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The Middle School Admissions Process

Fall 2013

Office of Student Enrollment



Student eligibility & priorities Types of programs Matching process The middle school application Tips for the process Middle school application timeline

An overview of the Middle School Admissions Process


Eligibility to Middle School is based on Chancellors Regulation A-101: Students will be able to apply to schools in their district of attendance and/or district to which they are zoned for middle school. Students may apply to schools with multiple district eligibilities, borough-wide or city-wide programs To read Chancellors Regulation A-101, please visit:

Priority to continuing 5th grade students K-8 schools offer priority to continuing 5th graders Priority to zone Zoned middle school will continue to grant priority to students who reside in the zone 5th grade students who wish to attend a school for which they have priority must rank that school as one of their choices on the middle school application A zoned school or K-8 school option should be ranked AFTER any other programs for which the student wants to be considered

Types of Middle School Programs

Screened/Audition Academic or Performance assessment Schools rank students based on a range of academic criteria Screened Language Dual Language & Newcomers programs Test based - Admission based on composite test score Limited Unscreened Priority to students who attend and sign in at an information session, school tour, open house event, or by visiting the schools exhibit at the Middle School Fair. Unscreened - Random selection process Zoned - Open to students in the zoned area

Matching Process
Student Choice

Middle School Match


Admissions Method Seat Availability

Middle School Application

Pre-populated with customized middle school choices. These include programs based on: > District(s) for which a student is eligible: District of attendance District of zoned middle school > Programs based on submission of Request For Testing Form: OLSAT programs (District 24 only) Talent Testing Programs: Mark Twain for the Gifted & Talented (citywide) District 21 options (applicable students only) > After taking the OLSAT or Mark Twain/District 21 talent tests, students must also list any school for which they would like to be considered on their middle school application.

Districts 17, 18, 20, 22 and 30 have eliminated use of the OLSAT test for middle school admission. The Office of Student Enrollment will only administer the OLSAT in District 24. Students applying to test-based admission programs in Districts 17, 18, 20, 22 and 30 will be admitted based on their combined 4th grade ELA and Math scores. There are no changes to the Mark Twain/District 21 Talent Testing requirements.

Fourth Grade NYS ELA and Math Scores

The new Common Core State math and English exams have created a new baseline for student achievement in New York City. Many programs with academic screens give primary consideration to applicants that meet certain performance thresholds on State math and English exams; i.e. Level 2 or 3 or higher. Middle schools with screened programs have been advised to consider the following information related to 4th grade scores:
Schools that have historically used selection criteria of Level 2 or higher should now consider students who scored 1.80 or higher. Schools that have historically used selection criteria of Level 3 or higher should now consider students who scored 2.10 or higher. Schools that have historically used selection criteria at Level 4 may continue to consider students with a proficiency rating of 4.00 or higher.

SECTIONS 1& 2: Any changes to student information must be updated at the childs elementary school. Sections 3 & 4: These will be blank & should be completed by the elementary school after students return application

Top of Page 2: Directions & Sample followed by customized choices

Bottom of Page 3: Parent/Guardian Signature

Middle School Process Tips

The middle school directory is a great reference for what options exist for each district
This year all community schools have a page in the middle school directory. Charter schools will be listed in the back. School-based application and charter schools will still not show up on the middle school application - Interested families should reach out to these schools directly

Students should attend open houses and other events to learn more about schools in which they are interested Students should consider travel distance when ranking schools on the application There is no sibling priority for middle school


Middle School Process Timeline - Fall

Middle School Directories: September Request for Testing (RFT) Forms: Available now and due back to your Guidance Counselor no later than October 16, 2013
District 24 (OLSAT) District 21/Mark Twain citywide (Talent Testing)

School-based open houses, tours & events throughout the fall. Many schools post open house information at Also check individual school webpages. Middle School Applications: November December OLSAT Testing (District 24 only): December 7, 8, 14 & 15


Middle School Process Timeline - Spring

District 21/Mark Twain talent testing: January 11, 12, 25, 26, and February 1, 2, 8 & 9 Screened school interviews & testing: February - March New schools round: March Notification letters: May Appeals round: June


For Additional Information:

Visit the Middle School Admissions page at Contact your local Borough Enrollment Office (BEO) Call 718-935-2398 Email: