Specialized High Schools

The Specialized High Schools

Specialized High Schools Test/Audition Fall Administration

Review information regarding dates and locations for the Fall 2015 administration of Specialized High Schools tests and auditions, as well as Specialized High Schools open house information below.  Students register through their current schools. 

To learn more about the registration process, how offers are made, and the schools themselves, review our Summer Family Workshop Presentation and the 2015-2016 Specialized High Schools Student Handbook

    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.

    Specialized High School Fall 2015 Dates

    Register for the SHSAT and LaGuardia High School auditions at school or a Family Welcome CenterSeptember 10 -
    October 15
    Test/audition tickets available for distributionWednesday, October 21
    SHSAT testing for all current 8th grade studentsSaturday & Sunday, October 24 & 25
    LaGuardia High School Auditions beginSaturday, October 31
    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 endSunday, November 22
    Round 1 results distributed (Inclusive of specialized results)Early March


    2015 Fall Specialized High School Open House Dates

    SchoolLocationDate & Time
    The Bronx High School of Science 75 West 205 Street
    Bronx, NY 10468
    Wednesday, October 21
    5 – 7 PM
    The Brooklyn Latin School 223 Graham Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY 11206
    Thursday, October 22
    5 – 7 PM
    Brooklyn Technical High School 29 Fort Greene Place
    Brooklyn, NY 11217
    Tuesday, October 20
    6 – 8:30 PM
    High School for Mathematics, Science and Engineering at the City College of New York 240 Convent Avenue
    New York, NY 10031
    Wednesday, October 14
    5 – 8 PM
    High School of American Studies at Lehman College Lehman College Performing Arts Center 2925 Goulden Avenue
    Bronx, NY 10468
    Thursday, October 15
    5:30 – 7:30 PM
    Queens High School for the Sciences at York CollegeYork College Center for the Performing Arts 94-20 Guy R Brewer Blvd
    Jamaica, NY 11451
    Wednesday, October 7
    5:30 – 7:30 PM
    Staten Island Technical High School 485 Clawson Street
    Staten Island, NY 10306
    Thursday, October 8
    6 – 8 PM
    Stuyvesant High School 345 Chambers Street
    New York, NY 10007
    Monday, October 5 (For families that reside in Manhattan & Brooklyn)
     5 – 7 PM
    Tuesday, October 6 (For families that reside in Queens, Bronx, & Staten Island)
     5 – 7 PM
    Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts 100 Amsterdam Avenue
    New York, NY 10023
    No Fall Open House

    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.