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. 

Entering Middle School in September 2018—Enroll Now

The middle school application period for 2018-2019 is now closed. If you already have a middle school placement for this fall, congratulations! You are ready for your first day of school. If you do not yet have a middle school placement, learn how to enroll on our New Students page:

Entering Middle School in September 2019—Apply by December 3, 2018

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

Middle schools welcome all of the following students 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—learn more in the links that follow.

Find Out More

  • Subscribe to the middle school admissions email list for admissions tips and key date reminders:
  • 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. This fall, apply to middle school by submitting a middle school application. Your child may also be eligible to apply to new schools or programs that were not options on their middle school application. If so, you will also be invited to apply during the New Schools Round.

Schools on Your Application

Your child’s middle school application will contain all of the middle school programs where your child is eligible to apply. 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.

Diversity in Middle School Admissions

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

Charter Schools

Charter schools have a separate admissions process. Contact charter schools directly to learn how to apply—find out more on the Learn About Charter Schools page:

Middle School Resources

  • Find a School. Learn which district (1-32) you live in for middle school admissions. Also learn if you have a zoned school. You can also use this resource to find the district of your child’s current school:
  • NYC Middle School Directory. Explore schools and programs in your district. Learn about middle school admissions, admissions methods and priorities for specific middle schools, and the programs listed on your child’s application:
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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. Contact schools directly to find out if they have special events or tours.

This fall, attend the middle school fairs—at these events, you can meet with representatives from different schools on the same day, in the same place. During the school year, find open house and middle school fair dates on this website.

Apply to Middle School by Dec 3

The middle school application period opens in October and closes December 3. All students should apply to middle school by the deadline.

Your Program Choices

Your child’s middle school application will contain all of the programs where your child is eligible to apply. Select up to 12 of these programs by ranking them in your true order of preference. Rank your first choice first, your second choice second, and so on.

  • Consider ranking 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 rank 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.

How to Apply

Apply to middle school online when the application period opens. You will be able to apply in English, Spanish, Chinese, Bengali, Russian, Arabic, Urdu, Haitian Creole, Korean, or French.

Need Help with Your Application?

  • Meet with your child's school counselor
  • Visit a Family Welcome Center—our interpreters can support families in over 200 languages; find locations and hours on our Family Welcome Centers page:

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.

Get Your Middle School Results


In April, your child will get their middle school results letter. This letter will include a middle school offer from the Main Round and may include 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 on our High School admissions page:

  • 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 on our Specialized High Schools admissions page:
The middle school application period is currently closed.
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