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High School Admissions & Process

When to start applying?

At the beginning of October of the 8th grade year, when dates and timelines have been finalized by the DOE, the Principal and Guidance Staff meet with 8th grade families to share timelines and answer questions. Additionally, Guidance and the Principal will meet individually with students and parents to discuss options and choices.  

Click on the links below for more information about the High School Application Process:

High School Directory     Specialized High Schools Handbook    HS @ A Glance

What High Schools Look For? 

    Most high schools use 7th grade standardized test scores, grades (seeking an 85% average or higher), and attendance records in their admissions decision-making, although specifics do vary by school. Specialized high schools consider only the Specialized High School Admissions Test results (which children take in the fall of 8th grade) and LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts and other performing arts schools will require an audition or a portfolio review. The DOE High School Directory outlines the relevant admission criteria for each school. 

Acceptance Letters

    The DOE sets the schedule for the distribution of acceptance letters, and the scheduling varies from year to year. In recent years, letters are first mailed in February to children who took the Specialized High School Admissions Test, followed by all others in March. There is a formal appeals process if a student does not get in to their school of choice. Contact Guidance if you require an appeal.