Middle School

Middle School Application Process

Students Eligible to Apply

5th graders who reside in Manhattan or attend a public elementary school in Manhattan.

If you are eligible to apply, you will receive your middle school application information from your guidance counselor. You must complete this application, listing up to 6 middle school programs in order of preference online. Admissions results are accessed online in the spring.

Private and Parochial School Students

All application materials and results letters will be distributed through your school.

Middle School Selection Criteria and Matching

The Young Women’s Leadership School is a screened program. Therefore, we consider student grades, attendance, and test scores when ranking students for admission. Additionally, we consider student performance on our internal assessment (group interview and writing assignment) for students who attend an Open House. Attending an Open House may increase a student’s chances of acceptance.

Open House Dates

We do not accept or deny students. We rank students based on our selection criteria. The DoE then matches students to schools based on the school’s ranking of students and the students’ ranking of schools. Applicants will receive a match offer from the DoE stating which school they were matched to. Applicants will not receive a separate letter of acceptance or denial from TYWLS.

For additional support:

Contact the Department of Education at 718-935-2399.

You can also visit an enrollment center at 333 Seventh Avenue (12th Floor) New York, 10001 or West 125th Street (7th Floor) New York, 10027

​Phone: 718-935-2383 ex. 388