NYC HS Application Process
Timeline and Tips
6th and 7th grades should be the time to prepare and explore the various high school options.
7th grade report cards and test scores are very important. It is crucial that the student does well on his or her tests. Note to parents: Keep track of your teen’s test scores, absences, and latenesses at ARIS Parent Link.
- Begin to build a portfolio of accomplishments and activities.
- Familiarize yourself with the Specialized High School Test and admission dates (see below).
- Search for schools online
- Visit high schools of interest
- Attend high school fairs and workshops
7th graders will receive the NYC Directory of Public High Schools sometime in June.
Summer workshops begin early July. Two sessions are provided:
- General – Where do I start?
- Specialized High Schools
Note to parents: If you missed or are unable to attend the July workshops check out “Making Choices.” It’s a video series from previous workshops.
Types of High Schools
- Career and Technical Education Schools: These schools integrate academic study with workforce skills in specific career paths, for example computer graphics, veterinary science, restaurant management, carpentry, and nursing. Students obtain a regents diploma with a technical endorsement. Over 100 schools offer more than 320 CTE programs.
- Charter Schools: Independent public schools, open to all. Acceptance is by lottery.
- Innovation Zone (iZone): A program that personalizes learning and charts the student’s progress. Students get exposed to the real world through guest lectures, internships, and externships. Online courses are offered as well. About 250 schools provide this type of program.
- Small Learning Communities: These are small learning communities, usually with 250-450 students within larger schools. There are over 20 small learning communities.
- Small Schools: These schools have three core principles—academic rigor, personalization, and community partnership.
- Transfer Schools – Transfer Schools are small in size and academically challenging. For students who have dropped out or fallen behind, these schools offer personalized learning environments, connections to career and college opportunities, and access to Learning to Work. Students must have been enrolled in a high school prior to a transfer.
- Specialized High Schools: These are highly selective schools. There are nine Specialized High Schools, eight of whose admissions are based on scores from the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT).
- The Bronx High School of Science
- The Brooklyn Latin School
- Brooklyn Technical High School
- The High School for Math, Science and Engineering at the City College of New York
- High School of American Studies at Lehman College
- LaGuardia Arts (admission is based on an audition as well as the student’s academic record)
- Queens High School for the Sciences at York College
- Staten Island Technical High School
- Stuyvesant High School
The SHSAT is open to all 8th and 9th graders. It’s given at the end of October for 8th graders and the beginning of November for 9th graders. It is highly recommended that students talk to their guidance counselors about taking the test.
Other high schools, such as Townsend Harris High School, do not require the SHSAT but are still highly ranked.
There are also alternatives to high school, with Referral Centers for High School Alternatives located in every borough.
Important Dates 2013-2014 (see also the High School Admissions Calendar):
|Summer Workshops||Early July|
|Citywide High School Fair||September 28 & 29|
|Borough High School Fairs||October 19 & 20|
|Specialized High School Test||October 26 & 27 (8th grade only)|
|Specialized High School Test||November 2 (9th grade and all students with special needs)|
|Make-up Test||November 17 (with permission only)|
|High School Application Deadline||December 2 (round 1)|
|High School Application Deadline||Spring 2014 (round 2)|
- SHSAT, Power Practice
- Barron's New York City SHSAT Specialized High Schools Admissions Test
- SHSAT: Your Complete Guide to the New York City Specialized High Schools Admissions
- Master the New York City Specialized High Schools Admissions Test
- LearningExpress Library: Use your library card and PIN to access this online resource any time of day or night. Learn how to use it by watching a short video.
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