If you’d like to transfer schools, read this page to learn about the different ways to transfer. If none of the categories below apply to your family, or if you aren’t sure, visit a Family Welcome Center. Our enrollment counselors will work with you to understand your situation and discuss next steps, including any transfer options.We are committed to ensuring that all students can attend school safely. If you would like to seek a transfer because of bullying or harassment, please visit a Family Welcome Center. We will work with all families who want to transfer due to concerns of bullying and harassment.
If you have moved within NYC and want your child to go to a school closer to your new home, you can enroll in a different school.
You can register directly at your zoned school if your child is in elementary or middle school. Type your home address into School Search to learn if you have a zoned school. Then use the Pre-Registration Checklist to learn what you need to bring to the school to register. If you’d like to explore other options, you can visit a Family Welcome Center.
If your child is in high school, visit a Family Welcome Center to register. Use NYC School Finder to make a list of schools that interest you, and bring it with you when you visit. Use the Pre-Registration Checklist to learn what you need to bring to the Family Welcome Center to register.
If your child’s school location creates a hardship due to your employment and/or childcare situation, you can request a childcare transfer. Visit a Family Welcome Center and bring documentation from your employer and/or childcare provider that confirms the hardship.
If you have or your child has a medical condition or disability that prevents physical access to the school, you can request a medical transfer. Visit a Family Welcome Center and bring documentation from your medical provider on their letterhead. The document should explain the health condition and why they recommend a transfer. With your permission, our staff may contact the medical provider to get more information.
If you believe that your child is not safe at their current school, meet with a staff member at their school to discuss your concerns. These concerns can be related to violence, harassment, intimidation, or bullying. The school will submit documentation to a Family Welcome Center to request a transfer. You can also bring documentation such as a statement or a police report to a Family Welcome Center to request a transfer. See page 12 of Chancellor’s Regulation A-101 and Chancellor’s Regulation A-449 for more information about safety transfers.
If you want your child to go to the same school as their sibling, you can request a sibling transfer. Siblings include half-siblings, step-siblings, and foster siblings who live in the same home as your child. Visit a Family Welcome Center to make the request.
If your child’s commute to high school is more than 75 minutes and/or requires more than three transfers on public transportation, you can request a travel hardship transfer. Visit a Family Welcome Center and bring documentation that shows their home address.
If your child is eligible for a Public School Choice (PSC) or Persistently Dangerous Schools (PDS) transfer, we’ll send you a letter in the mail with this information. Visit the Public School Choice page to learn more.
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