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How to Apply


The application process for 2021-2022 is now closed. If you are interested in applying for a student who will be in 6th grade for the 2022-2023 academic year please complete the inquiry form below.



How to Apply



STEP 1: Check your child’s eligibility.

Qualified students must:

•   Be a NYC resident enrolled in sixth-grade in the 2022-2023 academic year
•   Achieved 90% or above in all classes
•   Come from families with financial need
•   Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States (parent status not required)
•   Have strong attendance and punctuality record



STEP 2: Sign up for an information session

Submit the inquiry form above if you are interested in learning more or applying. All information sessions are held at 6:00 pm via zoom.


2022-2023 Information Session calendar will be updated in September.



STEP 3: Complete online application for Round 1.

•   The application asks for the student’s 5th-grade report card, 6th-grade report card, written responses, and two teacher recommendations.



STEP 4: Await notification from TEAK staff about your status.

•   TEAK will select approximately 80-100 finalists in Round 2. Finalists will take an admissions exam and complete an interview.




Financial Eligibility


TEAK evaluates the financial eligibility of its applicants to maintain its commitment to serving students that come from low-income backgrounds. TEAK uses a holistic approach to determine eligibility by considering a variety of factors, including household income, assets, and other factors that impact a family’s financial circumstances. Families who fall below 100% Area Median Income in NYC are eligible to apply.


2 $95,500
3 $107,400
4 $119,300
5 $128,900
6 $138,400
7 $148,000
8 $157,500


If you have any questions, please call the Admissions Office at (212) 288-6678 x190 or email us at [email protected]org. Para Español, llame a 212-288-6678×113.