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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 a 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 28, and Sunday, September 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Families also can attend Borough High School Fairs on Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. to learn more about high school admissions and the options available to students. Schools will hold open houses for interested students in the weeks following the Borough Fairs. Families can contact schools directly for dates and times.

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 will include information sessions about the high school admissions process – covering key dates, deadlines, admission to the City’s nine Specialized High Schools, and instructions for applying – in addition to information sessions explaining the audition process for arts schools and programs. The Directory of New York City Public High Schools 2013-2014 and Specialized High Schools Student Handbook will be available. 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 Citywide High School Fair. Seventh grade students who want to start learning about their high school options also are invited.

The Borough High School 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 interested in taking the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) for entry into one of the eight specialized testing schools must see their guidance counselor(s) before Wednesday, October 9 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 counselor(s) before October 9 in order to obtain an audition ticket.

Last June, seventh grade students received the Directory of the New York City Public High Schools 2013-2014 and the Specialized High Schools Student Handbook, which introduced them to high school admissions and helped them begin to identify schools that match their educational goals and interests. Over the summer, the Department hosted high school admissions workshops for students and their families.

High school applications will be available in October and are due back to guidance counselors no later than Monday, December 2. More information about high school admissions, including a calendar of events, deadlines, and electronic copies of high school publications, are available on the Department’s Web site at www.nyc.gov/schools/ChoicesEnrollment/High.