Middle School

Middle School

Middle School News

Six new middle school programs are opening for the 2016-2017 school year. Public school students can pick up an application for these programs from their elementary school guidance counselor. Private school students can visit a Family Welcome Center to apply. The deadline to return your application to your current public school or a Family Welcome Center is March 1, 2016. 

Your current school will distribute middle school admissions results letters, including any new school match, in late April 2016. 

Screened schools that use an audition or test to evaluate students will reach out to applicants who meet their criteria over the winter to invite them to come in for an assessment.

    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:

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    Middle School FAQs: Post-Application Period

    • How are students matched to a middle school?

      After completing an application, fifth grade students are matched to a program based on:

      • Student Preference. You’ll be matched to your highest possible choice taking into consideration Admissions Methods, eligibility restrictions and priorities, and seat availability.
      • School's Admissions Priorities. Examples include Continuing Fifth Grade Priority and Zone Priority.
      • Admissions Methods. Examples include Unscreened, Limited Unscreened, Talent Test, Screened, Screened: Language, or Composite Score.
      • Seat Availability. You may not be matched if there are more applicants than available seats.

    • What if I don’t match to one of my choices?

      If you do not match to one of your choices, you are placed in a school that is in either:

      1. The district to which you are zoned to attend middle school.
      2. The district where you attend public elementary school.

      Every student who submits an application is guaranteed a middle school placement in April.

    • What are admissions priorities?

      Admissions priorities determine the order applicants are considered for school placement. This means students are considered in groups. All students in the first priority group will be considered first. If seats are available, students in the second priority group will be considered next. The most common admissions priorities are:

      • Priority to continuing fifth grade students: K-8 schools offer priority to fifth graders who apply to their current K-8 school.
      • Priority to zone: Zoned middle schools give priority to students who live in that zone.

      Please note: Fifth grade students who want to remain in their K-8 school or go to their zoned middle school must rank that school on the application. Rank your zoned school or K-8 school option after any other programs for which you want to be considered.

    • How can I apply to new middle schools?

      If a district is opening a new school or program for the following school year, eligible students will receive an application for the new school(s) from their current public elementary school. Non-public school students should visit a Family Welcome Center for the application. Students who receive a match from their new schools application will be able to choose between their new schools and main round matches in the spring.

    • How do I find out about my middle school placement?

      The Office of Student Enrollment notifies all students who submit an application of their school placement in April. If you applied and receive placement to a new school, your notification letter will contain both the first round and new school placement, and you will have to choose one.

    • Can I appeal my middle school placement?

      Yes, NYC public school students can appeal their middle school placement by requesting an appeals form from their elementary school guidance counselor. Non-public school students can get an appeals form from a Family Welcome Center.

      Complete the appeals form by selecting up to three programs from the program choices available to you on the original application.

      Please note: Appeals are not guaranteed and are based on seat availability and the school’s original selection criteria.