Welcome to the Common Online Charter School Application!

Apply to multiple NYC charter schools for the 2021-22 school year. It’s not too late! Join a waitlist today.

Get to know All About Charter Schools in NYC
Learn more about each school by visiting the Virtual Charter School Fair website. The live event has ended, but you can still explore the schools’ presentations. Simply visit the fair site to find links to their websites or to leave them messages to get in touch with you. For specific dates and times of individual school events,
view our citywide NYC Charter School Virtual Visits Calendar

Charter schools are free public schools open to all NYC students. They do not require an admissions test, interview, essay, etc. in order to submit an application.

The Enrollment Process for the 2021-22 school year
When there are more student applications by April 1 than there are seats available, charter schools are required to hold lotteries to randomly select students for admission. Students whose names are not selected in the lottery will be added to the school’s wait list and may be admitted as seats become available in the future. Learn More

APPLICATIONS can be submitted through the spring and summer
The Common Online Charter School Application is open throughout the year. Log on whenever you want to make changes to your family profile or look for additional school selections. Charter schools continue to accept applications after April 1 for their waitlists or for seats that become available after their lottery. Families can use the Common App during the spring and summer to apply to those schools.

When will I hear if my child is accepted?
Most charter schools have already closed applications for their lottery and begun the enrollment process. Families can expect to receive notification of application status, including letters of acceptance or waitlist directly from schools through the spring and summer.