Kindergarten Applications are Open!

Let’s go over the basics:

Who: NYC children born in 2019 are guaranteed a spot for fall 2024

When: Now through Jan. 19, 2024

How it works: List up to 12 kindergarten choices, including G&T and Dual Language programs. Offers depend on the order of your choices, seat availability, admissions priorities, and random lottery numbers.

Who gets in first? (always check priorities for each school/program on MySchools)

  • If you live nearby (in your official school zone)
  • If your sibling goes there
  • If you're in Pre-K at the same school
  • If you live in the school district

Note: The city is divided into 32 school districts. Districts 1, 7 & 23 have no school zones.

List your preferred programs honestly.

Gifted and Talented (G&T): If you include G&T programs, eligibility is checked after applying. In NYC public pre-K, teachers decide; in private pre-K or no pre-K, the Department of Education (DOE) arranges interviews. They consider curiosity, learning approach, and self-direction.

Read more about G&T here and here.

Qualifying for G&T doesn't guarantee a spot, and competition is high. To improve your chances, mix G&T and regular kindergarten choices in your top preferences.

How to apply:

  • Online at
  • Phone 718-935-2009
  • Contact a Family Welcome Center

Where to begin with InsideSchools? Here

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