Forgot to Apply? Add us to your Child's Waitlists!

Hello 5th grade students and families! Congratulations on receiving your Middle School offer letters. If you are interested in our attending our school next year and forgot to rank us, you can apply during the waitlist period! That's right - Just add us to your waitlisted schools in your MySchools account. Visit the NYCDOE Waitlists webpage to learn more about this option and to view a video tutorial on how to apply using this feature. Please note: when searching for our school, we are listed as J.H.S. 123 - The James M. Kiernan School. We hope to see you in September! 

Middle School Application Process

We are an open enrollment school. All students who are part of the New York City Department of Education are welcome to apply.

Please be aware the the following changes this year:

  • All middle school screens will be paused for this year. This includes academic screens, school-based assessments, composite scores and auditions.
  • Students will be admitted through a lottery based system. 
  • District and geographic priorities, as well as Diversity in Admissions priorities, will still apply for those middle schools that have them.
  • The middle school application opened the week of January 11.
  • The application deadline is February 9

First priority is given to students residing within our local attendance zone, followed by other students residing in District 8, and finally to students residing in other districts within the Bronx.

Find your attendance zone and district.


Grade 6 Admissions

We follow the standard middle school application process used across the NYC DOE. Rising 6th graders should apply to the middle schools of their choice during the fall of their 5th-grade year. Middle School applications are completed online using your MySchools Account. The code for the application site will be distributed in the fall by your elementary school guidance counselor and are usually due in the first week of December. This year, because of COVID19, the application deadline is now February 23, 2021

Your elementary guidance counselor can help you with the application process. If you have questions about how to rank us on your application, feel free to contact us for more details. Visit Middle School Admissions to learn more. 

Grades 7 & 8 Admissions

If your child is interested in transferring to our school as a 7th or 8th grader, they can apply to transfer.

Families interested in transferring can visit the Bronx Family Welcome Center for District 8. It is located at 1230 Zerega Avenue, Room 24, Bronx, NY 10462. Call 718-828-7546 for more information. Families can also submit an alternative application on the NYC Magnet Schools website. 

Come On In!