If you live in New York City, your child is eligible to apply to kindergarten in the year they turn five. Each winter, kindergarten applications are accepted for the coming school year. Every child is guaranteed a kindergarten placement.
All community schools in NYC serve students with disabilities and English Language Learners, and all families are encouraged to apply. For more information on how the Department of Education can meet your child’s needs, please read the introduction to the Kindergarten Directory.
Search for your zoned school. Read the Kindergarten Directory to learn about programs and admissions and review the list of new schools opening in the 2015-2016 school year. You can also sign up for Kindergarten email updates.
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What if I missed the application deadline or recently moved?If you live in New York City and your child was born in 2010, your child is guaranteed a kindergarten placement for the 2015-2016 school year. Please contact your zoned school and other schools of interest directly. Schools will either register your child or place your child on their waitlist, depending on seat availability and admissions priorities. Find your zoned school, or if you reside in Districts 1, 7, or 23 or don’t have a zoned school, you can visit a Family Welcome Center for a placement.What do I need to register my child?You must bring your child with you and:
* If you are not the leaseholder of your residence, you must submit a Residency Affidavit (see Chancellor’s Regulation A-101, page 20).Can I appeal my child’s kindergarten offer?No. You may receive an offer from a school where you are on the waitlist anytime between now and October. You can also contact other schools of interest directly to place yourself on the waitlist.How do I get on a school’s kindergarten waitlist?You’re automatically placed on the waitlist for all schools in Districts 2-32 that you ranked higher than the school where your child 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 waitlisted families directly if a seat is available.
For schools in District 1, only District 1 residents that did not get an offer from a school on their application are eligible to be placed on one District 1 school’s waitlist. To place your child on a District 1 waitlist, please go in person to our Family Welcome Center at 333 Seventh Avenue or fax the form to 917-339-1478. For the full waitlist policy for District 1 please see Page 3 of the District 1 kindergarten directory. Should I register my child if I’m hoping for a different offer?Pre-registering at the school where your child received an offer doesn’t prevent you from receiving an offer at a school where your child is waitlisted. If you receive an offer from a school’s waitlist and you would like to accept, pre-register at that school. 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.Can my child attend a dual language kindergarten program?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 eligibility for dual language programs 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.
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