Admissions Process

  • What is a Charter School?  

    Charter schools provide families with options in public education, allowing parents to take a more active role in their child's education. There is no tuition or application fee. Amber Charter Schools is a free, public school open to all New York State residents.

  • Frequently Asked Questions About Amber's Application & Admissions Process

    Some of our most frequently asked questions and answers are listed below. If you cannot find an answer to your question below, please email us at admissions@ambercharter.org.

    1. What grades are available during the 2021-2022 school year?
      Kindergarten through 5th grade in Amber Charter School East Harlem (ACS EH), Kindergarten through 6th grade in Amber Charter School Kingsbridge (ACS KB). Kindergarten and first grade in our new location Inwood set to open fall of 2021.
    2. What is the deadline to apply for the 2021-2022 school year?
      Thursday, April 1, 2021
    3. When will the lottery take place?
      Amber Charter School East Harlem, Kingsbridge, and Inwood will hold its admissions lottery on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.
    4. How and when will I find out if my child is accepted?
      Applicants chosen in the lottery will receive an email the same day and letter in the mail a few days after the lottery.
    5. How and when will I find out if my child was not accepted?
      Applicants not chosen in the lottery receive a letter informing them that they have been waitlisted.
    6. Is there a birth date cutoff?
      To apply for Kindergarten, your child’s must be 5 by December 31st of 2021.
    7. How does the enrollment preference work?
      As per NY State law dictates that preference be given to students residing at Community School District #4 for ACS EH, Community School District #10 for ACS KB, and Community District #6 for ACS IW to applicants at the time of the lottery. Amber Charter School is legally allowed to give enrollment preference to students with brothers or sisters enrolled at Amber Charter School EH, KB, and IW locations. Siblings must share at least one biological parent or share a legal guardian. This information will be verified before enrollment.
    8. What are your school hours?
      Our students attend school from 8:10 AM to 3:10 PM (Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays) and extended days for grades 1-5 from 8:10 AM to 3:45 PM (Tuesdays). Kindergarten students attend school from 8:10 AM to 3:10 PM Mondays-Fridays. 
    9. Do you have an after-school program?
      ACS EH has an after-school program that begins at dismissal and ends at 6:00 PM every day. There is a fee of $160 a month that is payable the 15th of the month prior to service. ACS KB after-school program is supported by Manhattan College, please view website for additional information and monthly fee.
    10. Is bus service provided?
      For Amber Charter School East Harlem bus service is available only for Manhattan students who reside outside a 10-block radius within Manhattan, as stated from NYC Office of Pupil Transportation busing is limited to the borough of Manhattan. Students from other boroughs are eligible to receive a Metro Card. 
      For Amber Charter School Kingsbridge and Inwood bus service is not available, students who reside outside a 10-block radius from the school are eligible to receive a Metro Card. 
    11. If I applied last year, do I need to apply again this year?
      Applications and waiting lists do not “roll over” from year to year.
    12. If I have questions, what is the best way to get answers?
      Contact us by email at: admissions@ambercharter.or­g.
    13. What happens if I miss the deadline?
      Late applications will be placed on the wait list in the order they are received.