Welcome to Kindergarten Admissions!
All New York City residents with children born in 2013 can apply to kindergarten. Get ready by taking these next steps:
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.
Use the resources below to learn about school options and the admissions process:
Kindergarten resources are also available in translation: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.
You can also go to Kindergarten Admissions Events and Open Houses to explore your kindergarten options.
For families with children born in 2013, there are two paths to Elementary Admissions.
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 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. The schools participating in the pilot initiative are:
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:
Español | 中文 | বাংলা
Русский | اردو | العربية
Kreyòl Ayisyen | 한국어 | Français
Find schools that may meet your child’s accessibility needs.
If you have questions about Elementary School Admissions, please call (718) 935-2009 or email ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov