New Student

New Student

Welcome to New York City Public Schools!

Whether your child is starting school for the first time or getting ready for their senior year, our doors are open. Find important information and updates about academic policies, health and safety protocols, support services for students and families, and more.


Need a School?

If you're new to New York City Public Schools or need help with enrollment, you've come to the right place!

  • Year-round, we're here to help with applications, waitlists, and more.
  • Learn how to enroll for each grade level below.
  • Looking for enrollment-related forms? 

Need Childcare for Children 6 Weeks to 2 Years Old

Learn about options for eligible families, who can enroll, and how to apply on our Infant and Toddler page.


Enroll in Pre-K

In New York City, your child can start attending pre-K in the calendar year they turn 4.

  • Explore program options through MySchools(Open external link). Contact schools directly to see if there is a seat available and register. You can use the "Need a Pre-K Seat Now?" filter to view programs that may have 3-K seats for the remainder of the 2023-24 school year.
  • Some pre-K seats (Extended Day and Year seats, Head Start seats) offer care and education for up to 10 hours a day, all year round to eligible children. Eligibility for these options is based on family income and needs— learn more on the pre-K page.
  • Need help? Email

Learn more about pre-K. 


Enroll in Elementary or Middle School

  • Children can start kindergarten in the calendar year they turn five. Elementary school spans kindergarten through grade 5.
  • Children who have completed fifth grade can enroll in middle school, and most NYC middle schools serve children in grades 6–8.

Most students in kindergarten through grade 8 attend their zoned school if they have one.

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