High School

In New York City, students apply to high school during their grade 8 year. Current grade 9 students (who are not repeating grade 9) also have the option to apply to programs with grade 10 seats. Learn more by watching our video series, and scroll down for the latest information and updates.

  • Sign up for our high school admissions email list for updates and reminders.
  • New to NYC public schools and need a high school for your child now? Learn what to do on our New Students page.

Happening Now

High school offers were made on June 8, and waitlists are open through September 16!

  • Log in to your MySchools account to view your child's current offer and participate in waitlists.
  • Don't have a MySchools account? Talk to your current school or a Family Welcome Center. You can also call 718-935-2009 with questions.

Next Steps

Get ready for the fall!

Learn about your new school

Visit your new school's website or contact them directly to learn if they are hosting open houses or orientation events.

Use waitlists to be considered for other offers––this is optional.

Waitlists are used if schools need to fill available seats after offers are made and before waitlists close. There are two ways to be on a waitlist:

  • Automatically, before waitlists open. If your child’s offer is to any program other than their first choice, they are automatically on the waitlist for any program listed higher on their application than the program where they received an offer.
  • Added yourself, while waitlists are open (June 8 - September 16). If you want to be considered for offers to other schools, you can, optionally, add your child to additional programs’ waitlists.

If a school can make you a waitlist offer, they will call and email you directly, and you would have one week to choose between that offer and your current offer.

For More Information About Offers and Waitlists...

  • Visit our Waitlists page.
  • Read the sections that follow.
  • Watch this recording from our June 2022 live virtual events on offers and waitlists; translated captions are coming soon:

Your Offer Letter Includes

  • Results from the high school application process, including up to one offer and a list of programs where your child is waitlisted, if applicable;
  • Any LaGuardia High School results, if your child auditioned for this Specialized High School, including up to one offer to each program they auditioned for; and/or
  • Any testing Specialized High School results, if your child took the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT), including their SHSAT score and up to one offer to a testing Specialized High School. SHSAT results letters were also sent to families in April.
  • Any next steps, including information about using high school waitlists. *Please note that the nine Specialized High Schools, including LaGuardia High School, do not have waitlists.*

Why Did I Get This Offer?

The high school application process attempts to give each applicant an offer to the highest possible choice on their application, based on admissions factors like seat availability and admissions priorities.

  • You were considered for your first-choice program first.
  • If that program's seats were filled and we could not make you an offer there, you were considered for your second-choice program as if it were your first choice, and so on. 

Offer to your first choice

If your officer is to your first-choice program this means you are not on any waitlists automatically.

Offer to another choice from your application 

If your offer is to another choice on your application (your second through twelfth choice), this means we could not make you an offer to a higher choice, and you are automatically on the waitlist for any program(s) that you listed higher on your application than the program where you received an offer.

Offer to a choice not listed on your application

If your offer is to a high school program you didn’t list on your application, this is because there were no available seats at any of the programs you listed on your application, and we made you an offer to another program that is similar to the choices on your application.

This means that, in the following order, you were then considered for an offer at:

  1. A different program (with available seats) at the same school you listed on your application
  2. Your zoned or continuing school (if you have one)
  3. A program with the same interest areas as programs you listed on your application, and/or that is located in the same borough as your application choices
  4. A program at a higher-performing school within a mile of your home address

In this situation, you are automatically on the waitlist for every program listed on your application.

  • We acknowledge that this is not a program you applied to, and we encourage you to learn more about it and see if it would be a good fit for your child.
  • Explore the school's website or call the school directly to ask about any upcoming open houses, events, or opportunities to visit.

Why Didn't I Get a Specific Offer?

If there were more applicants than available seats at a program, not all applicants could get offers there. There are many reasons why you may not have received an offer to a specific program. These reasons include (but are not limited to):

  • For programs that use admissions priorities, other applicants may have been in a higher priority group for that program than you were, or been in the same group but had stronger random numbers than yours
  • For screened (with assessment) or audition programs, other applicants may have had stronger scores than yours.
  • For screened (with no assessment) programs, other applicants may have been in a higher admissions group than you, or been in the same group but had stronger random numbers than yours.

