New Students

New Students

New to NYC?

New to New York City or looking to register your child in a public school for the first time? Read below.

All new students will need to bring documentation with them when they enroll. If you are a non-resident, find out information here.

    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 an Enrollment Office 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 an Enrollment Office
    • 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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