Admissions for the 2018-2019 School Year

Kindergarten is an important next step in your child’s education to set them up for success.

 
All New York City children born in 2013 will begin kindergarten in September 2018 and are guaranteed a kindergarten seat in a public school. Once your child starts kindergarten, they can remain at the same school until its final grade.

Important Notices:

Deadline for Kindergarten applications was Friday, January 19.
 
KINDERGARTEN OFFER LETTERS AND WAIT LIST

Parents will receive from the DOE placement offer letters the week of March 19th.

At PS 9 we pre-register students by appointment only, so please wait until you hear from us.

Please do not leave a phone message if you received a placement offer to PS 9. Rita Yoskowitz, Parent Coordinator, will communicate directly with all of the families who are on the offer list.

Please do not leave a phone message if you did not get a placement offer to PS 9. This means that your child might be on our wait list. You can follow up with Parent Coordinator Rita Yoskowitz starting in April once the pre-registration process has been completed for families with offers.

Pre-registration for those students accepted to PS 9 will be by appointment. PS 9 will send an initial email.

  

ADMISSION PROCESS FOR ZONED STUDENTS IN GRADES 1-5, FOR THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR

Admission process for zoned, new or transferring students in grades 1-5 starts March 15th, 2018.

Please send a detailed email providing student name, date of birth and home address to the Parent Coordinator, Ms. Rita Yoskowitz, at ryoskowitz@schools.nyc.gov.

If you meet the requirements for admission, Ms. Yoskowitz will follow up with an appointment for pre-registration of the student.

  

UNIVERSAL PRE-K

New York City children who were born in 2013 who turn four years old in 2017 are eligible to apply for Pre-k programs offered by the NYC Department of Education. All programs are free for children and they are offered at public schools, Community Based Organizations and Early Childhood Centers; there are separate application processes for each program type. The program requires no testing for entry. Application process will begin on February.

P.S. 9’s full day Pre-K program has one classroom and enrolls eighteen students. We do not offer tour or open houses.

Children attend school for 6 hours and 20 minutes per day, five days a week. Parents do not apply directly to the school.

Key Dates: Apply to Pre-k – February 5 through March 30

 

PS 9 does not offer tours for the Pre-K Program.

Currently we offer one class for 18 students only.

    Pre-K Application Process begins February 5 through March 30. You can apply 3 ways:

  • Online -schools.nyc.gov/ApplyOnline
  • By Phone – 718-935-2009
  • In Person – at a Family Welcome Center

May 2018 Pre-k Offer Letter will go to parents

Pre-register in the school where child was accepted by June

To facilitate the pre-registration process PS 9 will contact the families whose children will attend PS 9 in the fall via email. PS 9 pre-registers students by appointment.

Call the Office of Student Enrollment with any questions 718-935-2009 or email to ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov

2018-2019 Admission Process for Zoned Students in grades 1-5

Pre-registration for grades 1 to 5 for zoned students only (and for new, or transferring students from another schools) will start Thursday, March 1, 2018 and continue through early June.

 
Please note that if you have a child entering grades 1-5 you must contact Parent Coordinator, Ms. Rita Yoskowitz, at ryoskowitz@schools.nyc.gov – Provide, student name, date of birth and home address. Ms. Yoskowitz will follow up with an appointment for pre-registration if you meet the requirements for admission.

The Tour Season for visiting PS 9 is now over. We will not be offering tours in the Spring. Please check back with us in the Fall of 2018 if you would still like to visit PS 9. Thank you for your interest in PS 9!

 

Who Can Apply?

 
Your child must be a current New York City resident who was born in 2013 to start kindergarten in September 2018. Kindergarten Admissions is open to all students of this age, including current pre-K students at public district schools, Pre-K Centers, NYC Early Education Centers (NYCEEC), charter school sand private and parochial schools, as well as Students with Disabilities, most students with IEPs who are recommended for programs in community schools will attend their zoned school. English Language Learners (ELL) and students who move to NYC during the admissions process. However, students currently attending pre-K at a public elementary school still need to apply to kindergarten. Current pre-k students do not automatically stay at their school for kindergarten.

