Hey Harlem Parents Apply To Kindergarten Today

November 30, 2016

kindergarten-photo1As of today, November 30th, 2016 the kindergarten application process is officially underway! All students born in 2012 who currently live in Harlem or in Hollis Quuens are eligible to attend kindergarten in September 2017. All families, including those of students with disabilities and current pre-k students, must submit an application in order to receive a kindergarten placement. Admission is not first-come, first-served. All applications received by the January 13th, 207 deadline are treated the same, according to schools’ admissions priorities.

Families are able to apply in one of three ways:

  • Online at schools.nyc.gov/applyonline. The online application is available in ten languages (English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Arabic, Korean, Haitian Creole, Bengali, Urdu and French)
  • Over the phone, by calling 718-935-2400. Families can access translation services over the phone in over 200 languages
  • In person at one of the DOE’s Family Welcome Centers. Families can find their local Family Welcome Center by visiting our website here

Families looking for more information about the application process should review the kindergarten directory available online here, and translated into nine languages. Additionally, hard copies of English and translated directories are available for all families who need one. Hard copies are available at our Family Welcome Centers, all elementary schools, and at local pre-K programs that are part of the City’s Pre-K for All Program.

Applications for pre-K will open in January, 2017.


The following is a quote from NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña:

Kindergarten is a critical part of starting all our children on the path to college and careers, and families should apply before the January 13 deadline. We are meeting families where they are with translated materials, online and in-person support and information, and we’ll continue working to make this process easier for families.

The Harlem Family Welcome Center (serving Districts: 3, 5, 6):

388 West 125th Street, room 713, New York, NY 10027


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