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Making the jump to high school next fall?

From now until Tuesday March 1, 2022, eighth grade students who are entering high school in September 2022, as well as current ninth grade students who are not repeating grade 9 this year, can apply for fall 2022 admission to New York City high schools.

If your student is planning on attending any of the City’s 400+ public high school options, please understand that participating in this application process will provide them with their best chance at getting into their high school of choice.

Getting Started with Your 2022 High School Application

All current NYC residents who are in eighth grade or in ninth grade for the first time can apply for City high schools. All of the following students are welcome to apply:

    • Current public school students (district and charter);
    • Private or parochial school students;
    • Students with disabilities and/or accessibility needs;
    • Multilingual learners;
    • Students from immigrant families;
    • Residents in temporary housing;
    • LGBTQ and gender nonconforming students; and
    • Students with children.

To participate in fall 2022 high school admissions:

Once logged in, you will be able to build and submit your application. Don’t have a MySchools account? Get started by watching our “How to Create a MySchools Account” video.

  • Use MySchools to Explore Your High School Options

Through MySchools, you can discover and learn more about each of the City’s high schools. Simply log into your MySchools account, and begin your search. You can even save programs of interest to your MySchools “Favorites” list. We also encourage you to check out each school information page on MySchools for links to calendars, additional admissions requirements or selection criteria (if any), and even virtual tours.

  • Rank your high school choices

Once you’ve determined the high schools you eligible for and are interested in applying to, you can select up to 12 high school programs on your application. Rank them in your order of preference, starting with your first choice at the top of your list. Listing 12 programs gives you the best chance to get an offer to a program you want to attend.

We suggest you speak with your school counselor regarding your application choices, as they will be able to help with your ranking order as well as any questions you may have.

  • Submit your application by Monday, March 1, 2022

Submit your application online through your MySchools account. If you are a current public school student/family, you may also submit your application through your current school counselor. Private and parochial school students/families can submit their high school application through a Family Welcome Center.

Updates to Keep in Mind for 2022 High School Admissions

In response to feedback from community leaders, families, and schools, borough and zone-based admissions priorities will remain in place this year. This means that some high school programs will continue to prioritize zoned applicants and/or applicants who live or currently attend middle school in a specific borough. District-based admissions priorities were eliminated last year and will continue to not be used in high school admissions.

For high school programs that screen applicants, offers will be made based on course grades from seventh and/or eighth grade, and/or on an assessment, such as an essay or interview. Learn how grades will be used in admissions this year, as well as which schools will require assessments as part of admissions on our “Selection Criteria for Screened Admissions” webpage.

Interested in Learning More?

Visit our official High School webpage for the latest admissions updates and links, and watch our “Applying to High School? Welcome!” video embedded above from our High School Admissions Video Series. You may also sign up for our high school admissions email list and review a PDF of our 2022 NYC Public Schools Admissions Guide for an overview of all DOE admissions processes.

Remember: the deadline to submit your high school application is March 1, 2022, so mark your calendars, and start working on your high school application today!

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On behalf of the DOE, we wish all of our incoming high school students a smooth application process in 2022! For all the latest updates about NYC school admissions, sign up for our email lists, and subscribe to The Morning Bell today!


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