Waitlists

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  • Waitlists for 3-K, pre-K, kindergarten, middle school, and high school admissions are open.

Learn About Waitlists

Waitlists are a way for programs or schools to fill any open seats after offers are released and before school starts in the fall. Being on a waitlist means your child does not have an offer to that program, and not all students on waitlists will receive a waitlist offer.

  • Your child's offer letter will include information about any programs where your child is waitlisted. They are automatically on the waitlist for any program(s) listed higher on your child's application than the program where they got an offer.
    • For example, if your child got an offer to their third-choice program, they would automatically be on the waitlist for their first- and second-choice programs.
    • If your child got an offer to their first-choice program, they would not be on any waitlists.
    • If you would like to remain on a waitlist, there is nothing else you need to do.
  • After offers are available and when waitlists open, you can also use MySchools.nyc to
    • Add your child to additional waitlists (this is optional)
    • See where your child is on any waitlist
    • Add or remove your child from waitlists
    • Accept or decline a waitlist offer, if you receive one
  • Schools will contact you directly if they are able to make your child a waitlist offer. 

Questions? We're here to help! Contact a Family Welcome Center to set up a MySchools account or get support with waitlists.

Click or tap on the sections below to learn how and when waitlist offers are made for specific admissions processes, and how to accept or decline an offer.

3-K, Pre-K, and Kindergarten Waitlists

  • 3-K, pre-K, and kindergarten waitlists are all currently open.
  • After the application closes: If you miss the application period, you can still participate in admissions by adding your child to programs' waitlists while waitlists are open.
  • Pre-K and kindergarten offers are made in the spring. 3-K offers are made in the spring or summer.
  • After offers are released, waitlists remain open. Programs will use their waitlists throughout the spring and summer to fill open seats. Programs will contact you directly if they are able to make your child a waitlist offer.

How Children Get Waitlist Offers

If a program has an open seat, that program will use their waitlist to make additional offers. Waitlist offers are based on the same admissions priorities used to make original offers. Learn more about admissions priorities:

  • For 3-K, see the "Learn How Children Get Offers" section of the 3-K page.
  • For pre-K, see the "Learn How Children Get Offers" section of the Pre-K page.
  • For kindergarten, see the "Learn How Students Get Offers" section of the Kindergarten page.

If You Get a Waitlist Offer

A school or program will contact you directly if they are able to make you a waitlist offer.

Please note that you can only have one accepted offer. Accepting your waitlist offer means declining your child’s previous offer: you must choose between them within the timeline provided.

Accepting Offers and Waitlist Offers

  • Even if you hope to receive a waitlist offer from another program, be sure to accept your offer and pre-register by the deadline provided—this will secure your child's seat at that program. Doing so will not affect their chances of getting a waitlist offer to a program you prefer.
  • If your child gets a waitlist offer, accept and pre-register for that offer by the deadline provided.
  • Use the checklist at the bottom of the 3-K, Pre-K, or Kindergarten page to learn what documentation you'll need to pre-register for any offer.

Middle and High School Waitlists

  • Middle school and high school waitlists are currently open and will close on September 16, 2022.

Please read the following answers to frequently asked questions, which apply when waitlists are open.

What are waitlists?

Middle and high schools use waitlists to fill any open seats after offers are released and before school starts in the fall. Being on a waitlist means your child does NOT have an offer to that program.

  • Not all programs will have available seats, so not all programs will make waitlist offers.
  • Not all students on waitlists will receive a waitlist offer.
  • If a program can make you a waitlist offer, they will contact you directly.
  • Unlike all other middle and high school programs, the Specialized High Schools do NOT use waitlists. 

Which middle and high schools have waitlists?

Every program that you can list on your application has a waitlist, but many middle and high schools will not have any open seats and therefore will not make any offers to students on their waitlist. Please note that the nine Specialized High Schools do not have waitlists.

I’m on a program’s waitlist. Does this mean I will get an offer to that program?

