Common CoreThe Common Core standards outlines what students need to learn each year in order to graduate from high school and be ready to succeed in college and in their careers. For more information, visit the Common Core Library.
A Parent Guide to Parent-Teacher ConferencesThis guide describes what happens during a parent-teacher conference and what you should ask to find out about your child's progress at school.
School Year CalendarFind out what days are designated testing days, parent teacher conferences and vacation for your child. This will help you plan for the upcoming school year with your family.
Annual Arts in Schools ReportThe Office of Arts and Special Projects supports arts education through the development of curriculum, resources for school leaders and training for teachers of dance, music, theater and visual arts. The Annual Arts in Schools Report is available in English only. Follow along with a translated template.
New to the City? Find out how to enroll your child. Read about high quality school options for your child ranging from pre-kindergarten, elementary, and high school. For more information, visit the Office of Student Enrollment.
Pre-Kindergarten Directory Use the Pre-Kindergarten Directory and Directory Update to learn about all of your 2015 Pre-Kindergarten options, including programs at district schools and New York City Early Education Centers (NYCEECs).Elementary School DirectoryEach borough's Directory contains information about the kindergarten admissions process, all public schools located in that borough, district maps, a list of charter schools, and an At a Glance chart that provides a summary of all public kindergarten programs in the city.
Gifted & Talented Program HandbookNew York City Department of Education Gifted & Talented programs provide challenging instruction to children with exceptional academic capacity. Read on for information about testing and applying for the Gifted & Talented Program.Middle School DirectoryThe Middle School Directory will help you learn about the middle school choice process and the school options available to your child.Middle School Admissions OverviewThis document provides a brief overview of Middle School Admissions and highlight resources to guide students and families with application decisions.
High School DirectoryThe Directory provides detailed descriptions of over 400 New York City public high schools, including information about programs, extracurricular activities, and eligibility.
High School Admissions OverviewThis document provides a brief overview of High School Admissions and highlight resources to guide students and families with application decisions.
Visual and Performing Arts High Schools: Preparing Your Audition/Arts PortfolioStudents with an interest in the arts have an array of high school choices dedicated to cultivating artistic talent. To gain admission to these schools, in addition to demonstrating your academic aptitude, students must also exhibit strong artistic skills in the form of an audition and/or portfolio.
Specialized High Schools Student HandbookProvides descriptions of the specialized high schools and their respective application and testing processes.
Public School Choice Information BookletThis guide is designed to help families understand the Public School Choice Program and provide them with the tools they need to make informed decisions. Public School Choice Frequently Asked QuestionsFrequently asked questions regarding the Public School Choice Program are answered. Topic aras include application processes and transportation.
The Parent's Guide to Universal Pre-Kindergarten
Get insight into the pre-k classroom and ideas for connections you can make at home.Foundation for the Common CoreUnderstand what children learn in pre-k so that you can more effectively support your child's learning at home. For more information on the Common Core in New York City schools, please visit the Common Core Library.The Parent Guide to Parent-Teacher ConferencesGet the most out of conversations with your child's teachers by having a clear idea of what will happen at the conference, including sample questions.
The Parent Guide to Understanding Authentic Assessments for Young ChildrenFind out how your child's learning will be assessed in pre-k and how you can support learning at home.The Parent Guide to Literacy in Early ChildhoodLearn more about what literacy is and how to help your child become a life-long reader.
The Parent Guide to Supporting Your Child's Social-Emotional DevelopmentHelp your young child be better at self-awareness, relationships with others, accountability and adaptability.Kindergarten: An Orientation Guide for Families of Students with Disabilities Entering KindergartenThis guide is for parents of preschool students with disabilities. It provides information about the transition to kindergarten.
Provides information on the skills and supports students need in order to be college and career ready, and outlines opportunities for families to become involved in their child's education at each grade level.Gifted & Talented Program HandbookNew York City Department of Education Gifted & Talented programs provide challenging instruction to children with exceptional academic capacity. Read on for information about testing and applying for the Gifted & Talented Program.For Students Born in 2010 | For Students Born in 2009 | For Students Born in 2008 | For Students Born in 2007Gifted & Talented Admissions FlyerThis flyer outlines the required steps to determine eligibility and placement in the Gifted & Talented program.Kindergarten: An Orientation Guide for Families of Students with Disabilities Entering KindergartenThis guide is for parents of preschool students with disabilities. It provides information about the transition to kindergarten.
A Shared Path to Success: Family Guide to Special Education Services for School-Age ChildrenA comprehensive guide for families of students with disabilities. It details families' roles, rights and the processes associated with Special Education identification, referral and services.
Achieve NYCA Family’s Guide to Preparing Students for College and Careers, provides information on the skills and supports students need in order to be college and career ready, and outlines opportunities for families to become involved in their child’s education at each grade level.
General Education Graduation RequirementsThese cards outline the credits, Regents examinations and scores required for high school graduation.
Additional Ways to Graduate: High School Diploma and GED Programs Directory This directory is designed to help students and their families learn and make informed choices about New York City’s additional school and program options towards earning a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma.
Referral Centers for High School Alternatives Frequently Asked QuestionsReferral Centers are guidance centers where students can learn about alternate options to graduate high school. Learn about how Referral Centers can help your child determine a plan to complete high school.
GED Plus Frequently Asked QuestionsGED Plus helps students earn their GED plus prepares them for college and career options. Learn more about the GED Plus program.
ReStart AcademyReStart Academy provides educational services for students in drug treatment programs or other involuntary and/or temporary settings. The ReStart site list contains the names, addresses, and contact information for all 24 locations.
Department of Education (DOE) Court Liaisons Who I Am BrochureDOE Court Liaisons assist court-involved students, their families, and the agencies that support them so that students experience minimal interruption to their education. Review the Who I Am brochure to learn more about where DOE court liaisons are located and how they can help you and your child.
Transfer School BrochureTransfer Schools are small, academically rigorous, full-time high schools designed to re-engage students who are behind in high school or have dropped out.
Young Adult Borough CenterYoung Adult Borough Centers are evening academic programs designed to meet the needs of high school students who might be considering dropping out because they are behind or because they have adult responsibilities that make attending school in the daytime difficult.Planning for Success: Supporting Transitions through High School to College and CareerThis guide includes practical advice and strategies for navigating college and career choices after high school.
The Department of Education is committed to serving the needs of students who speak a language other than English at home and who are not yet proficient in English. We provide English Language Learners (ELL), former ELLs, immigrants, and their families with access to excellent education, regardless of immigration status. ELL programs help students to develop their language skills as they work to master their school assignments.
For more information, visit the Department of English Language Learners and Student Support.Guide for Parents of English Language LearnersThis guide provides information on English Language Learner (ELL) identification and eligibility, the three types of ELL programs, and ways parents can participate in their child’s education.
Parent Orientation VideoOrientation video for parents and families of English Language Learners.
New York City public schools work to ensure that all students with disabilities receive high-quality special education services. Students who may need these services are evaluated at their schools. Once a child is evaluated, a team including the child’s parent or guardian meets to determine if the child has a disability and requires special education services. If so, an Individualized Education Program is developed, outlining the special education services the child should receive and establishing clear goals.
For more information, visit the Office of Special Education.Kindergarten: An Orientation Guide for Families of Students with Disabilities Entering KindergartenThis guide is for parents of preschool students with disabilities. It provides information about the transition to kindergarten.
A Guide for Families of Student with Disabilities (High School)This guide describes how students with disabilities should participate in the high school admissions process. This applies to all students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) that recommend programs in a community school setting.
Students with Disabilities Graduation RequirementsThe Graduation Requirements Cards outline the credits, Regents examinations and scores required for high school graduation.
Statement of Families' RightsThe following information describes your legal rights under federal and State law to be informed about and involved in the special education process and to make sure that your child receives a free appropriate public education (FAPE).
For more information, visit the Office of School Health and the Office of School Wellness Programs.
DOE Wellness Policies on Physical Activity and NutritionNYC Department of Education's approach to wellness includes making healthier foods available in our schools while increasing opportunities for students to be physically active. This document outlines the New York City Department of Education’s wellness policy.
NYC FITNESSGRAMK-3rd Grade Sample Report4-12th Grade Sample ReportNYC FITNESSGRAM is an individual student assessment of key fitness components. Each year, participating students and their families receive an individualized report showing whether the student is in the "healthy fitness zone" based the student's age and gender. The report also provides suggestions for improving or maintaining health.
HIV/AIDS Parent BrochureThe DOE HIV/AIDS curriculum provides age and developmentally appropriate lessons to help children and adolescents understand the nature of HIV/AIDS, methods of transmission, methods of prevention, and ways to support friends or loved ones who may be living with HIV/AIDS.
Health Insurance BrochureFind out about free or low cost health insurance for your children and your family.
For more information, visit the Policies and Procedures page.
Discipline CodeThe Department of Education is committed to making sure all of our schools are safe, secure and orderly. The Discipline Code provides a description of unacceptable behavior, as well as disciplinary measures.
Respect for All BrochureThe Department of Education prohibits bullying of other students for any reason, including race, color, ethnicity, religion and gender.
Parents’ Bill of RightsThe Parents' Bill of Rights spells out the rights and responsibilities of parents and families to help ensure that all students get a quality education.
Students’ Bill of Rights and ResponsibilitiesThe Student's Bill of Rights lays out standards, rights, and expectations for students. (The Students' Bill of Rights and Responsibilities is part of the Discipline Code.) Social Media Guidelines for ParentsFind out how to encourage your child to be a good digital citizena nd use social media responsibly.
NYC Department of Education Complaint ProcedureParents have the right to file complaints about the matters affecting their child's education. The Complaint Procedure describes how to file such complaints.
McKinney-Vento Guide for Parents and YouthStudents residing in temporary living situations have access to the same public education and services that are available to permanently housed students. This document outlines your rights under the McKinney-Vento Act, and describes how to choose a school when your child is homeless.
Chancellor’s RegulationsThe Chancellor’s Regulations cover a wide range of policies, including student-related issues (Volume A) and parent and community involvement (Volume D).
New York State Education Department’s Procedural Safeguard NoticeThe following information describes your legal rights under federal and State law to be informed about and involved in the special education process and to make sure that your child receives a free appropriate public education (FAPE).
The Department of Education is committed to making sure all of our schools are safe, secure and orderly. The Discipline Code provides a description of unacceptable behavior, as well as disciplinary measures.
General Response Protocol This document outlines the response protocols that schools will take when an incident requires an emergency response to evacuate, shelter-in, or lockdown, until first responders arrive and provide further direction.