Middle School information for 5th Grade Families

Dear 5th Grade Families,

We know that you have questions about the upcoming middle school admissions process. As we obtain clarity on the admissions timeline, and the admissions methods that will be used, we will share that information with you directly.  

The middle school directory has been updated with new information about each middle school for the upcoming admissions process. Families are encouraged to use this to explore school options.

It is recommended to all 5th Grade Families to sign up for email alerts. Below is the information that has been sent to those who were already signed up:

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Dear families, 

Applying to middle school this winter? The application isn’t open yet, but you can start getting ready now to apply later. 

What You Can Do Now 

  • Explore middle school options.  
    • Use the MySchools.nyc middle school directory to find detailed information about schools of interest; you can also search for schools by course offerings, location, sports, accessibility, and more. A few tips:  
      • Most middle school programs have specific requirements about who can apply to them. Later this fall, when you get your welcome letter and log in to MySchools, you’ll be able to see all the programs you’re eligible to apply to in a personalized search. For now, you can check a program’s Eligibility Requirements to learn if your child can apply to it.  
      • Find out which school district you live in for middle school admissions and if you have any zoned schools at schoolsearch.schools.nyc. Your child will have priority to attend their zoned middle school(s). 
    • Make a list of schools that interest you and meet your child’s needs.  
    • Visit these schools’ websites to learn more. Each MySchools directory page features a link to the school’s own website and contact information. You can also reach out to schools directly with questions. 
    • Attend virtual or in-person open houses. Many schools’ directory pages also provide direct links to information for prospective families, such as open house information or virtual tours. Touring a school virtually or in person is a great way to imagine what it might be like to go there. When attending events, we recommend bringing a list of questions to ask school staff. 
  • Get to know your child’s current school counselor. They will be your best guide through middle school admissions this year.  
  • Learn more about middle school admissions. Pick up a copy of the 2022 NYC Public Schools Admissions Guide at your current school or download an accessible copy in your language from schools.nyc.gov/Middle. Our website is also where you can find all the latest information and watch our admissions video playlist. 

What’s Next 

Later this fall, 5th grade public school families will receive a personalized welcome letter in the mail. This letter will include a unique code to create a MySchools account or add your child to an existing one. When letters are available, all applicants will be able to request a copy from your child’s current school or a Family Welcome Center.  

We’ll let you know when letters are on the way! 

Best wishes,  
The Middle School Admissions Team, Office of Student EnrollmentDear Elementary School Staff,

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