Not necessarily. Schools will only make waitlist offers if they have open seats to fill. Being on a waitlist means your child does not have an offer to that program, and not all students on waitlists will receive a waitlist offer.

Where am I automatically waitlisted?

Your child is automatically on the waitlist for any program they listed higher on their application than the program where they received an offer (or to all programs on their application if your offer is to a program not listed there).

  • For instance, if you receive an offer to your third-choice program, you will be automatically on the waitlist for your second- and first-choice programs.
  • Please read the last page of your offer letter or check MySchools.nyc to see where you are automatically waitlisted, if applicable.
  • If you’ve received an offer to your first-choice program, you are not automatically on any waitlists.
  • If you would like to remain on a waitlist, there is nothing else you need to do.

How do I add myself to waitlists? (Optional)

When waitlists open, you can also add your child to any additional waitlists of any programs they are eligible to attend by doing one of the following:

  • Use your MySchools.nyc account to add your child to other waitlists—you can filter to find programs with 9th grade available seats 
  • Talk to your child’s current school counselor (when schools are open)
  • Contact a Family Welcome Center for support—find our most up-to-date hours and locations at the link. 
  • Email us at waitlists@schools.nyc.gov 

Please note that not all students are eligible to add themselves to the waitlists of all programs.

Zoned Schools

If you have a zoned middle or high school and you did not include this zoned program on your application, you can add yourself to the zoned program’s waitlist.

Continuing Schools

If your child’s current school serves grades K-8, K-12, or 6-12 and you received an offer to a different school, you can change your mind and remain at your current school: just add your child to the waitlist of their current school and your child is guaranteed to get an offer there. If you accept a waitlist offer to your child’s current school, you will give up your current offer.

Is there a limit to how many waitlists I can be on? 

There is no limit to how many programs’ waitlists a student can be on. 

How is my position on a waitlist determined?

This depends on what admissions method a program uses, as well as how and when a student joins that program's waitlist. To recap (see above for more detail):

  • Students are automatically on the waitlist for any program that they listed higher on their application than the program where they received an offer. These students were on these waitlists before offers were shared and waitlists opened.
  • When waitlists are open, students can add themselves to additional programs' waitlists —this is optional.
  • Your child's position on a waitlist can go up or down at any time due to other students joining the waitlist or receiving waitlist offers.

Waitlist Positions for All Programs That Use PRIORITY GROUPS

  • Applicants are first positioned in priority group order. All applicants in priority group 1 are positioned on the waitlist before any applicants in priority group 2, and so on, regardless of whether they are on the waitlist automatically or add themselves later. For example, at a school with a borough priority, all applicants from that borough will be positioned ahead of students from other boroughs.
  • Within your child's priority group, their position will depend on a variety of factors, including the program's admissions method (open, ed. opt., screened, etc.) and how they joined the waitlist—read on to learn more.
  • Please note that most school programs do not use Diversity in Admissions (DIA) priorities in the waitlist process.
    • This means students' waitlist positions are not affected by their Free or Reduced Price Lunch (FRL) status. 
    • However, two schools —Bard High School Early College (Manhattan) and Bard High School Early College (Queens)—use separate waitlists for DIA-eligible students and will make offers across all waitlists. 

Waitlist Positions for OPEN Programs or ED. OPT. (Education Option) Programs

  • Students who are automatically on the waitlists for these programs are randomly positioned. Each student's position is determined by a new random number for each waitlist.
  • Students who add themselves to these waitlists will be positioned behind all students who are already on the waitlist, in chronological order by when they join it. 
  • This means that your waitlist position for these programs cannot go down unless the program uses admissions priorities and someone from a higher priority group adds themselves to the waitlist.

Waitlist Positions for SCREENED Programs, NO ASSESSMENTS - High School Only

  • Students who are automatically on the waitlists for these programs remain positioned in the same order as during the admissions process, by admissions group 1-4 (determined by students' grades) and within that group, by their application random number. 
  • Students who add themselves to the waitlists of these programs will be positioned in their admissions group (1-4).

