficient and approximately 50% are identified as English language learners. This program is the parents’ choice, coupled with program availability which determines program placement. All students will be interviewed by a pedagogue at the school level. Students who speak a language other than English will be administered the New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners (NYSITELL) to determine eligibility. Families interested in dual language programs are encouraged to apply to schools that have offered or anticipate offering a dual language program in 2016-17. All families who apply by the deadline will receive an offer in April to a school. Families who apply after the deadline will be added to schools’ waitlists according to admissions priorities. Schools will then assess incoming kindergarten students for eligibility to participate in the program and make a final determination about program placement.

Please note that eligibility for dual language programs is based on status as an English Language Learner, and where there is seat availability, English-speaking children can also be accommodated. Families whose children may be English Language Learners are also encouraged to review information on ELL programs and parent choice.


Fifth grade public school students must participate in Middle School Admissions. Each fall, all fifth graders currently enrolled in a New York City public elementary school receive customized middle school applications. The application will include all the middle schools to which each student is eligible to apply. To complete the application, students rank schools in preference order and return the application to their current school. Decision letters are available in the spring. Review the Middle School Admissions Checklist.

In New York City:
-Most students attend middle school in the school district where they are zoned for middle school.                          

Find your zone and district by typing your address into the school search tool.                                                       

-Citywide and borough-wide middle school options are also available.                                                                      

-Each district has its own Middle School Directory. The directories provide a full explanation of the middle school  

admissions process and descriptions of each middle school in the district.                                                            


Many middle schools hold open houses for interested families. Check the calendar for open house dates and information. 

If you do not see the school you are looking for on the calendar, please reach out to them directly. You can find school-specific contact information by using the School Search Tool.