5th Grade Parents

Information on Applying to Middle Schools

Apply to Middle School by February 9—and Come to a Virtual Admissions Info Session!

The middle school application period is now open! If your child is both a New York City resident and current fifth grade student (or in their final year of elementary school), apply to middle school by February 9, 2021.

Here’s what to do, when:

Starting January 20: Come to your borough’s *virtual* Middle School Admissions Information Session!

  1. Find specific event dates/times and learn how to register at schools.nyc.gov/Middle.

  2. Each event will cover how to apply, how students get offers, changes this year due to COVID-19, and more. After the presentation, we’ll answer your questions.

By February 9: Apply to middle school.

  1. Log in to your MySchools.nyc account.

    • You will use MySchools, the DOE’s online directory and application system, to explore middle schools and apply.

    • Need help accessing your account? Scroll down to the “Learn More and Get Support” section of this email.

  2. Learn about your child’s middle school options. You can apply to up to 12 programs with your child’s personalized middle school application.

    • When you’re logged in to MySchools, your child’s customized directory will feature all the middle school programs they’re eligible to attend. If your child is not eligible to apply to a program, that program will not appear as an option for their application. Save any favorite programs by clicking the stars next to their names.

    • Learn about schools of interest on their MySchools pages, which include contact information and links. Find out if middle schools are hosting virtual open houses or if they feature any resources for prospective families by visiting schools’ websites or contacting them directly.

    • Now add up to 12 choices to your child’s application. Be sure to list these choices in your true order of preference, with your first-choice program at the top as #1. There is no advantage to listing programs in any other order.

  3. Submit your application by the February 9 deadline.

    • You can apply one of three ways: online with MySchools, through your child’s current school counselor, or through a Family Welcome Center.

    • If you apply online, you’ll get a receipt by email and in your MySchools account. If you apply through a counselor or Family Welcome Center, be sure to request a copy of your receipt.

Learn More and Get Support

  1. Middle School Admissions Video Series. Hosted on our website, these videos walk you through the middle school admissions process. Our video playlist includes tutorials on how to set up your MySchools account and submit your child’s application. More videos are coming soon!

  2. schools.nyc.gov/Middle. Our website offers the most up-to-date admissions information and covers how to know your child’s chances of getting an offer to specific programs. You can also learn about middle school admissions changes this year, such as why programs have paused on screening applicants.

  3. We're here to help! Need support with accessing your MySchools account, finding your child’s unique account creation code (included in Welcome Letters from mid-December), or submitting your application? Have other admissions questions? Talk to your current school counselor or contact a Family Welcome Center.