Hey, eighth grade students and families: it’s time to start getting ready for high school!

From now until Monday, December 2, 2019, New York City families with students who are currently in eighth grade (or in ninth grade for the first time) can participate in the DOE’s 2019–20 NYC high school admissions process.

And this year, applying for the City’s 700+ public high schools is easier and shorter than ever!

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Check out MySchools to learn more about any of NYC’s 700+ high school programs.

We know City students and families have a lot on their plates, so after hearing from all of you, we’ve streamlined our middle and high school admissions processes this year to make them more convenient and transparent.

This year, there will be only one application round—and deadline—to keep in mind.

As in prior years, students will list up to 12 high schools that they want to attend on their application, and be matched to a single school. But now, applicants will be automatically placed on the waitlists of the schools they listed above the one for which they received an offer. Plus, once initial offers have gone out, students can even add themselves to waitlists for schools that they did not include on their original applications. 

And once students are placed onto a waitlist, there’s no more waiting in the dark—applicants will be able to look up their spot on each waitlist via MySchools, and they will be offered admission off waitlists if and when seats become available.

“Families and educators have asked for a simpler, more transparent, and more accessible system of school choice,” said Chancellor Richard A. Carranza. “This common sense change will make a real difference for families across the five boroughs.”

Haven’t applied yet? Get your high school application started at MySchools.

To learn more about the 2019–2020 high school admissions process, visit our enrollment page, check with your current school, or visit your local Family Welcome Center to speak with a DOE staff member.

Remember, applications are due December 2, and offers will be sent in March 2020.

We wish all of our high school applicants a successful and smooth admissions process this year!

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Later this year, after initial offers have gone out, high school applicants will be able to add themselves onto the waitlists of high schools that they did not apply for but are now interested in attending.

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