Review information regarding dates and locations for the Fall 2015 administration of Specialized High Schools tests and auditions, as well as Specialized High Schools open house information below. Students register through their current schools. To learn more about the registration process, how offers are made, and the schools themselves, review our Summer Family Workshop Presentation and the 2015-2016 Specialized High Schools Student Handbook.
There are nine Specialized High Schools in New York City that serve the needs of academically and artistically gifted students. For eight of these schools, admission is based solely on the score attained on the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT). For Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts (LaGuardia High School), acceptance is based on an audition and a review of a student's academic records. Please see the 2015-2016 Specialized High Schools Student Handbook for further information.
Q: Who can take the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) and/or audition for the programs/studios at LaGuardia High School?A: All 8th graders and first-time 9th graders who are New York City residents are eligible to take the SHSAT and/or audition. In September of the 8th or 9th grade, you should inform your guidance counselor of your decision so that an admission ticket can be issued for the appropriate test and/or audition(s). This is true even for students who attend private/parochial schools. Q: How can I apply to a Specialized High School? A: For eight of the Specialized High Schools, you are required to take the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT). The SHSAT is the only requirement for admission. The score required for acceptance to a specialized school varies year to year and depends upon the school. Unlike all the other Specialized Schools, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts requires you to audition for each of the programs/studios you are interested in. You do not need to take the SHSAT to apply to LaGuardia. Q: What is the content of the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT)? The Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) is a written test consisting of two sections: Verbal and Math, including:
Q: How can I prepare for the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT)? You should ask your guidance counselor for a copy of the Specialized Schools Handbook which includes two sample tests. In addition, the Handbook describes audition requirements for LaGuardia’s six studios. You may also access the Specialized Handbook online. When you are an 8th or 9th grader, your guidance counselor will provide more specific information about the SHSAT. In the meantime, use the following suggestions to help prepare for the test:
Q: My SHSAT test date and LaGuardia High School audition are on the same day. What do I do? Students taking the SHSAT who have a conflict with the audition schedule are to report for their audition(s) on the weekend assigned to their borough on the Saturday or Sunday for which there is not a conflict with the SHSAT. If you have an approved audition exception, please have your guidance counselor contact the LaGuardia Admissions Office for rescheduling an audition.
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