Admissions for 2020

New this year:  D17 residents are eligible to apply.

Admissions for September 2020 will open in winter 2020. Check the DOE website for dates.  Wait lists for the current school year are closed.

Brooklyn New School is in year five of the Diversity in Admissions plan.  There are now over 90 schools participating in the DIA plan, designed to help foster diversity within the school. The DOE prioritizes students who identify as low income for a certain percentage of open seats each year. You can indicate in your application if your child meets this criteria. To view this year’s income guidelines, click here.

Children are admitted to BNS by lottery. 

There is no entrance test and no pre-admission interview. BNS is not a zoned school; children who live in Brooklyn are eligible to apply.  Low income families who live in Districts 13, 14, 15, 16 & 17 have priority for all open seats after siblings are admitted.   

  • Families interested in Pre-K apply through the DOE’s Myschools and fill out a BNS Pre-K outreach questionnaire in February 2020. This questionnaire tells us about our applicants. It does not affect the DOE lottery.  We do not share the information.
  • Families interested in Kindergarten apply through the DOE’s Myschools and fill out a BNS Kindergarten outreach questionnaire in December 2019.  This questionnaire tells us about our applicants. It does not affect the DOE lottery.  We do not share the information.
  • Families applying for grades 1-5 are asked to fill out a simple application available in January 2020.  BNS will fill seats in grades 1-5 over the summer of 2020 and into the early fall. There is a separate lottery and wait list for each grade.

Information for the application: 

  • Our name is Brooklyn New School, PS 146
  • Our DBN (school number) is 15K146
  • Please fill out the question about income verification.  If you qualify as low income, you will receive a priority in admissions for all grades.

Families should re-apply every year; paperwork does not carry over from year to year.

We encourage all parents to come to a BNS Open House before they apply. The Brooklyn New School hosts several Open House dates each year so prospective families can visit the school and learn about our approach and our community first-hand.

Every Open House is appropriate for families applying to pre-K to 5th grade.

  • Open house dates are scheduled for fall and winter.
  • Open Houses are for all grades, Pre-K – 5, and include a tour of the school. These events are geared towards adults. 
  • Open Houses begin in the Auditorium and last one and a half hours. Parents DO NOT need to register or sign up for an Open House.

Check the DOE website for information about citywide elementary school enrollment.

If you have questions about DOE Elementary School Admissions, please call (718) 935-2009 or email ES_Enrollment@schools.nyc.gov.

OPEN HOUSE DATES FOR 2019-2020

DAY DATE TIME
Tuesday Nov. 12, 2019 9-10:30 am
Wednesday Dec. 4, 2019 9-10:30 am
Monday Dec. 16, 2019 9-10:30 am
Friday Jan. 10, 2020 9-10:30 am
Tuesday Jan. 28, 2020 6-7:30 pm
Friday Feb. 7, 2020 9-10:30 am
Tuesday Feb. 25, 2020 6-7:30 pm

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