Public Schools

New York City Public Schools

New York City, consisting of the 5 boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island, is home to the largest public school system in the country.  The NYC Department of Education divided into 32 community school districts, serves over 1 million students in roughly 1500 schools. Any New York City resident is entitled to receive a free K-12 education, and a wide variety of options exist for consideration.  Only official New York City residents may apply for or enroll in public schools, so if you are planning on moving to New York City, it is important to note that public schools do not hold spots and registration cannot take place until residency has been established.   

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Recommended Books:
  • New York City's Best Public Elementary Schools: A Parents' Guide. 3rd ed. Clara Hemphill. New York: Teachers College Press, 2005. This is available in paperback and is worth your investment if you are interested in elementary schools in the public sector.
  • New York City's Best Public Middle Schools: A Parents' Guide. 3rd ed. Clara Hemphill. New York: Teachers College Press, 2008. This is available in paperback and is worth your investment if you are interested in middle schools in the public sector.
  • New York City's Best Public High Schools: A Parents' Guide. 3rd ed. Clara Hemphill. New York: Teachers College Press, 2007. This is available in paperback and is worth your investment if you are interested in high schools in the public sector.