As the calendar flips forward from November into December, we’re left with just one question for everyone:

Where did 2019 go??!

GIF of raccoon dropping cotton candy into water, only for it to disappear

“But, but… it was just here a second ago!”

With a little under a month left before the start of 2020, let us all cherish the last days we’ll spend writing, “2019,” and check out what’s going on in NYC public schools in December 2019, courtesy of our official 2019–2020 NYC Schools Calendar:

NYC Schools Calendar—December 2019

Friday, December 6
Last Day to Apply for 2020—2021 Middle and High School Admissions*
Monday, December 9
NEW Nomination Deadline for the 2020 Big Apple Awards

Last day to nominate an outstanding educator or counselor for the City's eighth annual Big Apple Awards

Mon., December 9–Sun., December 15
Computer Science Education Week

A weeklong celebration of computer science (CS) instruction in grades K–12; check with your school for event details.

Mon., December 23–Wed., January 1, 2020
Winter Recess—Schools Closed

*Some notes about this month’s schedule:

Middle School Admissions

Families with students who are currently in fifth grade (or in sixth grade in a K–6 school) have until Friday, December 6 to complete and submit their applications for NYC middle schools for the 2020–2021 school year.

All middle school applicants will receive their offers in March 2020. For more information, check out our NYC Middle School Admissions post right here on The Morning Bell, and use MySchools to learn more about the City’s middle school options.

High School Admissions

Families with current eighth graders (or first-time ninth graders) seeking admission into NYC high schools have until Friday, December 6 to complete and submit their applications on MySchools.

All high school applicants will receive their offers in March 2020. For more information, check out our NYC High School Admissions post on The Morning Bell, and review the City’s high school options by using our online guide.


That’s all for this month. We hope you have a great December; enjoy the last month of 2019, everyone!

Raccoon happily eating holiday cookies by holiday tree

Photo Credit (Banner): December in Central Parkby Thomas Hawk. Used under Creative Commons license. Original can be found via Flickr.

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NYC Department of Education, 2019