In New York City, students must apply to attend a public high school. Students with disabilities participate in the high school admissions process in the same way as their non-disabled peers. Students in 8th
grade whose Committee on Special Education (CSE) develops an IEP with a recommendation for special education services within a community school submit applications during the annual high school admissions process in December. Students with disabilities may apply to all programs listed in the Directory of NYC Public High Schools
. The Directory outlines each school’s admissions requirements, which are applicable to all students. The High School Application shows information about students’ current recommended special education instructional program and support services, as well as attendance data, reading and math standardized test scores, and subject area grades from the 7th grade. All schools are expected to deliver special education supports and services to meet students’ needs.
Students with disabilities may also apply to all testing and audition programs listed in the High School Directory, subject to the same admissions requirements as their peers. Testing accommodations will be provided during the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) administration and during auditions, as outlined in the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 plan, as long as the accommodation does not impact what the test or audition is trying to measure.
Additional resources related to special education and the high school admissions process include:
A Guide for Families of Students with Disabilities (Translations of the guide and other resources can be found on the right-hand side of this page.)
Special Education Programs and Services in High School
Presentation on Special Education and the High School Admissions Process
Frequently Asked Questions
District 75 High School Enrollment
Students in District 75 middle-school programs who continue to require a District 75 program do not participate in the High School Admissions Process. These students are notified of their high school placement in May or June by their District 75 school.
Students who are staying in a District 75 inclusion program participate in a District 75-administered application process for high school inclusion programs. Applications are provided by your District 75-school and are due in December and acceptance notices are sent in early spring.
Transitioning out of District 75 Middle School
Students moving from a District 75 middle school to a community high school should participate in the High School Admissions process. However, prior to attending a community high school, these students will need to have an IEP meeting to develop a new IEP that recommends special education services in a community high school.
It's important to speak with the school psychologist, your student's teachers, and the entire IEP team to see if a community school program is appropriate for your child.