Middle School Information



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The middle school admissions process aims to provide students with the opportunity to choose a middle school that suits their interests and needs. All students are encouraged to submit an application indicating their middle school preferences. Students are eligible to apply to middle school in the district where they are zoned for middle school, and, when different, the district where they attend elementary school. There are also borough-wide and citywide options. Please consult the middle school directory for district-specific information and to find out more about your options. The middle school admissions timeline is the same regardless of your district.

Every 5th and 6th grade student attending a New York City public elementary school will receive a customized middle school application. Your application will list all of the middle school programs to which you are eligible to apply. You should rank the schools on your application in order of preference, and you will be matched to a school according to your preferences, seat availability, and the school’s admissions priorities and selection criteria.

In addition to the options listed on your middle school application, there are several specialized programs throughout the city that have school-based application processes, as well as charter schools. Information on these additional options is available in each middle school directory

Middle School News

The Office of Student Enrollment welcomes all fifth grade students to Middle School Admissions!

Middle school applications will be available for NYC public school students from their schools in early November. .

The deadline for NYC public school students to return completed middle school applications to their schools is December 1.

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Middle School Open Houses

Metropolitan Expeditionary School (MELS)
91-30 Metropolitan Avenue
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Phone: 718-268-3500
For students that want to attend MELS during the 2016 - 2017 school year,
It is important to attend an Open House.  Here is a list of upcoming Open Houses.
Open House Dates:
November 3rd at 6:00 pm
November 7th at 6:00 pm
November 19th at 6:00 pm
November 29th at 6:00 pm


Russell Sage Junior High School ( JHS 190)
68-17 Austin Street
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Wednesday, November 9th 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Monday, November 21st 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm


Stephen A. Halsey Junior High School (JHS 157)
63-55 102 Street
Rego Park, NY 11375
      Friday, November 18, 2016    8:30 am - 10:30 am
    Monday, November 21, 2016  8:30 am - 10:30 am
You will have an opportunity to visit a sixth grade classroom during the morning sessions.
Parent Information Session Only:
Thursday, November 22, 2016   6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
(No visit to classroom)