Welcome to Kindergarten Admissions!
NYC families with children born in 2012 can apply to Kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year until January 13, 2017.
Apply one of three ways:
Read the 2017 NYC Kindergarten Directory to learn more about Kindergarten Admissions and see the Admissions Timeline below for key steps in the process.
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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
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.
If your child was born in 2012 and you live in New York City, submit an application by January 13, 2017. All NYC families should submit a Kindergarten application, including current pre-K students—current pre-K students do not automatically stay at their school for Kindergarten.
Apply one of three ways:
You can list up to 12 choices on your Kindergarten Application—remember to include the program code and to consider more than one choice.
All applications received by the January 13 deadline are treated the same—our application process is not first-come, first-served. You can update your application until the January 13 deadline, if you have already submitted.
Download the Kindergarten Admissions Timeline.
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 will need the following information when you are ready to submit your application:
No, you cannot list Gifted & Talented programs or charter schools on your kindergarten application. Please contact charter schools directly and visit Gifted & Talented Admissions for more information on applying those programs.
Your zoned school is where your child is most likely to attend kindergarten, so consider applying to it, if you have one. If you don’t know your zoned school, call 311 or visit School Search and enter your home address in the search bar.
Your zoned school is where you child has the highest priority to attend. You do not need to rank your zoned school first on your application to receive this priority, unless it really is your top choice.
Yes, all current pre-K students need to apply to kindergarten to secure a seat for the 2017-2018 school year.
It is important to pay attention to the admissions priorities listed in the Kindergarten Directory when considering which schools to list on your child’s application.
These priorities group students based on their priority to attend. Offers are made in order of admissions priorities from the highest group to the lowest group. The higher priority your child has to a school, the higher change that your child will get an offer to that school.
The Kindergarten Directory lists which groups of students got offers to each school last year. If a school was able to admit a specific group of students last year, they will likely be able to admit these students again.
No, Kindergarten Admissions is not first-come, first-served—please take your time. All applications received by the deadline are treated the same, according to schools’ admissions priorities. All families who submit a kindergarten application by January 13, 2017 will receive an offer in March.
Districts 1, 7, and 23 are choice districts, which means there are no zoned schools. You can apply to kindergarten in these districts like everyone else by researching schools that interest you and ranking your preferences on the application. Please review the Kindergarten Directory for your district to learn more about admissions priorities for these schools.
All families that submit an application by the January 13 deadline will get an offer letter in March. 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 in your district of residence.
You can accept your offer by pre-registering in person at the school where your child got an offer. 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 seat. Waitlists stay open until mid-October.
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