If you are only considering public schools or are considering both private and public schools, I will consult with you on the different neighborhoods, and public school options including: zoned schools, non-zoned schools, gifted and talented programs, dual language programs, specialized schools and charter schools. Please be aware that in Manhattan most elementary schools are zoned, but placement is not guaranteed; if there are more applicants than seats, a child will be assigned to another school in the neighborhood. Then there are locations like the Lower East Side, a hot new residential area that is part of District 1, but District 1 is a district of choice; there are no zoned elementary schools, all schools are open equally to everyone who lives in the district. As for middle schools, some districts have zoned middle schools, but most are by middle school choice. Finally, high schools in Manhattan are only by the high school choice application process, though priority is presently offered in some select parts of the city. Please be aware that in almost all cases, you and your child will need to be New York City residents prior to applying to public schools. At the time of registration, your child will need to be present and you will need two proofs of residency, your child’ s school records (for 1st grade and above and including IEPs, if applicable), a birth certificate or passport and your child’s immunization record.