New Students

New Students

New to New York City or looking to register your child in a public school for the first time? The Department of Education has opened ten temporary Registration Centers across the five boroughs to enroll new students for the start of school. The Registration Centers will be open from Wednesday, August 27, through Friday, September 12, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Registration Centers will be closed on Monday, September 1 for Labor Day.

Counselors will review options with families and help to facilitate enrollment. Families need to bring documentation and the student(s) must be present in order to enroll.
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    Elementary and Middle School

    All students in grades K – 8, including those with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and/or who require special education services, can be enrolled in just a few steps.

    1. Find Your Zoned School
    • A zoned school is a neighborhood school for all students who live in a designated area.
    • Your zoned school is determined by your home address.
    • Find your zoned school by entering your address in the school search tool or calling 311.
    • If you don’t have a zoned school, visit a Registration Center with the required documentation. A counselor will place your child at the closest school to your home that has available seats.
    2. Go to Your Zoned or Assigned School to Enroll
    • Go to your zoned school or the school to which your child has been assigned by the Enrollment Office.
    • Be sure to bring the required documentation with you.
    3.    Non-NYC Special Education Services

    High School

    • All new students in grades 9 through 12, including those with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and/or who require special education services, must register at a Registration Center
    • An enrollment counselor will help you find a school.

    What to Bring

    • You must bring the following documentation and proof of residency with you when enrolling in a NYC public school.
    • If you are enrolling in a zoned school, bring the documents to the school. 
    • If you are visiting an Enrollment Office, bring the documents to the office. 
    • Bring your child/children with you when registering. 
    • Chancellor’s Regulation A-101 includes further details about enrolling in an NYC public school.

    Required Documents:

    • Child’s birth certificate or passport as proof of age 
    • Immunization records 
    • Latest report card/transcript (if available) 
    • Individualized Education Program (IEP) and/or 504 Accommodation Plan (if applicable and available)
    • Required Proof of NYC Residence (any two of the following):*
      • Utility bill (gas or electric) for the residence issued by National Grid (formerly Keyspan), Con Edison, or the Long Island Power Authority (for the Rockaways); must be dated within the past 60 days 
      • Water bill for the residence; must be dated within the past 90 days 
      • Original lease agreement, deed, or mortgage statement for the residence 
      • Current property tax bill for the residence 
      • Official payroll document from an employer (example: payroll receipt); must be dated within the past 60 days 
      • Document or letter from a federal, state, or local government agency indicating the resident’s name and address (example: document from Internal Revenue Service (IRS), City Housing Authority, the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS)); must be dated within the past 60 days
    * If you are not the leaseholder of your residence, you must submit a Residency Affidavit (see Chancellor’s Regulation A-101, page 20).
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