Get Ready for Middle School!
NEW - We’ve made a few updates to the middle school admissions process!
- Need a Middle School for Fall 2019? If you're new to New York City DOE public schools or need a middle school placement for this fall, visit our New Students page to learn how to enroll.
- Starting Middle School in Fall 2020? Your child will apply to middle school this fall. They can apply to up to 12 middle school programs with one personalized application.
These updates will not change how you apply to middle school, how your child gets an offer, or where they get an offer. Here's what's new:
- When you get your child's middle school offer, you’ll also receive a list of programs where they've been waitlisted.
- Your child will be added automatically to the waitlist of any program that you listed higher on their application than the program where they received an offer. Learn more in the Get Your Middle School Offer Letter section below.
Learn How Students Get Offers
Watch the following animations to see how students get offers to DOE public schools—learn why your middle school application choices matter and find out about other factors, such as admissions priorities, admissions methods, and seat availability:
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 current New York City resident
- A current fifth grade student, or a current sixth grade student if their elementary school ends in sixth grade
All of the following students are welcome to apply to middle school: current public district and charter school students, private or parochial school students, students with disabilities, students with accessibility needs, students learning English, students in temporary housing, and LGBTQ and gender nonconforming students.
Find Middle Schools
Middle school offers students opportunities to explore their interests, discover new subjects, and learn more about themselves. Apply online to middle schools with your child’s personalized middle school application.
Schools on Your Application
In your child’s personalized online application, you’ll be able to see and explore every middle school program that they’re eligible to apply for and, if they get an offer, to attend. Middle schools have different eligibility criteria:
- District schools offer a program or programs open only 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.
- Boroughwide schools offer a program or programs that are open to all students in your borough.
- Citywide schools offer a program or programs open to all NYC students.
Some schools or programs require an additional test or audition. Learn more on each school’s website or in the NYC Middle School Directory; scroll down to find the directory for your district. You can schedule some of these additional admissions requirements in MySchools, our new online application system.
Diversity in Middle School Admissions
Middle schools across the city are participating in a pilot initiative to increase diversity within their programs—learn more on our Diversity in Admissions page.
Charter schools have a separate admissions process. Contact charter schools directly to learn how to apply.
Your Middle School Choices
- MySchools. During the application period, use MySchools to learn which district (1-32) your child is zoned to for middle school, find choices for your application, and apply. Learn your child's zoned middle school any time of year by calling 311.
- COMING SOON! 2020 NYC Middle School Admissions Guide. Pick up a copy from your school counselor or at a Family Welcome Center. Use the guide to start exploring programs in your district and learn about middle school admissions, including admissions methods and priorities for specific middle schools.
Visit Middle Schools
Visiting a school is the best way to learn if it may be the right place for you. It’s also a great way to see how long the trip is from home. Find open house dates in the calendar below, and contact schools directly to find out if they have special events or tours.
Apply to Middle School
In your child's personalized online application, you will be able to see and explore every middle school program that they are eligible to apply for and, if they get an offer, to attend. 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.
The middle school application period for the 2019-2020 school year is now closed.
During the application period, you can apply in English, Spanish, Chinese, Bengali, Russian, Arabic, Urdu, Haitian Creole, Korean, or French in MySchools. If you would like to apply using another language, call us or visit a Family Welcome Center and ask for an interpreter.
Get Your Middle School Offer Letter
In March, students get their middle school offers. All applicants will 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.
NEW - Waitlists
This year, your child's offer letter will also include a list of programs where they’ve been waitlisted. They will be added automatically to the waitlist of any program that you listed higher on your child's application than the program where they received an offer. For example, if your child gets an offer to your third-choice program, they will also be waitlisted at your first-choice and second-choice programs.
- Schools will be in touch directly if a seat opens up and they can make your child an offer.
- Waitlist offers will be made based on seat availability, admissions priorities, and admissions methods.
- You’ll be able to check your child's place on the waitlist for any school, in real time.
- You’ll also be able to add your child to 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.
Note: There will be no middle school appeals round.
Plan for High School
Your child will apply to high school during eighth grade.
- Also consider the nine specialized high schools—these schools are one way that New York City serves the needs of students who excel academically and artistically. The specialized high schools have separate, optional admissions processes and require a test or an audition in a talent area.