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Middle School Application

The middle school application is closed. Middle school offers and waitlists will be released on April 3. (This date subject to change. Any changes will be announced and communicated directly to families. Sign up for our middle school admissions email list for updates and reminders).

New to NYC public schools and need a middle school for your child now? Learn what to do on our New Students page.

Fall 2024 Admissions Timeline*

Below are the application open, close, and offer release dates. These dates are for students who are applying during the 2023-2024 school year for admission in the 2024-2025 school year.

*Please note: These dates are subject to change. Any changes will be announced and communicated directly to families. Sign up for updates here

Middle School Admissions

  • Wednesday, October 11, 2023: Middle School Application Opens (after school hours)
  • Friday, November 10, 2023: Deadline to register to test for Mark Twain I.S. 239 (21K239) and District 21 Talent Tests
  • Friday, December 8, 2023: Middle School Application Closes 
  • Wednesday, April 3, 2024: Middle School Offer Release 

Virtual Admissions Events

All NYC families of students entering middle school in fall 2024 were invited to virtual information sessions about creating a MySchools.nyc account, exploring school options, and applying to middle school. If you missed our information sessions, a recording of the presentation is posted below.

Who Can Apply?

All New York City children are guaranteed a seat at a public middle school. Apply to middle school when your child is in their last year of elementary school. Your child must be both of the following to apply:

  • A NYC resident AND
  • A current fifth grade student, or a current sixth grade student if their elementary school ends in sixth grade

Additionally, current fourth grade students who live or go to school in District 3 can apply to the Center School (03M243); current fourth grade students who live or go to school in Queens can apply to Louis Armstrong Middle School (30Q227); and all current sixth grade students can apply to Baccalaureate School for Global Education (30Q580).

Understand Your Child's Middle School Options

Before you begin exploring middle schools, it's helpful to learn about the options your child has and is eligible for. You can look up or search for middle school programs in the searchable online directory at MySchools.nyc

  • During the application period, when you're logged in to your MySchools account, you will have a directory experience personalized to your child. This means that your search will include as options only the middle school programs that they’re eligible to attend. If a program is one that your child can't apply to, it will not show up in your account as an option.
  • When the application period is closed, or when you are not logged in to your account, all middle schools in the city will appear as search options. If you are using this public view, be sure to check any program's Eligibility Information (see below) to see if your child can apply.

Eligibility Information

A program's eligibility tells you who can apply to it. For instance, if a program’s eligibility is “Open to students and residents of District 27,” this means that only students who live or attend public elementary schools in District 27 can apply. Students who live and attend schools in other districts are not eligible to apply to that program, and will not see or have it as an option on their application.

Middle school programs have different eligibility criteria:

  • District programs are open to students in the district where your family is zoned for middle school and, when different, in the district where your child goes to public elementary school. 
    • Some district programs are open only to students who live or go to school in that district.
    • Other district programs may be open to a smaller group of applicants. If a program’s eligibility is “Open to students residing in the zone,” this means it’s only open to applicants who live in the smaller geographic zone around a particular school (rather than the larger middle school district).
  • Borough wide programs are open to all students in a particular borough.
    • Staten Island has only one district (District 31), therefore all students in Staten Island have borough wide eligibility to all Staten Island middle schools.
    • All students in the Bronx have borough wide eligibility to all Bronx middle schools, in all Bronx districts. This means:
      • All Bronx middle schools will appear as options for your child's middle school application.
      • All students who live or go to school in a Bronx district will have an admissions priority to attend middle schools in that district or districts.
      • If seats remain, applicants who live and go to school in other Bronx districts will then be considered for admission.
  • Citywide programs are open to all NYC students.

Schools and Programs

When you apply to middle schools, you’re not just applying to schools: you are applying to programs. Think of programs as doorways into a school. Some middle schools have more than one program, such as a general education program and a Dual Language Spanish program. If you’re interested in applying to more than one program at the same school, each program counts as a separate choice on your child’s application.

