Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Kindergarten Applications Now Open in New York City, Here’s What You Need to Know

NEW YORK — 2023 Kindergarten applications are now open, and will remain open until January 20.

All children who are residents of New York City and who are turning five this year are eligible to enroll.

Once your child starts Kindergarten, he or she may stay at the same school until his or her final grade of elementary school.

Who can apply?

The City welcomes all of the following to apply for Kindergarten: Pre-K students currently attending a DOE Public School, Pre-K Center, New York City Early Learning Center, charter school, private school or parochial school; children going to school for the first time; students with disabilities; students with accessibility needs; students learning English; students in temporary housing; and LGBTQ and gender non-conforming students.

How can it be implemented?

When the application period is open:

  • Choose from 12 Kindergarten programs you’d like your child to attend.
  • Add these programs to your kindergarten application.
  • Rank these school choices in order of your preference on the application, with your preferred school on top as #1.

When applying, keep in mind that some elementary schools also offer dual language programs. To apply for the Dual Language Program, add it to your child’s application.

If you would like your child to attend a school in your zone, be sure to add this to your application; However, you don’t need to have it as your first choice. Most zoned schools offer kindergarten to all students who live in the zone. Some zoned schools have accommodations for children who live outside their zone.

Only one application per child is permitted.

The city collects kindergarten applications in three ways:

  • Online through MySchools, which is also available in Spanish.
  • By phone at 718-935-2009. If you apply by phone, interpreting services are available in over 200 languages.
  • Visit a family welcome center. For more information, visit the Family Welcome Center web page.

Kindergarten admissions are not on a first-come, first-served basis: all applications submitted online, by phone or in person prior to the deadline will be considered equally based on admission priorities.

The Department for Education created a registration checklist to assist parents, which can be viewed here.

What is the Gifted and Talented (G&T) Program?

This year, families will be able to apply for the Kindergarten Gifted and Talented programs on the same Common Kindergarten Application. If you include the G&T program in your application, eligibility will be determined after you apply. Learn more about the G&T program on the G&T page.

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