Welcome to Specialized High Schools Admissions!
Learn more about how we are supporting high-potential students from underrepresented communities through the Specialized High Schools Diversity Initiatives.
The specialized high schools admissions process for 2018-2019 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. Additional details will be posted here in June. Register at a Family Welcome Center starting in mid-July and before mid-August 2018 to get your audition/test tickets.
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:
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.
Please join us at Specialized High Schools Fairs in Brooklyn or the Bronx on Saturday, May 19 from 11am–3pm to:
Take the SHSAT practice tests in the Specialized High Schools Student Handbook. Make sure any other test preparation materials you may find at a bookstore or local library reference the 2018 or 2019 SHSAT.You can also read the FAQ document under ‘What is on the test?’ for details on the updated test format and for sample items.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 Specialized High Schools admissions process for 2018-2019 school 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. Register at a Family Welcome Center starting in mid-July and before mid-August 2018 and get your audition/test tickets.
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.
The Summer SHSAT will take place in late August at Stuyvesant High School. The Summer LaGuardia High School Auditions will also take place in late August at LaGuardia High School. Additional location and time information will be provided on the test/audition ticket for eligible and registered students.
Students must meet all three of the following criteria to be eligible to take the Summer SHSAT and/or LaGuardia High School Audition:
1. Students entered eighth or ninth grade for the first time in September 2017, AND 2. Students became NYC residents after November 1, 2017, AND 3. Students did NOT participate in the fall 2017 SHSAT and/or LaGuardia High School Auditions
Read the 2017-2018 Specialized High Schools Student Handbook for practice tests. The summer SHSAT follows the same format as the fall 2017 SHSAT administration.
You can register at any Family Welcome Center starting mid-July through mid-August 2018. Family Welcome Center staff will issue tickets to students who register for the SHSAT and LaGuardia High School Auditions. Students must present these tickets at each school site (one copy of ticket per site) in August.
Please note: The student(s) must be present at the Family Welcome Center when you register.
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