NYC Public School Information
The New York City Department of Education (DOE) is the largest school district in the US, serving 1.1 million students in over 1,800 schools. Visit the NYC Schools website at schools.nyc.gov for answers to all your questions & use the resources provided below.
If you are a parent, the best way to find an answer is to contact your child’s school’s principal or parent coordinator. Each school’s Web page contains telephone numbers and email addresses for school leaders and parent coordinators. Find your school. If you are a parent and you can’t find an answer at the school level, please call your District Family Advocate (if your child is in elementary or middle school) or your Borough Director (if your child is in high school). For other questions about the DOE and to report an incident, call 311 24 hours a day, seven days a week or contact the Department of Education’s mail phone line at (718) 935-2000 during business hours.
For information about the 2016-17 school year, visit schools.nyc.gov/ParentsFamilies
For the 2016-17 school calendar, visit schools.nyc.gov/Calendar
Sign your child up for kindergarten in one of three ways:
- Online via our application site.
- Over the phone by calling 718-935-2400.
- In person at a Family Welcome Center.
Please note the following Kindergarten Admissions updates for the 2016-2017 school year.
• New diversity pilot program: Seven schools in Brooklyn and Manhattan will participate in a Kindergarten Admissions diversity pilot. These schools will give priority to students who are English Language Learners (ELLs), who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL), whose families are impacted by incarceration, or who are in the child welfare system. Visit Kindergarten Admissions to learn more.
• New Dual Language programs: There are new Dual Language programs planned to open in schools throughout the city next year. Refer to the Kindergarten Directories to find out about these programs.
• Kindergarten Admissions Events: Information sessions, Choice Fairs, and school tours and open houses are available for families to learn more about the admissions process and programs. See the Kindergarten Events page for all dates.
UNIVERSAL PRE-KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION
Universal Pre-Kindergarten: If you live in New York City and your child was born in 2013, he or she is eligible to attend a free, high quality pre-K program in September 2017. You can use the School Search tool to find pre-k in your area. Parents can apply online or in person at an Enrollment Office. UPK programs are available at public schools in addition to Community Based Early Childhood Centers (CBECCs). To go to UPK for the 2016-2017 school year, children must turn 4 in 2016 and live in New York City. For more information, please click here to visit CB14′s UPK webpage.
PUBLIC SCHOOL INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
For a list of PUBLIC SCHOOLS in Community District 14, please click here.
Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year!
For New York City students and their families, this page is a one-stop, back-to-school shop with important information to get ready for the first day of school and a fantastic school year
Registration & What to Bring for New NYC Public School Students: http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/7AC9DBA2-D90F-47BD-8776-D34ED7855E44/0/PeakEnrollmentFlyer_2015_FINAL.pdf
Fall School Bus Stop Information/Metro Cards
Breakfast and Lunch Menus
Free Lunch for Students in 6th–8th Grade Middle Schools
As part of the City’s effort to improve the experience of students in our cafeterias and to reduce the stigma of qualifying for free meals, lunch will continue to be free for all students in grades 6–8 middle schools this year. Please note that, while lunch is served at no charge to students in these schools, Schools may collect School Meals Applications from families as Title I eligibility and funding for the 2016–17 school year is dependent on this information. Parents can also visit www.applyforlunch.com to complete an application online. Please note that, although lunch is free for students in grades 6 –8 grade middle schools, not all schools that serve middle school grades will have students that qualify for free meals (for example, students in K-8 schools, K-12 schools, and 6-12 schools will not automatically qualify for free meals). For further information, please contact your child’s school.
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RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES OF PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS
40 Minutes of Family Engagement
Parent involvement in education is critical for a child’s success in school and is a key element of our Framework for Great Schools visit 40 Minutes of Family Engagement Here http://schools.nyc.gov/ParentsFamilies/40minutes/default.htm
Read the Achieve NYC Guide to New York City Public Schools to learn more about the New York City Departments of Education’s initiatives to support Strong Schools and Strong Communities across the city. This Guide was created for parents like you who are seeking the most current information to enable you to best advocate for your child.
BACK TO SCHOOL SAFETY TIPS
As another school year begins, the American Red Cross has steps that everyone can take to help make the trip back to the classroom safer!
• Make sure the child knows his or her:
- home phone number and address,
- parents’ work contact information,
- how to get in touch with another trusted adult, and
- how to dial 9-1-1.
• Parents should also teach their children not to talk to strangers or accept rides from someone they don’t know.
• If children ride a bus to school, they should plan to get to their bus stop early and stand away from the curb. Other safety steps for students include:
- Board the bus only after it has come to a complete stop.
- Only board your bus and never an alternate one.
- Always stay in clear view of the bus driver and never walk behind the bus.
- Cross the street at the corner, obeying traffic signals and staying in the crosswalk.
Motorists should know what the yellow and red bus signals mean:
• Yellow flashing lights — the bus is getting ready to stop, and motorists should slow down and be alert.
• Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign — the bus is stopped and children are getting on or off. Drivers in both directions must stop their vehicles and wait until the lights go off, the stop sign is back in place and the bus is moving before they can start driving again.
• If a teenager is going to drive to school, parents should mandate that they use seat belts.
• Drivers should not use their cell phone to text or make calls, and should avoid eating or drinking while driving.
• All drivers should be aware that children are out walking or biking to school and slow down, especially in residential areas and school zones.
Biking and Walking
• Students who ride their bike to school should always wear a helmet, obey all traffic signs and ride on the right in the same direction as traffic.
• Those who walk to school should only cross the street at an intersection, and use a route along which the school has placed crossing guards.
• Parents should walk young children and children taking new routes or attending new schools at least for the first week to ensure they know how to get there safely.
Emergencies can happen anytime
• When the new school year begins, talk to your child’s teacher or school principal about the school’s emergency plan and how you will be notified if an emergency happens at the school.
• Remind your child that the most important thing they can do if an emergency happens at school is to stay calm and listen to the direction of their teachers or principal.
• Tape a copy of your family’s contact numbers and meeting place(s) to the inside of your child’s binder or homework notebook and in their book bag.