Elementary School


Kindergarten News

The application window for Kindergarten has now closed. We will be sending offer letters to on-time applicants in April. Those who submitted late applications will receive notification of placement later in the spring.

    If your child was born in 2010 and you live in NYC, your child is eligible to attend kindergarten in September 2015. View our frequently asked questions.

    Important Announcement Regarding Dual Language Programs

    This year, there has been a change in how students will be placed in dual language programs. In accordance with New York State Education Commissioner’s Regulations Part 154, the process for newly enrolled ELL students requires districts to complete the identification process before an ELL student receives a final school placement. Parents may enroll their child in a dual language program where approximately 50% of the students are English proficient and approximately 50% are identified as English language learners. This program is the parents’ choice, coupled with program availability which determines program placement. All students will be interviewed by a pedagogue at the school level. Students who speak a language other than English will be administered the New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners (NYSITELL) to determine eligibility. Families interested in dual language programs are encouraged to apply to schools that have offered or anticipate offering a dual language program in 2015-16 All families who applied by the February 18, 2015 deadline will receive an offer in April to a school. Families who apply after the February 18 deadline will be added to schools’ waitlists according to admissions priorities. Schools will then assess incoming kindergarten students for eligibility to participate in the program and make a final determination about program placement.

    Please note that there is no longer an option to list dual language programs on the kindergarten application, but there is a question to assess your interest, should your child be found eligible. Eligibility for the program is based on status as an English Language Learner, and where there is seat availability, English-speaking children can also be accommodated. Families whose children may be English Language Learners are also encouraged to review information on ELL programs and parent choice.

    Kindergarten Admissions

    Review our Kindergarten Directories to learn more about schools in your community. The Directories are available online, and at local elementary schools and at Family Welcome Centers. Translated versions are available online, in nine languages. 

    For a list of new schools opening in the 2015-16 school year, click here.

    Students with Disabilities

    Students with disabilities are admitted to kindergarten through Kindergarten Admissions in the same way as their non-disabled peers. Read more.


    Before You Apply

    Please prepare the information listed below:

    • Child’s name and date of birth
    • Your name, address, phone number, and email address (if applicable)
    • Information on any siblings who will be enrolled at a school you're applying to 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 school that plans to have a dual language program)
    • The schools you are applying to, in order of your preference.
    Please note that you will need to provide documentation supporting this information when accepting a kindergarten offer. 

    Application Tips

    • Consider applying to your zoned school if you have one. Your zoned school is where you will have the highest priority for admission, and most students attend their zoned school. You do not need to list your zoned school first to receive this priority, unless it really is your top preference. If you don’t know your zoned school, call 311 or visit School Search and enter your home address in the search bar.  
    • Visit schools! Many schools have open houses or provide tours for families who are interested in applying. Review our list of elementary school open houses and tours, or contact schools directly for information. Getting a sense of the culture and environment of a school is important for parents and students and we urge families to visit schools in person so that they can decide how to rank schools and programs on the application.
    • When considering schools, pay attention to their admissions priorities, as listed in the Kindergarten Directory. These are the order in which applicants are considered for admission. Understanding which priority group your child would be in for a given school and which priority groups the school was able to accommodate last year is important to understand your child’s likelihood of admission.
    • There is no disadvantage to applying to as many schools as you are interested in, but we do not recommend you include schools on your application unless you would consider enrolling your child there. You should rank schools in order of your preference. Your child’s priority is determined by each school’s admissions priorities, not how you rank schools. Schools will not see how you rank them.
    • 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. Find out more about the choice district fairs.
    • Families will not be able to apply to charter schools or Gifted & Talented programs through this process. Families are encouraged to contact charter schools directly and visit the Gifted & Talented website for more information on admission to those programs.