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Kindergarten News

The Office of Student Enrollment welcomes you to Kindergarten Admissions!

The kindergarten application period is now closed for the 2016-2017 school year. All families that submitted an application on time will get an offer letter in mid-March 2016.

You can accept your offer by pre-registering in person at 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.

You are automatically placed on the waitlist for all schools that you ranked higher than the school where your student got an offer. Schools manage their own waitlists and will contact you directly if they can offer your student placement. 

If you have not applied, you can still submit a late application. Apply one of three ways:

    Kindergarten Admissions Overview

    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:

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    Find a Kindergarten

    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.

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    You 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. 

    Kindergarten FAQs

    • How do I prepare for my child’s kindergarten offer?

      All families that submit an application by the January 20 deadline will get an offer letter in March 2016. If we are unable to make you an offer to one of your choices, you may receive an offer to your zoned school or another school nearby.

      You can accept your offer by pre-registering in person at the school where your child got a placement. Bring documentation of your child’s age and proof of residence when you go to pre-register.

      You are automatically placed on the waitlist for all schools that you ranked higher than the school where your child got an offer. These schools will contact families on the waitlist directly if they can offer your child a placement. Waitlists stay open until mid-October 2016. Please Note: The waitlist policy is new for District 1 schools in 2016.

    • If my child currently attends pre-K at a public school, do I still need to submit a kindergarten application?

      Yes, all current pre-K students need to apply to kindergarten to secure a seat for the 2016-2017 school year.

    • How is kindergarten placement determined?

      Each school has admissions priorities listed in the Kindergarten Directory that determine the order applicants are considered for placement. You are considered for placement at every school listed on your application and will get an offer from the school you ranked highest on your application based on these admissions priorities. There is a random selection process to determine who is offered placement only when there are more applicants within a given admissions priority group than there are seats available.

    • What information will I need to complete a late application?

      When you apply you should prepare the information listed below:
      1. Child’s name, date of birth
      2. Your name, address, phone number, and email address (if applicable)
      3. Information on siblings who will be enrolled at the school in grades K-5 next year, including name, date of birth, current school, grade, and OSIS number
      4. Child’s current pre-K (if applicable)
      5. Child’s home language (if applying to a dual language program)
      6. The programs you are applying to ranked in order of your preference
    • How many schools can I list on my late application?

      You can to rank up to 12 programs on your application and are encouraged to apply to your zoned school. Learn about other schools you can choose to list on your application, including Dual Language programs and magnet schools, in the Kindergarten Directory. You cannot apply to Gifted & Talented programs or charter schools using the kindergarten application. You can contact charter schools directly and visit Gifted & Talented Admissions for more information on those programs.

    • When will I get a kindergarten offer if I apply late?

      All late applicants will be added to the waitlists for all schools listed on your application. A school will contact you directly if they can offer you placement. If you still do not have 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.