Welcome to High School Admissions! Get ready to apply to high school for the 2018-2019 school year by taking these next steps:
Students who applied to high school for the 2017-2018 school year: No further action is needed to register for the fall. If you appealed your high school match, you will get your decision letter in June. If you just moved to New York City or still not have applied to high school, talk to your school counselor or visit a Family Welcome Center immediately.
New York City has more than 400 high schools and over 700 programs. Eighth grade or first-time ninth grade students and families who live in New York City complete a single High School Application for up to 12 high school programs and can participate in a separate, optional process for Specialized High Schools.
Students with disabilities may apply to any high school program in High School Admissions and follow the same steps outlined in the NYC High School Directory and Specialized High Schools Student Handbook as their nondisabled peers. Students with disabilities who are recommended for and have attended 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.
Use the resources below to learn about your program options and understand the admissions process:
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When looking for schools and programs, it is important to think about what will help you learn and grow—your interests, learning needs, and how you’d get to and from the school. Talk with your family, school counselor, and teachers about your application choices.
2018 New York City High School Directory: Learn about applying to high school and find programs that interest you in each borough. Pick up a copy from your middle school or at High School Admissions events.
Admissions Events and Information Sessions: Attend a High School Family Workshop in July, and the Citywide and Borough High School Fairs in the fall to get an in-depth look at how to apply to high schools. The fairs offer an opportunity to meet representatives from high schools. You can also view the calendar of high schools' information session dates to plan visits to schools of interest.
You will get your High School Application in the fall. For more information on key dates, download the High School Admissions Timeline.
Here are a few strategies on what makes a good application:
High schools across the city were invited to participate in a pilot to increase diversity within their schools for students applying this year to attend for the 2017-2018 school year. At these schools, students who are eligible for Free Lunch (FL) will receive admissions priority for a certain percentage in the incoming ninth and tenth grades. Read more about each school’s specific pilot:
Yes, if you want to attend a NYCDOE public high school. This includes students who want to attend their zoned school and students in a grades 6-12 school who want to remain at that school for ninth grade.
Every eighth grade student in a public school gets a High School Application from their school counselor in the fall. New York City residents who currently attend a private or parochial school can request an Application from their school counselor or a Family Welcome Center.
Each high school has scheduled open houses or information session events when you can visit the school. To learn when these events take place, you can check the school’s information page in the High School Directory, contact the school directly, or visit our Events Calendar.
There is also a Citywide High School Fair in September and high school fairs in each borough in October where you can talk with students and educators from high schools to learn more.
There can be multiple programs offered by one school. Programs often focus on specific interest area. Programs at the same school may have different Admissions Priorities and Admissions Methods. You may decide to apply to one program over another based on its admissions and its interest area.
Yes, you may apply to more than one program at a school. Be sure you are eligible for each program you apply to, since programs may have different admissions eligibility.
Programs evaluate applicants based on the admissions method it uses. Each program’s admissions method is shown in the NYC High School Directory.
Programs accept applicants from the first admissions priority group before accepting applicants from the next admissions priority group. The effect admissions priorities will have on you depends on the school’s demand, and the program’s admissions method used. Admissions priorities can greatly affect applications, so it is important to keep track of the priorities for the programs to which you’re applying.
You may apply to a school your sibling attends, but there is no guarantee you will get an offer to that school.
No. Students with disabilities may apply to the same programs listed in the High School Directory as students without disabilities. Your IEP or 504 Plan testing accommodations are provided during the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test or any school-based admissions audition or assessment. If you are a student in a District 75 program considering a community high school, you should work with your District 75 school to participate in high school admissions. Please read A Guide for Families of Students with Disabilities to learn more.
No, English Language Learner students receive supports in all New York City high schools. All eighth grade students may participate in high school admissions no matter their knowledge of English. If you are interested in a program designed for students who are English Language Learners, you may consider programs that use a Screened: Language admissions method. The New York City High School Directory indicates which of the ELL program models (Dual Language, Transitional Bilingual Education, or English as a New Language) are currently offered in each high school. Families can learn more about these programs here.
You can request a transfer if you are experiencing a documented hardship. A documented hardship includes if your travel to school is more than 75 minutes, or if you have a documented medical or safety issue. Please discuss with your current guidance counselor to find out whether you have a documented hardship and can request to transfer schools.
No. Only current New York City residents can participate in High School Admissions. You cannot submit a High School Application or take the SHSAT until after you have established residency in New York City. Learn more about the process for students new to New York City.
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If you have questions about High School Admissions, please call (718) 935-2399 or email HSEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov.