Navigating the Kindergarten Application Process

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kindergarten, via daveparker

The March 1 deadline for kindergarten applications is fast approaching. For those who might be struggling through the overwhelming process, Joyce Szuflita of NYC School Help has paired up with A Child Grows in Brooklyn to provide a step-by-step guide to kindergarten admissions:

•  You apply in person at your zoned school (and any other school in the city that you may be interested in attending – although very popular programs which are at capacity with zoned children will likely not take your name).

•  You should bring your proofs of address and child’s birth certificate, but it doesn’t hurt to confirm with the school that the person who needs to take your paperwork will be in the office and that the school doesn’t also want to see your child’s immunization paperwork as well. This is not a first come first served process.

•  You should also be applying for the lotteries at charter and un-zoned programs. Sometimes you can do this on the schools’ websites.

In early April, schools will notify you of open spots for your child. The registration period runs from April 8 to April 26, at which point you’ll need to take your child, proofs of address, immunization records, and child’s birth certificate to the chosen school to register.

Unlike in the pre-K process, parents don’t need to rank schools on one kindergarten application; rather, each school is approached individually. Some schools are still offering open house tours for prospective families:

PS 133
Date: Fridays, February 8 and February 22
Time: 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
RSVP: Not required

PS 282
Date: Tuesdays, February 12 and February 25
Time: 9:00-10:00 a.m.
RSVP: Required, email klarkins@schools.nyc.gov

PS 321
Date: Friday February 8
Time: 9:00 a.m.
RSVP: Not required

For more information, check out the Department of Education’s guide to Kindergarten applications, and if you have questions about zoning, consult their list of districts.

Photo via Dave Parker

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