East Side Middle School (MS 114) is a screened school located in District 2 in Manhattan. In order to be considered for admission, fifth grade students residing in District 2 must rank East Side Middle School as their "first choice" on the DOE Middle School Choice Application.

Applicants will be screened based on their academic record, performance on the most recent New York State Math and ELA tests, results of a math and writing exam at ESMS, and a short interview with a faculty member.  Contact us if your child is missing a state test score or if he/she took a non-standardized test.

Please note that we do not accept applications with more than 10 latenesses or more than 10 unexcused absences.*  All students who pass this lateness/absence filter, and choose ESMS first on their application, will be scheduled for an interview at the school.

(*Note:  If your child has special extenuating circumstances, your current school must provide appropriate documentation). 

To learn more about ESMS, prospective students and parents are invited to attend one of our Open House evenings held during the fall. Open House dates are organized according to your current elementary school in District 2. Our Fall 2016 Open House sessions (for entrance in 2017-18) are listed in a separate folder under this ADMISSIONS tab.

If your child is an ICT student, a special information session for those parents will be held on Friday, October 14, at 8:45am in the ESMS library. Parents, only, please. If you plan to attend, send an email to with the subject line RSVP ICT Open House.

All questions regarding admissions should be directed to:

Lori McDermott
East Side Middle School
331 East 91st Street
New York City 10128


Phone: 212-360-0114

To see a map of District 2 or to learn more about Middle School Admissions in New York City, please click here for the Department of Education's website.