High School Admission Process

DOE NYC High School Admission Process

COVID-19 has had a profound impact across every aspect of our school system, including the admissions process. As a result, we’re updating our pre-pandemic admissions timeline to ensure ample time for families to explore schools and apply once the application launches. Please note:

  1. The high school application  is  not yet open, and no longer closes on December 4, 2020.  You will have additional time to apply.

  2. Specialized High Schools registration is not yet open, and no  longer closes  on  October 21, 2020.  You will have additional time to register.

  3. Dates and locations for the high school fairs, the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT), and LaGuardia High School auditions—as listed in the 2021 NYC High School and Specialized High Schools Admissions Guide—will also change.

We  appreciate your patience and will  be in touch with more detailed information and timelines as soon as we can. Here’s what you can do now:

  1. Learn about high school and Specialized High Schools admissions! Get the latest updates on  our  website.

    1. Read  our  High School and Specialized High Schools Admissions Guide online. Print copies will be available at middle schools by early November. Please note that some information in this guide—such as dates, deadlines, and event information—was accurate at the time of publication but is now being adjusted due to the impact of COVID-19.

    2. Make an appointment with your current school counselor to discuss your plans for high school. They will be your best resource and guide throughout the admissions process.

  2. Explore schools and programs

    1. Browse options by borough in  the  admissions  guide.

    2. Learn about programs in detail and search for schools by course offerings, location, sports, and more in  the  MySchools  high school directory.

    3. Make a list of programs that interest you.

What’s next?

Later this fall, you will receive a personalized Welcome Letter, which includes a unique code to access your  MySchools account. We’ll let you know when letters are on the way. This letter will also include information on how to use MySchools to:

  1. Apply to high school.

  2. Register to take the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) and to audition for LaGuardia High School.

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8th graders in need of recommendations/school records

If your 8th grader is applying to a high school that requests a letter of recommendation, work from his/her 7th grade portfolio, a copy of his/her 7th grade report card, or any other kind of school record, this must be requested at least a week in advance and students must fill out a request for recommendation form.  Please send in an addressed, stamped envelope if you need material mailed from the school.