Middle School

Middle Schools

Middle School Appeal Notification Letters

Middle school appeal notification letters will be available in mid-June. If an appeal is granted, it replaces the original match. If the appeal is denied, the student remains at the school where he or she was originally matched. 

Families who did not submit a middle school application during the main round or new schools round and who submitted an application during the appeals round will also receive an appeal notification letter indicating their match.

The deadline for families to submit an appeal application was May 6, 2015. Families should only appeal to options they want their child to attend more than the school where they received a match. 

Please note: Appeals are not guaranteed, they are subject to seat availability and the original selection criteria for the program.

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If you are new to New York City, learn more about enrollment into NYC public schools

    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 Plan (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.