New Students

Need a School?

If you're new to New York City DOE public schools or need help with enrollment, you've come to the right place! Year-round, we're here to help with applications, waitlists, and more.

Please note: Families who are temporarily living outside of NYC due to the ongoing pandemic but whose primary residence is in NYC are eligible to participate in admissions this year.

Learn how to enroll for each grade level below.

Enroll in 3-K

In New York City, you can apply to 3-K in the calendar year that your child turns three. If you have a child born in 2018 and don't have a 3-K placement, create a MySchools account to add yourself to program's waitlists. Need help? Email

Learn more about 3-K.

Enroll in Pre-K

Every New York City resident can start attending pre-K in the calendar year they turn 4. If you have a child born in 2017 and don't yet have a placement, you can add them to pre-K programs' waitlists by creating a MySchools account. Need help? Email

Learn more about pre-K.

Enroll in Elementary or Middle School

Most students in kindergarten through eighth grade attend their zoned school if they have one. To find out if your New York City home address has a zoned school, call 311 or visit and type in your home address.

Learn about your zoned school and/or other schools in your district online with MySchools:

Enroll in High School

If your child has finished eighth grade, they can start high school. Families with new students who aren't yet enrolled in high school should email a Family Welcome Center to learn how to find a program and register.

Learn more about high school.

Transfers, Non-Resident Enrollment, and Charter Schools

Enrollment for Students in Temporary Housing

Students in temporary housing, as defined by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, are not required to submit documentation (including address, proof of date of birth, and immunization records) in order to participate in any admission process or enroll in school. Read the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act in the Documents section to learn more.


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    Call Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm at 718-935-2009.

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