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Seems like spring has finally arrived in NYC.

GIF of cherry blossom branches moving in the wind.

With April here and the spring season is in full swing, many of us are already seeing our fair share of fools, cherry blossoms, and egg-related activities for the month. And with other traditional, cultural, and religious celebrations taking place this month, including the end of Ramadan on Eid al-Fitr (April 21), this year’s observance of Passover (April 5—April 13), and our national celebration of Earth Day (April 22), and it’s clear that April can be quite an eventful month for City residents and families.

For NYC public schools, the biggest event taking place on this month’s calendar is Spring Recess; other important items this April include the start of admissions for this year’s Summer Rising program, the last day of the 2023 NYC School Survey, and New York State’s administration of this year’s English Language Arts exams for students in grades 3–8.

So grab your favorite beverage, fire up your preferred calendar app or daily planner, and take a look at what’s happening in NYC public schools in April 2023, courtesy of our official 2022–23 NYC Public Schools Calendar.

NYC Schools Calendar — April 2023

Thurs., April 6—Fri., April 14

Spring Recess

All schools closed

Friday, April 14

Last Day to Apply for the 2023 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)

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

Monday, April 17

Application Opens for Summer Rising 2023

Families of City youth in grades K–8 can begin applying online for FREE fun summer learning programs that will be available in July and August 2023

Thursday, April 20

Last Day to Complete the 2023 NYC School Survey

Open to NYC public school families, teachers, and select staff members, as well as NYC public school students in grades 6–12.

Friday, April 21

Eid al-Fitr

All schools closed

Friday, April 21

Voting Period Begins for 2023 Community and Citywide Education Council Elections

Parents of current NYC public school students can vote for their preferred Education Council candidates until May 9, 2023.

Wed., April 19—Wed., April 26

NY State English Language Arts Assessments for Students in Grades 3–8

Please check with teachers and staff members at your child's school to learn your child's exact examination dates.

Mon., April 17—Fri., May 26

Administration of NY State English as a Second Language Achievement Tests (NYSESLAT) — Speaking

For all English language learners (ELLs) who are currently attending school in New York State in grades K–12.

Please check with teachers and staff members at your child's school to learn your child's exact examination date.

Thurs., April 27—Sat., April 29

Various times; see our "notes" below

Multilingual and Immigrant Family Conference and Resource Fair

Open to DOE staff members and City parents, this three-day conference provides attendees with the opportunity to participate in workshops regarding college and career planning, education law, mental wellness, and more. Guest speakers and performers will also be in attendance.

The three-day event will take place virtually on April 27 and 28, and an in-person event is taking place on April 29 at the Intrepid Museum.

RSVP is required (you may click this cell for the registration form)—register your spot online by April 18

Some notes about this month’s schedule:

Get a Paid Job This Summer Through SYEP—Apply by April 14, 2023!

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 or work-based opportunities that will help prepare them for the careers of the future.

To learn more about SYEP, visit the Department of Youth and Community Development’s dedicated SYEP webpage. Note that students who are 14–17 years old must get an employment certificate, otherwise known as “working papers,” from their school. Visit our “Working Papers” page to learn more.

Submit your application by April 14, 2023.

Applications for Summer Rising 2023 Open April 17

This summer, the DOE and the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD)’s third annual Summer Rising program will be offered free to the City’s K–8 students, pending availability. Summer Rising combines academic supports with enrichment programming to provide students with daily opportunities to play, create, explore, and develop new interests throughout July and August 2023. Summer Rising programs will be full-day, in-person experiences that are planned and operated by NYC school principals in collaboration with community-based organizations.

Learn more about Summer Rising 2023, including schedules, programming examples, and eligibility information, by checking out our official Summer Rising 2023 page and returning back on April 17 to begin your child’s application.

Complete the 2023 NYC School Survey by April 20

From now until Thursday, April 20, City families, teachers, and select support staff members in schools serving grades 3-K through 12, and students in grades 6–12, can complete the NYC School Survey. Held every year, the NYC School Survey gives school leaders a better understanding about what families, teachers, staff members, and students think about their schools. By completing this survey, you’ll be helping us to better understand what you and your fellow school community members think about your schools while also helping to support community-wide conversations that can help make our schools even better places to learn.

To learn more about this year’s Survey, check out our prior coverage right here on The Morning Bell, and visit our official 2023 NYC School Survey page. But hurry—the 2023 NYC School Survey closes after 11:59 p.m. on April 20, 2023—submit your application TODAY!

Voting for the 2023 CCEC Elections Begins April 21

From April 21 through May 9, 2023, the 2023 Community and Citywide Education Council (CCEC) Elections will take place for all of the City’s 32 Community Education Councils (CECs), as well as the City’s four Citywide Education Councils.

CCECs make important decisions regarding NYC public schools, and as a parent of a City public school student, you have a say in who will represent you and your family for the next two years.

Learn more about this year’s candidates by checking out and registering for your district’s upcoming virtual Candidate Forums. And if your CEC’s forum already happened, no worries—check out our past recordings page to see your district’s candidates in action.

RSVP for the Virtual Multilingual and Immigrant Family Conference and Resource Fair (April 27—29)

This month, the DOE is hosting a three day, hybrid virtual/in-person conference in celebration of the City’s multilingualism, multiculturalism, and diversity. With two virtual days and an in-person experience at the Intrepid Museum in Manhattan, the conference will be offering attendees workshops regarding the importance of bilingual education, supports for life after high school, educational laws, mental wellness, and more. There will also be guest speakers, cultural performances, and opportunities to meet other immigrant families from across the five boroughs.

The conference will be taking place on:

  • Thursday, April 27 (6 a.m.–8 p.m.) — Virtual and open to DOE staff members and NYC parents
  • Friday, April 28 (10 a.m.—12 p.m.) — Virtual and open to DOE staff members and NYC parents
  • Saturday, April 29 (9 a.m.—3 p.m.) — In-person at the Intrepid Museum—sessions open to NYC parents only

To register, complete our official RSVP form by April 18. Please understand, however, space will be limited for the in-person event at the Intrepid Museum! 

For more information, download one of our flyers (available in 10 languages) and visit our registration page.


And’s that’s it 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 NYC Public Schools, we wish all City families a great April!

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