Enrollment for Students with Accessibility Needs

Happening Now

Starting this year, fully and partially accessible schools will prioritize students with accessibility needs.

Kindergarten Admissions

Kindergarten applicants with accessibility needs will now get offers before other students in their admissions priority group.

Middle and High School Admissions

  • Screened programs. Middle and high school programs that are located in accessible buildings and that use a screened admissions method will continue to rank students who meet their selection criteria. However, highly ranked applicants with accessibility needs will get an admissions priority over other highly ranked applicants.
  • All other programs. For middle and high school programs that are located in accessible buildings and that use an open, educational option, or zoned admissions method, students with accessibility needs will be in the first priority group, over all other applicants.
  • All accessible middle and high schools will prioritize students with accessibility needs regardless of the zone or district where they live.

Meeting Accessibility Needs

We are committed to ensuring that our programs, services, and activities are accessible to staff, members of the school community, students, and family members. 

For admissions purposes, a student with accessibility needs is one who uses a mobility device—such as a wheelchair, walker, crutches, or cane—to negotiate the environment, or any student who negotiates the school environment with difficulty and/or at a slower pace than their peers, whether it is due to muscle weakness, lack of endurance, or any other reason.

How Accessible Is Your School?

  • Find your school's accessibility rating here:
  • Do you think your school might need a reasonable accommodation to meet your child's accessibility needs? Visit our Building Accessibility page to learn more:

Need an Accessible School Now?

  • If your child is new to NYC and needs an accessible school, visit our New Students page to learn how to enroll, where to go, and what to bring when you register for school:
  • If your child's school does not meet their accessibility needs and you would like to explore a transfer, visit our Transfers page to learn what to do:

Levels of Accessibility

Each school or program in our directories or on Find a School will be labeled as one of three accessibility levels: fully accessible, partially accessible, or not accessible:

Fully Accessible

A fully accessible school or program is located in one of the following:

  • A building constructed after 1992, or
  • A partially accessible building where all programs and services have been surveyed and are determined to be accessible.

Partially Accessible

A partially accessible school or program allows for anyone with mobility impairments to enter and exit the building, access most relevant programs, and have use of at least one restroom, but the entire building may not be accessible.

We continually assess all of our buildings to determine levels of accessibility and ways to improve. For the most up-to-date information on building accessibility, visit our Building Accessibility page. Contact schools and programs directly or visit them to learn more about their accessibility.


Accessibility in Admissions

All admissions applications include a question that will ask you to indicate whether your child has accessibility needs and requires a school or program in an accessible building. To understand how a school or program can meet your child’s specific accessibility needs, contact them directly. 

If the offer your child gets through the admissions process does not meet their needs, we will work with you after offers are sent. Placements to meet an accessibility need are based on documentation that details the particular needs of the child. 

Note that a school building may contain several programs with different accessibility levels, depending on where those programs are located in the building. For example, in a high school labeled partially accessible, some programs may be fully accessible while others may be partially accessible or not accessible. When you call or visit schools to learn more, be sure to ask about accessibility for the specific program(s) that interest you.

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