Welcome to Kindergarten Admissions!
Offer letters have been sent to all families who applied to kindergarten by the January 19 deadline. Accept your kindergarten offer by pre-registering in person at the school where you got an offer—contact the school to schedule a time. Visit our Forms page to learn what you need to bring to pre-register.If you have not applied yet for the 2018-2019 school year, please email ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov or call 718-935-2009 for more information.
If you just moved to New York City and are not yet enrolled at a school for the 2017-2018 school year, learn how to enroll on the New Students page.
Elementary education prepares your child for success in school and life. New York City students can apply to kindergarten in the calendar year they turn five.
Kindergarten resources are available in ten languages:Español | 中文 | বাংলা | Русский | العربية | اردو | Kreyòl Ayisyen | 한국어 | Français
Start exploring schools and kindergarten programs around the time your child enters pre-K. You can apply to up to 12 schools. Use the tools below to find schools that interest you:
School SearchFind your zoned school. Most NYC families have a zoned school. This means they live in an area zoned for a specific school and their children have a priority to attend it. Your zoned school is the school where your child is most likely to go to kindergarten.
NYC Kindergarten DirectoryLearn about applying to kindergarten and find programs that interest you. Pick up a print copy of your borough’s Kindergarten Directory from your child’s current school, from a Family Welcome Center, or at an Elementary Admissions Event.
Charter SchoolsCharter Schools have their own separate admissions process. Contact these schools directly to learn how to apply.
Email UpdatesGet reminders about deadlines and useful information about admissions.
You can also go to Kindergarten Admissions Events and Open Houses to explore your kindergarten options.
Kindergarten applications for the 2018-2019 school year were due January 19. All NYC families with a child born in 2013 should submit a kindergarten application, including current pre-K students—current pre-K students do not automatically stay at their school for kindergarten.If you applied late, you 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. All children are guaranteed a kindergarten seat for the fall.
If you submitted your child’s kindergarten application by the January 19 deadline, you’ll get your offer letter the week of March 19. Your offer letter lists the school where your child will go to kindergarten, and you’ll need to accept your offer by April 27.Your 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.If you submit a late application, you'll get an offer by mid-June.To accept your offer, you must pre-register in person at the school where your child got the offer—contact the school to schedule a time. Visit our Forms page to learn what you need to bring to pre-register.
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 2018-2019 school year. This year, the following schools will give priority to students who receive Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL), English Language Learners (ELLs), students in the child welfare system, and/or families impacted by incarceration. Schools will still make kindergarten offers using standard admissions priorities.The schools participating in the pilot initiative are:
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 got 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 got 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 & 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 get a different offer is if a school where you are waitlisted contacts you, anytime between now and October. You can also contact other schools of interest directly to get on their waitlists.
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 got 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 19 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 a placement from the waitlist. If you have not gotten an offer by June 2018, 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 2013, your child is guaranteed a kindergarten placement for the 2018-2019 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.
NYC offers transportation to students based on their age and the walking distance between their home and school. You can visit the Office of Pupil Transportation website for more information.
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.
Yes, all elementary schools are expected to welcome and serve students with disabilities in accordance with their Individualized Education Programs (IEP). Students with disabilities follow the same steps outlined in the Kindergarten Directory as their general education peers in order to participate in Kindergarten Admissions
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Find schools that may meet your child’s accessibility needs.Read the Family Guide for Parents and Guardians with Disabilities.
If you have questions about Elementary School Admissions, please call (718) 935-2009 or email ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov