Welcome to Kindergarten Admissions!
If your child was born in 2009, it's time to start thinking about kindergarten for next year. You can apply to kindergarten from January 13 to February 14, 2014. All families, including those of students with disabilities and current pre-k students, should submit an application.
Admission is not first-come, first-served. All applications received by the deadline are treated the same.
For the first time ever, you can apply to kindergarten using one application called Kindergarten Connect. Kindergarten Connect is designed to make applying to schools easier, so you can spend more time researching schools, and less time submitting paperwork.
If you need to apply in a language other than English, please submit your application over the phone or in person. Interpretation services will be provided in approximately 150 languages.
When you apply, you can list up to 20 schools on your application.
There are just a few items you need to apply:
- Child's name, date of birth
- Your name, address, phone number, and email address (if applicable)
- Information on any siblings who will be in grades K-5 next year, including name, date of birth, current school, grade, and OSIS number.
- Child's current pre-k (if applicable)
- Child's native language (if applying to a dual language program)
- The programs you are applying to, in order of your preference.
If you submit a kindergarten application by February 14, 2014, you will receive a placement offer in early April. You can accept your offer by pre-registering at the school in person, providing documentation of your child's age and proof of residence.
Students will automatically be placed on the waitlist for any school ranked higher on the application than the offer received. Schools will contact families on the waitlist directly if they can offer the student a placement. Waitlists will close in mid-October.
At this time, we recommend you find out your zoned school, if you have one, and visit schools for tours and open houses. You can find out your zoned school by using our School Search
page or calling 311.
Districts 1, 7, and 23 are choice districts, which means there are no zoned schools. Families will still be able to apply in these districts using the same methods mentioned above. More information is available about our choice district process and the upcoming choice district fairs at the links below.
For more details about Kindergarten Admissions, including everything you need to know about researching schools, submitting an application, and registering your child, check out the Introduction to the Elementary School Directory
. Full Elementary School Directories for each borough and district are linked below.
Download the "Kindergarten 2014-2015" flyer here
Translated versions of kindergarten publications are available here.
Update: Visit here for information on elementary school open houses and tours.
Join us at a Kindergarten Admissions information session in your borough. Visit the events page for dates and locations.
Elementary School Directories
The 2014-2015 Elementary School Directories are available here
. Each borough has its own Directory. These books provide detailed information about the admissions process and the elementary school options available for your child(ren).
Special Education Services
The Department of Education’s Special Education Reform, also known as the “Shared Path to Success,” is making significant improvements in the way services are delivered to students with disabilities, including increased access to the general education curriculum. Consistent with their general education peers, students with disabilities should apply to kindergarten through the kindergarten admissions process.
For more information about kindergarten admissions for students who require special education services, please visit the Special Education website
: Sign up here
to receive email updates about kindergarten admissions.
Still have questions? Contact the Office of Student Enrollment at 718-935-2009, or email us at ES_Enrollment@schools.nyc.gov
. We'll also be hosting information sessions for families in January, so check back updates.