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Time’s running out to apply to New York City’s high schools for fall 2021!

Between now and Monday, March 1, 2021, NYC families with students in eighth grade can apply for admission to the City’s high schools for the 2021–22 school year. Current ninth grade students who are not repeating ninth grade can also apply to schools with available tenth grade seats.

Through MySchools, you and your child can explore schools and programs across the City, and you can complete and submit a high school application with up to 12 programs listed in your order of preference, starting with your first choice at #1.

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How to Complete and Submit Your 2021 High School Application

Still unsure about what you’ll need to do to apply to the City’s public high schools for fall 2021 admissions?

Once logged in, you will be able to access your personalized high school application and view more information about programs in a directory customized for your child. Don’t have a MySchools account? Get started by watching our “How to Create a MySchools Account” video!

    • Watch previously recorded Virtual Admissions events

In early January, we held Virtual Admissions Information Sessions for families applying to high school. You can now view a recording of the presentation from one of our High School Virtual Information Sessions on the DOE’s official Vimeo page.

    • Submit your application by Monday, March 1

Be sure to apply to 12 programs—no fewer!—and list programs on your application in your true order of preference. Learn how to build a balanced application and how to know your chances of getting offers to specific programs in our newly updated digital High School Admissions Guide.

You can submit your application in one of three ways:

        • Your child’s current school counselor; or

Don’t hesitate to click “Submit,” either—you can update your application choices and your preference order any time before the application closes.

For more details about the NYC high school application process, visit our official High School webpage.

Have questions? You can also:

Remember; NYC families have until Monday, March 1, 2021, to submit their NYC High School Applications for fall 2021 admissions, so don’t delay—submit your application TODAY!

Want to watch the rest of the videos in our High School Admissions Video Series? Visit our High School webpage.


Banner photo by Zen Chung. Used under Creative Commons license. Original can be found on Pexels.

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