How to apply for NYC charter schools
BY SOFIA VALDES
New York City charter schools are
now accepting applications for the
2021-2022 school year.
One can apply through the NYC
Charter Schools website to multiple
charter schools in their neighborhood
as well as find available virtual open
house dates and times through the
NYC virtual visits calendar.
NYC’s charter school’s website
makes it easy for essentially anyone
to navigate, with options to apply in
10 different languages.
If you scroll down slightly on the
home page, you will see four different
options: Find a school, apply, parent
info, and virtual school.
The Find a School section will
lead you to a page with a map. Here,
you can see a schools list as well
as options to refine your search by
neighborhood, community school district
(CSD), borough, and grade level.
The Parent Info section contains
answers to frequently asked questions
such as “What makes charter
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schools different from traditional
district schools?” and “What are the
benefits of enrolling my child in a
charter school?” It also contains tips
The Virtual Schools section will
open up to a calendar containing the
dates and times in which you can visit
any school of your interest. They have
dates available all the way up to April.
If you click a school, a page will pop
up that shows you what grade levels
the school contains, where the school
is located, what time the virtual event
will be held, and a Zoom link you can
use to join the meeting.
Now to apply, you can click this
link, which will take you to the login
page where you can then create an
account to start the application process.
Once you create an account, the
online application form will ask you
to create your profile in three steps.
The first step will ask you for parent/
guardian information such as your
address, relationship to student, etc.
The second step will ask you information
regarding the student such
as their name, date of birth, etc. The
final step asks you to choose preferred
schools, fill out an application, and
confirm said application.
Applications must be submitted
by the midnight, April 1 deadline.
Some charter schools may continue
to accept applications after April 1.
In that case, a parent or guardian is
advised to contact schools directly in
order to find exact dates.
If there are more student applications
than there are seats available
at a given school, charter schools are
required to hold lotteries to randomly
select students for admission. Those
students who aren’t selected in the
lottery process will be put on the
school’s waitlist and may be chosen
for admission if a seat becomes available
in the future.
Each charter school runs their own
lottery and enrollment process. Families
should expect to hear back from
schools after the application deadline.
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