You know May is here when your social media feeds are full of memes and photos like this:
All Fourth jokes aside, this month is a pivotal one for NYC Public Schools, as May marks the last full month of the 2022–23 school year before the academic year comes to a close late next month. Over the next few weeks, City classrooms will be ramping up their end-of-year lessons, tests, and activities in preparation for the start of the summer season and the 2023–24 school year. For many students, May is the perfect time to complete extra credit work, catch up on missed assignments, and wrap up any service projects that they’ve been working on throughout the school year—if you have burning questions about your child’s progress heading into the end of the school year, reach out to their teachers this month and learn how your child can end the school year on a strong and positive note!
May also marks the monthlong celebrations of both Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage and Jewish American Heritage Months. Additionally, there’s Teacher Appreciation Week, our annual celebration of New York’s hardworking educators. And let’s not forget Mother’s Day, the annual tradition celebrated by many New Yorkers this month—just keep in mind that your family’s “Mother’s Day” may not fall on the same date this year (May 14) as other City families!
As far as City public schools are concerned, May has a few dates for City public school families to keep in mind, including parent-teacher conference dates, the end of the 2023 Community and Citywide Education Council election season, New York State’s implementation of this year’s Mathematics exams for students in grades 3–8, and our release of this year’s Pre-K and 3-K offers for fall 2023 admissions, before finally capping off with Memorial Day.
So without further ado, here’s a look at what’s happening in NYC public schools this month, courtesy of our official 2022–23 NYC Public Schools Calendar.
NYC Schools Calendar — May 2023
Some notes about this month’s schedule:
May is Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Throughout the month, the NYC Department of Education is celebrating 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 coverage on social media (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram) and The Morning Bell!
Celebrate Jewish American Heritage in May
This month, NYC Public Schools are celebrating Jewish American history and heritage by hosting events, providing classroom discussions, and highlighting outstanding books and other great learning resources. Check in with your teachers to learn how Jewish American Heritage Month is being commemorated at your school!
New York State Mathematics Exams for Students in Grades 3–8
On May 2–3, NYC Public Schools are administering the New York State Mathematics Tests for students in grades 3–8.
If your child is slated to take these exams, please speak with staff members at your child’s school for more information. You may also learn more about the exam by reviewing the “Parent Resources” page on the New York State Education Department’s website or by visiting our “NY State Math Test” page.
G&T Applications for NYC Students (Grades 1–4) Open May 2–15
Eligible families with children entering grades 1, 2, 3 or 4 in fall 2023 can apply to the City’s Gifted and Talented (G&T) programs for fall 2023 admissions. Families may submit a G&T application online via MySchools or in person through a Family Welcome Center.
Please note that this application process is NOT for children entering kindergarten in fall 2023.
Learn more on our Gifted and Talented webpage.
May’s Parent-Teacher Conferences
This month, City public schools across the five boroughs are hosting virtual parent-teacher conferences. Speak with your child’s teachers to set up mutually convenient virtual meeting times, and take the opportunity to learn more about your child’s current progress and overall readiness for the 2023–24 school year.
Teacher Appreciation Week (May 8–12)