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The Office of Student Enrollment welcomes all fifth grade students to Middle School Admissions!

Middle school applications are due by Tuesday, December 1. NYC district and charter elementary school students should submit their completed application to their guidance counselor. Your elementary school has applications for all fifth grade students and also sixth grade students in K-6 schools. Private elementary school students can pick up and submit an application at a Family Welcome Center.

You can learn about your school options by attending open houses and information sessions and reading the 2016 Middle School Directories. Directories also available online in English and in:

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    Fifth grade public school students must participate in Middle School Admissions. Each fall, all fifth graders currently enrolled in a New York City public elementary school receive customized middle school applications. The application will include all the middle schools to which each student is eligible to apply. To complete the application, students rank schools in preference order and return the application to their current school. Decision letters are available in the spring. Review the Middle School Admissions Checklist.

    In New York City:

    • Most students attend middle school in the school district where they are zoned for middle school. Find your zone and district by typing your address into the school search tool.
    • Citywide and borough-wide middle school options are also available.
    • Each district has its own Middle School Directory. The directories provide a full explanation of the middle school admissions process and descriptions of each middle school in the district.

    Charter Schools

    New York City’s 205 charter schools give families additional public school options. Review the Charter School webpage to learn more about the charter schools in all five boroughs and how to apply.

    Students with Disabilities

    Students with disabilities may apply to all schools and/or programs listed in their school district’s Middle School Directory, subject to the same admissions requirements as their general education peers. This includes all screened programs. 

    Students with an Individual Education Program (IEP) that recommends a specialized District 75 program are not required to participate in the middle school admissions process if they wish to remain in a District 75 program. These students will learn their school placements in May or June. Read more about special education in NYC public schools.