Public School Choice
NOTE: The Application Period has ended for the 2013-2014 school year Public School Choice transfers.
The Public School Choice (PSC) program provides students in Focus Schools and students in Priority Schools with the opportunity to transfer into schools In Good Standing. Also, students who attend Phase-Out schools are eligible to participate in the PSC program. See below for more details.Frequently Asked Questions
For answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Public School Choice program, visit our FAQs page
Public School Choice Information is available in nine languages other than English. See the Translated Documents
page linked below.
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) and the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) determine which students can participate in the Public School Choice (PSC) Program. This year, students are eligible for a PSC transfer if they are in the following categories:
- Priority or Focus: NYSED identifies schools as Priority or Focus if they are among the lowest performing statewide in terms of overall performance, graduation rate, and/or other criteria.
- Phase Out: NYCDOE decides which schools should phase out due to low performance and/or low demand. Phase out is a process of gradual closure over a two- to three-year period.
To see a list of PSC eligible schools, please click here
Families that applied received letters by mail regarding the Public School Choice transfer for the September 2013 - 2014 school year by the last week of June.
To accept a transfer offer, families must follow the registration instructions outlined in their letter. View samples offer letters by clicking on High School Admission Letter
or Elementary/Middle School Admission Letter.
Notice is, also, sent to families that are ineligible
or where a transfer is unavailable
. All sample letters are on the Translated Documents
Transfer Application Process
Families of students that applied for a Public School Choice transfer for the 2013-14 school year received application materials by mail in late March.
Completed Transfer Application Form were postmarked by Friday, April 19, 2013
.Public School Choice Program Information Booklet
For details about the application process, see the PSC Information Booklet. Families can also view the application cover letter.
2013 Information Sessions
Information sessions about the Public School Choice program and the application process were held in March. If you have further questions about PSC see the Frequently Asked Questions
page and the PSC Information Booklet
or call 718-935-2439.
New Transfer Opportunity for Students in Phase-Out Schools
All students who attend schools in the process of phasing out are eligible to apply to transfer to a higher performing school. This new transfer process is administered through the Public School Choice program. For more information, review this document. Translations are posted below.
PSC Success Story: Martin Sanders
Students and their families can learn more about the transfer experience firsthand through Martin Sanders’ story in the video below.