Welcome to Kindergarten Admissions!
Families with children born in 2012 who are applying to Kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year apply beginning in early December. Get ready to apply to Kindergarten by taking these next steps:
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:العربية | বাংলা | 中文 | Français | Kreyòl Ayisyen | 한국어 | Русский | Español | اردو
School Search: Find for your zoned school—it is where your child is mostly likely to attend kindergarten.
Admission Events: Attend an It’s Elementary! event to learn about Kindergarten and Gifted & Talented Admissions. You can also call schools you are interested in directly to ask about dates and times for their open houses and tours.
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:
When you pre-register with the school where you received an offer, you must bring:
Please note: If you are not the leaseholder of your residence, you must submit a Residency Affidavit.
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.
Learn about key dates and events this school year.
Sign up to receive email updates about Elementary School Admissions.
Find many of our translated resources on these pages:
العربية | বাংলা | 中文 | Français |
Kreyòl Ayisyen | 한국어 | Русский |
Español | اردو
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