Welcome to Kindergarten Admissions!
The application period for the 2018-2019 school year has closed. If you applied by the January 19 deadline you’ll get your kindergarten offer letter in March 2018. If you already submitted a late application, you will get a kindergarten offer by mid-June.If you have not submitted an application, please email ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov or call 718-935-2009 for more information.
If you just moved to New York City and are not yet enrolled at a school for the 2017-2018 school year, learn how to enroll on the New Students page.
Elementary education prepares your child for success in school and life. New York City students can apply to kindergarten in the calendar year they turn five.
Kindergarten resources are available in ten languages:Español | 中文 | বাংলা | Русский | العربية | اردو | Kreyòl Ayisyen | 한국어 | Français
Start exploring schools and kindergarten programs around the time your child enters pre-K. You can apply to up to 12 schools. Use the tools below to find schools that interest you:
School SearchFind your zoned school. Most NYC families have a zoned school. This means they live in an area zoned for a specific school and their children have a priority to attend it. Your zoned school is the school where your child is most likely to go to kindergarten.
NYC Kindergarten DirectoryLearn about applying to kindergarten and find programs that interest you. Pick up a print copy of your borough’s Kindergarten Directory from your child’s current school, from a Family Welcome Center, or at an Elementary Admissions Event.
Charter SchoolsCharter Schools have their own separate admissions process. Contact these schools directly to learn how to apply.
Email UpdatesGet reminders about deadlines and useful information about admissions.
You can also go to Kindergarten Admissions Events and Open Houses to explore your kindergarten options.
Kindergarten Applications for the 2018-2019 school year were due January 19. All NYC families with a child born in 2013 should submit a Kindergarten Application, including current pre-K students—current pre-K students do not automatically stay at their school for kindergarten.If you applied late, you 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. All children are guaranteed a kindergarten seat for the fall.
If you submitted your child’s Kindergarten Application by the January 19 deadline, you’ll get your offer letter in March 2018. Your offer letter lists the school where your child will go to kindergarten, and you’ll need to accept your offer by April.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.If you submit a late application, you'll get an offer by mid-June.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.
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 2018-2019 school year. This year, the following schools will give priority to students who receive Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL), English Language Learners (ELLs), students in the child welfare system, and/or families impacted by incarceration. Schools will still make kindergarten offers using standard admissions priorities.The schools participating in the pilot initiative are:
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.
Your zoned school is where your child is most likely to attend kindergarten, so consider applying to it, if you have one. If you don’t know your zoned school, call 311 or visit School Search and enter your home address in the search bar.Your zoned school is where you child has the highest priority to attend. You do not need to rank your zoned school first on your application to have this priority, unless it really is your top choice.
Yes, all current pre-K students need to apply to kindergarten to secure a seat for the 2018-2019 school year.
NYC offers transportation to students based on their age and the walking distance between their home and school. You can visit the Office of Pupil Transportation website for more information.
Yes, all elementary schools are expected to welcome and serve students with disabilities in accordance with their Individualized Education Programs (IEP). Students with disabilities follow the same steps outlined in the Kindergarten Directory as their general education peers in order to participate in Kindergarten Admissions.
Yes, Dual Language (DL) kindergarten programs are available. If you are interested in a DL program, be sure to apply to that program (which is different from the general education program) and to provide the DL program code on your Kindergarten Application.
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Kreyòl Ayisyen | 한국어 | Français
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If you have questions about Elementary School Admissions, please call (718) 935-2009 or email ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov