Assessments for Screened Schools

Please note that the high school application period is now closed; the deadline to apply and submit any additional materials, including assessments, was March 11, 2022.

The schools in the table below are using assessments as part of admissions this year. To apply to any program listed below, students needed to both list it on their high school application and complete the assessment by the deadline.

For the five Consortium High Schools (Beacon, East Side Community, Institute for Collaborative Education, School of the Future, and University Heights Secondary) and both Bard Early College High Schools, students completed common assessments and submitted these assessments through MySchools––scroll down to learn more.

The rest of the schools listed below designed and are evaluating their own assessments, meaning they are not being evaluated centrally. Most high schools also collected assessments on their own. 

  • See the "Assessment Information" column to learn about specific schools' requirements. In most cases, applicants could follow links to schools' own websites (listed below) to learn what the assessment was and how to submit it.
  • Some schools have chosen to use both assessments and grades – you can see what each school is using under the “Selection Criteria” column in the table below.
  • We encouraged applicants to confirm any program's admissions requirements in the "Selection Criteria" section of its MySchools page.

Programs Using Assessments for 2022 Admissions

 School (DBN)Selection Criteria Assessment Information
East Side Community School (01M450 - Manhattan)
  • 100% essay
  • See "Consortium Schools" below
  • Submit through MySchools
New Explorations into Science, Technology and Math High School (NEST+m) (01M539)
  • 50% Average Course Grades
  • 50% Online Admissions Activity
Bard High School Early College - Manhattan (01M696)
  • 10% average course grades
  • 30% humanities writing
  • 30% STEM writing
  • 30% video
  • See "Bard High School Early College" below
  • Submit through MySchools
Gramercy Arts High School (02M374 - Manhattan)
  • 65% average course grades
  • 35% interview
NYC iSchool (02M376 - Manhattan)
  • 100% online admissions activity
Institute for Collaborative Education (02M407 - Manhattan)
  • 100% essay
  • See "Consortium Schools" below
  • Submit through MySchools
School of the Future High School (02M413 - Manhattan)
  • 100% essay
  • See "Consortium Schools" below
  • Submit essay through MySchools
Frank McCourt High School (03M417 - Manhattan)
  • 20% average course grades
  • 80% interview/online form
Beacon High School (03M479 - Manhattan)
  • 20% average course grades
  • 80% essay
  • See "Consortium Schools" below
  • Submit through MySchools
Manhattan / Hunter Science High School (03M541)
  • 70% average course grades
  • 30% essay
University Heights Secondary School (07X495 - Bronx)
  • 50% average course grades
  • 50% essay
  • See "Consortium Schools" below
  • Submit through MySchools
Westchester Square Academy (08X558 - Bronx)
  • 75% average course grades
  • 25% interview
Bronx Early College Academy for Teaching & Learning (09X324)
  • 90% average course grades
  • 10% interview
Young Women's Leadership School of the Bronx (09X568)
  • 80% average course grades
  • 20% interview
In-Tech Academy (M.S. / H.S.) (10X368 - Bronx)
  • 75% average course grades
  • 25% essay
Science, Technology and Research Early College High School (17K543 - Brooklyn)
  • 30% average course grades
  • 30% online school assessment
  • 20% interview
  • 20% student work portfolio
Medgar Evers College Preparatory School (17K590 - Brooklyn)
  • 40% average course grades
  • 60% entrance assessment: 25% math, 25% essay, 10% special talent video (athletics, visual and performing arts)
Kingsborough Early College School (21K468 - Brooklyn)
  • 60% average course grades
  • 40% interview
Brooklyn College Academy (22K555)
  • 50% average course grades
  • 50% school-based assessment
Bard High School Early College - Queens (24Q299)
  • 10% average course grades
  • 30% humanities writing
  • 30% STEM writing
  • 30% video
  • See "Bard High School Early College" below
  • Submit through MySchools
Bayside High School (26Q495)
  • 80% average course grades
  • 20% written exercise

The Consortium Schools and Bard High School Early College

The five Consortium Schools (Beacon, East Side Community, Institute for Collaborative Education, School of the Future, and University Heights Secondary) and both Bard High School Early College schools are the only high schools collecting assessments through the additional materials tab in MySchools. (This is also where audition arts schools are collecting virtual auditions.) Scroll to the bottom of the page to see detailed information on the assessments at these schools. 

The Consortium Schools are all using the same assessment, so it needs to be completed once regardless of how many Consortium schools you are applying to. The Bard schools are also using the same assessments, so they need to be completed once whether you are applying to one or both schools.

