Specialized High Schools

The Specialized High Schools

Specialized High Schools Summer Test and Audition

The Summer SHSAT will take place on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at Stuyvesant High School. The Summer LaGuardia Auditions will take place on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at LaGuardia High School. See below for additional eligibility and registration information.

    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.

    Summer Specialized High Schools Admissions Test & LaGuardia High School Audition Information

     
    The Summer SHSAT will take place on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at Stuyvesant High School. The Summer LaGuardia Auditions will take place on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at LaGuardia High School. Additional location and time information will be provided on the test/audition ticket for eligible and registered students.

    Eligibility Requirements
    Students must meet all three of the following criteria to be eligible to take the Summer SHSAT and/or LaGuardia Audition:

    1. Students entered 8th or 9th grade for the first time in September 2014 AND
    2. Students who became NYC residents after November 1, 2014
    3. AND
    4. Students who did NOT participate in the Fall 2014 SHSAT and/or LaGuardia Auditions

    Registration
    Registration will be conducted at each Family Welcome Center between July 15 (no earlier) and August 18, 2015. Tickets will be issued for the SHSAT and LaGuardia High School Auditions and must be presented at each school site (one copy of ticket per site).

    Documents to Bring
    Please note: the student(s) must be present at the Family Welcome Center for registration. Families are instructed to bring:

    1. Proof of residence (as indicated on our website)
    2. Proof that child moved to NYC after November 1, 2014. Examples of acceptable forms of documentation:
      • NYC DOE or Charter School student: ATS admission date (where available)
      • NYC Non-Public School student: A signed letter from sending school on their letterhead confirming date of admission.
      • Out of City student: Discharge letter from prior out of city/country school
      • Out of Country student:
        • Stamped passport, OR
        • Dated letter from Office of Refugee Resettlement, AND
        • Discharge letter or educational record from prior out of country school
    3. Child’s birth certificate, baptismal certificate, or passport
    4. Child’s immunization records, if applicable
    5. Child’s final June 2015 report card, or other educational record establishing grade level for September 2015

    Specialized High School Fall 2015 Dates

    Event Date
    Register for the SHSAT and LaGuardia High School auditions at school or a Family Welcome Center September 10 - October 15
    Test/audition tickets available for distribution Wednesday, October 21
    SHSAT testing for all current 8th grade students Saturday & Sunday, October 24& 25
    LaGuardia High School Auditions begin Saturday, October 31
    SHSAT:
    All current 9th grade students 8th and 9th grade students who are English Language Learners or students with disabilities who have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) or 504 Plans
    Make-up test requests
    LaGuardia High School: Auditions begin by Borough
    Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 15
    LaGuardia High School Auditions end Sunday, November 22
    Round 1 results distributed (Inclusive of specialized results) Early March
    Frequently Asked Questions:

    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:

    • 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 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.