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 NYC children born in 2016 will receive a kindergarten placement for Fall 2021
  • The application is available in the winter
  • All elementary programs welcome and support students with disabilities, those in temporary housing, English Language Learners (ELL), and LGBTQ students and families
  • Pre-K, kindergarten, first grade, and second grade students can also test to apply to Gifted & Talented (G&T) programs

Who is eligible

All NYC children who were born in 2016 are eligible for Kindergarten and are guaranteed placement.

What you need to apply

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

After you get an offer letter, make an appointment at the school and bring your child these documents:

  • Proof of your child’s age (birth certificate, passport, record of baptism)
  • Two proof-of-address documents (such as a lease, utility bill, or government-issued ID including IDNYC)
  • Immunization records (if available)
  • Your child’s latest report card (if available)

Check the Pre-Registration Checklist to see what documents you can use.

How to apply

Apply for kindergarten at NYC public schools this winter in one of three ways:

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

Most students who need to enroll at a new school in grades 1-5 or need a placement during the year should register at their zoned school. Learn more on the New Students page.

How to get help


Other Education Programs

Child Care Voucher

Administration for Children Services

Child care for eligible low-income families

Help to cover the cost of child care for children six weeks to thirteen years old.

3-K for All (3-K)

NYC Department of Education

Early education for three-year-olds

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

CUNY Start

The City University of New York (CUNY)

Academic support for CUNY students

CUNY students can get help meeting CUNY's proficiency standards and preparing for college-level courses.

Updated March 10, 2021