Middle School

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Welcome to Middle School Admissions!

Fifth grade students who are applying to middle school for the 2017-2018 school year apply this fall. Get ready to apply to middle school by taking these next steps:

If you just moved to New York City and are not yet enrolled at a school for the 2016-2017 school year, learn how to enroll on the New Students page.

    Middle School Admissions Overview

    Each fall, every fifth grade student attending a New York City public elementary school receives a middle school application. Students must apply to middle school, including those who want to stay at their K-8 school. 

    Students with disabilities may apply through the middle school admissions process along with their general education peers. Special Education 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.

    Use the resources below to learn about your program options and the admissions process:

    Middle school resources are also available in translation:

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    Find a Middle School

    When looking for schools and programs, it is important to think about what will help you learn and grow—your interests, learning needs, and how you’d get to and from the school. Talk with your family, school counselor, and teachers about your application choices.

    2017 New York City Middle School Directory: The Middle School Directory helps you understand the admissions process and learn more about middle school programs in each district. You can pick up a copy from your elementary school or at a Family Welcome Center.

    School Search: Find middle schools based on interest area, borough, school size, and more.

    Open Houses and Tours: View the calendar of middle schools' open houses and tour dates and plan to visit schools of interest. 

    Admissions Timeline  

    Download the MS Admissions Timeline. 

    Diversity in Middle School Admissions

    Middle schools across the city were invited to participate in a pilot to increase diversity within their schools for students applying this year to attend for the 2017-2018 school year. The four schools below are participating in the pilot. At these schools, students who receive Free Reduced Lunch (FRL) will receive admissions priority for a certain percentage of the seats in the incoming sixth grade. Read more about each school’s specific pilot:  

    Middle School FAQs: Pre-Application

    • Do I have to apply to middle school?

      Yes. Middle School Admissions is the best opportunity to have a voice in where your child attends middle school. Students who are planning on attending their zoned or continuing school should still submit applications.

    • How do I receive my child’s Middle School Application?

      Students in NYC public schools will receive their personalized Middle School Application from their guidance counselor in early November. 

    • If my child does not attend a public school, how can I receive a Middle School Application?

      Families of students who are not enrolled in a public school may visit a Family Welcome Center to receive a Middle School Application. 

    • How do I know what middle school programs I can apply to?

      Students are eligible to apply in the district where they are zoned for middle school and, when different, the district where they attend an NYC public elementary school.

      • The application will list every middle school program you may apply to.
      • The “Eligibility” field on each school page in the Middle School Directory tells you what students may apply.
    • What is a zoned middle school and how do I find out if I have one?

      Many students–but not all–have a zoned middle school based on their home address. Students with a zoned school receive a priority, or a guaranteed spot at their zoned school. You may find out if your child has a zoned middle school by:

      • Checking your personalized Middle School Application
      • Going to School Search and typing in your child’s home address

      If you rank your zoned middle school after other middle schools you prefer, you still keep your priority your zoned middle school.

    • Does my younger child have priority to the middle school my older child already attends?

      No. Middle School Admissions does not have admissions priorities for siblings. It is not guaranteed that your child applying to fifth grade will be matched to the same middle school that your older child already attends. 

    • Does Middle School Admissions work differently if my child has a disability?

      No. Students with disabilities may apply to the same programs as students without disabilities. Each middle school program has seats reserved for students with disabilities to ensure that all students may apply to any program. 

    • Does Middle School Admissions work differently if my child is an English Language Learner?

      No. English Language Learner students may apply to the same programs as all other students. All NYC middle schools provide supports for English Language Leaners. You may think about applying to programs that used a “Screened: Language” admission methods; these programs often give priority to English Language Learners. 

    • My child is already in middle school. Can I use the Middle School Application to transfer middle schools?

      No. Middle School Admissions is only used for initial placements into middle schools. You must visit a Family Welcome Center to explore transferring. Please note that you may only request a transfer for specific reasons

    • I am moving to New York City next year. Can I submit a Middle School Application this year?

      No. Only current New York City residents can participate in Middle School Admissions.