Log in to your MySchools account and click “Additional Materials” on your dashboard to get started. Watch this video tutorial to learn how to upload and submit materials for Consortium and Bard Early College schools:

Assessment for Consortium Schools

  • 01M450: East Side Community School
  • 02M407: Institute for Collaborative Education
  • 02M413: School of the Future High School
  • 03M479: Beacon High School
  • 07X495: University Heights Secondary School

Consortium Schools believe that students thrive when they are given the opportunity to study topics in-depth and apply their learning outside of the classroom. Instead of taking tests, our students demonstrate their skills in practical terms: they design experiments, make presentations, write reports, and defend their work to outside experts.

Instructions

To apply to any or all of the programs above, answer one of the two prompts below in 500 words or fewer:

  1. How do you think a school with this approach to learning will help you grow academically, personally, and creatively? What do you think you have to offer a school community like this?
  2. We admire students who are flexible in their approach to learning and willing to take intellectual risks that move them out of their comfort zone. Reflect on a time when you were intellectually challenged, inspired, or took an intellectual risk––inside or outside the classroom. How has that experience shaped you?

Assessment for Bard High School Early College

  • 01M696: Bard High School Early College
  • 24Q299: Bard high School Early College Queens

To apply to either or both of these programs, please complete all three parts of this assessment (Humanities Writing, STEM Writing, and Video).

Part 1: Humanities Writing

Select ONE text (TEXT A or TEXT B), and answer ONE of the questions under your selected text. Your response should be between 250-500 words (approximately 1200-2500 characters).

TEXT A. "The Dangers of a Single Story," by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  1. How does the author use storytelling to push back against the danger of a single story?
  2. Why was the author’s new American roommate “very disappointed when I produced my tape of Mariah Carey”? How does this example fit into the theme of the text?
  3. What does the author mean when she says “start the story with the arrows of the Native Americans, and not with the arrival of the British, and you have an entirely different story”?

TEXT B. "Perhaps the World Ends Here," by Joy Harjo

  1. What does the kitchen table symbolize in this poem, and in what ways is a kitchen table an effective or ineffective object to express these ideas through?
  2. What patterns do you see in the images that Harjo surrounds the table with? If this poem is about the "world," what are the qualities of the world in Harjo's poem?

Part 2. STEM Writing

Please select ONE question to respond to from the following choices. Your response should be between 250-500 words (approximately 1200-2500 characters).

  1. You are stranded on an island and you may take one modern invention with you. Explain why you chose the item and describe some of the issues you may encounter trying to keep the item functional while stranded.
  2. Suppose you wake up one morning and suddenly know everything there is to know about math and science. If you could use that math and/or science to solve a world problem, what problem would you solve? Describe the problem. How do you think math and/or science could be used to address the problem?

Part 3. Video

Please submit a 2 minute (maximum time) video that includes ALL of the following:

  1. An introduction to you
  2. An answer to both of the questions below:
    1. Our school mission is premised on the belief that many students, from all backgrounds, are ready and eager to begin taking college-level courses in high school. Why do you think you’ll be ready to take college classes in the 11th grade
    2. How do you think your choice of attending Bard High School Early College, rather than a traditional high school, will impact your high school career?

For schools with additional criteria, how are course grades and the assessment used together for admission?

Course grades and the scores for additional criteria will be combined using a weighted average. High Schools choose how the two components are weighted; this is shown on each school’s MySchools profile.  

For schools with additional criteria, each applicant’s grades will be set on a 400 point scale. Applicants in admissions group 1 will have a score of 400, applicants in admissions group 2 will have a score of 300, applicants in group 3 will have a score of 200, and so on.

Schools will submit their scores for additional criteria on a 100 point scale. These scores will then be converted to a 400 point scale. The course grade score is then averaged with the additional criteria score, weighing the components according to how the school chooses to weigh the two components. Students are then admitted in descending order of the combined, weighted score. 

For example, If a school weighted course grades at 20% and an essay at 80%, and an applicant who fell into admissions group 1 had an essay score of 95:

  • The student’s grade score would be 400 since they fall in group 1. 
  • The essay score of 95 would be multiplied by 4 to get it on a 400 point scale, so it would be a score of 380. 
  • Then the scores would be averaged using the school’s weights: (400 X 20%) + (380 X 80%) = 384
    • This student’s final score would be 384.
    •  Students are admitted in descending final score order.

To learn more, visit our Screened Admissions page.

What happens if a student has no eligible grades?

If a student has no eligible grades, the assessment will count for 100% of the selection criteria.

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