To learn more about how offers are made and the factors that guide this process, visit our How Admissions Works page.

Who Can Apply?

To apply to high school, you must be both of the following:

  • A NYC resident
  • A current eighth grade or first-time ninth grade student

During the application period, all of the following students are welcome to apply: Current public district and charter school students, private or parochial school students, students with disabilities, students with accessibility needs, students learning English, students from immigrant families, students in temporary housing, LGBTQ and gender nonconforming students, and students with children.

Please note: Families who are temporarily living outside of NYC due to the ongoing pandemic but whose primary residence is in NYC are eligible to participate in admissions this year.

Find High Schools

When you apply to high school in New York City, you have a wide range of choices. We offer more than 700 programs at over 400 high schools. There are two paths to high school admissions.

Charter schools have a separate admissions process. Contact charter schools directly to learn how to apply.


Here are a few ways to learn about your high school options:

  • Use MySchools to explore NYC public schools, find programs for your high school application, and apply —all in one place.
    • The searchable MySchools high school directory contains the most up-to-date, detailed information on all NYC public high schools and programs.
    • Save or print the pages of your favorite programs to browse offline.
  • Contact schools directly to find the most up-to-date information about schools' academic offerings, activities, sports, and more.
  • Learn about the diversity initiatives that high schools across the city are participating in and which schools are involved.
  • Learn all about high school admissions
    • Refer to this page and the Specialized High Schools page for the latest information and guidance.
    • Read the 2022 NYC Public Schools admissions guide, available in 10 languages. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to view or download a fully accessible version, or you can pick up a print copy at your middle school.
    • Watch the NYC High School Admissions Video Series, including tutorials on how to use MySchools on this page—we'll walk you through the steps of applying to high school in New York City.
    • Watch our Specialized High Schools video series.

Attend Admissions Events

Past Events

  • November 2021 - HS Admissions Part 1: Getting Started with MySchools and Registering for the SHSAT. At each Part 1 event in November 2021, we covered how to create a MySchools account, get started exploring high schools and programs for the high school application, and register and take the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT), which is how students apply to NYC's eight testing Specialized High Schools.
  • January 2022 - HS Admissions Part 2: Applying to High School. At each Part 2 event in January 2022, we walked families through when and how to apply high school, how offers are made, how to build a balanced application, and how to participate in the audition process for arts programs, including LaGuardia High School. 
  • March 2022 - How to Build Your HS Application : In early March, we held additional virtual events about how to build a balanced application and how offers are made, including to screened programs.

Recordings from past events are posted below.

Attend Schools' Events and Visit Their Websites

All high schools are encouraged to offer in person and virtual opportunities for families to learn about their schools; many are offering the following information on their own school websites:

  • Schedule and links to any live or recorded events (or links where families can register for the events
  • Videos and/or other media
  • Contact information for families who want to speak with or write to school staff.

Families can access a direct link to each high school’s virtual resources on the school page of the searchable online directory in MySchools. If a high school has not yet posted a link to their virtual open house/admissions information, please contact the school directly to inquire about virtual events and resources: school contact information is listed on each high school’s page in MySchools.

Know Your Chances: Learn How Students Get Offers

Watch this animation to find out why your high school application choices matter and to learn about other factors, such as admissions priorities and seat availability. For more detailed information on how offers are made to specific types of programs, we recommend the following resources:

2022 High School Admissions Updates

  • In response to feedback from community leaders, families, and schools, borough- and zone-based admissions priorities remain in place. 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.
  • Learn how high school programs that screen applicants are making offers this year on our Screened Admissions page and Assessments for Screened Schools. Some screened programs may have additional requirements, such as an essay or interview.
  • NEW! Multiples Priority. Families with more than one child the same age applying to high school (i.e., twins) can choose to submit identical applications for both children so they receive an offer to the same program. During the application period, here is what to do:
    • If you have more than one high school applicant connected to your MySchools account and want them to attend the same program, you only need to add choices to one application. Before submitting that application, you will be asked in MySchools if you'd like to add the same application choices to the other child’s (or children’s) application(s).
    • Please note that if you include a screened or audition program on your children's identical applications and only one child is accepted to that program, then the children may receive separate offers.

