Some middle schools, including many charter schools, start in 5th grade, and fill most of their seats with applications from 4th graders. If you click this, we will show you schools that start in 5th grade, and charter schools that have admitted students by lottery in 5th grade.
Most middle schools begin in 6th grade and accept applications from 5th graders. Applications are due the first week of December for the following school year (except for charter schools, which have a lottery in April). A few middle schools start in 7th grade.
You may not apply to middle school unless you live in New York City. However, you may explore your options on this website. If you move to the city in the middle of the year, you may enroll in school at a Family Welcome Center. Call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK for more information. If you are homeless, you are entitled to enroll in a school near your temporary housing without showing proof of residence.
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