School Environment

  • After-School

    Find after-school programs for your child. Many programs give students opportunities to learn skills, explore their interests, and discover new things and most programs are free.

  • Attendance

    How do students do well in school? They go every day! Here are some basic things you should know about attendance in New York City schools.

  • Digital Citizenship

    Both parents and teachers need to help students be good digital citizens. Here are the responsibilities expected of, parents, students, and teachers.

  • Dress Code Guidelines

    Students have the right to determine their own attire, except where the dress is dangerous, interferes with the teaching and learning process, or violates the DOE’s anti-discrimination policy.

  • Get Help at Your Charter School

    If you need help at your child's charter school, you can reach out to staff or file a complaint.

  • Guidelines on Gender

    New York City Department of Education has policies to maintain a safe and supportive learning and educational environment in all schools, including for transgender and gender expansive students.

  • NYC Public Schools Speak Your Language

    Parents have the right to receive information or communicate with a staff member at their school or Department of Education office in their language.

  • LGBTQ Supports

    The New York City Department of Education supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) students, families, and staff across the five boroughs through a variety of policies and programs.

  • Respect for All: Preventing and Addressing Student-to-Student Discrimination, Sexual and Other Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying

    Respect for All helps you understand you can do about bullying, whether your child is a victim, perpetrator, or witness.

  • School Counselors

    Counseling support staff can help to ensure your child’s success in school and in the future. Know what to ask for at a conference with your child’s counselor.