Public school: kindergarten – grade 5

Kindergarten & Elementary School | NYC Department of Education

Education Pre-Schooler Grade-Schooler

Elementary education prepares your child for success in school and life. New York City students can apply to kindergarten in the calendar year they turn five.

  • All children who live in NYC and were born in 2014, including students with disabilities and English Language Learners (ELL), are eligible to apply to kindergarten
  • Apply online, over the phone, or in-person by January 22, 2019
  • Families that applied during the application period will receive offer letters in March and should pre-register at the school to accept their offer
  • Pre-K, kindergarten, first grade, and second grade students can take the admissions test for the Gifted & Talented Program - which supports the needs of exceptional students

Am I Eligible?

All NYC children who were born in 2014 are eligible for Kindergarten and are guaranteed placement.

What Will I Need to Apply?

You will not need to submit any documents to apply for Kindergarten.

After your child receives an offer letter you will be asked to visit the school in person, with your child, and bring the following documents to enroll:

  • Proof of your child’s age: birth certificate, passport, record of baptism
  • Two proof of address documents (such as: lease, utility bill, or government issued ID-including IDNYC)


I'm Ready To Apply

To apply for admission to kindergarten at NYC public schools:

  1. Use MySchools to find programs you’re interested in. You can list up to 12 choices on your application, including schools outside of your zone and district.
  2. Submit your application by January 22, 2019. You can apply in one of three ways:

Students coming from Kindergarten to 1st grade do not need to reapply for elementary school. They will automatically be enrolled in their elementary school after finishing Kindergarten.

Students who need to enroll at a new school in grades 1-5 should register at their zoned school.

How Can I Get Help?


Other Education Programs

Early education for three-year-olds

3-K for All (3-K)

NYC Department of Education

3-K for All is free, full-day, high-quality education for New York City three-year-olds, starting in select School Districts.

Gifted programs

Gifted & Talented Program (G&T)

NYC Department of Education

G&T programs offer specialized classes for exceptional students.

Free Pre-K for four-year-olds

Pre-K for All (Pre-K)

NYC Department of Education

Enroll your child in a free, full-day, high-quality Pre-K program.