 
All kindergarten applicants must follow the kindergarten admission process and should apply in order to secure a seat. Only one application can be processed per child and only the primary custodial parent/guardian can submit an application. Where there are joint custody agreements, if there is no specific provision addressing school decision-making, the parent who has primary physical custody of the child during the school week is considered to be the custodial parent.

 
Kindergarten Admissions process is NOT FIRST-COME, FIRST SERVED. All applications received online, by phone, or in person by the January 12, 2018 deadline are treated the same based on Admission Priorities.

 
All students considered for placement at a school are based in a priority order called Standard Admissions Priorities for zoned schools. Students must continue to reside in the zone both at the time of pre-registration and at the start of the school year in order to retain their entitlement to attend.

 
Most NYC families have a zoned school. PS 9 is a Zoned School -This means that families live in an area zoned for a specific school and their children have priority to attend it. Your zoned school is the school where your child is most likely to go to kindergarten. Most zoned schools make kindergarten offers to all students living in the zone, but there is also a possibility to have a wait list depending on the availability of seats.

 
All NYC children born in 2013 are guaranteed a kindergarten seat in a public school. A number of factors play a role in how elementary schools make offers to students applying to kindergarten.

 

Choices on the Application

 
The schools that you list on your Kindergarten Application and the order in which you list them help determine where your child goes to kindergarten.

-Find the schools that you would like your child to attend and list them in the Kindergarten Application.

-List your school choices and their program codes in order from your favorite to least favorite, with your favorite school and program code in row.

-Your child will get an offer to the kindergarten program that is your highest possible choice taking into consideration the other factors.

-If you would like your child to attend your zoned school, you must list it on your Kindergarten Application. However, you do not have to list it as your first choice.

A number of factors play a role in how elementary schools make offers to students applying to kindergarten. Choices on the Application OFFER:

  • Seat Availability
  • The schools listed on a student’s application and the order in which they are listed
  • The number of seats available (how many students each school or program can accept)
  • Admissions Priorities is the order in which applicants are considered.

 

Admissions Priorities for Zoned Schools

Zoned schools make offers to students in the following order.

  1. Students who live in the zone, with a verified sibling
  2. Students who live in the zone, without a verified sibling

If space allows, students living outside the zone may also be admitted, in the following order:

  1. Students who live in the district, with a verified sibling
  2. Students who live outside the district, with a verified sibling
  3. Students who live in the district and are currently enrolled at the school for pre-K
  4. Students who live outside the district and are currently enrolled at the school for pre-K
  5. Students who live in the district, other than those in Priority Groups 3 and 5
  6. Students who live outside the district, other than those in Priority Groups 4 and 6

There are four steps to participate in Kindergarten Admissions:

  1. Understand all your kindergarten options
  2. Apply to kindergarten (following the time-line for the admission process)
  3. Receive a kindergarten offer
  4. Accept your offer and pre-register for kindergarten


Please note Kindergarten Key Dates:

November 28, 2017: application period opens

January 12, 2018: application period closes

March 2018: kindergarten offer letters sent to families

April 2018: pre-register at your kindergarten school

 
You will get your child’s kindergarten offer letter in March 2018. If you applied to kindergarten online, you will also get your offer letter by email. Your offer letter will tell you where your child will go to kindergarten in the fall. This letter will also tell you where your child is waitlisted.

 
Accept your child’s kindergarten offer by pre-registering at the school where you got an offer. Preregistration secures your child’s kindergarten seat at that school.

 
PS 9 important note: In order to accommodate your needs we prefer pre-register families by appointment. After receiving your offer placement letter from the DOE our Parent Coordinator Rita Yoskowitz will contact you to arrange an appointment for pre-registration.

 

How to visit PS 9

 
The Tour Season for visiting PS 9 is now over. We will not be offering tours in the Spring. Please check back with us in the Fall of 2018 if you would still like to visit PS 9. Thank you for your interest in PS 9!