There are a few different ways you can use MySchools to find programs for your child's application:
  • Search for specific schools. Type any school's name in the search box to learn more about it.
  • Search for schools based on your own criteria. Consider what matters most to your child and family. You can search for schools by features or offerings: try typing "debate" or "band" in the search box.
  • Filter to narrow your search. Use the filter buttons below the search box to narrow your search results based on what is important to you, such as accessibility, location near a specific subway line, sports offered, and more.
  • Learn about your zoned school, if you have one. Many middle school students in New York City attend their zoned school. If you have any zoned schools, your child has a priority to attend them.
    • During the application period, log in to MySchools to learn if your child has a zoned school or schools. Your account will also show the district(s) where your child can attend district middle school programs (their middle school district and, if different, the district where they attend elementary school).
    • Any time of year, learn about your child's zoned middle school(s) and middle school district by entering your address at https://schoolsearch.schools.nyc/ or calling 311.
  • Read on to better understand how students get middle school offers and what this means when you choose programs for your child's application.

You can also enter a school's name at schoolsearch.schools.nyc to read its School Quality Snapshot, School Quality Guide, and other reports.

More Middle School Options

How to Apply

Most NYC students apply to middle school during their fifth grade year, or if different, their final year of elementary school. Families apply by submitting a middle school application. Additionally, some arts-based middle school programs hold auditions.

During the application period, you can access your child's personalized online application. When you're logged in to your MySchools account, you can see and explore every middle school program where they are eligible to apply. From these options, you can add up to 12 middle school programs to your child’s application. Add the programs that interest you and your child the most and rank them in your true order of preference in the application.

  • Consider adding the programs where your child has an admissions priority or guarantee, such as their zoned school(s) or continuing school. You do not have to place any of these programs as your first choice to keep your priority.
  • Make an appointment to talk to your child's school counselor. Discuss your child's middle school application choices and how you plan to rank them.
  • Use MySchools to explore your child's middle school options. Be sure to check the "Selection Criteria" section of each program's MySchools page to see if there are any additional admissions requirements, such as an audition.

During the application period, you can apply one of three ways:

  • Online at MySchools.nyc 
  • Through your current school counselor (for public DOE and charter school students)
  • Through a Family Welcome Center (for private or parochial school students)

You can apply in English, Arabic, Bangla, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, or Urdu in MySchools If you would like to apply using another language, call us and ask for an interpreter.

Questions? We're here to help.

In the spring, students get their middle school offers. All applicants get a middle school offer; most students get an offer to attend one of the programs ranked on their middle school application, but it is not guaranteed. Your child's offer letter also includes a list of programs where they’ve been waitlisted.

  • Your child is automatically on the waitlist for any program that you listed higher on their application than the program where they received an offer. For example, if your child received an offer to your third-choice program, they are automatically waitlisted at your first-choice and second-choice programs.
  • After initial offers are made and while waitlists are open, you can add your child to additional waitlists. (However, please note that your child's best chance of getting an offer to any program is to include it as a choice on their original application.)
  • You can also check your child's place on the waitlist for any school, in real time.
  • Waitlist offers are made based on seat availability, as well as the same admissions priorities and admissions methods described on this page and detailed in MySchools.
  • Schools will be in touch directly if a seat opens up and they can make your child a waitlist offer. 

2024 NYC Public Schools Admissions Guide 

View or download the 2024 NYC Public Schools Admissions Guide! This book provides an overview of admissions processes and resources for Infants and Toddlers programs, 3-K, Pre-K, Kindergarten, Gifted and Talented (G&T) programs, middle school, and high school (including Specialized High Schools), including a section on how to use MySchools.

Print copies will be available in 10 languages at schools, early childhood programs, libraries, and other sites throughout September.


Exploring Middle Schools

How to create a My Schools Account

My Schools Tutorial - How to Apply to Middle Schools

My Schools Tutorial - How to Submit Additional Materials for Admissions

Admissions Factors - Your Application Choices

How Random Selection Works

How Offers are made with Diversity in Admissions