Middle School

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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 are welcome to apply: 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.

Find Out More

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

Apply by Friday, December 14, 2018

The middle school application for the 2019-2020 school year is now open! Apply online with MySchools. Your child’s current school counselor will provide detailed information on how to access your account and apply.

Subscribe to the middle school admissions email list to get admissions tips and key date reminders:

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:

Middle School Resources

  • MySchools. Explore NYC middle schools and programs, learn which district (1-32) your child is zoned to for middle school, find choices for your application, and apply—all in one place.
  • 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 by December 14, 2018

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 deadline to apply to middle school has been extended to December 14, 2018.

Need help?

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

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.

New Schools Round: If Applicable, and Optional

Your child may also be eligible to apply to new middle schools or programs after the middle school application deadline. If so, you will be invited to apply during the New Schools Round in February.

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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:

Get Your Middle School Results


In April, your child will get their middle school results. They’ll get a middle school offer from the Main Round and may also get a second offer from the New Schools Round. If your child also gets an offer to a new school or program, you will have to choose between the two offers.

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


Your results letter will include information on how to submit an appeal if you want to try to change your child’s middle school placement.

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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