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Kindergarten News

The Office of Student Enrollment welcomes you to Kindergarten Admissions!

Kindergarten offer letters for the 2016-2017 school year were sent the week of March 14, 2016 to families who applied by the January 20 deadline. 

Accept your offer by pre-registering—make an appointment with the school where your student got a placement. Bring documentation of the student’s age and proof of residence when you go to pre-register.

Review the FAQs to learn more about pre-registering, waitlists, and why you may not have received an offer to one of your choices.

If you still have not applied to kindergarten or just moved to NYC, see the FAQs for your next steps.

    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 also pick up a copy from an elementary school or Family Welcome Center.

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    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: Offer Period

    • How do I accept a kindergarten offer?

      You accept your offer by pre-registering. Make an appointment with the school where you received an offer to pre-register the student.

    • What do I need to have when I pre-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.

    • Should I accept my offer and pre-register even if I want an offer from a school where I am waitlisted?

      Yes, pre-registering at the school where you received an offer does not prevent you from getting an offer to a school where you are waitlisted.

      If you get a waitlist offer from a school, you should accept that offer by pre-registering at that school—even if you have already pre-registered at the school where you received your original offer.  Your child will be enrolled in the school where you pre-register last.

      Accepting any kindergarten offer doesn’t impact your child’s chances of being offered placement at a Gifted & Talented program, charter school, or specialized school for students with special needs.  

    • Why did I get an offer to a school I did not list on my application?

      Each school has admissions priorities listed in the Kindergarten Directory that determine the order applicants are considered for placement. If we were unable to make you an offer to one of your choices, you may have gotten an offer to your zoned school or another school nearby.

    • Can I appeal a kindergarten offer?

      No. The only way to receive a different offer is to wait for a school where you are waitlisted to contact you directly if a seat becomes available. Schools may contact families on the waitlist anytime between now and October. You can also contact other schools of interest directly to place yourself on their waitlist.

    • How do I get on a school’s kindergarten waitlist?

      You are automatically placed on the waitlist for all schools you ranked higher on the application than the school where you got an offer. For example, if you received an offer for the school you listed third on your application, you are automatically placed on the waitlist for your first and second choice schools. Schools will contact you directly if a seat is available to give you an offer.

      Please note: The waitlist policy for District 1 is new in 2016.

    • 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.

    • When will I get a kindergarten offer if I applied late?

      If you applied to kindergarten after the January 20 deadline, you will be added to the waitlists for all schools listed on your application. A school may contact you directly if they can take you off the waitlist and offer you placement. If you have not received an offer by June 2016, the Office of Student Enrollment will send you an offer to a kindergarten program. Every child is guaranteed a kindergarten placement.