Middle School to High School Transition

UPDATE: Waitlists will open Monday, March 23rd, 2020.

The Office of Student Enrollment will:

  • Email families that they can log into MySchools (www.myschools.nyc) to view their child’s offer.

  • Call families who do not have MySchools accounts to let them know that their printed offer letters are in the mail.

  • Print and mail all students’ offer letters to each student’s home address by early April.

Students will get selected to only one school and the others on the application, will place your child in a waiting list:

Offer letters show information about waitlists, including the programs where the child is automatically on the waitlist.

  • Students are automatically on the waitlist for each program listed higher on their application than their offer. For example:

    • A student who gets an offer to their 3rd choice program is automatically on the waitlists for their 1st choice and 2nd choice programs.

    • A student who gets an offer to their 1st choice program is not automatically on any waitlists.

  • MySchools (for families) will show the programs where the child is on the waitlist.

  • School counselors and Family Welcome Center staff can also see (inMySchools) the programs where each student is on the waitlist.

Students Can Be Added to Any Waitlists.

  • Families can add their child to any waitlist at programs that were not on their application, or programs listed lower on their application than their offer.

  • Families can add their child to waitlists directly in Myschools, through their middle school counselor, or at a Family Welcome Center.

  • There is no maximum number of waitlists a student can be on.

Eligibility requirements as listed in the high school directory are still relevant for waitlists. Families can only add their child to waitlists at programs they are eligible for.

How Students Are Ordered on Waitlists.

  • Families can check their child’s position on any waitlist in real time by Going to the MySchools website,Through their middle school counselor or at a Family Welcome Center.

  • Each program has separate GE and SWD waitlists.

  • Priority groups for each program (in the directory) are still relevant for waitlists. Students are grouped in priority group order on each waitlist.

  • Ed. Opt. and Open programs: students automatically on the waitlist are grouped by priority group, and in random number order within priority group.

  • Screened, Audition, Screened: Language programs: students automatically on the waitlist are grouped by priority group, and in rank number order within priority group.

Waitlists will be open from March until September.

  • If and when a seat becomes available at a high school, a waitlist offer will be made.

  • High schools will contact families directly if they are making a waitlist offer.

  • Waitlist offers will be made based on seat availability, admissions priorities, and admissions methods.

  • Families and school counselors can check their position on any waitlist in MySchools in real-time.