Prospective Students

The East West School of International Studies offers students an educational experience that is diverse and competitive. Our small school setting allows teachers to nurture the academic and social growth of students. We strive to help our learners build leadership skills and provide them with the tools necessary for college and beyond.

At East-West students enrich their understanding of the relationship between Eastern and Western philosophies. Students study either Chinese, Japanese, or Korean languages and culture. Our students are passionate about the Asian curriculum and have opportunites to travel internationally during the summer. Explore our website , visit our school, and get to know our East-West family.


Downloadable Resources:

New Student Brochure

East-West Information Sheet

Top Questions from Prospective Families

Official School Profile 2013-2014

Key Middle School Admissions Dates

Key High School Admissions Dates

Listing of all District 25 Middle Schools

Listing of all NYC High Schools 

Thank you for your interest in the East-West School of International Studies. 

East West International accepts applications by lottery for 90 seats in its sixth grade class with preference given to students in District 25. More than half of middle school students stay on for high school and students from around the city can apply for the remaining 30 to 40 high school seats. The school does not screen academically, so any student interested in the Asian languages and culture may apply. 


Registering into a New York public school:

In order for a student to register into a New York City public school,  the parent and the child must both appear, and must present:

  1. Verifiable proof of residence (see Section VII);
  2. Child’s birth certificate or passport;
  3. Child’s immunization records;
  4. Child’s latest report card/transcript (if available)

Ranking Schools for District 25 Students

In middle school, children can rank their chosen schools from 1 to 11 in 5th grade, for entrance in 6th grade. Ranking is only available to students living in District 25.

In high school, students in 8th grade can rank their chosen schools from 1 to 12, for entrance in 9th grade.

Seats are offered by lottery. In September, if there are still open seats, students can transfer in freely. Your child's school can provide more information and dates for the yearly ranking process.

Tours and Open Houses:

As a small school with limited staff, East-West is not set up to provide individualized tours. We have an open house in November for prospective students and another in June for accepted students. Please refer to our Public Calendar for updated dates.

Waiting List:

If students have not applied to our school during the normal process, they can leave their name with us and it will be placed on a waiting list should there be any openings in September. Please email our guidance counselor, Carlos Diaz, at to be placed on the list. Students in District 25 get priority. If there are any open seats afterward, they will be open to students from all districts.

Special Education:

We offer SETSS, CTT and other services. We are participating in a DOE pilot that seeks to provide students with as much classroom inclusion as possible. Please email Samantha Kramer, our Special Education Department Chair, at with any questions about our services.


Queens Middle School Choice Directories

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High School Information




Haitian Creole