EDITOR’S NOTE (1/19): This post has been updated to reflect the DOE’s extended deadline for the 2021 Kindergarten Application—it is now Friday, January 22, 2021.

EDITOR’S NOTE (1/15): This post has been updated to reflect the DOE’s new deadline to register for the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT). Students and families can now register to take the SHSAT through January 28, 2021.


 

For many of us, 2020 couldn’t end soon enough.

The year 2020, represented as a trash bag, getting dragged into a larger garbage bin.

Good riddance, 2020.

As the 2020–2021 school year marches on, it’s time once again to take a moment to see what’s happening in NYC public schools in the month ahead, courtesy of our official 2020–2021 NYC Public Schools Calendar.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Dates, times, and details listed below are subject to change; please visit the DOE’s main website and Twitter feed for the latest updates.

NYC Schools Calendar — January 2021

Monday, January 4, 2021
End of Winter Recess

Blended and Remote Learning resumes.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Transition and College Access Center (TCAC) Office Hours for Families

Virtual office hour sessions for families seeking support for students with disabilities transitioning into adult/postsecondary programs.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

¡Celebra y Eleva!

Optional virtual workshop for Spanish-speaking students and families seeking ways to strengthen remote learning at home. Hosted by the NYC Department of Education in partnership with Ramapo for Children.

Online registration required for event participation

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Elementary Admissions Virtual Event

Learn more about the NYC kindergarten and elementary school application process (featuring Spanish and Mandarin interpretation)

Online registration is recommended

Thursday, January 7, 2021

6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Elementary Admissions Virtual Event en Español

Learn more about the NYC kindergarten and elementary school application process (Spanish-language event)

Online registration is recommended

Sunday, January 10, 2021
Last Day to Nominate Educators for the 2021 Big Apple Awards
Mon., Jan. 11—Fri., Jan 15, 2021
NYC Middle School Applications Open

Students entering middle school (grades 6–8) in fall 2021 can begin applying for middle school seats.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Elementary Admissions Virtual Event

Learn more about the NYC kindergarten and elementary school application process (featuring Spanish and Mandarin interpretation)

Online registration is recommended

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Transition and College Access Center (TCAC) Office Hours for Families

Virtual office hour sessions for families seeking support for students with disabilities transitioning into adult/postsecondary programs

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

¡Celebra y Eleva!

Virtual workshop for Spanish-speaking students and families seeking ways to strengthen remote learning at home. Hosted by the NYC Department of Education in partnership with Ramapo for Children.

Online registration required for event participation.

Mon., Jan. 18—Fri., Jan 22, 2021
NYC High School Applications Open

Students entering high school (grades 9–12) in fall 2021 can begin applying for high school seats.

Monday, January 18, 2021
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Schools Closed

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Transition and College Access Center (TCAC) Office Hours for Families

Virtual office hour sessions for families seeking support for students with disabilities transitioning into adult/postsecondary programs.

Friday, January 22, 2021
Last Day to Submit Kindergarten Applications
Wednesday, January 27, 2021

5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Transition and College Access Center (TCAC) Office Hours for Families

Virtual office hour sessions for families seeking support for students with disabilities transitioning into adult/postsecondary programs.

Thursday, January 28, 2021
Last Day to Register for the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT)

For current eighth grade students interested in applying to any/all of NYC's Specialized High Schools.

(Note this deadline was extended from 1/15)

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Some notes about this month’s schedule:

2021 Big Apple Awards

Know a great educator? City students, families, community members, and other school staff members can recognize exemplary City educators with online nominations for the 2021 Big Apple Awards! But hurry—the nomination period ends on January 10, 2021!

Kindergarten Admissions

From now until January 22, 2021, families with children who will turn five years old in 2021 can apply for fall 2021 admission to kindergarten at City public elementary schools (Grades K–5). Learn more about kindergarten admissions right here on The Morning Bell, or participate in any of this month’s Elementary Admissions Events.

Middle School Admissions

NYC’s middle school application for students entering middle school in fall 2021 will open during the week of January 11, 2021. To learn more, check out the DOE’s Middle School Admissions page, and get ready for the application by creating a MySchools account.

High School Admissions

Beginning the week of January 18, 2021, students seeking admission to NYC high schools for fall 2021 can begin applying on MySchools. Learn more about the NYC high school admissions process by checking out our High School Admissions page.

Interested in applying for one of the City’s Specialized High Schools? Register for the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) by the DOE’s new deadline on January 28, 2021—testing will begin on January 27, 2021. Students/families who registered for the SHSAT after the DOE’s initial deadline on January 15 will be assigned later testing dates. Students interested in applying to Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts do not have to register for the SHSAT, and instead, will have to register for an audition by February 23, 2021. Learn more about all of the City’s Specialized High Schools right here on The Morning Bell and on our official webpage.


That’s all for this month. On behalf of the NYC Department of Education, we hope everyone has a wonderful start to 2021!

Banner Photo by Olya Kobruseva via Pexels. Used under Creative Commons license.

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