I invite you to explore OWN's curriculum, mission, and educational philosophy on these pages. See what we are doing and what we have accomplished. Then I urge you to visit our school and see our vision brought to life. OWN is a stellar place for learning and achieving. Learning is active. Teachers use activities that guide children toward knowledge and the mastery of skills through imaginative exploration. Children understand that the process of figuring something out is as important as the answer. We know that Our World Neighborhood Charter School is a remarkable place for children to grow and learn.

Brian Ferguson
Executive Director

OWNCS is a non-sectarian, tuition-free, public school. The school does not discriminate against any student in the admissions process or the provision of educational programs based on ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or ability.

Students are selected for admission randomly by lottery. Residents of District 30 and siblings of current students, who submit complete applications by the application deadline are given priority for available seats. After all available spaces have been filled in each grade a wait list is created for the remaining applicants. The wait list expires at the end of the next school year.


How to Apply

  1. Attend an Admissions Open House
    • All interested families are encouraged to attend an Open House event. Attendance is not mandatory and will not affect chances for enrollment
    • Open House Dates
  2. Submit an Application
    • Online application
    • Paper applications are available at the Open House events, and at OWNCS Elementary and Middle Schools
    • Applications must be received by the school by 3 PM on April 10, 2018
    • A separate application must be submitted for each child applying
  3. Submit Supporting Documents
    • Copy of child’s official proof of age
    • Copy of a current proof of address
      • Utility bill
      • Cable bill
      • Lease w/rental receipt
      • Mortgage/maintenance statement
  4. All supporting documents must be received by the school by 3 PM on April 10, 2018

Admissions FAQ

What grades does your school include?

  • We are a Kindergarten through 8th grade school.

What age does the child need to be to apply for Kindergarten?

  • Children are eligible to apply to kindergarten in the calendar year they turn five

Where do I get an application?

   Beginning November 8th:

  • Online Applications will be available on New York City Charter Center website

  • Paper applications will be available at the Open House Events, and at the OWNCS Elementary and Middle Schools

How do I submit the supporting documents?

  • Bring them directly to the Elementary School Building before the deadline

  • Mail them via certified mail to the OWNCS Admissions Office before the deadline

Can I apply online?

Can I submit the documents on the NYC Charter Center website?

  •  No, you must submit the documents as stated above

Can I visit the school at any time during the year for a tour?

  • No, you must attend one of the Open House events

How will I find out if my child is accepted?

  • Lottery results will be announced at the lottery on April 19, 2018

  • Acceptance letters will mailed by May 19, 2018

When is the lottery and where is it held?

  • The lottery will be held on April 19, 2018 at 7 PM at the OWNCS Middle School, 31-20 37th St. Astoria, NY

How can I learn about the curriculum of the school?

  • Information about curriculum is provided at our Open House events

  • Explore our website to learn more about various aspects of the school

Are parents welcome in your school?

  • We have a very involved Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). There are many opportunities to volunteer at OWNCS

What if my child does not get into the school at the lottery?

  • Once the lottery is completed, and all available seats have been filled a wait list is generated and kept on file for that school year. If a seat becomes available, we will accept students from the waiting list. The Admissions Office will contact families of applicants accepted from the waiting list

If my child does not get in the first time, what should I do?

  • If you are still interested in sending your child to OWNCS, you must continue to apply each year. Every year we hold a new lottery 

If you have any questions please contact 
Lucille RanchorAdmissions Coordinator
(718) 392-3405 x 258