High School Admissions Details and Timeline

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Dear families,

We hope your child’s eighth grade year is off to a great start! 

This fall, your child will apply to high school. In early October, your child will bring home an admissions welcome letter from their school; this letter includes details on how to participate in admissions, including how to create a MySchools account (if you don’t yet have one). 

There are three pathways to high school: 

  • Submit a high school application.
    • The application will open on October 12 and close at 11:59pm on December 1.
    • You can apply to 12 high school programs on this application.
  • Optional: Apply to LaGuardia High School.
    • The application will open on October 12 and close at 11:59pm on December 1.
    • Auditions for this school will be conducted virtually. To learn more about audition requirements, visit schools.nyc.gov/HSAuditions
  • Optional: Apply to the eight testing Specialized High Schools
    • Registration to take the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) will open on October 6 and close at 11:59pm on November 4.
    • SHSAT testing will take place for most DOE eighth graders on November 17 at their school during the school day. Ninth graders, and eighth graders at non-DOE schools (charter, private, and parochial schools), students will test at central sites on a weekend date. Your confirmed date will be listed on your SHSAT ticket. 

Right now, you can… 

Questions? Talk to your child’s current school counselor or email HSEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov.  

Thank you,

The High School Admissions Team, Office of Student Enrollment