Transfer Schools

Transfer Schools are small, academically rigorous, full-time high schools designed to re-engage students who have dropped out or who have fallen behind in credits. Watch this video from a student's perspective of the Transfer School experience.

If you enroll in a Transfer School, you will:

  • Attend regular classes Monday through Friday
  • Participate in workshops and get support with academic and personal goals
  • Have access to tutoring, Regents prep, and extracurricular activities
  • Develop college and career plans for life after high school  

Many Transfer Schools have the added component of Learning to Work, which offer students:

  • Academic support
  • Counseling
  • College preparation
  • Job and career development
  • Paid internships

To learn more, look over the Additional Ways to Graduate Directory for a Transfer School in your borough or read a brochure in  EnglishArabic, Bengali, Chinese, FrenchHaitian CreoleKorean, Russian, Spanish, or Urdu.


  • Be 15-21 years old
  • Have completed one year of high school
  • Apply directly to a Transfer School through its school-based process
  • Admission criteria vary and interested students are encouraged to contact the school directly

How to Enroll

  • Look over the Additional Ways to Graduate Directory or brochure for a Transfer School in your borough 
  • Find the Transfer School most convenient for you
  • Contact the school directly to visit the school and set-up an in-take interview.
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