Family Resources

2023 NYC Public School Admissions Guide

The 2023 NYC Public School Admissions Guide is now available! This guide helps students and families participate in the admissions process. It onboards families to admissions and using MySchools while pointing to robust digital resources and personalized support options.

Family Guide To Special Education School Age Services available in:


Specialized High School Admission Test

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All current 8th and first-time 9th grade students who live in New York City can apply to high school and test and/or audition to apply to the Specialized High Schools during the 2022-2023 school year. In mid-October, you’ll get your child’s welcome letter with details on how to access your MySchools account and participate.


Today, we have updates for students interested in applying to any/all of the eight testing Specialized High Schools. You apply to these schools by registering for and then taking the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT); offers are made based on each student’s SHSAT score, their school preferences, and seat availability. Here’s what to do, when:

  • Prepare. Detailed test information, sample tests, and information about testing accommodations are available on our website.

  • Register. Registration will open in mid-October 2021. Specific registration dates are coming soon!

  • Test. All registered students will take the SHSAT in December 2021. When specific test dates and other information become available, we will send an update. 


  • When to submit your high school application, the way to apply to most of the city’s 700+ program options.

  • When and how to register for programs at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, NYC’s audition Specialized High School, which uses a separate admissions process.

  • How to audition for arts programs at high schools across the city, including LaGuardia.


Questions? Talk to your child’s current school counselor or email

Universal NYC Baby Bonds: Kids Rise Save for College Program 

The Mayor and Chancellor have announced a citywide expansion of the community-driven NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program. This public-private-community partnership provides families, schools, and communities access to a universal scholarship and savings platform, regardless of a family’s income or immigration status. Starting this year, every kindergartener enrolled in a New York City public school will have access to an NYC Scholarship Account, with $100 invested toward their future education and up to $200 in rewards. Register for an info session to learn more.


NYC DOE Homecoming Health And Safety Guide For Families

DOE released the DOE Homecoming Health and Safety Guide for families, which includes the latest health and safety precautions that will be in place when schools open for school year 2021-22 to provide a safe and healthy in-person learning experience for all students. Please share the Homecoming Guide with families in your school community as soon as possible; translations will also be available at in the coming days. 

All the latest updates and information on School Year 2021-22 can be found at,and health & safety information is available at


P-EBT Resources

Every single NYC public school student is automatically eligible—regardless of income or immigration status—. No application or registration is required. P-EBT does not affect any other benefits or public charge status. Students in parochial or charter schools may be eligible if their school participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).  For more information, please check out the links below.

GetFoodNYC:  Free Food Locations

Get a map of food resources across the city:Free food pantries, Grocery stores and farmer’s markets locations, grab & go meals at NYC Schools, available for all children or adults in need.

Free Fast Wi-Fi in NYC

LinkNYC is a first-of-its-kind communications network that is replacing pay phones across the five boroughs with new structures called Links. Each Link provides super fast, free public Wi-Fi, phone calls, device charging, and a tablet for access to city services, maps and directions.  Learn more here.

As part of their franchise contract renewals with the City, Time Warner Cable and Cablevision have partnered with DoITT and the Parks Department to provide public Wi-Fi service in nearly 80 parks locations across the five boroughs. NYC Parks Wi-Fi access is available on a free and limited-free basis. View a map of Parks WiFi locationsLearn more here.

All branches of the Library feature computers that offer access to the Internet, electronic databases, library catalogs, and Microsoft Office. Every location also offers free Wi-Fi access during open hours.  Learn more here.

Learn more about Broadband Access programs here:

Emergency Broadband Benefit

Harlem WiFi

NYC Connected Communities

NYCHA Digital Van

TWC Learning Labs

The Emergency Broadband Benefit

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more.


Family Welcome Centers

Family Welcome Centers serve NYC families all year round with enrollment and admissions. Our staff members provide remote support Monday through Friday via email, phone, or video conference. 

To request support and/or set up an appointment, please complete and submit this form: Request for Support

When we receive your form, we will call or email you to support your request. We’ll make every effort to respond within 72 hours. We are grateful for your patience.

Need help accessing or submitting the online form? Call 718-935-2828 for assistance.

Free Tutoring for Grades K-12

EduMate NYC offers free, virtual tutoring for K-12 students, delivered by college and graduate students. 
Virtual K-8 tutoring is available for free through Educove, founded by Stuyvesant High School students.

Help Now NYC

Employment resources, food assistance, health and medical assistance, emotional support and spiritual care are available through Help Now NYC.

NYC Well

Support is available by calling 888-NYC-WELL (888-692-9355). Don’t wait. Connect with someone who will listen and help. Call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. 888-NYC-WELL (888-692-9355)

Benefits Navigator

The Office of Community Schools’ Students in Temporary Housing Team now has a Benefits Navigator Tool – a simple way for families to access a wide array of publicly available benefits and resources from the DOE and other city agency partners.

INCLUDEnyc: Information for Students with Disabilities

INCLUDEnyc is a non-profit providing training and information for young people with any disability (age 0-26) in New York City, their families, and the professionals who support them. Learn more about organizations and programs supporting young people with disabilities. Connect with representatives via chat, audio, or video to learn more about Summer Camps,  After School, Recreation, Athletics, Art, Dance, and Music Transition Services and College Supports and Services. More information here. 

Free Training at Parent University

Parent University is a course registration and management system which provides free training on a wide range of topics. Check out on-demand offerings such as: Google Classroom, How to Use Text to Understand Unknown Words or Phrases, Tweens, Teens, Tech and Mental Health, and so much more. Check out the site here.  

Learning Heroes

In partnership with the National PTA and Univision, Learning Heroes is excited to showcase the next round of Team Up for Success, which provides ongoing parent communications with free research-based tools and resources throughout the year.  

Today we present an updated Parent-Teacher Planning Tool that helps parents form a two-way relationship with their child’s teacher and share progress! We’ve also created this video to assist parents and guardians with using the tool.

As a part of this series we previously debuted our “Dear Teacher” letter meant to introduce families to their child’s new teacher, and a new Parenting Minutes video from WNET, focused on building parent-teacher relationships. 

Please consider helping amplify Team Up for Success by:

  • Sharing our Team Up for Success Toolkit with your networks 
  • Adding a campaign blurb to your organization’s newsletter and/or other email communications 

#TeamUpForSuccess with Learning Heroes!