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  • Set up your MySchools account! With MySchools, you can explore your child's school options, apply, and get offer information—all in one place. 
  • Apply to 3-K for children born in 2018 by May 28.
  • Missed the pre-K application deadline? If you have a child born in 2017, you can add them to waitlists at pre-K programs of interest.
  • Get your middle school offer now! Middle school waitlists are also open.
  • Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) results are here. Results for families of students who took the SHSAT will be mailed and/or emailed to you on April 29.
    • These results are not yet available to view in MySchools.
    • All other high school results and offers will be available in mid-May.

The deadlines to apply to pre-K, kindergarten Gifted & Talented (G&T) programsmiddle school and high school have passed.

How to Apply: Grade by Grade

Click or tap on the links below to learn more about each admissions process. Need a school right away? Visit our New Students page to learn what to do.

  • EarlyLearn

    Free or low-cost child care and education provided through the DOE for children from 6 weeks to 2 years old. If you qualify, your child can begin a program any time during the year.

  • Head Start

    Safe, positive learning environments for children ages 3-4 to learn, to play, and build the skills that get them ready for kindergarten and beyond.

  • 3-K

    Apply to free, full-day 3-K programs the year your child turns 3.

  • Pre-K

    Apply to pre-K programs the year your child turns 4. There is a pre-K seat for every 4-year-old NYC resident.

  • Kindergarten

    Your child will enter kindergarten in the calendar year they turn 5. Apply even if your child is a current pre-K student.

  • Gifted and Talented

    Families with children entering kindergarten this fall can participate.

  • Middle School

    Apply during your child’s 5th grade year (or 6th grade for students in K-6 schools).

  • High School

    Apply during your child's 8th or (first-time) 9th grade year.

  • Specialized High Schools

    During your child's 8th or (first-time) 9th grade year, register to audition and/or test to apply to the Specialized High Schools.

  • Diversity in Admissions

    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.

  • How Students Get Offers to DOE Public Schools

    Learn about the factors that match students with NYC public schools, including how randomly assigned numbers are used in admissions.

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