Charter Schools

Enrolling Your Child in a Charter School

  • Any child eligible for admission to a public district school is eligible for admission to a public charter school. 
  • Admission to a charter school cannot be limited on the basis of disability, race, creed, gender, national origin, religion, ancestry, intellectual ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, or athletic ability. 
  • If the number of applicants for a charter school exceeds the number of available seats, a random selection process, such as a lottery, must be used.
  • Charter schools give preference to siblings of students already enrolled in the charter school and students living in the charter school’s community school district. To find out what community school district you live in, click here .

If you are interested in applying for admission to any charter school, you must contact the school directly to inquire about its application, enrollment timeline and process. For the most up-to-date information on charter schools locations, contact information, and grade levels served, please click here

Any questions?  We can help – email us at charterschools@schools.nyc.gov or call 212-374-5419.

Click here to access the New York City Charter School Center's 2013-14 Common Online Charter School Application, which is used by most but not all NYC charter schools. The Charter Center assists parents in researching, locating, and applying to charter schools.