Back to School

It’s Time to Head Back to School

Welcome to the start of a brand new school year!  Use the resources on this page to help you and your family get ready for the exciting year ahead.

Have a Smooth First Day of School

It can be a challenge getting children out of their summer routines; thankfully, the DOE’s official blog, The Morning Bell, has NYC families covered!

Visit The Morning Bell’s Back to School page to review suggestions that can help students start the new school year off on a strong note!

New to NYC Schools?

If you are new to New York City public schools, or need help with the enrollment process, visit our New Students page. It tells you where to go—and what you need to bring with you:

You can also get help by phone:

  • For 3-K and Pre-K:  212-637-8000
  • All other grades: 718-935-2009

 Already Enrolled in NYC Public Schools?

  • Bookmark the school calendar
  • Get a copy of Achieve NYC, your guide to NYC’s public schools. Ask your school for a copy in your preferred language. (School staff members who need more copies, including non-English versions, should visit the DOE’s InfoHub)
  • Talk to your school’s parent coordinator. Call or visit your school to get your parent coordinator’s contact information. You may also use our Find a School tool to find a link to your school’s website.
See what your child will be learning this year on our Grade by Grade or Subject pages:

Need Help with our New Website?

We've put together some key links for families as well as information on our InfoHub (which has reports, historical information and materials for our partners, along with a sign in just for DOE staff) on this page:

We Speak Your Language!

You can change the language of this page using the Google Translate tool at the top of the page!

Your school can also provide you with free interpretation and translation services. Ask your parent coordinator or principal. For sign-language interpretation services, please call 212- 802-1500, extension 7181.

To find out more about language services, visit our In Your Language page:

School Meals

All students can get delicious and nutritious breakfast and lunch for free at NYC public schools. You can find out what is available for lunch every day at our menu page:

Transportation

  • Eligibility for busing or MetroCards is based on a student’s grade level and travel distance between home and school. 
  • Students with special needs can receive Yellow Bus Service if their Individualized Education Programs (IEP) include transportation services.

For more information, call 718-392-8855, or visit our Transportation pages:

School Calendar

Review the 2018–2019 to see holidays, parent-teacher conferences, and state-wide testing dates.

Special Education

In most cases, students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) go to the same schools they would attend if they did not have IEPs. To the greatest extent possible, students with IEPs are taught alongside students without disabilities and are provided the same lessons.  

To find out more about special education in NYC schools, speak with your child’s:

  • teacher;
  • principal;
  • counselor; or
  • parent coordinator.

Or visit our Special Education pages:

English Language Learners

If your child was not raised in an English-speaking household, they may be able to get support through our programs for English Language Learners:

Tracking Your Child’s Progress

Find information about your child’s academic progress by registering for an NYC Schools Account:

Health Services

Students across the five boroughs have access to comprehensive physical and mental health services through:

  • their schools;
  • School-Based Health Centers; and
  • School-Based Mental Health Programs.
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