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Have a student who’ll be making the transition to middle school next fall?

From now until Tuesday, March 1, 2022, New York City families with students who are in their last year of elementary school (grades 5 or 6) can complete and submit a middle school application for fall 2022 admission into City middle schools (grades 6–8).

If your student is planning on attending a City middle school next fall, please understand that the NYC middle school application provides them with their best chance of getting accepted into their school of choice.

Watch the rest of the videos in our NYC Middle School Admissions Video Series on Vimeo.

Getting Started with Your 2022 Middle School Application

All current NYC residents who are in their last year of elementary school (grade 5, or grade 6 in a K–6 school) are guaranteed seats in City public middle schools.

To apply for fall 2022 middle school admissions, you’ll need to:

  • Log into your MySchools account

Once logged in, you will be able to access your child’s personalized online middle school application. Don’t have a MySchools account? Watch our “How to Create a MySchools Account” video, and log in today!

  • Explore schools and programs

Through MySchools, you can discover and learn more about every middle school program that your child is eligible to apply for this year. You’ll also be able to identify which school district and zone you reside in—alternatively, you can determine your district and school zone by using our Find a School tool.

We also encourage you to check out each school information page on MySchools for links to calendars, information about virtual open houses, and even video tours.

Finally, please note the updates we’ve made to this year’s middle schools admissions process, including a new priority for siblings entering City middle schools.

  • Rank your middle school choices

Once you’ve determined the middle schools you are eligible and interested in applying to, you can select up to 12 middle school programs for your child’s application. Rank them in your order of preference, starting with your first choice at the top of your list.

When ranking your selections, consider adding the programs where your child has an admissions priority or guarantee—you do not have to place any of these programs as your first choice to keep your priority. We also suggest you speak with your child’s school counselor regarding your application choices, as they will be able to help with your ranking order.

  • Submit your application by Tuesday, March 1, 2022

You can submit your application online through MySchools. If you are a current public school family, you may also submit your application through your current school counselor. Private and parochial school families can submit their middle school application through a Family Welcome Center.

Two girls smiling and standing in front of a chalkboard with mathematical formulas printed on it.

Photo by Yan Krukov. Used under Creative Commons license. Original can be found on Pexels.

Join Us for Our Live Virtual Admissions Events

All City families of current fifth grade students are invited to attend our live Middle School Admissions Virtual Events to learn more about exploring your school options, applying to City middle schools, and using your MySchools account. After each presentation, we’ll respond to your questions.

Each event listed below will cover the same information, but different language supports will be provided at each event. Each listed event will be held on Zoom:

  • Thursday, January 20; 5 p.m. — 6 p.m.
    English, with interpretation in Spanish, Bangla, and Korean
  • Tuesday, January 25; 5 p.m. — 6 p.m.
    English, with interpretation in Chinese, Haitian Creole, and Urdu
  • Friday, January 28; 1 p.m. — 2 p.m.
    English, with interpretation in Arabic, French, and Russian

A captioned recording will be posted on our Middle School webpage approximately two weeks after the first event.


Want to learn more? Visit our official Middle School webpage for the latest admissions updates and links. You can also sign up for our middle school admissions email list to have the latest updates sent right to your inbox.

Remember: the deadline to submit your NYC middle school application is on March 1, 2022, so start making your selections, and submit your application today!

On behalf of the DOE, we wish you a smooth application process!

Banner photo by Photo by Yan Krukov. Used under Creative Commons license. Original can be found on Pexels.

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