Welcome to Kindergarten Admissions!
Information about admissions for children born in 2012 will be available soon.
If you just moved to New York City and are not yet enrolled at a school for the 2016-2017 school year, contact your zoned school directly to register. Your zoned school is based on your home address—you can find your zoned school on the School Search 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: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 read them here.
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.
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.
Schools will continue to make offers to waitlisted students through October 14, 2016. Schools will contact you directly if a seat is available to give you an offer. You can also contact schools of interest to join the waitlist, if your child is not already on their list.
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.
Learn about key dates and events this school year.
Sign up to receive email updates about Elementary School Admissions.
Find many of our translated resources on these pages:
العربية | বাংলা | 中文 | Français |
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