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The high school admissions process begins in the early fall for 8th graders, 9th graders who are entering high school, and 9th graders who want to change schools for 10th grade. 

Every 8th grader in a New York City public school receives a high school application in the fall. Private and parochial schools also give out these applications. 

If you want to apply to one of the City's specialized high schools, there is a separate admissions process. Students must take a test or audition to apply. For more information, visit the Specialized High Schools page.

You can get information about the high school admissions process through your child's guidance counselor. You can also get information online, by phone, or in person at Family Welcome Center.

Online

Get high school enrollment information.

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.

In Person

You can submit an application and get enrollment assistance at a Family Welcome Center. To find a Family Welcome Center, use the School Enrollment Centers page.

Students who are new to public school and returning students who were not assigned a high school or have moved to a new neighborhood must register at a Family Welcome Center. For locations, visit the School Enrollment Centers page.

You can get more information online or by phone.

Online

Get high school enrollment information.

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.

The Department of Education (DOE) assists former public school students under 21 years old with returning to school. Students or parents must contact the District where the student's last high school is located.

Use School Finder to look up information for a public school.

Further assistance is available by phone.

Call 311 for assistance.

The admissions timeline for the 2020-2021 school year isn’t available yet. You can sign up to receive emails with the latest updates on high school admissions, including application deadlines and event information.

What to Bring to Register

To register your child for school, you must bring:

  • Two proofs of address
  • Proof of the child's age, such as a birth certificate, passport, or record of baptism
  • Your child's immunization records
  • Latest report card/transcript (if available)
  • Individualized Education Program (IEP) and/or 504 Accommodation Plan (if applicable and available)

Proof of Address

Bring two of the following to prove your address:

  • Income tax form for the last calendar year
  • State, City, or other government-issued identification (including an IDNYC card) which isn't expired, and includes the address of residence
  • Official NYS Driver License, Non-Driver ID card, or learner permit which isn't expired, and includes the address of residence
  • A rent receipt, which includes the address of residence, dated within the past 60 days
  • A residential utility bill (gas or electric) issued by National Grid, Con Edison, or the Long Island Power Authority dated within the past 60 days
  • Water bill for the residence dated within the past 90 days
  • A cable bill for the residence, which includes the name of the parent and the address of residence, dated within the past 60 days
  • Documentation or a letter on letterhead from a federal, state, or local government agency dated within the past 60 days that includes the resident's name and address. Examples of agencies include:
    • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
    • New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)
    • The federal Office of Refugee Resettlement
    • Human Resources Administration (HRA)
    • Administration for Children's Services (ACS) or an ACS subcontractor
  • A lease agreement, deed, or mortgage statement for the residence
  • A current property tax bill for the residence
  • Official payroll documentation from an employer issued within the past 60 days that includes the home address, A letter on the employer's letterhead isn't adequate. Examples include:
    • Paystub with home address
    • Form submitted for tax witholding purposes
    • Payroll receipt
  • Voter registration documents that include the name of the parent and the address of residence
  • Unexpired membership document based upon residency, such as neighborhood residents' association, which includes the name of the parent and the address of residence
  • Evidence of custody of the child, including judicial custody orders or guardianship papers issued within the past 60 days that includes the name of the student and the home address

At High School Admissions Fairs, you can speak with representatives from all of the City's public high schools, including specialized schools, and participate in workshops related to the high school admissions process.

You can also get copies of publications, including the Directory of the New York City Public High Schools.

This year, the fairs will be held on September 21, September 22, October 5, and October 6.

You can sign up to receive emails with the latest updates on high school admissions, including events.