Public School Eligibility

The City provides information about public school eligibility and helps students enroll.

Anyone who is between the ages of 5 and 21 on December 31 of the current school year, and who has not received a high school diploma, can attend a public school for free. A child must be 4-years-old to be eligible to attend Pre-Kindergarten.

In most cases, a child's elementary or middle school location is determined by where the child lives. High school placements are made through a citywide high school admissions process or at a Family Welcome Center (formerly known as Enrollment Offices).