High School

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Come to a High School Admissions


Plan for the fall! Mark your calendar now for the high school fairs. At these events, you can meet with representatives from high schools in each borough and DOE admissions specialists. Borough fairs will be held on September 21-22 and October 5-6. Stay tuned for more information on event locations and times.

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Learn How Students Get Offers

Watch these videos to find out why your high school application choices matter and to learn about other factors, such as admissions priorities, admissions methods, and seat availability:

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.

  • 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:
  • 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 or through a school counselor.
  • 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 currently closed but will open in Fall 2019. Students interested in applying to the eight testing high schools will take the SHSAT on one of the following dates: October 26, October 27, November 2, or November 17.

Use the 2019-2020 Specialized High Schools Student Handbook to learn more about specialized high schools admissions and to take SHSAT practice tests:

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Find out more about these schools:

If you need help accessing or using MySchools, talk to your school counselor or visit a Family Welcome Center:

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. Use MySchools to find the most current information about schools:
  • NEW!  2020 NYC High School Admissions Guide. Find high schools and programs by borough. Learn how programs make offers and what makes a balanced application. Pick up a copy of this easy-to-use, easy-to-carry guide at your current middle school or a Family Welcome Center:
  • 2019 NYC High School Directory. Peruse last year's full-size directory for school information that was current at the time of publication: 
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Be sure to check MySchools or contact schools directly for the most up-to-date information on a school's academic offerings, activities, sports, and more. 

  • 2019 Round 2 Admissions Guide. Learn which schools had available seats during Round 2 of high school admissions this year:
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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. In the 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:

How to Apply

There are two rounds of high school admissions. 

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 in Round 1 for the 2019-2020 school year has passed. 

Round 2

Use MySchools or the program list in the Round 2 High School Admissions Guide to choose programs for your Round 2 application. The deadline to submit a Round 2 application was Friday, April 5, 2019. Remember, a Round 2 offer replaces a Round 1 offer: you cannot choose between them. 

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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.

Questions? We're here to 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:

High School Results

All New York City students 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.

Round 1 offers are made in March. Your family will get a letter that includes your results from the high school application process, any results from the specialized high schools process (if you participated), and information about Round 2. 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

If you apply in Round 2, you will get your Round 2 results in May. If you get a Round 2 offer, it replaces 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 after Round 2 results are available, 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, under-credited, 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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