High School

In New York City, students apply to high school during their 8th grade year. Current first-time 9th grade students also have the option to apply to programs with 10th grade seats. Learn more by watching our video series, and scroll down for the latest information and updates.

Happening Now

The high school application is currently closed. Waitlists are open and will close in August.

You can view your child's up-to-date offer information and manage waitlists with your MySchools account. Families without MySchools accounts will receive your offer letter by mail in June. You can also request a copy of your offer letter from your school counselor or a Family Welcome Center. Your letter includes:

  • Your high school results: Up to one offer to a program from the high school application process and detailed information about waitlists, including any programs where you are automatically waitlisted, if applicable.
  • Any Specialized High Schools results. If you auditioned for any programs at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts this may include up to one offer to each program you auditioned for. If you took the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT), these results include your SHSAT score and up to one offer to a testing Specialized High School . Please note that the Specialized High Schools do NOT have waitlists.

Next Steps

  • If you've received one offer, it was automatically accepted. There's nothing else you need to do!
  • If you've received multiple offers (such as an offer from the high school application and an offer from a Specialized High School), you will have until June 25 to choose between them.
  • Check schools' websites or contact them directly to learn about any open houses or orientations.
  • Manage waitlists and any waitlist offers. With MySchools, you can:
    • See which programs' waitlists you're currently on and check your position on any waitlist
    • Add yourself to programs' waitlists (optional). Whether you missed the high school application period or want to consider additional programs, waitlists are open until August.
    • Accept or decline a waitlist offer
  • If a program can make you a waitlist offer, they will contact you directly; students will have one week to choose between a waitlist offer and their current offer.
  • Please note that due to demand, many programs do not make any waitlist offers, and many students on waitlists do not get an offer. As a reminder, the nine Specialized High Schools do NOT have waitlists.

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High School Admissions Events

For Students Entering High School in Fall 2022

Will your child be entering high school in fall 2022? If so, you’ll be applying to high school this fall! Join us for a virtual information session to learn more about high school admissions and options in New York City. 

At this event, we’ll introduce you to the high school admissions process —how to get started, explore your school options this summer and how to participate in high school and Specialized High Schools admissions during the school year.

Additionally, representatives from the Career and Technical Education (CTE) office will join the event to spotlight our CTE high schools and programs.

The information session will be held in English, and interpretation will be provided in: Mandarin, Bangla, and Spanish.

No registration is required to join ! Please see below for event details: 

Event Date and TimeHow to AttendLanguages

June 24, 6pm to 7:30pm 

Click here to join us on Zoom | Webinar ID: 844 9916 9081 

Or call in at +1 646 558 8656 | Phone Conference ID: 84499169081# 

Event will be held in English. 

For interpretation in Mandarin, call +1 347-966-4114 and enter this conference ID: 629 562 96# 

For interpretation in Bangla, call +1 347-966-4114 and enter this conference ID: 716 096 972# 

For interpretation in Spanish, call +1 347-966-4114 and enter this conference ID: 193 724 913# 

For Students Entering High School in Fall 2021

In June 2021, we hosted a series of virtual events about high school offers and waitlists. Stay tuned for a video recording.

Who Can Apply

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

  • A NYC resident (this includes students who have temporarily moved out of New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic)
  • 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.

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.


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 updated digital version of the NYC High School Admissions Guide for a detailed walkthrough of the admissions process, advice on building your application, and more.
      • Please note that all dates, locations, and formats for events, test dates, and auditions have changed from what is currently listed in the previously distributed print and PDF versions of the this guide.
    • 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. Stay tuned: more videos are coming soon!
    • Watch our Specialized High Schools video series.

Admissions Updates

For 2021

Due to the current public health crisis, and as part of a larger effort to make the high school admissions process simpler and more equitable for families, some necessary changes were made to high school admissions:

  • Geographic (location-based) admissions priorities for high schools are being phased out over two years. This means that, beginning for students entering high school in 2022, the location of a student’s home cannot alone determine their chances of getting into a certain school.
    • District priorities for high school admissions were permanently eliminated this year, for students entering high school in 2021.
    • All other geographic priorities—like borough residence requirements—will be eliminated next year, for students entering high school in 2022.
  • Screened high school programs had the option to use the following criteria for 2021 admissions to rank applicants: a combination of 2018-2019 state test scores, previous years' grades, and/or other measures. You can find any program's academic screening criteria on their MySchools page, in the Admissions Factors section. Criteria that can be used for 2022 admissions have not yet been determined.
  • All auditions (for high school arts programs that use the audition admissions method) were conducted virtually this year. Learn more on our High School Auditions page

Learn About Schools' Virtual Tours or Other Resources

All high schools are encouraged to offer 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.

How to Apply

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

Applying online? Here's how:

  • Use MySchools to explore high school options, and talk with your school counselor to decide which 12 programs to include on your application. Applying to 12 programs, all of which you'd be happy to attend, makes it more likely that you'll get an offer to a program of your choice!
  • Check the Admissions section of each program's MySchools page to see if there is anything else you need to do to apply. For example, programs using an audition admissions method require a virtual audition: learn more on our  High School Auditions page.
  • Submit your high school application online with MySchools.
    • Need language support? You can apply in English, Spanish, Chinese, Bangla, Russian, Arabic, Urdu, Haitian Creole, Korean, or French 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.
    • Questions? We're here to help: Talk to your school counselor or contact a Family Welcome Center.

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:

Offers and Waitlists

High school offers for students entering high school in fall 2021 were released in mid-May. All New York City eighth grade students (and all ninth grade applicants) will get 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.

Your 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; first sent by email and/or mail during the last week of April, these results are now included with your high school offer letter and viewable in MySchools.
    • For students who auditioned for any LaGuardia High School programs, up to one offer to each LaGuardia program you auditioned for.

If a student has received multiple offers—such as an offer from the high school application and an offer from a testing Specialized High School—they have until June 25 to choose between them.


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.
  • 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.

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



A number of the policies, admissions priorities, admissions methods, and selection criteria, as well as all key dates and deadlines in the admissions guides below—while accurate when published in spring 2020—are now outdated. Please refer to the updated digital version of the High School and Specialized High Schools Admissions Guide instead. For timely updates, refer to this page and the Specialized High Schools page.

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