Hey eighth graders; it’s time to start getting ready for high school!

This fall, New York City families who have students who are currently in eighth grade (or in ninth grade for the first time) can participate in Round 1 of the City’s 2018–19 high school admissions process.

From now until Monday, December 3, City families can learn about any of New York’s 400+ high schools and apply for placement for up to 12 schools on behalf of their students for the start of the 2019–20 school year.

And with over 700 programs to choose from across the five boroughs, including the City’s Specialized High Schools and CTE programs, families are sure to find several great school options where their students will learn, thrive, and graduate ready for life after high school.

Consider some of the following tips and guidelines to help you make the most out of this year’s high school admissions process:

Learn more about any of New York City’s public high schools and the admissions process, including important dates, application requirements, school types, program options, admissions priorities, and more!

  • Attend any of the City’s borough-based High School Fairs on October 13–14, 2018.

Stop by a High School Fair to learn more about the City high schools available in your borough. We encourage you to register before you go!

See which schools are holding open houses this fall by reviewing the DOE’s High School Admissions Events Calendar.

Speak with school leaders, current CTE students, and industry partners to learn more about the City’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) high schools.


Stop by our High School Fairs on October 13–14 to learn more about the high schools in your borough!

Students who are interested in attending eight of the City’s nine Specialized High Schools, including Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, and Brooklyn Tech, must first take the SHSAT in order to be eligible for admission.

Families and students should contact their school counselors in order to register for an SHSAT test ticket via the DOE’s MySchools website.

For more information about the City’s Specialized High Schools, including SHSAT testing locations and make-up testing dates, check out the DOE’s Specialized High Schools Student Handbook.

Families and students who would like to apply for LaGuardia H.S. must audition in order to be considered for admission. Please use the MySchools website to register.

For more information about applying to LaGuardia H.S., including audition dates, check out the DOE’s Specialized High Schools Student Handbook

We recommend you include 12 choices on your application; last year, 97% of students who applied to 12 high school programs received an offer!

  • Have questions about admissions or using the MySchools website? Get the help you need.

Schedule an appointment with your school counselor, call us at (718) 935-2009, or stop by your local Family Welcome Center.

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With over 700+ high school programs to choose from, City eighth graders have plenty of options to consider for the 2019–20 school year, including the World Academy for Total Community Health H.S.’s Certified Nursing Assistant Program!

On behalf of DOE, we wish everyone a successful and smooth high school admissions process this year!

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