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Kindergarten News

Families who applied by the February 18 deadline will receive their kindergarten offer the week of April 13.

    If your child was born in 2010 and you live in NYC, your child is eligible to attend kindergarten in September 2015. View our frequently asked questions.

    Important Announcement Regarding Dual Language Programs

    This year, there has been a change in how students will be placed in dual language programs. In accordance with New York State Education Commissioner’s Regulations Part 154, the process for newly enrolled ELL students requires districts to complete the identification process before an ELL student receives a final school placement. Parents may enroll their child in a dual language program where approximately 50% of the students are English proficient and approximately 50% are identified as English language learners. This program is the parents’ choice, coupled with program availability which determines program placement. All students will be interviewed by a pedagogue at the school level. Students who speak a language other than English will be administered the New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners (NYSITELL) to determine eligibility. Families interested in dual language programs are encouraged to apply to schools that have offered or anticipate offering a dual language program in 2015-16 All families who applied by the February 18, 2015 deadline will receive an offer in April to a school. Families who apply after the February 18 deadline will be added to schools’ waitlists according to admissions priorities. Schools will then assess incoming kindergarten students for eligibility to participate in the program and make a final determination about program placement.

    Please note that there is no longer an option to list dual language programs on the kindergarten application, but there is a question to assess your interest, should your child be found eligible. Eligibility for the program is based on status as an English Language Learner, and where there is seat availability, English-speaking children can also be accommodated. Families whose children may be English Language Learners are also encouraged to review information on ELL programs and parent choice.

    Kindergarten Admissions

    Accepting Your Offer

    In order to accept your kindergarten offer you receive in April, you must contact the school directly to make an appointment to pre-register by May 6. Pre-registering your child at the school where you received an offer does not prevent you from receiving an offer at a school where you child is waitlisted. If you receive an offer from a school’s waitlist, and you would like to accept, you may do so by bringing your child and the documentation to pre-register at the school.

    When pre-registering, you must bring your child with you, as well as:

    • Proof of your child’s age (child’s birth certificate or passport)
    • Two documents verifying proof of residence. Acceptable documents are listed below:
      • Utility bill (gas or electric) in the resident’s name issued by National Grid, Con Edison, or the Long Island Power Authority; must be dated within the past 60 days
      • Original lease agreement, deed, or mortgage statement for the residence
      • Current property tax bill for the residence
      • Water bill for the residence, dated within the past 90 days
      • Official payroll documentation from an employer (example: payroll receipt); must be dated within the past 60 days
      • Document from a federal, state or local government agency (on letterhead) indicating the resident’s name and address (example: document from the Internal Revenue Service, New York City Housing Authority, or the Administration for Children’s Services); must be dated within the past 60 days


    If you are not offered placement at the school you ranked highest on your application, you will automatically be placed on the waitlist for all schools you ranked higher than the school where your child got an offer. For example, if you received a placement offer for the school you listed third on your application, you will automatically be included on the waitlist for your first and second choice schools, but not your fourth choice school. Schools will contact waitlisted families directly if they are able to offer them a seat; no additional action is required of families to remain on a school’s waitlist.

    Late Applicants

    Families who applied to kindergarten between February 19 and March 27 will receive a placement offer later in the spring.


    If you have yet to apply to Kindergarten for your child born in 2010 and you live in NYC, you can still enroll your child in Kindergarten for September. Beginning in late April, please contact your zoned school and other schools of interest directly to place your child on the waitlist or on register, depending on seat availability and admissions priority group. To determine your zoned school, please click here.


    Review our Kindergarten Directories to learn more about schools in your community. The Directories are available online, and at local elementary schools and at Family Welcome Centers. Translated versions are available online, in nine languages. 

    For a list of new schools opening in the 2015-16 school year, 
    click here.


    Students with Disabilities

    Students with disabilities are admitted to kindergarten through Kindergarten Admissions in the same way as their non-disabled peers. Read more.