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.
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:العربية | বাংলা | 中文 | Français | Kreyòl Ayisyen | 한국어 | Русский | Español | اردو
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.العربية | বাংলা | 中文 | Français | Kreyòl Ayisyen | 한국어 | Русский | Español | اردوYou 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.
You accept your offer by pre-registering. Make an appointment with the school where you received an offer to pre-register the student.
When you pre-register with the school where you received an offer, you must bring:
Please note: If you are not the leaseholder of your residence, you must submit a Residency Affidavit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Kreyòl Ayisyen | 한국어 | Русский |
Español | اردو
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