New Students

New Students

News and Updates

If you are new to New York City public schools or need help with the enrollment process, you've come to the right place. School started September 8, 2016—see below for information about new student registration. 

For information about a transfer request, visit the Transfers page.

    How to Register   

    Elementary and Middle School

    New students with a zoned school, including those with a NYC Individualized Education Program (IEP), may register directly at that school. Your zoned school is determined by your home address—find out your zoned school by calling 311 or visiting School Search. If you don’t have a zoned school, visit a Family Welcome Center.

    Students with a non-NYC Individualized Education Program (IEP) should visit a Family Welcome Center. Students with more restrictive or specialized needs may also visit a Committee on Special Education (CSE) location.


    High School

    All new students enrolling in high school must register at a Family Welcome Center, including those with an Individualized Education Program (IEP).


    Already Enrolled?

    If your child is already enrolled in or assigned to a New York City public school, visit your child’s school for assistance.


    Non-Resident Enrollment

    Please visit the Non-Resident Enrollment page for information about applying for enrollment as a tuition-paying, non-resident student.

    What to Bring

    • The child that you are registering
    • Child’s birth certificate, passport, or record of baptism which includes the date of birth, or other official document of age (See Chancellor’s Regulation A-101 for documents accepted for proof of age)
    • Immunization records
    • Latest report card/transcript (if available)
    • Individualized Education Program (IEP) and/or 504 Accommodation Plan (if applicable and available)
    • Proof of address which may be verified by any two of the following containing the address of residence:
      • A lease agreement, deed or mortgage statement for the residence
      • A residential utility bill (gas or electric) in the resident’s name issued by a utility company (e.g., National Grid or Con Edison), must be dated within the past 60 days
      • A bill for cable television services provided to the residence; must include the name of the parent and the address of the residence and be dated within the past 60 days 
      • Documentation or letter on letterhead from a federal, state, or local government agency, including the IRS, the City Housing Authority, Human Resources Administration, the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), or an ACS subcontractor or the federal Office of Refugee Settlement, indicating the resident’s name and address, must be dated within the past 60 days
      • A current property tax bill for the residence
      • A water bill for the residence dated within the past 90 days
      • Rent receipt which includes the address of the residence, must be dated within the past 60 days
      • State, city, or other government issued identification (including an IDNYC card), which has not expired and includes the address of residence
      • Income tax form for the last calendar year
      • Official NYS Driver’s License or learner’s permit which has not expired
      • Official payroll documentation from an employer issued within the past 60 days such as a pay stub with home address, a form submitted for tax withholding purposes or payroll receipt (a letter on the employer’s letterhead is not adequate); must include home address and be dated within the past 60 days
      • Voter registration documents, which include the name of the parent and the address of residence
      • Unexpired membership documents based upon residency (e.g., neighborhood residents’ association), which include the name of the parent and the address of residence
      • Evidence of custody of the child, including but not limited to judicial custody orders or guardianship papers documents issued within the past 60 days with name of child and address of residence


      * If you are not the leaseholder of your residence, you must submit a Residency Affidavit

    As stated in Chancellor’s Regulation A-101, students in temporary housing may not be refused enrollment in a school because of lack of documentation required for registration, including proof of residency.

    Next steps if a family in temporary housing lacks documentation: School must provisionally register the student and work with the DOE Students in Temporary Housing liaison to obtain the missing documentation.