Welcome to Specialized High Schools Admissions! Get ready to apply to specialized high schools for the 2018-2019 school year by taking these next steps:
Learn more about how we are supporting high-potential students from underrepresented communities through the Specialized High Schools Diversity Initiatives. Fill out the Get-in-Touch Form to request more information.
Students applying to specialized high schools for the 2017-2018 school year: Students who are new to New York City after November 1, 2016 and are interested in attending one of the City’s nine specialized high schools this fall, may test or audition in August 2017. Additional details will be posted in June.
There are nine Specialized High Schools in New York City that serve the needs of students who excel academically and artistically, including English Language Learners and students with an IEP or 504 Plan. These schools have a separate, optional admissions process from the general High School Admissions application. Students can participate in Specialized High Schools Admissions in addition to High School Admissions.
Eight of the Specialized High Schools base admission solely on students' scores on the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT):
• Bronx High School of Science • The Brooklyn Latin School • Brooklyn Technical High School • High School for Mathematics, Science and Engineering at the City College of New York • High School of American Studies at Lehman College • Queens High School for the Sciences at York College • Staten Island Technical High School • Stuyvesant High School
One school admits students based on a rigorous audition and review of academic records:
• Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts
Note: Check back in September 2017 for Specialized High Schools Open Houses.
Use the resources below to learn about program options and understand the admissions process:
• Read the Specialized High Schools Student Handbook. • Sign up for Specialized High Schools email updates. • Text @readyforshs to 681-245-8407 to get text messages with test tips and sample problems for the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT).
All eighth grade students and first-time ninth grade students who are New York City residents can apply for Specialized High Schools, including English Language Learners and students with an IEP or 504 Plan. For more information on key dates, download the Specialized High Schools Admissions Timeline.
Start preparing for the SHSAT as soon as you decide to apply. Also get to know Specialized High Schools by visiting them and speaking with their teachers and students. In September of your eighth or ninth grade year, inform your school counselor of your interest to test or audition and make sure to register for the SHSAT.
Students with disabilities who have IEPs or approved 504 Accommodation Plans and English Language Learners are eligible for supports and accommodations. ELL accommodations are available for students up to two years after they reach proficiency on the NYSESLAT. Work with your school counselor to confirm testing accommodations for your audition and/or test.
Our goal is for the population of students enrolled in the Specialized High Schools to be more reflective of New York City as a whole. The Specialized High School Diversity Initiatives aim to increase testing rates among high-potential students in underrepresented communities, increase the acceptance and offer rates among these students, and increase retention. SHSAT Test Prep
Take the SHSAT practice tests in the 2017-2018 Specialized High Schools Student Handbook.
Make sure any other test preparation materials you may find at a bookstore or local library reference the 2018 SHSAT.
You may be eligible to participate in the DREAM Summer/Fall Intensive for the summer and fall before the test—learn more about DREAM eligibility or email SHSI@schools.nyc.gov.You Got This—We’re Here to HelpFill out the Get-in-Touch Form to request more information.
All eighth grade students and first-time ninth grade students who are New York City residents are eligible to take the SHSAT. In September of your eighth or ninth grade year, you should inform your school counselor of your decision so that an admission ticket can be issued for the test. This is true even for students who attend charter schools, private/parochial schools, or are homeschooled.
All eighth grade students and first-time ninth grade students who are New York City residents are eligible to audition. In September of your eighth or ninth grade year, you should inform your school counselor of your decision so that an admission ticket can be issued for the appropriate audition(s). This is true even for students who attend charter schools, private/parochial schools, or are homeschooled.
The format of the SHSAT is changing beginning with the fall 2017 test (i.e., the test for admission to Specialized High Schools in September 2018). Read the FAQ document under ‘What Takes the Test’ for details on the updated test format and for sample items. You will be able to find two full-length practice tests in the Specialized High Schools Student Handbook that will be available in June 2017.
You should ask your school counselor for a copy of the Specialized High 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 eighth grade or first-time ninth grade student, your counselor will provide more specific information about the SHSAT. In the meantime, use the following suggestions to help prepare for the test:
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 counselor contact the LaGuardia Admissions Office for rescheduling an audition.
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