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Middle School - AFTERNOON Parent-Teacher Conferences
10/27/2016 EARLY DISMISSAL for students in middle school.

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Specialized High Schools Institute


What is DREAM – The Specialized High Schools Institute (DREAM - SHSI)?
DREAM – SHSI is a 22-month extracurricular program of rigorous coursework designed to assist eligible NYC public school students in preparing for the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT). DREAM – SHSI coursework emphasizes verbal and math skills, problem-solving, critical analysis, time management, and test-taking strategies specific to the SHSAT.

What is the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT)?

SHSAT is the test used to determine admission to the following eight Specialized High Schools:

         The Bronx High School of Science

         Brooklyn Technical High School

         The Brooklyn Latin School

         High School for Mathematics, Science and Engineering at City College

         High School of American Studies at Lehman College
Queens High School for the Sciences at York College

         Staten Island Technical High School

         Stuyvesant High School

Who is eligible to apply for DREAM - SHSI?
Public School Student Eligibility:

To be eligible to apply for DREAM 2018, a public school student must meet ALL the following criteria:

  • be a current NYC resident
  • be a current 6th grade student
  • be economically disadvantaged as defined by Title I Free Lunch status
  • have a minimum scale score of 317 on the 2015 grade 5 NYS ELA exam
  • have a minimum scale score of 319 on the 2015 grade 5 NYS math exam, and
  • have had a minimum attendance rate of 90% during grade 5

How does a student apply for the DREAM – SHSI program?

Public school students who meet the eligibility criteria described above will receive an invitation letter and a pre-populated application delivered to their schools in late October, 2015. Applications must be completed and returned to the schools by the date indicated on the application form.  Once applications have been reviewed and the eligibility status of all applications has been certified, offer letters to students for placement in the DREAM – SHSI program will be generated through a random selection process and mailed directly to students’ homes from the Division of Equity and Access. Should the number of eligible applicants exceed the number of available seats, DREAM – SHSI participants will be randomly selected from the pool of eligible candidates. Students who are offered a placement in the program must attend a mandatory orientation with a parent or guardian to finalize acceptance of the offer.  Eligiblestudents who are not offered placement through the random selection process will also be notified by letter from the Division of Equity and Access and will be placed on a waitlist. 

To be accepted into DREAM – SHSI, the students/families must commit to participating for the full 22-months.  The components are outlined below.

When does DREAM - SHSI take place?

The DREAM – SHSI program consists of five components:


Grade Level



Step D

6th Graders

January - June 2016
(16 sessions)

(9:00 AM – 1:00 PM)  

Step R

Rising 7th Graders 

July – August 2016 
(20 sessions)

Monday – Thursday
(9:00 AM – 1:00 PM)

Step E

7th Graders

November – June 2016 
(32 sessions)

(4:00 PM – 6:00 PM)
(9:00 AM – 1:00 PM)

Step A

Rising 8th Graders

July –August 2017 
(20 sessions)

Monday – Thursday
(9:00 AM – 1:00 PM)

Step M

8th Graders 

September – October 2017
(18 sessions)

Tuesday & Thursday
(4:00 PM – 6:00 PM)
(9:00 AM – 1:00 PM)

Where does the DREAM – SHSI program take place?

DREAM – SHSI will be offered at 20 locations throughout the five boroughs. Students who are offered a placement in the program will be advised of program locations in their offer letter from the Division of Equity and Access. 

Current DREAM-SHSI Students
      DREAM-SHSI Step M Calendar

DREAM–SHSI Publications
DREAM-SHSI Memo - Principals Only



The Summer/Fall Intensive is an extracurricular program designed to assist eligible New York City public school students to prepare to take the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT). The Intensive includes rigorous coursework in literacy and math skills, such as problem solving, critical analysis; in addition, to guidance activities.  Unlike the DREAM program which is a 22 month program, the Summer/Fall Intensive is a 38 session program for eligible 8th grade students during the summer and fall leading up to the SHSAT.

To be eligible for the program students must meet all of the following requirements:

Attend a DOE public school. Be completing grade 7 and enrolled for grade 8 next year.

  • Be a current NYC resident.
  • Live in, or attend school in, NYC school districts 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, or 32.
  • Have earned a minimum score on assessment tests.
  • Have scored a minimum score of 3.3 on the 2015 English Language Arts (ELA) and minimum scaled score of 4.1 on the 2015 Mathematics standardized tests (both taken in the spring of 6th grade).

How does a student become part of the Summer/Fall Intensive?

Eligible students will receive a letter from their school principal or guidance counselor.  Letters will also be sent to the homes of eligible students.  Parents can enroll eligible students by returning the signed letter to the student’s principal or guidance counselor.  They can also enroll their students directly over the phone by calling (718)-935-2399.

Once students are enrolled, a parent must attend the Parent Orientation with their student on Saturday, July 9th, 9:00-11:00AM.  The orientation will take place in Manhattan at a location which will be shared upon enrollment.

The Summer/Fall Intensive program lasts 4 months and consists of 2 components:


Grade Level




Rising 8th Graders

July 11th-August 11th (20 sessions)

Monday-Thursday 9:00am-1:00pm  


8th Graders 


(18 sessions)

Tuesdays & Thursdays (4:00PM-6:00PM) Saturday (9:00 AM – 1:00 PM)

The Summer/Fall Intensive will be offered at 10 locations throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx. Students who are enrolled in the program will be advised of program locations in their offer letter.

Important: Families must be willing to make a commitment to attend the full program, both summer and fall, and parents/guardians must attend the orientation.

Costs Breakfast and lunch are provided during the summer sessions and all educational materials are provided at no cost.  Metro cards are provided for eligible students

More information: For more information, families can send an email to SHSI@schools.nyc.gov

2016 Public School Parent Information Letter

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