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Department of Education Announces Annual Citywide High School Fair


Borough High School Fairs and Open Houses will be Held in October

The New York City Department of Education today announced its annual series of fall events to help students and their families choose a high school. The Department will host its annual Citywide High School Fair at Brooklyn Technical High School (29 Fort Greene Place) this Saturday, September 29, and Sunday, September 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Families can also attend borough high school fairs on October 13 and 14 to learn more about high school options and the admissions process. Individual schools will hold open houses for interested students in the weeks following the fair.

At the Citywide High School Fair this weekend, staff and students from the City’s public high schools will provide information and answer questions about their schools. The fair also will include workshops about the high school admissions process, how to prepare for arts school auditions and applying to the City’s nine specialized high schools. The Directory of New York City Public High Schools, 2012-2013 will be available, along with the Specialized High Schools Student Handbook among other Student Enrollment publications. Interpretation services will be available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu.

Eighth- and ninth-grade students applying to high school this year are strongly encouraged to attend the fair. Seventh grade students who want to start learning about their high school options also are invited.

Additionally, the Department will host five borough high school fairs on Saturday, October 13, and Sunday, October 14, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. These fairs will focus exclusively on schools in the boroughs where they are held. The locations for the fairs are as follows:

  • Bronx – Theodore Roosevelt Educational Campus (500 East Fordham Road)
  • Manhattan – Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Campus (122 Amsterdam Avenue)
  • Queens – Francis Lewis High School (58-20 Utopia Parkway)
  • Brooklyn – Edward R. Murrow High School (1600 Avenue L)
  • Staten Island – New Dorp High School (465 New Dorp Lane)

Students who are interested in taking the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT), in order to qualify for one of the eight specialized testing schools, must see their guidance counselors before October 10 in order to register for the test. Students who wish to audition for LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts must also see their guidance counselors before October 10 in order to obtain an audition ticket.

Last June, seventh grade students received the Directory of the New York City Public High Schools, 2012-2013 and the Specialized High Schools Student Handbook, which introduced them to the admissions process and helped them begin to identify schools that match their educational goals and interests. The Department also hosted workshops for families about the high school admissions process over the summer.

High school applications will be available in early-October and are due back to guidance counselors no later than December 3. More information about the high school admissions process, including a calendar of events, deadlines, and electronic copies of the high school publications, are available on the Department’s Web site at http://schools.nyc.gov/ChoicesEnrollment/High.