High School

High Schools


Applying to High School

To help narrow down your list of schools, you can use the 2014-2015 High Schools At A Glance. You can download this document and sort or filter for programs that meet your needs and interests, both Citywide, and by Borough.

High School applications are now available through school guidance counselors. Applications are due back by Tuesday, December 2.

    In New York City, students must apply to attend a public high school. Each fall, eighth grade students must submit an application listing up to 12 programs ranked in order of preference. Applicants are then matched to one of their ranked schools according to admissions priority, method, and available seats. Round 1 results are available in March.

    There are more than 400 public high school programs in New York City. Several resources are available to help you explore these programs and learn more about High School Admissions.

    • The Introduction of 2014-2015 Directory of NYC Public High Schools contains detailed information about how High School Admissions works and how schools consider students for placement. 
    • The Directory also includes detailed descriptions of all high school programs, organized by borough. 
    • The 2014-2015 Specialized High Schools Student Handbook has information about the City’s specialized high schools
    • The School Search Tool can help you find a program in your neighborhood.
    • High School Admissions Apps offer another way to help you research schools and programs. These tools are free to download on your desktop, smartphone, or other device.
    • Each year, the Department of Education conducts workshops and fairs to help students and their parents learn about high school admissions. Check out upcoming events.

    Find all this information and more on our Resources page.

    Charter Schools

    New York City’s charter schools give families additional public school options. Read the Charter School Directory to learn more about charter high schools and how to apply.

    Students with Disabilities

    Students with disabilities may apply to all programs listed in the 2014-2015 High School Directory, subject to the same admissions requirements as their peers. They may take the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) and apply for all audition programs, including Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. Testing accommodations will be provided during the SHSAT administration, as outlined in the student’s IEP or 504 plan.

    Students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) that recommend a specialized District 75 program or New York State Approved non-public school program are placed through a separate process. However, these students may submit a high school application if their IEP for the following school year recommends programs and/or services in a community school. Read more.