Specialized High Schools

The Specialized High Schools

Summer SHSAT and LaGuardia Auditions

Students who became NYC residents after November 1, 2013 and did not take the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) and/or audition for LaGuardia in 2013 may test and/or audition this summer. Registration will take place between July 14th and August 19th at your district's Borough Enrollment Office. SHSAT testing will take place August 26 and LaGuardia auditions will be held on August 28th.

    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), acceptance is based on an audition and a review of a student's academic records. Please see the 2014-2015 Specialized High School Student Handbook for further information.

    School Name        Address Contact
    The Bronx High School of Science 75 West 205th Street, Bronx, NY 10468 www.bxscience.edu
    (718) 817-7700
    The Brooklyn Latin School 325 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11206 www.brooklynlatin.org
    (718) 366-0154
    Brooklyn Technical High School 29 Fort Greene Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217 www.bths.edu
    (718) 804-6400
    High School for Mathematics, Science and Engineering at the City College 240 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031 www.hsmse.org
    (212) 281-6490
    High School of American Studies at Lehman College 2925 Goulden Avenue, Bronx, NY 10468 www.hsas-lehman.org
    (718) 329-2144
    Queens High School for the Sciences at York College 94-50 159th Street, Jamaica, NY 11451 www.qhss.org
    (718) 657-3181
    Staten Island Technical High School 485 Clawson Street, Staten Island, NY 10360 www.siths.org
    (718) 667-5725
    Stuyvesant High School 345 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10282 www.stuy.edu
    (212) 312-4800
    Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts 100 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY 10023 www.laguardiahs.org
    (212) 496-0700

    Specialized High School Fall 2014 Dates


    Event Date
    Register for the SHSAT and LaGuardia auditions September 9 - October 14
    Test/audition tickets distributed to students Wednesday, October 22
    SHSAT testing for all 8th graders Saturday & Sunday, October 25 & 26
    SHSAT: All 9th graders and 8th & 9th graders with special needs or 504 accommodations LaGuardia: Auditions begin by Borough Saturday, November 1
    SHSAT make-up by Make-up by permission only; Sabbath Observers with special needs or 504 accommodations Sunday, November 16
    LaGuardia Auditions end Sunday, December 6
    Round 1 results distributed (Inclusive of specialized results) March TBA

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Q: Who can take the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) and/or audition for the programs/studios at LaGuardia?
    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:

    • Scrambled Paragraphs: students are asked to arrange five sentences in logical order to create the best paragraph
    • Logical Reasoning
    • Reading: students analyze and interpret passages by answering questions
    • Mathematical word problems and computational questions
    • Problems in arithmetic, algebra, probability, statistics and geometry

    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:

    • Keep up with schoolwork. It is the best possible preparation.
    • Continue reading books and articles because reading helps increase vocabulary, comprehension, and general knowledge.
    • Practice taking the sample tests that are in the Specialized High Schools Student Handbook.
    • Check your answers and read the explanations of the correct answers in the Handbook.
    • Research study guides, test preparation services, and tutoring opportunities.
    • Discuss additional opportunities for test preparation with your school guidance counselor.
    • If you are in 6th grade, consider applying for the DREAM-SHSI preparation program (see details here)

    Q: My SHSAT test date and LaGuardia 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.