Welcome to High School Admissions!
You can now get your Round 1 High School Results Letter from your middle school counselor. By Monday, March 26:
Interested in participating in Round 2? Use School Finder to explore your options. You can also go to the Round 2 High School Fair on March 17 or 18 to meet with Round 2 schools and get one-on-one help with your application!
If you just moved to New York City or would like to return to the NYCDOE system and are not yet enrolled at a school for the 2017-2018 school year, learn how to enroll on the New Students page.
New York City has more than 400 high schools and over 700 programs. New York City students and families 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.
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Use the following resources to learn about all of your high school options. When looking for schools and programs, it is important to think about what will help you learn and grow. Talk with your family, school counselor, and teachers about your application choices.
Get your High School Round 1 Results Letter from your middle school counselor. These results letters let you know if you got an offer to a program you listed on the High School Application and an offer to a Specialized High School. If you get offers from the High School Application and from a Specialized High School, you must pick one.If you got a Round 1 offer, choose one of two options on your Round 1 offer letter by Monday, March 26:
If you did not get a Round 1 offer or have not yet applied to high school, you must submit a Round 2 Application. All eighth grade and first-time ninth grade students can submit a Round 2 Application.
High schools across the city were invited to participate in a pilot to increase diversity within their schools. At these schools, applicants who qualify as economically disadvantaged, based on federal income guidelines, will receive admissions priority for a certain percentage in the incoming ninth and tenth grades. Read more about each school’s specific pilot for the 2018-2019 school year:
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 are also High School Fairs in September and October where you can talk with students and educators from high schools to learn more and attend a workshop to learn more about the application process.
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 can apply to more than one program at a school. Each program you list is one of the 12 choices on your application. 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. You can see what percent of offers went to each priority group the previous year in the NYC High School Directory. Admissions priorities can greatly affect your chances of getting an offer, so it is important to keep track of the priorities for the programs to which you’re applying.
You can 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 NYC 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.
You can get your Round 1 results letter from your school counselor or admissions point person.
Your results letter will list up to one offer from the 12 program choices on your High School Application, up to one offer to a testing Specialized High School, and up to one offer for each of the studios at LaGuardia High School for which you auditioned. If a student does not get an offer from any of the programs listed on their application and has a guaranteed match program that was not listed on their application, then they may get an offer to their guaranteed match program in Round 1, space permitting.If your results letter contains an offer, follow the instructions on the letter and return it to your school counselor by the date specified on the letter.If your letter does not contain an offer, you will get a Round 2 Application and a list of programs with Round 2 availability with your Round 1 results letter. You must complete the Round 2 Application and return it to your counselor by the date specified in your Round 1 results letter.
Speak to your school counselor. Your school counselor will work with us to create a deadline that allows you to make an informed choice.
All eighth-grade students and first-time ninth-grade students are eligible to apply in Round 2. The following students should apply in Round 2:
You can review the Round 2 Program List and attend the Round 2 High School Fair on March 17 or 18. At the fair, you will have an opportunity to meet with representatives from schools that are participating in Round 2. You may also meet with a high school admissions expert to discuss your Round 2 Application and program choices.
No. If you get an offer to a program you applied to in Round 2, it will replace your Round 1 offer. You can’t choose between the two offers, so you should only apply to programs in Round 2 that you prefer to attend over your Round 1 offer.If you submit a Round 2 Application but do not get a Round 2 offer, your Round 1 offer remains your high school placement for September 2018.
No, Specialized High Schools do not participate in Round 2.Students who moved to New York City after November 1, 2017 are eligible to take the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) or audition for LaGuardia High School in the summer.You can register at any Family Welcome Center starting mid-July through mid-August 2018. Family Welcome Center staff will issue tickets to students who register for the SHSAT and LaGuardia High School Auditions. Students must present these tickets at each school site (one copy of ticket per site) in August. Visit our Specialized High Schools page for more information.
Yes, students can appeal their high school match by requesting an Appeals Form from their middle school counselor in May (after Round 2 results). Appeals are considered for extenuating circumstances only. Ask your middle school counselor for appeals instructions or if an appeal is applicable to you.
You do not need to take additional action once you have accepted your Round 1 offer. You will automatically be enrolled at that school over the summer for September 2018. For current eighth-grade students, this assignment is dependent upon your meeting eighth grade promotion requirements. Some schools may contact you or your family about orientation or summer activities.
Use NYC School Finder to find high schools.
Use School Search to find your zoned high school.
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Find schools that may meet your child’s accessibility needs.Read the Family Guide for Parents and Guardians with Disabilities.
If you have questions about High School Admissions, please call (718) 935-2399 or email HSEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov.