Enrollment FAQs

  • Q. Is there an application fee?

    A.

    No.

  • Q. What age do you have to be to start Kindergarten?

    A.

    A child must turn 5 years by December 31st to begin kindergarten in the fall.

  • Q. Can I fill out one application for all of my children?

    A.

    No. Each child needs a separate application.

  • Q. How do you determine admission?

    A.

    Students are admitted in the order in which they apply. If we have more applications than places, admission is by random lottery. Our lottery does give the following preferences in order to ensure we are best serving our families and local community.

    • Siblings of currently enrolled students.
    • Siblings of applicants applying to NCSH.
    • Children of current NCSH staff.
    • Students residing in the following Community School Districts (CSD):
      • CSD 6 for applicants applying to kindergarten-2nd grade
      • CSD 5 for applicants applying to grades 3-6
    • Students applying to the ASD program. Please note this is a separate application process.
  • Q. Does it cost anything to attend the school?

    A.

    No. NCSH is a public school. It is free.

  • Q. Do you have Special Education Services?

    A.

    Yes. Approximately 30% of our student population have special needs. We have a specialized program for scholars with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Furthermore, NCSH offers all related services mandated on a child's IEP (e.g., physical therapy, occupational therapy, counseling, speech, etc.).

  • Q. If my child is an English Language Learner are they allowed to apply?

    A.

    Yes. We welcome English Language Learners.

  • Q. What grades do you offer?

    A.

    Our school will eventually serve grades K-8. Currently, we are accepting applications for Kindergarten through 6th grade.

  • Q. What are your school hours?

    A.

    The school day begins at 7:15 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m.

  • Q. Does the school offer busing?

    A.

    Scholars may qualify for busing through the Office of Pupil Transportation (see the chart below). Transportation eligibility is determined on the basis of the scholar's grade level and distance between the scholar's residence and school. If a scholar does not qualify for the school bus, they may be eligible for a full-fare or half-fare MetroCard. Otherwise, a family member or friend must drop off and pick up their student each day.

    Scholars receiving special education services that are mandated to receive transportation on their IEP are eligible for door-to-door busing.

    OPT busing eligibility