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December? Already?!


Yes, it’s trueDecember 2022 is here—and for many New Yorkers, the start of the twelfth month of the calendar year marks the beginning of the winter holiday season. Throughout the City, households, organizations, and businesses alike are using the start of the month to prepare for the upcoming holidays, and we know many of you are also doing the same and are setting aside time to spend with your loved ones.

For City public school families, Winter Recess (December 26, 2022–January 2, 2023) is the main event of note on our calendars this month. Beyond that, this year’s application deadline for middle and high schools is coming up at the start of the month, Computer Science Education Week kicks off soon after, and families with students who registered for the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) by the November 4 deadline may have testing dates to factor into their schedules this month.

So without further ado, let’s see what’s happening in NYC public schools in December 2022, courtesy of our official 2022–23 NYC Schools Calendar.

NYC Schools Calendar — December 2022

Thursday, December 1

Last Day to Apply for 2023 Admission to NYC Middle and High Schools (incl. Audition Programs)

Families can submit their applications and/or audition materials online with MySchools, through a Family Welcome Center, or through their child's current school counselor

Monday, Dec. 5—Sunday, Dec. 11

Computer Science Education Week

Join K–12 students across NYC and around the country in this weeklong celebration of computer science (CS) instruction; check with your school for details regarding any CS events taking place during this week.

Sunday, December 11

Specialized High School Admissions Test Administration Day

Testing date for grade 8 students who registered to take the SHSAT by the 11/4 deadline and are either homeschooled, attending DOE secondary schools (programs that serve grades 6–12), or are registered to charter, private, parochial, or independent schools.

Also for grade 8 students who registered late (after 11/4) for the SHSAT or who missed a prior SHSAT date and are approved for a make-up testing date.

Test will take place in a central DOE location.

Saturday, December 17

Specialized High School Admissions Test Administration Day

Testing date for all registered ninth grade students, including late registrants.

Test will take place in a central DOE location.

Mon., Dec. 26, 2022—Mon., Jan. 2, 2023

Winter Recess

All NYC public schools are closed.

Some notes about this month’s schedule:

Middle and High School Applications Close on December 1

Families seeking admission to an NYC public middle school or high school can fill out and complete their children’s official 2022–23 applications until Thursday, December 1, 2022. Applications may be submitted via MySchools, a Family Welcome Center, or through a school counselor.

Use MySchools to find school programs for your child’s application and to see which schools are hosting open houses and tours this month.

SHSAT Dates in December

Students who registered to take the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) by the November 4 deadline should log onto their MySchools account or speak with their school counselor to get their test ticket. Test tickets include a student’s test date, arrival time, test location, and testing accommodations (if applicable).

If any testing accommodations or information is missing or incorrect on your test ticket, please speak with your school counselor right away.

For more information, visit our Specialized High Schools page.


And that’s all for this month! On behalf of the NYC Department of Education, we wish all of our families a wonderful and safe December!

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