Enroll Grade by Grade


MySchools is an online directory of NYC public schools and programs, as well as an application system for families. During 3-K, pre-K, kindergarten, G&T, middle school, or high school admissions, create a MySchools account to explore schools, apply, join waitlists, and get your offer.

Happening Now

  • APPLICATIONS for Students Entering Programs in Fall 2023
    • 3-KPre-KKindergartenmiddle school and high school offer letters are available if you applied by their respective application deadlines. You can still participate in admissions by adding your child to waitlists. High school waitlists will close in September.

Need a School for Your Child Now?

Learn what to do on the New Students page.

HOW TO APPLY: Grade by Grade

Click or tap on the links below to learn more about each admissions process.

  • EarlyLearn

    Learn about eligibility for EarlyLearn. These programs provide free or low-cost child care and education for children from 6 weeks to 2 years old. If you qualify, your child can begin a program any time during the year.

  • Head Start

    For qualifying families: Head Start provides safe, positive learning environments for children ages 3-4 to learn, to play, and get ready for kindergarten and beyond. Early Head Start provides child care for children 0-2 years old. Contact programs directly to apply.

  • 3-K

    Apply to free, full-day 3-K programs the year your child turns 3.

  • Pre-K

    Apply to pre-K programs the year your child turns 4. There is a pre-K seat for every 4-year-old NYC resident.

  • Kindergarten

    Your child will enter kindergarten in the calendar year they turn 5. Apply even if your child is a current pre-K student.

  • Gifted and Talented

    Eligible children entering kindergarten (in the calendar year they turn 5), grade 1, grade 2, or grade 3 can participate in G&T admissions.

  • Middle School

    Apply during your child’s 5th grade year (or 6th grade for students in K-6 schools).

  • High School

    Apply during your child's 8th or (first-time) 9th grade year.

  • Specialized High Schools

    During your child's 8th or (first-time) 9th grade year, register to audition and/or test to apply to the Specialized High Schools.

  • Diversity in Admissions

    Schools across New York City were invited to participate in a pilot initiative to increase diversity within their schools. Learn about the participating schools and initiatives for each grade level.

  • How Students Get Offers to DOE Public Schools

    Learn about the factors that match students with NYC public schools, including how randomly assigned numbers are used in admissions.

2023 NYC Public Schools Admissions Guide

View or download the 2023 NYC Public Schools Admissions Guide in your language!

  • This book provides an overview of admissions processes and resources for EarlyLearn (childcare for eligible families), 3-K, pre-K, kindergarten, middle school, and high school, 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 soon.