With temperatures dropping, leaves changing color, apple picking becoming “a thing” on our social media feeds, and Halloween candy dominating practically every aisle of our local pharmacies, it’s clear that we are now at the start of the Greatest Season of Them All™:

Pumpkin Spice Season!!!


Of course, we know not everyone is down with the PSL, as there are those of us who absolutely gag at the thought of “pumpkin spice-flavored” anything. But hey, at least we still have Halloween though, right?


Anyway, yes, it’s October, and because we’ve got the NYC school year covered, it is time to see what is going on in City schools this month, courtesy of the DOE’s official Schools Calendar:

October 2017
Monday, October 9 Columbus Day
All DOE schools/central offices closed
Thursday, October 12 Last Day to Register for:
– Specialized High Schools Admissions Test
– LaGuardia H.S. Auditions 
Saturday, October 21– Sunday, October 22 Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) Dates
For current eighth grade students
Saturday, October 28 LaGuardia High School Auditions Begin
(Auditions end on Saturday, December 2; please visit LaGuardia’s Auditions page for details)

Citywide Career and Technical Education (CTE) High School Fair
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
George Westinghouse High School
105 Johnson Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Sunday, October 29 SHSAT Test Date
For make-up test takers, current ninth grade students, and eighth and ninth grade English language learners or students with disabilities

Just some quick notes about this month’s schedule:

  • DOE Admissions Fairs

Throughout October and November, the DOE will offer families opportunities to learn more about the City’s elementary (including pre-k and G&T), middle, and high school admissions processes. Learn more about each of these opportunities, which include admissions events, district fairs, and school open houses, by checking out the following pages on our website:

Elementary Admissions Events

Middle School District Fairs and Open Houses

High School Admissions Fairs, Open Houses, and Info Sessions

Specialized High School Open Houses

  • Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) and LaGuardia H.S. Auditions

Students who are interested in auditioning for a seat at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts or would like to take the SHSAT should speak to their school counselor by October 12 to register. 

To learn more about the City’s Specialized High Schools (including LaGuardia) and the SHSAT, check out the DOE’s SHSAT handbook and attend our open houses throughout October.

That is all for this month! We hope you all have a great October!



The Morning Bell

Official blog for the NYC Department of Education, home of over 1.1 million students across 1,800+ schools

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