Students who are new to New York City public schools, or who are re-entering city schools after a time away, can enroll in school at temporary registration centers set up across the city beginning Sept. 1.
The centers are open Monday–Friday, 8 am–3 pm through Sept. 18, with the exception of Sept. 7, Labor Day, and Sept. 14-15 for Rosh Hashanah. Family Welcome Centers will be closed until Sept. 21.
All high school students as well as elementary and middle school students who do not have a zoned school must go to a registration center to enroll in school.
Elementary and middle schools students who have a zoned school, including special education students who have a current New York City–issued IEP (individualized education plan), should wait until the first day of school, Sept. 9, to register directly at their zoned school. Regardless of whether or not you have a zoned school, new students with IEPs from outside of New York City should go to a registration center.
Our advice: Do your research before you get to the registration center. Read our school profiles on Insideschools and look at Insidestats. If you have doubts about your zoned elementary or middle school, know that there are alternatives. Search for "unzoned" schools, including charter schools, or look at the DOE's elementary and middle school directories online.
Students must be present to register, and you will need to bring some documents including proof of address, a birth certificate, passport or record of baptism, immunization records and the student's latest school transcript or report card. Visit the DOE's New Students page for more details on how to register and a full list of which documents you will need to bring.
Also, bring something to read or entertain a younger child. The registration centers can get very crowded and you may have a couple of hours' wait time.
The centers are designed for new students and students who aren't yet assigned to a school, but in the past, the enrollment staff has been able to help some students who needed to transfer to a different school or who were applying to attend a school outside of their zone (known as a placement exception request.)
See the DOE's website for more information. If you have additional questions, you can call 718-935-3500.
Here's a list of the centers:
Walton Educational Campus
2780 Reservoir Avenue
Herbert H. Lehman High School
3000 E. Tremont Avenue
Edward R. Murrow High School
1600 Avenue L
Boys and Girls High School
1700 Fulton Street (enter at Schenectady Avenue)
Brooklyn Technical High School
29 Fort Greene Place (enter at South Elliot Place)
The High School of Fashion Industries
225 W. 24th Street (enter at West 25th Street)
Long Island City High School
Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School
165-65 84th Avenue
The Michael J. Petrides School
715 Ocean Terrace (Building A)