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It’s about that time again…

GIF of Justin Timberlake shaking his head in response to the ongoing "It's Gonna be May" meme

May marks the last full month of the 2021–22 school year for NYC public schools. And so in addition to warmer weather, Mother’s Day, and an unusually large number of Star Wars and Justin Timberlake references over the next few weeks, we’re going to see City schools ramp up their end-of-year lessons, tests, and activities in preparation for Summer Rising and the upcoming 2022–23 school year.

This month, City schools will be celebrating Eid al-Fitr, Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and Teacher Appreciation Week (5/3–5/6). Many City schools will also be administering New York State Exams in May—the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) for multilingual learners, and the State’s Science Performance Test for students in grades 4 and 8 will be given at various points throughout the month. And before the month caps off with Memorial Day, some of our schools will be hosting proms and other student social events for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic—looking forward to seeing our students’ end-of-year glow ups!

So without further ado, here’s a look at what’s happening in NYC public schools this month, courtesy of our official 2021–22 NYC Public Schools Calendar.


NYC Schools Calendar — May 2022

All Month Long

Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Throughout May, schools and cultural institutions across the City are celebrating generations of Asian and Pacific Americans who shaped the fabric of this country—check with your schools to learn more about possible events in your community!

Monday, May 2

Eid al-Fitr — Schools Closed

All NYC public schools are closed.

Tues., May 3 — Fri., May 6

Teacher Appreciation Week

Join us as we celebrate our hardworking educators all week long!

Friday, May 6

Last Day to Apply for the 2022 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)

City youth between the ages of 14 and 24 can get paid work experience this summer.

Sunday, May 22

Last Day to Secure a Seat for Summer Rising

Families of students in grades K–8 can register online for free, full-day, in-person learning experiences all summer long.

Tuesday, May 24

6:30–7:30 p.m.

Family Workshop: Navigating College (English and Bengali)

Join this virtual workshop to understand the academic and social emotional resources available to students at colleges and universities.

Online registration is recommended—see "Notes" section below for website details

Monday, May 30

Memorial Day — Schools Closed

All NYC schools and DOE offices are closed.

Some notes about this month’s schedule:

May is Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Throughout the month, the NYC Department of Education will celebrate Asian American/Pacific Islander history and heritage by highlighting books, events, and outstanding learning resources. Join in on the celebration throughout May by checking our main website, social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram), and The Morning Bell!

Teacher Appreciation Week (May 3–6)

Celebrate New York’s incredible educators by thanking your favorite teachers all week long with our official DOE All Stars webpage!

Last Chance to Get a Paid Job This Summer Through SYEP

Discover new career possibilities this summer by signing up for the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), the nation’s largest youth employment program. City youth between the ages of 14 and 24 can get paid work experiences this summer in structured project and work-based opportunities that help prepare them for future careers in a variety of industries across the five boroughs.

Learn more about SYEP right here on The Morning Bell, and submit your application by May 6, 2022.

New York State Exams (Science and English as a Second Language)

Throughout the month, NYC public schools will be administering both the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT), as well as the State’s Science Performance Tests for students in grades 4 and 8.

If your child is slated to take any or all of these exams, please speak with staff members at your child’s school to learn when these exams will be administered to your child this month.

Registration for Summer Rising Ends on May 22

This summer, the DOE is partnering with the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) to offer our second annual Summer Rising program to students in grades K–8. Summer Rising combines academic support and school-based enrichment programming to provide students with daily opportunities to play, create, explore, and develop new interests throughout July and August 2022.

Seats are being offered on a first-come, first-served basis, so we encourage all families to APPLY NOW and secure your child’s spot at a location of your choice!

Learn more on our official Summer Rising webpage.

Virtual Family Workshop in May

This month, the DOE is hosting a virtual workshop for families with students who are considering attending college after high school. Join the “Navigating College for Families” virtual workshop on May 24, 2022, to learn about the support resources that may be available to your child at their college/university.

Online registration is recommended (via Zoom).


And that’s all for this month! For the latest happenings in City public schools, subscribe to us here at The Morning Bell, and follow us on our social channels on Twitter and Facebook.

On behalf of the NYC Department of Education, we wish all City families a glorious May!


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