Are you an eighth grader (or the parent/guardian of an eighth grader) who is expecting to attend one of the City’s 400+ high schools in fall 2018?

Know a current ninth grader who would like to attend a different high school next school year?

Then get ready, because it is time for Round 1 of the New York City High School Admissions process!


From now until December 1, New York City students and their families can get a Round 1 High School Application for the 2018–19 school year from their middle school counselors or their local Family Welcome Centers.

Each single application allows students to list up to 12 high school programs (in order of preference) that they would like to attend starting next fall.


Who can apply to City high schools?

  • School-aged City residents;
  • Grade 8 City students or first-time grade 9 City students;
  • Charter school, private school, and parochial school students;
  • Students who moved to the City during this year’s admissions process;
  • Students with disabilities;
  • English language learners; and
  • Students in temporary housing

To get started, we recommend students identify 12 school options that they would consider attending next year. When searching for schools and programs, students should think about what interests them, as well as what will help them learn and grow. They should also consider what their morning and afternoon commutes would be like for each of their 12 options.

To learn more about each of our high schools, use the web-based NYC School Finder (also available in Spanish) or the DOE’s traditional NYC High School Directory (available in 10 languages). We also encourage applicants to check out this month’s high school open houses; many high schools are hosting admissions events this month, so be sure to check out our High School Admissions Events Calendar for more information.

Questions? Check out our official High School Applications webpage or contact us at or at (718) 935-2399.

Remember: The last day to obtain and to submit Round 1 applications is December 1, 2017, so get started today!

The Morning Bell

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