Did you know that you can track your child’s education on any computer, phone, or tablet? You can also sign the COVID consent form, right in the NYC Schools Account (NYCSA). You can sign up for an account by entering a few basic details. This will allow you to begin receiving notifications from the DOE. It only takes five minutes, and it is the first step in getting a full account.

School Based Testing Consent

Beginning October 2020, we will begin monthly random testing of students and staff in New York City school buildings. Provide consent to test your child for COVID-19 directly through NYCSA.


Adding Students

You have to add students to the account in order to see more detailed information. Once you have done this, you can enjoy all the benefits your NYC Schools Account provides.

If you do not have a creation code, or the school did not send you a letter about NYCSA, you will have to register in-person or teleconference into a school. Use the Find a School tool to get your child’s school’s contact and location information.

  • To register at school, bring a valid photo ID (like your passport, driver’s license, or IDNYC) and your child’s nine-digit student ID number, which can be found on your child’s report card.

  • To register over teleconference, your child's school will verify you or your child's identity by voice or sight.

You can add other students to your account as well, using the same process as above.

Sharing Access

You can invite other adults—like relatives or a tutor—to see information about your child on NYCSA. Some of the information on NYCSA is private, so be careful about who you invite.

To invite someone to NYCSA, log into your account and click on the Manage User Access page, to send an invitation to that adult’s email address. They will be prompted to enter your child’s nine- digit student ID and an Account Creation Code.
From this page, you can control how much information other users are able to see. You can assign a user to one of three roles:

  • Custodial users can see all information available about a child in your NYCSA account. Parents have this level when they register an account.

  • Noncustodial users can only see part of the information available.

  • Additional users can only see information the custodial user lets you see.

If you were invited to access a NYCSA account and suddenly see less information than you are used to, it means someone changed your role.


Contact Information

If you are a parent who lives with your child, or a custodial or non-custodial guardian, you can update your own cell phone number and email address in your NYC Schools Account, using the Emergency Contact page found under My Account.

The cell phone number you provide will be used by the DOE to contact you directly in the event of an emergency. We recommend reaching out to your child’s school to confirm that their records reflect your updated contact information and preferences.

When you sign in to your NYCSA account, you will see a pop-up message reminding you to update your emergency contact information, including your cell phone number and email address. You may click Update Now to go directly to the Emergency Contact page.

If you need to update your home phone number, you must contact your school directly to make the change(s), as this feature is not yet available.


The information stored in NYCSA is secured and protected by 128-bit SSL encryption. Information about your child is protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act(Open external link) (FERPA).


Contact us

If you have questions about your child’s NYC Schools Account, contact your child’s school or call 311.

If any of the information you see about your child in NYC Schools Account is incorrect, contact your child’s school.

If you are having trouble accessing your account, or have forgotten your password, used the “Forgot your password?” link on the sign-in page to reset it. If the problem continues, contact your child’s school.

For any questions about your access to another child’s NYC Schools Account, we encourage you to speak with the child’s parent.

We invite you to provide feedback using the Suggestions form. The link is found at the bottom of the page once you are signed into the Account.




Enroll Grade by Grade

Here's what you can do right now:

  • Set up your MySchools account! 

  • Missed the kindergarten application deadline? Add your child to programs' waitlists.

  • Apply to middle school by February 9, 2021.

  • Apply to high school by February 23, 2021.

  • Participate in Specialized High Schools admissions.

    • Register to take the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT): late registration is open through January 28, 2021.

    • Register by February 23, 2021 to audition for LaGuardia High School programs.




How to Apply: Grade by Grade

Click or tap on the links below to learn more about each admissions process. Need a school right away? Visit our New Students page to learn what to do.

  • EarlyLearn

    Free or low-cost child care and education provided through the DOE for children from 6 weeks to 2 years old. If you qualify, your child can begin a program any time during the year.

  • Head Start

    Safe, positive learning environments for children ages 3-4 to learn, to play, and build the skills that get them ready for kindergarten and beyond.

  • 3-K

    Apply to free, full-day 3-K programs the year your child turns 3.

  • Pre-K

    Apply to pre-K programs the year your child turns 4. There is a pre-K seat for every 4-year-old NYC resident.

  • Kindergarten

    Your child will enter kindergarten in the calendar year they turn 5. Apply even if your child is a current pre-K student.

  • Gifted and Talented

    In the school year before your child's kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade year, sign your child up to take the G&T test.

  • Middle School

    Apply during your child’s 5th grade year (or 6th grade for students in K-6 schools).

  • High School

    Apply during your child's 8th or (first-time) 9th grade year.

  • Specialized High Schools

    During your child's 8th or (first-time) 9th grade year, register to audition and/or test to apply to the Specialized High Schools.

  • Diversity in Admissions

    Schools across New York City were invited to participate in a pilot initiative to increase diversity within their schools. Learn about the participating schools and initiatives for each grade level.




NYC families can use MySchools to apply to public schools from 3-K to high school. Get started by creating an account. Then explore your children’s personalized school options and get guidance on the admissions process from start to finish.

Keep tabs on grades, emergency updates, progress towards graduation
and more with your
 NYC Schools Account.

Already have an account? Log in here


Family Welcome Center

Due to COVID-19, all Family Welcome Center’s physical locations are temporarily closed, but our staff members are available to support remotely Monday - Friday. For more information about hours, including staff holidays, please see the Family Welcome Center Hours section below.

Important note: Family Welcome Centers are currently prioritizing support for families whose children 

  • do not yet have a school and need to register, or

  • need medical or safety transfers and are participating in blended learning (any schedule with in-person learning days).

At this time, we are unable to support non-emergency transfer requests. We care deeply about your child’s education and well-being, and will update this website as soon as we are able to process additional transfers.



Contact Us

Need a school for your child? Have other questions? Here’s what to do:

  • Step 1: Fill out this Student Registration Form. Providing this information will help us help you more quickly!

  • Step 2: Identify your local Family Welcome Center: this is determined by your school district.

    • To learn your school district, enter your home address here (Open external link) or call 311.

    • Now find your local Family Welcome Center and its email address in the table below.

  • Step 3: Email your Family Welcome Center directly

    • Be sure to attach your completed Student Registration Form.

    • If you are new or returning to New York City public schools, or your address has changed, be sure to ALSO include the documents in this Pre-Registration Checklist.

In your email, please let us know:

  • Your child's first name, last name, date of birth, and OSIS number

  • If you need support in another language

  • If you (the child's parent/guardian) are deaf or hard-of-hearing

Please do NOT include any photographs of students with your message.