How to Apply

During the application period, you can submit your application one of the following three ways:

Here's how to apply online:

  1. Use MySchools to explore high school options, and talk with your school counselor about your application choices.
    • Be sure to place programs in your true order of preference, with your first choice as #1.
    • Applying to 12 programs, any of which you'd be happy to attend, makes it more likely that you'll get an offer to a program of your choice.
  2. Check the "Selection Criteria" section of each program's MySchools page to see if that program has any additional admissions requirements. For example, audition programs require an audition, and some screened programs require applicants to complete an interview or essay.
  3. Submit your application and any additional requirements by the deadline. When you see the confetti, you'll know we've received your application!
    • You can apply in English, Spanish, Chinese, Bangla, Russian, Arabic, Urdu, Haitian Creole, Korean, or French online in MySchools.
    • If you would like to apply using another language, call us at 718-935-2009, or contact a Family Welcome Center and ask for an interpreter.

Have questions about MySchools or your application? 

  • Learn how to create your MySchools account, build and submit your application, and more in the video playlist at the top of this page. 
  • Need additional support? Talk to your school counselor (or contact a Family Welcome Center); they can help you access your MySchools account, build a balanced application, and apply.

How to Submit Auditions or Other Assessments

The deadline to submit auditions and other assessments was March 11, 2021.

For 2022 admissions, students submitted auditions and assessments for select screened programs online directly through their MySchools account. This video tutorial walks through the process:

Offers and Waitlists

When offers are released in the spring, all New York City eighth grade students (and all ninth grade applicants) can view their high school offer letters. Whenever possible, students will get an offer to the highest possible choice from their high school application. If we cannot make a new high school offer to a ninth grade applicant, they will continue to attend their current school.

Each student's offer letter includes:

  • Up to one offer from the high school application
  • Waitlist information, including a list of programs where you have been automatically waitlisted, if applicable
  • If you participated in Specialized High Schools admissions:
    • For students who took the SHSAT, your SHSAT score and up to one offer to a testing Specialized High School––this year, SHSAT results will also be released earlier, in April, to any students who took the SHSAT in December 2021. 
    • For students who auditioned for any LaGuardia High School programs, up to one offer to each LaGuardia program you auditioned for.


Your high school offer letter also includes information about waitlists, including a list of any programs where you have been waitlisted—learn more on our Waitlists page.

  • You are automatically on the waitlist for any program(s) listed higher on your application than the program where you received an offer.
  • While waitlists are open, you can also add yourself to waitlists. However, please note that your best chance of getting an offer to any program is to include it as a choice on your original application. 
  • You can use MySchools to check your place on any program's waitlist.
  • Any waitlist offers are made based on seat availability, admissions priorities, and admissions methods.
  • Schools will be in touch directly if a seat opens up and they can make you an offer from their waitlist. You will have one week to accept or decline a waitlist offer.
  • After waitlists close, your current offer is your final high school offer.

Please note that the Specialized High Schools do NOT have waitlists.

Watch this video to learn how to use MySchools to get information about your offer and waitlists, add yourself to additional waitlists, see where you are on any waitlist, accept or decline offers, and more:

Offers and Waitlists MySchools Tutorial Video

2022 NYC Public Schools Admissions Guide 

View or download the 2022 NYC Public Schools Admissions Guide! This book provides an overview of admissions processes and resources for EarlyLearn (childcare for eligible families), 3-K, pre-K, kindergarten, middle school, and high school, including a section on how to use MySchools.

Print copies are available in 10 languages at schools, early childhood programs, libraries, and other sites now. 

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