High School

High Schools

News and Updates

The results for Round 2 will be distributed in May.

Find out more about our New Schools opening in September 2014!

    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 2013-2014 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 School Search Tool can help you find a program in your neighborhood.
    • The 2013-2014 Specialized High Schools Student Handbook has information about the City’s specialized high schools. 
    • 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.

    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 2013-2014 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.