Student Support, Safety & Activities

The Department of Education provides a range of services to ensure that students are fully supported, in and out of the classroom. We also offer a variety of activities that take place outside of school hours, giving students constructive places to develop new skills and engage in their communities.

Academic Supports

Academic Intervention Services
Targeted intervention services to help struggling students in New York City public schools.

Special Programs

We offer a wide range of educational programs to support the learning needs of every child. These include special education, programs for gifted and talented students, instruction for English Language Learners, and Multiple Pathways for struggling high school students. Click here to learn about all the enrollment choices available.

Library Services
School libraries foster communities of learning and literacy that lead to high academic achievement, independent reading and learning, and collaboration throughout the school.

Instructional Technology
We want all New York City students to learn in a technology-rich environment, using technology to reach high academic standards.

Through the No Child Left Behind act, we provide free tutoring to students who are struggling in reading and math.

Guidance and School Counseling
Schools provide a range of student support services to offer students knowledge and skills to be effective learners and contributing members of the school community. School Counselors work in collaboration with the entire school community and are committed to the education and emotional development of all students. Services provided address academic, personal/social, and career/post-secondary development.

Non-Academic Supports

School Food Our schools offer delicious and nutritious meals daily, including the school breakfast program.

Health We provide health services and preventive services to New York City public school students, including special services (like physical therapy, occupational therapy, and assistive technologies) that students with special needs might require.

Child Abuse. Policies and resources for child abuse and neglect prevention, reporting and intervention.

Students In Temporary Housing. Students residing in temporary living situations have access to the same public education and services that are available to permanently housed students.

Student Attendance

Work Papers. Students may receive working papers (employment certification) from their school or the Integrated Service Center in their borough.

Home Schooling. The New York City Department of Education ensures that any parent or school requesting assistance is provided with all necessary information and materials and receives appropriate support.

Military Opt-Out Letters. Federal law requires the New York City Department of Education to provide names, addresses and telephone numbers of high school students to institutions of higher education and military recruiters that request this information.  While we are committed to protecting the confidentiality of our students, we must comply with the law.

After-School Activities

Arts. We offer a number of opportunities for students to pursue their interests in music, dance, theatre or the visual arts, often working with community organizations throughout the City.

Public Schools Athletic League. A high school athletic program that fosters teamwork, discipline, and sportsmanship.

C.H.A.M.P.S. Middle School Sport and Fitness League. Students, regardless of athletic ability, engage in a wide variety of physical activities.

Office of Safety and Youth Development. We partner with community organizations and other New York City agencies to provide activities ranging from academic support to enrichment in the arts.

Transportation. Many students who are New York City residents are eligible for transportation to and from school. Eligibility depends on grade, distance, and program. The mode of transportation (yellow school bus or MetroCard) is determined by the Office of Pupil Transportation.