Special Education Services in High School
Students with disabilities may apply to all high school programs listed in the New York City High School Directory and are subject to the same admissions requirements as their non-disabled peers. This includes:
- Taking the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT)
- Applying for all screened and audition programs.
If a student’s IEP shows that he/she receives testing accommodations, the accommodations will be provided during the SHSAT administration, school-based screening activities, and auditions so long as the accommodations do not change what the test is measuring.
Every high school participating in high school admissions is expected to welcome and serve students with disabilities in accordance with their IEP. View the New York City High School Directory for more information about admissions requirements, the SHSAT, and screened and audition programs. Students and families can also use the roadmap to plan for the transition to high school beginning in the sixth grade.
Students Who Attend District 75 Programs
Students with disabilities who attend a District 75 program and are considering a high school outside of District 75 should work with their IEP team to determine whether the recommendation for District 75 for high school is still appropriate.
If a student’s IEP team determines that the student no longer needs District 75, then he or she will participate in the high school admissions process through the current District 75 program.
Students with disabilities who attend a District 75 program and whose IEP team determines that the student will continue in District 75 for high school will be notified by the District 75 placement office of their District 75 high school placements in May or June.
Testing Accommodations on PSAT and SAT
You should work with your child’s IEP team and/or guidance counselor starting in the 9th grade to ensure that all documentation is in place to request the necessary testing accommodations for the SAT.
Students may be eligible for testing accommodations on the PSAT and SAT. Unlike New York City and State tests, administration and policies regarding PSAT, SAT, and Advanced Placement (AP) exams are overseen by the College Board.
- Does your child receive accommodations in school as listed on an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Accommodation Plan? Remember that this does not mean your child will automatically receive accommodations on College Board tests.
- Was your child declassified in the 8th-12th grade? The IEP team can recommend that he/she continue to receive testing accommodations in grades 8-12. The continuation of testing accommodations or the “safety net” should be indicated on the student’s last IEP used to document declassification support services as well.
All students who are seeking accommodations on the PSAT or SAT must submit an application to the College Board by:
- Talking to your child’s guidance counselor about whether you or the school will complete the application
- If you want the school to submit the application on your behalf, you must give them consent to do so
- If you are completing the application, do so and return the form to your child’s guidance counselor
To learn more about the College Board accommodations process and download the application, please see their website.