Thank you for your interest in Neighborhood Charter Schools!

NCS: Harlem (K-8)

691 St. Nicholas Avenue, New York, NY 10030

NCS:Bronx (K-5)

411 Wales Avenue, Bronx, NY 10454

Application Process


Please note the deadline to be included in the 2024-2025 lottery is April 1, 2024. Applicants who apply after the April 1st deadline will automatically be placed on the waitlist in the order in which they are received. If your child is not accepted through the lottery and is placed on the waitlist, you will be notified via phone and email if a seat becomes available. You will have 48 hours to accept the seat. Many children are accepted from the waitlist each year.


Lottery preferences are provided for:

  • Siblings of current NCSH and NCSB students
  • Children of current NCSH and NCSB staff
  • Community School District (CSD)
    NCS: Harlem (K-8): Applicants residing in CSD 6
    NCS: Bronx (K-5): Applicants residing in CSD 7
  • Scholars applying to the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) program

To verify your CSD, please visit the Department of City Planning website.

ASD Application Process

We are proud of our fully inclusive program for autistic students. If you are interested in our ASD program and would like more information, please contact us at You can also click here to see if your child would be a good fir for the NCS ASD program. The application process is outlined below.

  1. Submit an application. Please be sure to check the box that you are applying to the ASD program.
  2. Submit documentation. After we receive your application, we will ask you to submit the most recent evaluation (psychoeducational or neuropsychological) which includes a cognitive assessment (e.g. WPPSI, WISC, DAS, SB, etc.) and the current Individualized Education Program (IEP).  The NCS team will complete an initial review of your scholar’s paperwork- only select families will be invited to tour the school.
  3. Attend an in-person meeting and school tour. After we receive and process your application, you will attend an in-person meeting and school tour with the NCS Special Education Team. At this meeting, you will learn more about the ASD Program at Neighborhood Charter Schools and take a school tour.
  4. Complete an evaluation. The final evaluation is completed by an independent organization, YAI. The evaluation may consist of review of the IEP and clinical document review and additional testing, if needed. YAI will notify the school if the child qualifies for the ASD program.