middle school admissions

Dear  5th Grade Families,

Applying to middle school this winter? The application isn’t open yet, but you can start getting ready now to apply later.


What You Can Do Now

Explore middle school options. Use the myschools.nyc middle school directory to find detailed information about schools of interest; you can also search for schools by course offerings, location, sports, accessibility, and more.

A Few Tips

  • Most middle school programs have specific requirements about who can apply to them. Later this fall, when you get your welcome letter and log in to MySchools, you’ll be able to see all the programs you’re eligible to apply to in a personalized search. For now, you can check a program’s Eligibility Requirements to learn if your child can apply to it.

  • Find out which school district you live in for middle school admissions and if you have any zoned schools at schoolsearch.schools.nyc. Your child will have priority to attend their zoned middle school(s).

  • Make a list of schools that interest you and meet your child’s needs.

  • Visit these schools’ websites to learn more. Each MySchools directory page features a link to the school’s own website and contact information.

  • Attend virtual or in-person open houses. Many schools’ directory pages also provide direct links to information for prospective families, such as open house information or virtual tours. Touring a school virtually or in person is a great way to imagine what it might be like to go there. When attending events, we recommend bringing a list of questions to ask school staff.


What’s Next

Later this fall, 5th grade public school families will receive a personalized welcome letter in the mail. This letter will include a unique code to create a MySchools account or add your child to an existing one. When letters are available, all applicants (including current private and parochial school students) will be able to request a copy from your child’s current school or a Family Welcome Center. 


 We’ll let you know when letters are on the way!

Middle School Virtual Tour

Coming soon!

PS/IS 180 Admissions Criteria

  • Priority given to rising PS/IS 180 fifth graders

  • Open to all of District 3

  • Equally weighted review of grades, attendance, effort, behavior, and state exam scores