High School

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Who Can Apply to High School?

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

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

High schools welcome all of the following students 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 in temporary housing, LGBTQ and gender nonconforming students, and students with children.

Find Out More

If you move to NYC during the school year or need a high school placement now, visit our New Students page to learn how to enroll:

Apply by Friday, December 14, 2018

The Round 1 high school application period for the 2019-2020 school year is now open! Apply online with MySchools. Your school counselor will provide detailed information on how to access your account and apply.

Subscribe to our high school admissions email list to get admissions tips and key date reminders:

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.

  • High school. You can apply to 12 high school programs with your high school application. Submit your application online by December 14, 2018. 
  • Specialized high schools. The specialized high schools use a separate admissions process: students test or audition to apply. Registration to test or audition for these schools is now closed. 

Your High School Choices

These resources can help you find schools for your high school application:

  • MySchools. Explore NYC public schools and programs, find choices for your application, and apply—all in one place.

If you need help accessing or using MySchools, talk to your school counselor or visit a Family Welcome Center—find locations and hours on the Family Welcome Centers page:

  • NYC High School Directory. Find high schools and programs by borough. Make a list of program choices based on your interests. Learn how programs make offers and what makes a balanced application.
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Diversity in Admissions

High schools across the city are participating in a pilot initiative to increase diversity within their schools—learn more:

Charter Schools

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

Visit High Schools

Visiting a school is the best way to explore if it may be the right place for you. It’s also a great way to see how long the trip is from home. During the school year, contact schools directly to find out if they have special events or student-guided tours. This fall, attend the high school fairs—at these events, you can meet with representatives from different schools on the same day, in the same place. Find open house and high school fair dates in the calendar below:

Apply by December 14, 2018

There are two rounds of high school admissions. Be sure to apply in Round 1! There will be fewer options in Round 2.

Round 1

Use MySchools and the NYC High School Directory and talk with your school counselor to decide which 12 programs to apply to in Round 1. Applying to 12 programs makes it more likely that you’ll get an offer to a program of your choice!

The deadline to apply to high school has been extended to Friday, December 14, 2018.

Need help? 

  • Make an appointment to talk to your school counselor about your application choices or get help with MySchools
  • Call us at 718-935-2009
  • Visit a Family Welcome Center—find locations and hours:

You can apply in English, Spanish, Chinese, Bengali, Russian, Arabic, Urdu, Haitian Creole, Korean, or French in MySchools. If you would like to apply using another language, call us or visit a Family Welcome Center and ask for an interpreter.

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Learn How Students Get Offers

  • Watch the following animations to see how students get offers to DOE public schools—learn why your high school application choices matter and find out about other factors, such as admissions priorities, admissions methods, and seat availability:

Get Your High School Offer

All students who apply in Round 1 will get a high school offer. Whenever possible, students will get an offer to the highest possible choice from their application; when not, they will get an offer to a program close to their home and (if possible) reflecting their interests based on their application choices.

You will get your Round 1 results letter in March. This letter will include your offer from the high school application process and your results from the specialized high schools process (if you participated). These results may also include offers from any of the studios at LaGuardia High School or an offer from a testing specialized high school. If you get multiple offers in Round 1, you can choose only one. 

Round 2—Optional

There is a Round 2 of high school admissions; anyone can participate. If you prefer programs available in Round 2 over your Round 1 offer(s), submit a Round 2 application. In March, you can use MySchools to explore programs with Round 2 availability.

If you apply in Round 2, you will get your Round 2 results in May. If you get a Round 2 offer, it will replace your Round 1 offer—you cannot choose between these offers. If you do not get a new offer in Round 2 and your Round 1 offer presents a hardship, you may appeal.


In May and only at the end of Round 2, you can appeal your offer for specific hardship reasons. If necessary, speak to your school counselor for more information on this process.

Plan for College and Careers

Learn now how to start preparing for life after high school. Use the following resources to help you on your journey to college or careers. 

  • Graduation Requirements page. Learn about New York State's high school graduation requirements, which may differ depending on the year you started ninth grade. If you are 16-21 years old, undercredited, and need a high school diploma, visit our Learn About Other Ways to Graduate page:
  • Mapping Your Future website. Get advice on careers, colleges, financial aid, and more.
  • College Board website. Begin thinking about college now. Find step-by-step action plans for high school students.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook. Start thinking about your future work life now. Learn about the salaries, education requirements, and training opportunities for hundreds of professions, from massage therapists to lawyers to electricians.
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