Kindergarten 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.
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 up 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.
- Students who live in the zone, with a verified sibling
- 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:
- Students who live in the district, with a verified sibling
- Students who live outside the district, with a verified sibling
- Students who live in the district and are currently enrolled at the school for pre-K
- Students who live outside the district and are currently enrolled at the school for pre-K
- Students who live in the district, other than those in Priority Groups 3 and 5
- Students who live outside the district, other than those in Priority Groups 4 and 6
There are four steps to participate in Kindergarten Admissions:
- Understand all your kindergarten options
- Apply to kindergarten (following the time-line for the admission process)
- Receive a kindergarten offer
- 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
Visiting a school is the best way to explore how good a fit it may be for your child. PS 9 will host two events:
1 Open House for families who do not reside in the zone and
1 Tour for families who do reside in the school zone
Monday, December 4th, 2017
6:00 to 7:30 pm
PS 9 Auditorium
School Tour for families who reside in the school zone only
Friday, December 8th, 2017
9:00 to 10:30 am
PS 9 Auditorium
If you are interested in touring PS 9, or attending the Open House, please register here. Thank you for your interest in PS 9!