Waitlists

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Friday, July 24, was the last day schools could make waitlist offers to middle or high school applicants if they had seats available. 

  • If you were waitlisted at a middle or high school and did not receive an offer from that school, it is because they did not have seats available and were unable to make you an offer.
  • Want to explore other middle or high schools that have seats available for the fall? Contact a Family Welcome Center.
  • Requesting a transfer for medical, safety, or other reasons? Learn what to do on our Transfers page.
  • Have other questions about middle or high school waitlists? Email waitlists@schools.nyc.gov.

Learn About Waitlists

  • 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.
  • After offers are available, you can add your child to additional waitlists while they are open.
    • Use your MySchools account to see where your child is on any waitlist. You can also use MySchools to add or remove your child from waitlists.
    • Questions? We're here to help! Contact a Family Welcome Center to set up a MySchools account or get support with waitlists.
  • Schools will contact you directly if they are able to make your child a waitlist offer. 

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

3-K, Pre-K, and Kindergarten Waitlists

  • 3-K, pre-K, and kindergarten offers are made in the spring.
  • After offers are released, programs 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 Pre-K Admissions Guide—PDF and accessible versions are available on the Pre-K page.
  • For kindergarten, see the Kindergarten Admissions Guide—PDF and accessible versions are available on 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.

Gifted & Talented Waitlists

Gifted & Talented (G&T) results and offers are sent to families in the late spring.

How Students Get G&T Waitlist Offers

  • Applicants who do not get an offer from their first-choice program will be added to the waitlists of any program(s) they listed higher on their application than the program where they got an offer, or to the waitlists of all the programs they applied to if they received no offer.
  • G&T waitlist offers are made based on children’s G&T scores and the same admissions priorities used to make original G&T offers. Learn more about admissions priorities for these programs in the G&T Admissions Guide—PDF and accessible versions are available on the G&T page.
  • G&T programs will use their waitlist over the spring and summer to make offers for available seats.

If You Get a Waitlist Offer

  • G&T programs will contact you directly if they are able to make your child a waitlist offer.
  • Accept your offer and pre-register by the deadline provided to secure your child's seat.

Middle and High School Waitlists

As of July 24, 2020, middle and high school waitlists are now closed. If your child received a waitlist offer on July 24, you have until July 31 to accept it.

How Students Get Waitlist Offers

After middle and high school offers are released in the spring, waitlist offers are made until late July. If your child gets a waitlist offer, you will have one week to accept it. Please note that the Specialized High Schools do not have waitlists.

Here is how your child’s position on each middle or high school waitlist is determined:

For Waitlists Your Child Is Automatically On

Programs will make waitlist offers in priority group order, based on the same admissions priorities and admissions methods used to make middle or high school offers.

  • Screened programs. For any program that uses a screened admissions method, students’ positions on its waitlist will be based on how that program evaluated and ranked the students within their priority group.
  • All other programs. For all other programs, students will be randomly ordered within their priority group.

For Waitlists You Add Your Child To

  • Programs with more than one priority group: If you add your child to an additional waitlist, your child’s position will be after other students in their same priority group who are automatically on that waitlist.
  • Screened Programs: You can add your child to a screened program’s waitlists. If your child is not ranked by the program, your child’s position on the waitlist will be after any students who were evaluated and ranked by that school.

Please note: Your child's position on a waitlist will change if a program makes waitlist offers, or if students in a higher priority group join the waitlist.

Learn more about priority groups, admissions priorities, and admissions methods in:

  • The Middle School Admissions Guide—PDF and accessible versions are available on the Middle School page.
  • The High School Admissions Guide—PDF and accessible versions are available on the High School page.

Waitlists for Students with Disabilities

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 eligible for seats for students with disabilities, they will be on the waitlist for students with disabilities.
  • If your child is not eligible, they will be on the waitlist for general education students.

Your MySchools account will show which group of seats (and waitlist) your child is eligible for. This is not something you are able to choose or edit. Learn more in the Middle School and High School Admissions Guides—see above.

If You Get a Waitlist Offer

  • A school will contact you directly if they are able to make you a waitlist offer.
  • You can accept or decline this offer online with MySchools or over the phone.
  • You will have one week to accept or decline a waitlist 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.

Get Support with Middle and High School Waitlists

With your MySchools account, you can learn where your child is waitlisted, see where they are on each waitlist, and accept or decline offers online without leaving home!

  • Watch the Offers and Waitlists MySchools Tutorial on our high school page or middle school page.
  • If you don’t have a MySchools account, contact a Family Welcome Center to set one up.
  • If you need help with or have questions about waitlists, 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.

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—all without leaving home.

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