Welcome to high school admissions! Get ready to apply to high school for the 2019-2020 school year by taking these steps:
If you just moved to New York City and are not yet enrolled at a school for the 2017-2018 or 2018-2019 school year, learn how to enroll on the New Students page.If you applied to high school for the 2018-2019 school year, you’re already registered for the fall. Appeal results letters are now available at your school or at a Family Welcome Center. If you still have not applied to high school, talk to your school counselor or visit a Family Welcome Center.
New York City has more than 400 high schools and over 700 programs. New York City students and families complete a single high school application for up to 12 high school programs and can participate in a separate, optional admissions process for specialized high schools.
High school resources are available in English and translation:
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Use the following resources to learn about all of your high school options. When looking for schools and programs, it is important to think about what will help you learn and grow. Talk with your family, school counselor, and teachers about your application choices.
The deadline to apply to high school is Monday, December 3, 2018. Here’s how you can get ready to apply:
High schools across the city were invited to participate in a pilot to increase diversity within their schools. At these schools, applicants who qualify as economically disadvantaged, based on federal income guidelines, will receive admissions priority for a certain percentage in the incoming ninth and tenth grades. Read more about each school’s specific pilot for the 2018-2019 school year:
Yes, if you want to attend a NYCDOE public high school. This includes students who want to attend their zoned school and students in a grades 6-12 school who want to remain at that school for ninth grade.
Every eighth grade student in a public school gets a Round 1 application from their school counselor in the fall. New York City residents who currently attend a private or parochial school can request an application from their school counselor or a Family Welcome Center.
Each high school has scheduled open houses or information session events when you can visit the school. To learn when these events take place, contact the school directly or visit our events page.
There are also high school fairs in September and October where you can talk with students and educators from high schools and attend a workshop to learn more about the application process.
There can be multiple programs offered by one school. Programs often focus on a specific interest area. Programs at the same school may have different Admissions Priorities and Admissions Methods. You may decide to apply to one program over another based on its admissions and its interest area.
Yes, you can apply to more than one program at a school. Each program you list is one of the 12 choices on your application. Be sure you are eligible for each program you apply to, since programs may have different admissions eligibility.
Programs evaluate applicants based on the Admissions Method it uses. Each program’s admissions method is shown in the NYC High School Directory.
Programs accept applicants from the first admissions priority group before accepting applicants from the next admissions priority group. You can see what percent of offers went to each priority group the previous year in the NYC High School Directory. Admissions priorities can greatly affect your chances of getting an offer, so it is important to keep track of the priorities for the programs to which you’re applying.
You can apply to a school your sibling attends, but there is no guarantee you will get an offer to that school.
No. Students with disabilities may apply to the same programs listed in the High School Directory as students without disabilities. Your IEP or 504 Plan testing accommodations are provided during the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) or any school-based admissions audition or assessment. If you are a student in a District 75 program considering a community high school, you should work with your District 75 school to participate in high school admissions. Please read A Guide for Families of Students with Disabilities to learn more.
No, English Language Learner students receive supports in all New York City high schools. All eighth grade students may participate in high school admissions no matter their knowledge of English. If you are interested in a program designed for students who are English Language Learners, you may consider programs that use a Screened: Language admissions method. The NYC High School Directory indicates which of the ELL program models (Dual Language, Transitional Bilingual Education, or English as a New Language) are currently offered in each high school. Families can learn more about these programs here.
You can request a transfer if you are experiencing a documented hardship. A documented hardship includes if your travel to school is more than 75 minutes, or if you have a documented medical or safety issue. Please discuss with your current guidance counselor to find out whether you have a documented hardship and can request to transfer schools.
No. Only current New York City residents can participate in high school admissions. You cannot submit a high school application or take the SHSAT until after you have established residency in New York City. Learn more about the process for students new to New York City.
Use NYC School Finder to find high schools.
Use School Search to find your zoned high school.
Learn about key dates and events for High School Admissions.
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Find schools that may meet your child’s accessibility needs.Read the Family Guide for Parents and Guardians with Disabilities.
If you have questions about High School Admissions, please call (718) 935-2399 or email HSEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov.