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Who Can Apply to Kindergarten?

To apply for kindergarten, your child must be a current New York City resident who was born in 2014. Kindergarten admissions are open to all students of this age, including current pre-K students at DOE public schools, Pre-K Centers, NYC Early Education Centers, charter schools, and private and parochial schools; students with disabilities; students with accessibility needs; students learning English; students in temporary housing; and LGBTQ and gender nonconforming students.

Find Out More

If you move to NYC during the school year, visit our New Students page to learn how to enroll:

Apply by Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Deadline extended! The kindergarten application for the 2019-2020 school year is now open until January 22. Apply online with MySchools. Just create an account and start exploring schools:

Subscribe to our kindergarten admissions email list to get admissions tips and key date reminders:

Find Elementary Schools

Start exploring kindergarten programs around the time your child starts pre-K.

Two Paths to Elementary School 

There are two paths to elementary school admissions. 

1. Kindergarten

Submit a kindergarten application online, by phone, or in person at a Family Welcome Center—find locations and hours:

2. Gifted & Talented

Children applying to kindergarten can also test to apply to Gifted & Talented (G&T) programs. The registration period to schedule the test for the 2019-2020 school year has closed. Learn more:

School Types

There are two types of schools that you can add to your kindergarten application. 

  • Zoned Schools. If you live in an area zoned for a specific school, your children have priority to attend that school.
  • Non-Zoned Schools. These schools do not have a zone. Families who live anywhere in the district or borough can attend them. Districts 1, 7, and 23 have no zoned schools—students living in District 1, 7, or 23 have priority to attend all schools in their district. 

Diversity in Admissions

Elementary schools across the city are participating in a pilot initiative to increase diversity within their schools—learn more:

Charter Schools

Charter schools have a separate admissions process. Contact charter schools directly to learn how to apply:

Kindergarten Resources

  • Kindergarten and Gifted & Talented Admissions Guide. Learn more about kindergarten admissions and view maps of the kindergarten programs in each district. Find information about each school, such as grades served, accessibility, any Dual Language or G&T programs, and whether non-zoned students got offers to that school last year.
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  • MySchools. Explore elementary schools, learn if you have a zoned school , find choices for your child’s application, and apply—all in one place:

Visit Elementary Schools

Visiting a school is the best way to explore if it may be the right place for your child. It's also a great way to see how long the trip is from home. Find open house dates in the calendar below, and contact schools directly to find out if they have special events or tours.

Apply by January 22, 2019

You can add up to 12 schools to your child's kindergarten application. Submit only one application per child. If your child has a zoned school, it is a good idea to add it to their kindergarten application—your child has priority to attend their zoned school.

Apply by the January 22 deadline one of three ways:   

  • Online by 11:59pm with MySchools in English, Spanish, Chinese, Bengali, Russian, Arabic, Urdu, Haitian Creole, Korean, or French. We’ll let you know when the application opens and you can apply online!
  • By phone at 718-935-2009 by 6pm
  • In person at a Family Welcome Center by 5pm

Interpretation services will be available in more than 200 languages for phone and in-person applications. You can ask questions and request information about admissions in any language when you call or go to a Family Welcome Center.  

Kindergarten admissions is not first come, first served—all applications submitted online, by phone, or in person by the deadline will be treated the same based on admissions priorities.

Get Your Kindergarten Offer

You will get your child’s kindergarten offer in the early spring. Your offer will tell you where your child will go to kindergarten next fall. It will also tell you where your child is waitlisted.

Waitlist Offers

A school has a kindergarten waitlist when there are more students that apply to it than kindergarten seats available. Your child will automatically be added to the waitlist for any school you ranked higher on your kindergarten application than the school where your child got an offer. Schools will contact you directly if they are able to offer your child a seat from the waitlist.

G&T Offers

If your child was also eligible to submit a G&T application, you will get a G&T results letter in the late spring. This letter may or may not include an offer for your child to attend a G&T program. If you get an offer, you will have to choose to accept the G&T program or your kindergarten placement.


If your child was also eligible to submit a G&T application, you will get your G&T results in the late spring. Your results may or may not include an offer for your child to attend a G&T program. If you get an offer, you will have to choose to accept either the G&T program or your kindergarten placement.

Bring your child and all required documents to pre-registration - use this checklist to learn what you need to bring:

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Students Who Move During the Admissions Process

If your family moves during the admissions process, call 718-935-2009 or visit a Family Welcome Center to update your information and talk about changes to your kindergarten application or program.

Your child’s priority to attend certain programs may change if you move.

Plan for Middle School

During fifth grade, your child will apply to middle school. Middle school admissions may seem many years in the future, but it’s helpful to start thinking now about the next step in your child’s educational journey. Here are a few tips:

  • Some middle schools consider students' fourth grade report card grades when making offers.
  • If your child’s kindergarten is in a school that continues through eighth or twelfth grade, they will have a priority to continue attending that school.

Learn more:

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