Parent Information

Registering Students

When you come to the school to register a child, please bring the child with you. You must also bring the following:

Your child's birth certificate or passport

Your child's immunization records

Two documents to verify proof of residence (see below)

Your child must receive a physical examination before the registration process is complete. (Registration forms are available in the Main Office)

Proof of residence will be verified by any two of the following:

A residential utility bill (gas or electric) in the resident's name issued by National Grid, Con Edison, or Long Island Power Authority; must be dated within the past 60 days.

Documentation or letter on letterhead from a federal, state or local government agency, including the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), City Housing Authority, Human Resources Administration (HRA), the Administration for Children's Service (ACS), or an ACS subcontractor indicating the resident's name and address; must be dated within the past 60 days.

An original lease agreement, deed or mortgage statement for the residence

A current property tax bill for the residence.

A water bill for the residence; must be dated within the past 60 days.

Official payroll documentation from an employer such as a form submitted for tax withholding purposes or payroll receipt; a letter on the employer's letterhead will not be accepted; must be dated within the past 60 days.


Pre-Kindergarten

Apply for Pre-K online here.

If you applied for pre-k in a public school through the website or a borough enrollment office, pre-k decision letters will be mailed to families in early June. If you missed the application period for public schools, but you are still interested in public school programs, you can also contact schools with available seats, directly, starting June 16. Email questions to info@ps161.org

If you missed the application period for public schools, you can also contact schools directly starting June 16.

If you live in New York City and your child is turning 4 years old in 2020, it’s time to think about applying to pre-kindergarten!

Children turning four years old in 2020 who live in New York City are eligible to attend pre-k programs.

Pre-k is free. You do not have to pay to attend programs offered by the NYC Department of Education.

Programs can be half-day (2 hours and 30 minutes) or full-day (6 hours and 20 minutes). Half-day programs may take place in the morning (AM) or afternoon (PM).

Programs are available at public schools and community-based organizations (CBOs). There are separate application processes for public schools and CBOs.

Pre-K Options: Public Schools and Community- Based Early Childhood Centers


Public School Pre-K Programs

The pre-kindergarten application period is now closed. Pre-k decision letters will be mailed to families in early June.

If you missed the application deadline for public schools, or if you want more information, complete this survey. We will respond with information about available pre-k programs in your area!

Familes who missed the application period for public schools should also contact schools directly starting June 16.

Community-Based Early Childhood Centers (CBECC) Pre-K Programs

(formerly Community-Based Organizations - CBO)

CBECCs are independent groups that contract with the Department of Education to provide free pre-k programs and other services to families.

CBECCs manage their own application process. Get the CBECC application from any CBECC program site or here. Then, deliver the CBECC application in person to each site for which you want to apply.

Admissions criteria vary by CBECC. Most CBECCs admit students on a first-come, first-served basis.


Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities may apply to all pre-k programs according to standard Pre-K Admissions. Some students may require additional supports. Please read about Pre-K Admissions for students who require special education services.

Remote Learning

NYC DOE information on remote learning. Click Here

Grading Policy

Dear Families,

This unprecedented time of COVID-19 has presented difficulty and struggles for all New Yorkers, and we recognize that supporting your children in their continued learning in the midst of this crisis has been no small feat. We are amazed by the resilience and resolve that all of you—the families of our 1.1 million students—have shown as we transformed our entire system to remote learning. We are grateful for all that you are doing to support the success of your child as we finish the 2019-2020 school year in remote learning.

This transition would be a challenge at any time, but in the midst of the anxiety and trauma so many of our communities are experiencing due to the pandemic, it could have been insurmountable. Still, you have done it, being there for your children in every way you can to support their learning despite not necessarily knowing where the next meal will be coming from, or dealing with illness or loss in your family or community, or any other number of insecurities this time has brought.

That is why we have continually evolved our policies to meet this moment, developing and in some cases entirely reinventing them to support all of you—our students and families. These policies run the gamut from attendance to class scheduling to technology usage and beyond. Today, we are writing with another important policy update, concerning student grading

Grades are important for understanding a student’s progress toward meeting learning standards, but they are just one way our educators are measuring and discerning how a student is engaging with schoolwork and making progress. We must ensure that support for our students includes not just academics, but social-emotional learning, health and safety, and physical and mental wellness, and there are relationships in place that affirm and empower our students and families. We are giving our educators the tools and skills they need to understand and support our students socially and emotionally. We will continue to create resources for students and families that elevate these supports within the context of COVID-19. Implementation of the policy by school leaders will be considerate of students who have experienced emotional loss, death, mental health issues, or didn’t have access to a device or connectivity right away. We know that just as you are our partners in learning, we are yours in the emotional support your children may need during this time.

We have heard from students, parents, teachers, school leaders, and many others across the City to inform our revised grading policy. We see you, we hear you, and we believe that the final policy we are issuing emphasizes flexibility and patience for students in these unprecedented times, while also keeping students engaged without penalty for the trauma they may be experiencing. It maintains clear expectations that acknowledge each individual student’s experience, and creates a consistent, equitable system across all schools. The policy seeks to minimize stress on families and students, while still providing next year’s teachers with the information they need about an individual student’s progress toward achieving standards.

What You Need to Know

The grading policy outlined below is in effect for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year only. Teachers will base students’ final grades on a holistic review of their progress before and after we started remote learning. Attendance will not be a factor in students’ grades. No student will receive a failing final grade.

Grade(s)Grading Policy Summary

  • 3K & Pre-K

No change because students do not receive report cards or grades.

  • K - 5th

Students receive final grades of either “Meets Standards” (MT) or “Needs Improvement” (N).

  • 6th-8th

Students receive final grades of “Meets Standards” (MT), “Needs Improvement” (N), or “Course in Progress” (NX).

  • 9th – 12th

Your school’s existing grading scale applies, but no failing grade will be issued. A “Course in Progress” (NX) will be issued instead. After final grades have been issued, students and families have the option to convert any or all passing Spring Semester 2020 final grades to pass (CR will be the symbol used in this case). Any CR grade will not be factored into a students’ GPA.

The DOE is continuing to develop plans for programming and supports over the summer months. More information about summer school will be made available by your school and shared in the upcoming weeks.