Enroll Grade by Grade
MySchools is an online directory of NYC public schools and programs, as well as an application system for families. During 3-K, pre-K, kindergarten, G&T, middle school, or high school admissions, create a MySchools account to explore schools, apply, join waitlists, and get your offer.
- All applications are currently CLOSED.
- The following waitlists are OPEN: 3-K, pre-K, kindergarten, middle school, high school.
- Missed the application period? You can still participate in admissions––add yourself to programs' waitlists today with your MySchools.nyc account!
- Waitlist offers are made based on seat availability until waitlists close. If a school can make you a waitlist offer, they will contact you directly.
Need a School for Your Child Now?
Learn what to do on the New Students page.
HOW TO APPLY: Grade by Grade
Click or tap on the links below to learn more about each admissions process.
Learn about eligibility for EarlyLearn. These programs provide free or low-cost child care and education for children from 6 weeks to 2 years old. If you qualify, your child can begin a program any time during the year.
For qualifying families: Head Start provides safe, positive learning environments for children ages 3-4 to learn, to play, and get ready for kindergarten and beyond. Early Head Start provides child care for children 0-2 years old. Contact programs directly to apply.
Apply to free, full-day 3-K programs the year your child turns 3.
Apply to pre-K programs the year your child turns 4. There is a pre-K seat for every 4-year-old NYC resident.
Your child will enter kindergarten in the calendar year they turn 5. Apply even if your child is a current pre-K student.
Eligible children entering kindergarten (born in 2017), grade 1, grade 2, or grade 3 can participate in G&T admissions.
Apply during your child’s 5th grade year (or 6th grade for students in K-6 schools).
Apply during your child's 8th or (first-time) 9th grade year.
During your child's 8th or (first-time) 9th grade year, register to audition and/or test to apply to the Specialized High Schools.
Schools across New York City were invited to participate in a pilot initiative to increase diversity within their schools. Learn about the participating schools and initiatives for each grade level.
2022 NYC Public Schools Admissions Guide
View or download the 2022 NYC Public Schools Admissions Guide in your language!
- This book provides an overview of admissions processes and resources for EarlyLearn (childcare for eligible families), 3-K, pre-K, kindergarten, middle school, and high school, including a section on how to use MySchools.
- Print copies are now available in 10 languages at schools, early childhood programs, libraries, and other sites.
- The updated 2023 NYC Public Schools Admissions Guide is coming soon!