Learn how students get offers to NYC Department of Education public schools:
EarlyLearn is free or low-cost child care and education for children from six weeks through two years old. If you qualify, your child can begin a program any time during the year.
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Head Start programs offer safe, positive learning environments for children ages three through four to learn, play and build skills. If you qualify, your child can begin a program any time during the year.
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Apply to free, full-day 3-K programs the year your child turns three. In-district families have priority to attend 3-K in their district, but all NYC families are welcome to apply.
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Apply to pre-K programs the year your child turns four, even if they are already a 3-K student. All four-year-old NYC residents who apply are guaranteed a pre-K offer.
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Your child will start kindergarten in the calendar year they turn five. Apply even if your child is a current pre-K student. You can enroll your child in elementary school anytime during the year at your zoned school. If you don’t have a zoned school or need support, visit a Family Welcome Center.
Learn more about kindergarten
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.
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Apply to middle school during the fall of your child’s fifth grade year (or sixth grade year for students in K-6 schools). You can enroll your child in middle school anytime during the year at your zoned school. If you don’t have a zoned school or need support, visit a Family Welcome Center.
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Apply to high school during the fall of your child's eighth or (first-time) ninth grade year. In the spring, they will get a high school offer, as well as information about any programs where they've been waitlisted. Students can enroll in high school anytime during the year at a Family Welcome Center.
Learn more about high school
Specialized High Schools
Watch the following 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, test scores, and/or other factors like auditions, interviews, or portfolios.
Learn more about the specialized high schools
Since the making of this animation, we've made some changes to improve the high school admissions process. There is now only one
round of high school admissions. Learn about high school waitlists here