Learn About Enrollment

Watch this animation to learn how students get offers to NYC public schools.

Graphic showing when to participate in admissions for 3-K through high school programs - Information is also available in text on the page below
  • EarlyLearn NYC

    EarlyLearn NYC is free or low-cost child care and education provided through the Administration for Children's Services for children from six weeks to four years old. If you qualify, your child can begin a program any time during the year.

  • 3-K

    Apply to free, full-day 3-K programs the year your child turns three. Families with children born in 2016 can apply by Friday, May 3, 2019, to start 3-K programs this fall. In-district families have priority to attend 3-K in their district, but all NYC families are welcome to apply.

  • Pre-K

    Apply to pre-K programs the year your child turns four, even if they are already a 3-K student. Children born in 2015 can apply to pre-K by Monday, March 18, 2019, to start pre-K programs this fall. All four-year-old NYC residents who apply are guaranteed a pre-K offer.

  • Gifted and Talented

    Gifted & Talented (G&T) programs are one way that New York City meets the needs of exceptional students. Schedule your child’s G&T test in the fall before they enter kindergarten, first grade, second grade, or third grade. Students with qualifying scores on the test can then apply to G&T programs in the spring.

  • Middle School

    Apply to middle school during the fall of your child’s fifth grade year (or sixth grade year for students in K-6 schools). Middle school admissions are currently closed, but you can enroll your child in middle school anytime during the year—contact your zoned school directly or visit a Family Welcome Center.

  • High School

    Apply to Round 1 of high school admissions during the fall of a student’s eighth or (first-time) ninth grade year. There is also a Round 2 of admissions in the spring, but there are fewer options. You can enroll in high school anytime during the year at a Family Welcome Center.

  • Specialized High Schools

    Eighth grade and first-time ninth grade students can also audition for LaGuardia High School and/or test to apply to the eight specialized high schools. Schedule your test or audition in the fall by the deadline. Specialized high schools admissions are currently closed.

Watch this animation to learn how students get offers to screened high schools and the specialized high schools. Screened schools make offers based on students' academic records, attendance, test scores, and/or other factors like auditions, interviews, or portfolios.
Screenshot from Middle and High School Animation
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