Welcome to Kindergarten Admissions!
Central Kindergarten Admissions is now closed. If you just moved to New York City or are not yet enrolled at a school for the 2017-2018 school year, learn how to enroll on the New Students page.
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:Español | 中文 | বাংলা | Русский | العربية | اردو | Kreyòl Ayisyen | 한국어 | Français
2017 NYC Kindergarten Directory: Learn about the admissions process and kindergarten programs in each borough.
New Elementary Schools: There are four elementary schools that are opening for the first time for the 2017-2018 school year—get to know them to see if you want to list them on your application.
School Search: Find for your zoned school—it is where your child is mostly likely to attend kindergarten.
School Open Houses: Attend school open houses to learn about kindergarten programs that interest you.
Central Kindergarten Admissions is now closed. If you do not have a kindergarten seat for the upcoming school year, visit the New Students page for more information on how to enroll and learn what you need to bring. Every child is guaranteed a kindergarten seat.
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 2017-2018 school year. This year, 12 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. Details about each school’s specific pilot will be available in the forthcoming pre-Kindergarten directories. These 12 schools participating in the pilot initiative are:
You are automatically placed on the waitlist for all schools you ranked higher on your 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. You can also contact other schools of interest directly to place yourself on their waitlist.
Yes, pre-registering at the school where you received an offer does not prevent you from getting a waitlist offer later in the spring or summer. 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.
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.
If you live in New York City and your child was born in 2012, your child is guaranteed a kindergarten placement for the 2017-2018 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.
Learn about key dates and events this school year.
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Find many of our translated resources on these pages:
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Русский | اردو | العربية
Kreyòl Ayisyen | 한국어 | Français
Learn about accessibility and view the list of accessible schools.
If you have questions about Elementary School Admissions, please call (718) 935-2009 or email ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov