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Welcome to Kindergarten Admissions!

The kindergarten admissions process for the 2017-2018 school year will start later this fall for children born in 2012.

If you just moved to New York City and are not yet enrolled at a school for the 2016-2017 school year, contact your zoned school directly to register. Your zoned school is based on your home address—find your can find yours here. 

    Kindergarten Admissions Overview

    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:

    Kindergarten resources are also available in translation:

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    Find a Kindergarten

    The 2016 New York City Kindergarten Directories help you learn about the admissions process and kindergarten programs in each borough. You can read them here.

    You can also search for your zoned school—it is where you have the highest priority for admission.

    Check the events page for updates and call schools you are interested in directly to ask about dates and times for open houses and tours. 

    Kindergarten FAQs  

    • What do I need to have when I register?

      When you pre-register with the school where you received an offer, you must bring:

      • The child you are pre-registering
      • Child’s birth certificate, passport, or record of baptism which includes the date of birth, or other official document of age (See Chancellor’s Regulation A-101 for documents accepted for proof of age)
      • Immunization records
      • Latest report card/transcript (if available)
      • Individualized Education Program (IEP) and/or 504 Accommodation Plan (if applicable and available)
      • Proof of address which may be verified by any two of the following containing the address of residence:

        • A lease agreement, deed or mortgage statement for the residence
        • A residential utility bill (gas or electric) in the resident’s name issued by a utility company (e.g., National Grid or Con Edison), must be dated within the past 60 days
        • A bill for cable television services provided to the residence; must include the name of the parent and the address of the residence and be dated within the past 60 days
        • Documentation or letter on letterhead from a federal, state, or local government agency, including the IRS, the City Housing Authority, Human Resources Administration, the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), or an ACS subcontractor or the federal Office of Refugee Settlement, indicating the resident’s name and address, must be dated within the past 60 days
        • A current property tax bill for the residence
        • A water bill for the residence dated within the past 90 days
        • Rent receipt which includes the address of the residence, must be dated within the past 60 days
        • State, city, or other government issued identification (including an IDNYC card), which has not expired and includes the address of residence
        • Income tax form for the last calendar year
        • Official NYS Driver’s License or learner’s permit which has not expired
        • Official payroll documentation from an employer issued within the past 60 days such as a pay stub with home address, a form submitted for tax withholding purposes or payroll receipt (a letter on the employer’s letterhead is not adequate); must include home address and be dated within the past 60 days
        • Voter registration documents, which include the name of the parent and the address of residence
        • Unexpired membership documents based upon residency (e.g., neighborhood residents’ association), which include the name of the parent and the address of residence
        • Evidence of custody of the child, including but not limited to judicial custody orders or guardianship papers documents issued within the past 60 days with name of child and address of residence

        Please note: If you are not the leaseholder of your residence, you must submit a Residency Affidavit.

    • Are schools still making offers to students on the waitlist?

      Schools will continue to make offers to waitlisted students through October 14, 2016. Schools will contact you directly if a seat is available to give you an offer. You can also contact schools of interest to join the waitlist, if your child is not already on their list.

    • What do I do if I recently moved to New York City?

      If you live in New York City and your child was born in 2011, your child is guaranteed a kindergarten placement for the 2016-2017 school year. Find and contact your zoned school and other schools of interest directly to apply. Schools will either register your child or place your child on their waitlist, depending on seat availability and each school’s admissions priorities. If you reside in Districts 1, 7, or 23 or don’t have a zoned school, you should visit a Family Welcome Center.

    • What do I do if I still have not applied to kindergarten?

      If you live in New York City and your child was born in 2011, your child is guaranteed a kindergarten placement for the 2016-2017 school year. Find and contact your zoned school and other schools of interest directly to apply. Schools will either register your child or place your child on their waitlist, depending on seat availability and each school’s admissions priorities. If you reside in Districts 1, 7, or 23 or don’t have a zoned school, you should visit a Family Welcome Center.