Middle School

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Get Your Middle School Offer

Middle school offer letters are now available!

Your child's offer letter includes their admissions results: the school where they have an offer to attend middle school this fall. It also provides information on next steps and how to submit an appeal.

  • View your offer letter online today with MySchools:
  • Don't have a MySchools account? You can also find out about your child's offer by talking to their elementary school counselor or visiting a Family Welcome Center:
  • Additionally, all applicants will receive a copy of their offer letter in the mail later this month.

Learn How Students Get Offers

Watch the following animations to see how students get offers to DOE public schools—learn why your middle school application choices matter and find out about other factors, such as admissions priorities, admissions methods, and seat availability:

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Who Can Apply to Middle School?

All New York City children are guaranteed a seat at a public middle school. Apply to middle school when your child is in their last year of elementary school.

Your child must be both of the following to apply:

  • A current New York City resident
  • A current fifth grade student, or a current sixth grade student if their elementary school ends in sixth grade
All of the following students are welcome to apply to middle school: current public district and charter school students, private or parochial school students, students with disabilities, students with accessibility needs, students learning English, students in temporary housing, and LGBTQ and gender nonconforming students.

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

Find Middle Schools

Middle school offers students opportunities to explore their interests, discover new subjects, and learn more about themselves. Apply online to middle schools with your child’s personalized middle school application.

Schools on Your Application

In your child’s personalized online application, you’ll be able to see and explore every middle school program that they’re eligible to apply for and, if they get an offer, to attend. Middle schools have different eligibility criteria:

  • District schools offer a program or programs open only to students in the district where your family is zoned for middle school and, when different, in the district where your child goes to public elementary school.
  • Boroughwide schools offer a program or programs that are open to all students in your borough.
  • Citywide schools offer a program or programs open to all NYC students.

Some schools or programs require an additional test or audition. Learn more on each school’s website or in the NYC Middle School Directory; scroll down to find the directory for your district. You can schedule some of these additional admissions requirements in MySchools, our new online application system. 

Diversity in Middle School Admissions

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

Charter Schools

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

Your Middle School Choices

  • MySchools. During the application period, use MySchools to learn which district (1-32) your child is zoned to for middle school, find choices for your application, and apply. Learn your child's zoned middle school any time of year by calling 311.
  • NYC Middle School Directory. Explore schools and programs in your district. Learn about middle school admissions, including admissions methods and priorities for specific middle schools.
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  • Alternative Middle Schools. Learn about programs for students older than 13 who have not yet completed eighth grade:

Visit Middle Schools

Visiting a school is the best way to learn if it may be the right place for you. 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 to Middle School

In your child's personalized online application, you will be able to see and explore every middle school program that they are eligible to apply for and, if they get an offer, to attend. From these options, you can add up to 12 middle school programs to your child’s application. Add the programs that interest you and your child the most and rank them in your true order of preference in the application.

  • Consider adding the programs where your child has an admissions priority or guarantee, such as their zoned school(s) or continuing school. You do not have to place any of these programs as your first choice to keep your priority.
  • Make an appointment to talk to your child's school counselor. Discuss your child's middle school application choices and how you plan to rank them.

The middle school application period for the 2019-2020 school year is now closed.

Need help?

  • Meet with your child's school counselor
  • Visit a Family Welcome Center—find locations and hours:

During the application period, you can apply in English, Spanish, Chinese, Bengali, Russian, Arabic, Urdu, Haitian Creole, Korean, or French in MySchools. If you would like to apply using another language, call us or visit a Family Welcome Center and ask for an interpreter.

Your Middle School Results


In April, students get their middle school offers.

Most students get an offer to attend one of the programs ranked on their middle school application, but it is not guaranteed. If a student does not get an offer from one of the programs ranked on their application, they will get one to another school. 


Results letters include information on how to submit an appeal if a family wants to try to change their child’s middle school offer. 

  • The deadline to submit an appeals application is May 10, 2019.
  • In your appeal, you can apply to any of the programs that were an option on your child's main round application in the fall. This means you can re-apply to programs you applied to in the main round, apply to programs you did not apply to in the main round, or apply to a combination.

For more information about your child's middle school offer and the middle school appeals process, see the middle school offers and appeals round FAQs:

Plan for High School 

Your child will apply to high school during eighth grade.

  • Start learning about high school admissions and explore programs that may interest your child. Learn more:
  • Also consider the nine specialized high schools—these schools are one way that New York City serves the needs of students who excel academically and artistically. The specialized high schools have a separate, optional admissions process and require a test or an audition in a talent area. Learn more:
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