Middle School

Middle Schools

Middle School News

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

District Middle School Fairs take place from September 30 to October 8 across the city. Learn more on our Middle School Events page.

The 2016 New York City Middle School Directories are now available on our Middle School Resources page. Current fifth grade students will receive a Directory from their Middle School. 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 nearly 200 charter schools give families additional public school options. Read the Charter School Directory 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.