Now that the summer season is behind us and just about everything is pumpkin-flavored, it’s time for us to properly welcome the first full month of fall 2019:

Man dancing in pumpkin mask

The 2019–20 school year is really kicking into high gear!

On tap this month: middle and high school admissions fairs, Columbus Day weekend, and College Application Week, among others. School communities will also continue to celebrate the rest of National Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month and usher in the start of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

So without further ado, here’s what’s happening in City public schools in October 2019, courtesy of the DOE’s official School Calendar:

NYC School Calendar–October 2019

Tuesday, October 1
Rosh Hashanah (Schools Closed)
Saturday, October 5–Sunday, October 6
High School Admissions Fairs*
Wednesday, October 9
Yom Kippur (Schools Closed)
Thursday, October 10
Last Day to Register for Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) and/or LaGuardia H.S. Auditions*
Monday, October 14
Columbus Day (Schools Closed)
Wednesday, October 16
Middle School Fairs (Districts 1, 7, 12, 13, 17, and 30)*
Monday, October 21–Friday, October 26
College Application Week
Tuesday, October 22
Middle School Fairs (Districts 5, 18, 20, 28, and 32)*
Thursday, October 24
Middle School Fairs (Districts 2, 3, 10, 16, and 23)*
Monday, October 28
Middle School Fairs (Districts 8, 9, 15, 21, 22, and 25)*
Wednesday, October 30
Middle School Fairs (Districts 4, 6, 11, 14, 19, 29, and 31)*

*Some quick notes about this month’s schedule:

DOE Admissions Fairs (Middle and High School)

Planning to start middle or high school in fall 2020?

Throughout October and November 2019, the DOE will host admissions events and open houses to provide families with opportunities to learn more about the City’s middle, high school, and specialized high school admissions processes. For more on these events, including important dates, locations, and times, by checking out the following webpages:

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

Are you interested in auditioning for a seat at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts or taking the SHSAT? Be sure to register for your audition and/or test on MySchools by Thursday, October 10.

To learn more about the City’s Specialized High Schools (including LaGuardia) and the SHSAT, check out the DOE’s official Specialized High Schools webpage and the DOE’s official SHSAT handbook


That’s all for this month. We hope you have a great October!

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