Tuesday, January 22 is the beginning of the enrollment period for New York City's incoming Kindergarten class of 2013.
Through May 1, families may go to their local, zoned school and submit paperwork that will allow their child to attend in the fall. Please be aware that the process is not first-come-first served. In the event that a school has more applications than seats, a lottery will be held. Parents will be notified of their status in early April. Those who have been granted a seat at their local school may officially register their child from April 8 to April 26. Those who did not get a seat will be placed on a waiting list. Waiting lists have been known to move throughout the summer (especially once Gifted & Talented offers are extended and parents who previously held a spot withdraw). Some families only learn where their child will be going to school as late as August.
When applying during this first round, you must come in person to your zoned school (to figure out what that might be, click here) and bring proof of your child's age (child's birth certificate or passport), and two documents verifying proof of residence, including:
* A residential utility bill (gas or electric) in the resident's name issued by National Grid, Con Edison, or the Long Island Power Authority; must be dated within the past 60 days.
* Documentation or letter on letterhead from a federal, state or local government agency, including the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), City Housing Authority, Human Resources Administration (HRA), the Administration for Children's Services (ACS), or an ACS subcontractor indicating the resident's name and address; must be dated within the past 60 days.
* An original lease agreement, deed or mortgage statement for the residence.
* A current property tax bill for the residence
* A water bill for the residence; must be dated within the past 90 days.
* Official payroll documentation from an employer such as a form submitted for tax withholding purposes or payroll receipt; a letter on the employer's letterhead will not be accepted; must be dated within the past 60 days.
This year, three districts that harbor unzoned schools, District 1, 7 and 23 are experimenting with online registration. Read more at: http://insideschools.org/blog/item/1000565-apply-by-phone-or-online-in-3-districts.
Though the ultimate goal may be a Gifted Program, an unzoned school like Manhattan School for Children or Central Park East, a magnet school or a private school, in New York City, there is no guarantee of placement in any of the above. This is why the NY Gifted Education Examiner strongly urges all parents to apply to their zoned school, as well, just in case.