Waitlist Positions for SCREENED Programs WITH ASSESSMENTS - High School Only

  • Students who are automatically on the waitlists for these programs remain positioned in the same order as during the admissions process, in descending score order. (Scores for these programs were based on weighted combinations of students' grades and assessments.)
  • Students who add themselves to the waitlists of these programs will also be positioned in descending score order, ahead of anyone on the waitlist whose score is lower and behind anyone whose score is higher.
  • Please note: If applicants don't yet have an assessment score from the school, they will be added to the bottom of the waitlist and later re-sorted once the school scores them.

This means that your waitlist position for a screened program with an assessment might go down if students with higher scores add themselves to the waitlist.

Waitlist Positions for AUDITION Programs

  • Students who are automatically on the waitlists for these programs remain positioned in the same order as during the admissions process, in descending order of audition scores. (Scores for these programs were based on programs' requirements and criteria for auditions.)
  • Students who add themselves to the waitlists of these programs will also be positioned in descending score order, ahead of anyone on the waitlist whose score is lower and behind anyone whose score is higher. 
  • Please note: If applicants don't yet have an audition score from the school, they will be added to the bottom of the waitlist and later re-sorted once the school scores them.

This means that your waitlist position for an audition program might go down if students with higher audition scores add themselves to the waitlist.

Waitlist Positions for SCREENED: LANGUAGE / SCREENED: LANGUAGE + ACADEMICS Programs - High School Only

  • Students who are automatically on the waitlists for these programs remain positioned in the same order as during the admissions process, in order of rank given by the school. 
  • Students who add themselves to these waitlists will be positioned in order of rank given by the school.
  • This means that your waitlist position for these programs might go down if students with a higher rank add themselves to the waitlist.

Remember, regardless of a program's admissions method, your child's position on a waitlist can go up or down at any time due to other students joining the waitlist or receiving waitlist offers.

How do I see my position on a waitlist?

While waitlists are open, you can log in to MySchools.nyc to see your child’s position on any waitlist, at any time. You can also talk to your child’s school counselor or contact a Family Welcome Center to get this information.

Are there separate waitlists for general education (GE) and Students with Disabilities (SWD) seats?

Yes. Each middle school and high school program has seats for general education students and seats for students with disabilities. There is a separate waitlist for each group of seats. This means that:

  • If your child is in the SWD seat group, they will be on the waitlist for students with disabilities.
  • If your child is in the GE seat group, they will be on the waitlist for general education students.

Your MySchools account will show which seat group (and waitlist) your child is in. This is not something you are able to choose or edit. Learn more at schools.nyc.gov/Middle and schools.nyc.gov/High.

What happens if I get a waitlist offer?

If a school is able to make you a waitlist offer before waitlists close, they will contact you directly: you will then have approximately one week to accept or decline that waitlist offer. If you accept a waitlist offer, it replaces your child’s previous offer. If your child does not receive a waitlist offer, they will keep their original offer.

Please note that you can only have one accepted offer. Accepting your waitlist offer means declining your child’s current offer: you must choose between them within the timeline provided.

Need support with middle or high school waitlists?

We’re here to help!
  • Watch the Offers and Waitlists MySchools Tutorial.
  • For specific waitlist support, please email waitlists@schools.nyc.gov We can:
    • Provide information, such as where your child is on a specific waitlist or where they are currently waitlisted.
    • Add or remove your child from waitlists.
  • Help you accept or decline an offer. During the school year, speak with your child's school counselor.
  • You can also get support from Family Welcome Center staff; if you don't have a MySchools account, we can help you set one up.
  • Call us at 718-935-2009 with any questions.

Offers and Waitlists MySchools Tutorial

Watch our MySchools tutorial to learn how to check your child's position on any middle or high school waitlist, add them to additional waitlists, and accept a waitlist offer. Please note that these functions are only available while waitlists are open.

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