Welcome to specialized high schools admissions! Learn more about the nine specialized high schools by reading the Specialized High Schools Student Handbook and attending the specialized high schools family workshops and fairs in July.
The specialized high schools admissions process for students entering September 2018 is closed. If you moved to New York City after November 1, 2017, and have not yet auditioned for LaGuardia High School or taken the SHSAT, you can still test or audition this summer. Learn more below.
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.Use the resources below to learn about program options and understand the admissions process:
Specialized high schools resources are available in English and translation:
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Eight of the specialized high schools base admission solely on your score on the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT). One school, LaGuardia High School, requires an audition in a talent area and also reviews academic achievement.
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 Schools 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.
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.
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.Take these steps below to apply and download the Specialized High Schools Admissions Timeline.
The summer SHSAT and auditions are only for the following students:
To register to test or audition, visit any Family Welcome Center between Wednesday, July 18 (no earlier) and Thursday, August 16, 2018. Here’s what to bring when you register:
You can prepare to test by reading the 2017-2018 Specialized High Schools Student Handbook for practice tests. The summer SHSAT follows the same format as the fall 2017 SHSAT.
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 changed beginning with the fall 2017 test. Read the FAQ document under ‘What is on 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 2018.
Find the Specialized High Schools Student Handbook (SHS Handbook) online or get a copy from your school counselor. The SHS Handbook includes two sample tests. In addition, it describes audition requirements for LaGuardia’s six studios. When you are an eighth grade or a 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-496-0700.
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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.