March 1, 2013: Deadline to submit application
Early April, 2013: Placement offers distributed to families
April 8 – April 26, 2013: Pre-registration at schools
You must submit an application in order for your child to attend kindergarten at a New York City public school in September 2013. If you would like to apply to multiple schools, you must submit an application to each school.
You may apply to as many schools as will accept your application by applying at each school. It is advisable to check school websites or call schools to find out the days and times that they are accepting applications. At the time of pre-registration in April, you will also need to bring your child and your child's immunization record.
Elementary School Directories
The 2013-14 Elementary School Directories are available on the Elementary School Publicationswebsite. Directories will be available at all public elementary schools later this month.
Each borough's Directory contains information about the kindergarten admissions process, schools located in that borough, district maps, a list of charter schools, and a chart that provides a summary of all public kindergarten programs in the city. Use the Directories as a resource to help you decide where you would like to submit a kindergarten application.
For more information, visit the Kindergarten Admissions website. If you have questions or concerns as you prepare your application, contact ES_Enrollment@schools.nyc.gov or call (718) 935-2009.
Please also note that this application timeline is for general education programs under the auspices of the DOE including zoned schools, non-zoned schools of choice and dual language programs. Gifted and Talented programs have a different timeline previously posted and Charter School applications are due April 1st with notification about two weeks later.
Admissions to Kindergartent Chancellors Regulations A 101
1. Zoned schools are obligated to serve all students residing in their zone, space
permitting, regardless of when families show up to register. Applicants must be
admitted to zoned schools in the following order of priority:
a. Zoned students whose verified siblings are pre-registered or enrolled at the time
of application submission and will be enrolled in grades K-5 in the school at the
start of the following school year in September;
b. Zoned students other than those in (a) above applying to the zoned school;
If space allows, and if the Office of Student Enrollment deems appropriate based
on district needs, offers may be made for the following priority groups, in the
order outlined below. Only the Office of Student Enrollment may authorize the
placement of non-zoned students out of this priority order; for example, for
students who cannot be accommodated at their zoned school, or for special
programs, such as dual language or inclusion classes for students with Autism
c. Students whose verified siblings are pre-registered or enrolled at the time of
application submission and will be enrolled in grades K-5 in the school at the
start of the following school year in September who are not zoned to the school
but are residents of that district;
d. Students whose verified siblings are pre-registered or enrolled at the time of
application submission and will be enrolled in grades K-5 at the start of the
following school year in September who are residents of another district;
e. Students currently attending the school’s pre-kindergarten program who reside
outside the school’s zone but in the school’s district, without a sibling who will be
in grades K-5 at the school in the following school year;
f. Students currently attending the school’s pre-kindergarten program who reside
outside the school’s zone and district, without a sibling who will be in grades K-5
at the school in the following school year;
g. Students other than those in (c) and (e) above who are residents of that district;
h. Students other than those in (d) and (f) who are residents of another district.
VERIFICATION OF RESIDENCY
1. A telephone bill, cable bill, credit card bill, medical insurance card, or driver’s license
is not acceptable proof of address. Proof of address may be verified by any two of the
a. a residential utility bill (gas or electric) in the resident’s name issued by National
Grid (formerly Keyspan), Con Edison, or the Long Island Power Authority (for
the Rockaways) within the prior 60 days;
b. documentation or letter on letterhead from a federal, state, or local government
agency, including the IRS, the City Housing Authority, Human Resources
Administration, the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), or an ACS
subcontractor indicating the resident’s name and address issued within the prior
c. an original lease agreement, deed or mortgage statement for the residence;
d. a current property tax bill for the residence;
e. a water bill for the residence, issued within the past 90 days;
f. official payroll documentation from an employer issued within the past 60 days
such as a form submitted for tax withholding purposes or a payroll receipt. A
letter on the employer’s letterhead is not adequate.
None of the documents listed above will suffice alone.
Pre-K 2013-2014 (2/15/13)
If you live in New York City and your child is turning 4 years old in 2013, he or she is eligible to attend pre-k for the 2013-2014 school year. Programs are available at public schools and community-based organizations (CBOs), but each have separate timelines and application processes. A list of both public and CBO pre-k programs will be available in the Pre-Kindergarten Directory (see below for more details). As you start thinking about applying to pre-k, please keep in mind the following important details:
Public School Pre-K Programs
Apply between March 4 - April 5, 2013
Apply online or in-person at an enrollment office starting March 4
Admissions is not first-come, first-served
Community-Based Organization (CBO) Pre-K Programs
Ongoing application process
Contact CBOs directly to apply
Admissions policies vary by CBO
The 2013-2014 Pre-K Directory will be available in early March at public elementary schools, community-based organizations (CBOs), Enrollment Offices and online on the pre-k website. The directory will serve as a guide as you learn about pre-k admissions and the program options available to your child.
For more information, visit the pre-k website or call (718) 935-2009.