CECC/Cortelyou Academy students have a demonstrated joy for learning and a record of academic success within the context of their own experience; a willingness to be open-minded and positively engaged in a diverse community; and the skills, potential, and desire to progress within our program.
If you feel CECC/Cortelyou Academy may be a good fit, the next step is to fill out our application. We are looking forward to providing you a warm welcome to the Cortelyou family!

Please note that our applications & documents for the 2020-2021 school year have been updated, effective as of May 1st, 2020.

This section of the website is a new addition, so some sections may currently be a work in progress. Please contact us at info@mycecc.com if you have any remaining unaswered questions.
Application Type Description
UPK Program 
For students applying to Pre K for All Program
Pre School 
For students applying to Pre School 
Elementary School  For students applying to grades K-5
  If you have any questions, please contact our office at info@mycecc.com



September 9, 2019 - Application for the 2020-2021 school year

January 16, 2020 - Application deadline; Read more about the deadline in a recent blog post.

March 13, 2020 - Pre School

March 13, 2020 - Elementary School (Grades K-5) 

May 29, 2020 - UPK applications for those with an accepted seat

June 13, 2020 - UPK Pre-K for All

July 18, 2020 - Last day to submit application to start late application process 

August  7, 2020 - Deadline to complete late application

Twos & Threes Year Olds (Tour)

At Cortelyou Early Childhood Centers, we provide an environment conducive to the growth and development of your child.

This section is a work in progress. More information is coming soon! 


This section is a work in progress. More information is coming soon! 

Admissions visit is required for all applicants. The visit allows applicants and their parents/guardians to learn more about our School.


During tour the visit, applicants, separate from their parent/guardians, will speak with current students, visit classrooms, meet faculty and staff, and complete group activities.


Parents/guardians will hear from the admissions office, a current parent/guardian, Elementary School leadership, and a faculty member. Parents/guardians will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding school culture, curriculum, extracurriculars, food service, and anything else you can think of! If applicable, it is not required for both parents/guardians to attend.


The admissions visit lasts approximately one hour and is scheduled through academyoffice@mycecc.com We encourage applicants to register early.

This section is a work in progress. More information is coming soon! 


Please expand one of the following sections for access to our various application documents, forms, and other documents that may be needed for future reference:

Please refer to the note above regarding updates made to our documents & forms as of 5/1/2020.

**In order to have access to all fillable features of the attached forms, the applications & forms will be downloaded as .pdf files. Please open the files in an Adobe Acrobat program. Failure to do so will not allow you to upload images onto the form, properly select dates, or electronically sign the application.

For more information on free Adobe programs available for use, please refer to Adobe's website.

Applications Documents:

Pre-School Application School Year 2020-2021 (for children aged 2-4 years old)

UPK Application School Year 2020-2021 (addendum, for children aged 4 years old)
All UPK applications are completed and submitted through the
DOE's web portal (MySchools). After the
child has been accepted into our school's program, further application documents will be forwarded to you
to fill out. Other documents such as the general information sheet, and health/meal forms will also be
required (found in the Pre-School Application).

Please note, UPK applications are usually submitted with:

Offer Letter from Department of Education (DOE)

Proof Identity

– Birth Certificate

– Passport

Proof of Address (For the applicant parent/family)

– Utility Bill

– Lease

– Government Issued Document (W2-Tax Return, etc.)

– Pay stub

– Driver’s License or Government Issued ID

Current physical

Immunization record


Applications Documents:

• Kindergarten Application School Year 2020-2021 (for children aged 5 years old)

• Grade School Application School Year 2020-2021 (for children aged 6-10 years old)

Performing Arts Application (2020-2021), included in the Grade School Application Package
*Update (5/1/2020)- The Performing Arts program has been cancelled for the 20-21 school year. We are planning
to re-introduce the program for the 21-22 school year.

Applications Documents:

• Little Tykes Camp Application 2020 (for children aged 3-5 years old)

• Junior & Senior Camp Application 2020 (for children aged 6-15 years old)


Applications Documents:

• After School Application School Year 2020-2021

The following health forms should be utilized based on your child's age or the program that they are enrolled in.

Pre-School & Grade School Health Forms
For children enrolled in our Pre-School, Kindergarten, or Grade School programs.

After School Health Forms

Summer Camp:

Little Tykes Health Forms (for children ages 3-5)

Junior & Senior Camper Health Forms (for children ages 6-15)

Here are the forms for our CACFP Meal program:

CACFP Meal Form & Instructions

CACFP Income Eligibility Guidelines

We will place other miscellaneous documents and forms as it relates to CECC, Cortelyou Academy, and Cortelyou Day camp in this section:

Student Handbook (as of 2017)

Admissions Team

Director of Admissions 

Sophia Francis   


CA Admissions & Financial Aid

Lucretia Johnson 


CA Admissions & Financial Aid 

Arlene Charles   


Admissions Pre -School

Gaylene Charles-Cuffy  


Accounts and Financial Aid

Garneth Francis   


Assistant Accounts and Financial Aid

Nicholas Tsirigos 

Contact Us

General inquiries:
Phone: 718-282-6077
Fax: 718-282-2919


Financial aid inquiries:


Office hours:
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Admissions office closures:
November 28-29
December 24-25, 
January 1, 20
February 17-21

The Elementary School Admissions Test is required for applicants to grades K-5. Please contact 
academyoffice@mycecc.com for registering for the exam.
Which test level should I register for?
Applying to K - 5
Kindergarten Elementary
Grade 1 Elementary
Grade 2 Elementary
Grade 3 Elementary
Grade 4 Elementary
Grade 5 Elementary