Welcome to Kindergarten Admissions!
Kindergarten offer letters for the 2017-2018 school year were sent the week of March 6 to families who applied by the January 13 deadline.
Accept your offer by pre-registering in person at the school where your student got an offer by April 7. Bring documentation of the student’s age and proof of address when you go to pre-register.
Review the FAQs to learn more about pre-registering and waitlists.
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:
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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.
Kindergarten applications for the 2017-2018 school year were due January 13. All NYC families with a child born in 2012 should submit a Kindergarten Application, including current pre-K students—current pre-K students do not automatically stay at their school for kindergarten.
All late applicants will be added to the waitlist for all schools listed on your application. Schools will contact you directly if they can offer you a kindergarten seat. If you still do not have an offer by June 2017, the Office of Student Enrollment will send you an offer to a kindergarten program—every child is guaranteed kindergarten placement.
Kindergarten offer letters were sent to all families who submitted their application by the January 13 deadline. If you missed the January 13 deadline but submitted a late application, you will get an offer by mid-June. Your offer letter lists the school where your child will go to kindergarten, and you’ll need to accept your offer by April 7.
To accept your offer, you must pre-register in person at the school where your child received the offer—contact the school to schedule a time. Learn what you need to bring to pre-register your child.
Your offer letter also includes the schools where your child is waitlisted. You are automatically added to the waitlist for all schools that you ranked higher on your application than the school where your child got an offer. You don’t need to take any action on your waitlist schools until they contact you—schools contact waitlisted families directly if they can offer you a 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 accept your offer by pre-registering. Make an appointment with the school where you received an offer to pre-register your child. The pre-registration deadline is Friday, April 7, 2017.
When you pre-register with the school where you received an offer, you must bring:
We use admissions priorities to make kindergarten offers. Admissions priorities group students based on their priority to attend a school. The Kindergarten Directory lists the admissions priorities used for each school. Applicants are considered for admissions at every school you list on your application. You will get an offer to the school that you ranked highest that was able to accommodate children from your priority group. If there are more applicants than seats available in a given priority group, a random selection from that group will get an offer.
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 and 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 a seat. 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 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.
If you applied to kindergarten after the January 13 deadline, you will be added to the waitlists for all schools listed on your application. Schools will contact you directly if they can offer you placement from the waitlist. If you have not received an offer by June 2017, the Office of Student Enrollment will send you a kindergarten offer. Every child is guaranteed a seat in kindergarten.
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.
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If you have questions about Elementary School Admissions, please call (718) 935-2009 or email ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov