Welcome to Kindergarten Admissions!
Kindergarten applications for the 2017-2018 school year were due January 13. Families who submitted an application by the January 13 deadline will get their offer letter in March 2017.
Your offer letter will list the school where your child will go to kindergarten--learn about accepting your offer and waitlists.
If you missed the January 13 deadline, you can still apply to kindergarten by submitting a late application. You will receive an offer by mid-June.
In New York City, children are eligible to apply to kindergarten in the year they turn five. Each winter, Kindergarten applications are accepted for the coming school year and every child is guaranteed a Kindergarten placement.
All schools are expected to serve the majority of special education students in their community, and all schools are required to provide, at minimum, English as a New Language (ENL) programs to their English Language Learners.
Use the resources below to learn about school options and the admissions process:
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2017 NYC Kindergarten Directory: Learn about the admissions process and Kindergarten programs in each borough.
New Elementary Schools: There are four elementary schools that are opening for the first time for the 2017-2018 school year—get to know them to see if you want to list them on your application.
School Search: Find for your zoned school—it is where your child is mostly likely to attend Kindergarten.
School Open Houses: Attend school open houses to learn about Kindergarten programs that interest you.
Kindergarten applications for the 2017-2018 school year were due January 13. If you have not applied, you can still submit a late application. All NYC families with a child born in 2012 should submit a Kindergarten Application, including current pre-K students—current pre-K students do not automatically stay at their school for kindergarten.
Submit a late application in one of three ways:
You can list up to 12 choices on your Kindergarten Application—remember to check the program code for each school you list on your application.
All late applicants will be added to the waitlist for all schools listed on your application. Schools will contact you directly if they can offer you a kindergarten seat. If you still do not have an offer by June 2017, the Office of Student Enrollment will send you an offer to a kindergarten program—every child is guaranteed kindergarten placement.
All families who submit an application by the January 13 deadline will get an offer letter in March. Your offer letter lists the school where your child will go to kindergarten, and you’ll need to accept your offer by April.
To accept your offer, you must pre-register in person at the school where your child received the offer—contact the school to schedule a time. Learn what you need to bring to pre-register your child.
Your offer letter also includes the schools where your child is waitlisted. You are automatically added to the waitlist for all schools that you ranked higher on your application than the school where your child got an offer. You don’t need to take any action on your waitlist schools until they contact you—schools contact waitlisted families directly if they can offer you a seat.
Elementary schools across the city were invited to participate in a pilot initiative to increase diversity within their schools for students applying this year to attend for the 2017-2018 school year. This year, 12 schools will give priority to students who receive Free Reduced Lunch (FRL), English Language Learners (ELLs), students in the child welfare system, and/or families impacted by incarceration. Kindergarten offers will still be made using standard admissions priorities. Details about each school’s specific pilot will be available in the forthcoming pre-Kindergarten directories. These 12 schools participating in the pilot initiative are:
You will need the following information when you are ready to submit your late application:
No, you cannot list Gifted & Talented programs or charter schools on your kindergarten late application. Please contact charter schools directly and visit Gifted & Talented Admissions for more information on applying those programs.
Yes, all current pre-K students need to apply to kindergarten to secure a seat for the 2017-2018 school year.
Districts 1, 7, and 23 are choice districts, which means there are no zoned schools. You can apply to kindergarten in these districts like everyone else by researching schools that interest you and ranking your preferences on the application. Please review the Kindergarten Directory for your district to learn more about admissions priorities for these schools.
We use admissions priorities to make kindergarten offers. Admissions priorities group students based on their priority to attend a school. The Kindergarten Directory lists the admissions priorities used for each school. Applicants are considered for admissions at every school you list on your application. You will get an offer to the school that you ranked highest that was able to accommodate children from your priority group. If there are more applicants than seats available in a given priority group, a random selection from that group will get an offer.
Learn about key dates and events this school year.
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Learn about accessibility and view the list of accessible schools.
If you have questions about Elementary School Admissions, please call (718) 935-2009 or email ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov