Selection Criteria for Screened Admissions

The high school application is now closed. If you applied to any programs with a screened admissions method this year, read on to learn how these programs will make offers for students entering high school in fall 2022.

What student data will be used in screened admissions this year?

Students' highest grades in four courses—English, math, social studies, and science––will be used. To determine which grades to use, we will choose the highest grade in each of these courses, from the following:

  • Final course grades from seventh grade
  • Marking period or end-of-term grades from eighth grade, available by the high school application deadline

This means that a combination of student grades from two different school years may be used.

  • For example, if an applicant received a 95 for their final seventh grade English grade, an 89 for their first marking period eighth-grade English grade, and an 81 for their second marking period eighth-grade English grade, then a 95 would be used for admissions.

Some high school programs have additional requirements, such as interviews or essays.

  • To read an overview, see a list of schools requiring assessments this year, and find instructions for the five Consortium Schools and two Bard Early College schools, visit the Assessments for Screened Schools page
  • Check any program's “Selection Criteria” section in MySchools to learn what, if anything, applicants need to do to apply.

Note: State test scores and attendance will not be used in admissions this year.

How can I see which of my child's grades are being used in admissions?

Beginning in early February, you can view your child’s course grades that will be used for screened admissions in MySchools. Log in to view your MySchools dashboard and click “Student Profile” to find this information.

Remember, the grades used for screened admissions represent the highest grades for each course (English, math, social studies, and science) from seventh-grade final grades and eighth-grade marking period grades. This means you may see grades from two different school years represented.

How are course grades converted and averaged?

Because a variety of grading scales are used across schools, each course grade being used for admissions will be converted to 100-400 points using the table below.

How Grading Scales Convert to Points

 POINTS 0-100 Scale1-4 Scale IB Scale U-E Scale MB-ME A-F Scale 
 400 85-100 3(+/-), 4(+/-) IB6, IB7 G, G+, E-, E, E+ MA, ME B, B+, A-, A, A+
 300 75-84 2, 2+ IB4, IB5 G-, S+, S MT C, C+, B-
 200 65-74 2-, 1+IB2, IB3  S-, N+, N MP D, D+, C-
 100 10-64 1, 1- IB1 U, N- MB D-, F


After each of an applicant’s course grades being used for admissions are converted to 100-400 points, these will be averaged to assign each applicant a point average.

Example

 SubjectStudent's Grade Points 
 English 94 400
 Math 82 300
 Science 72 200
 Social Studies 89  400
POINT AVERAGE =325

How will students' point averages be used in admissions?

1. All applicants are divided into four groups according to their point average. 

  • Students whose point average is between 350-400 will fall into Group 1
  • Students whose point average is between 250-349 will fall into Group 2
  • Students whose point average is between 150-249 will fall into Group 3
  • Students whose point average is 149 or below will fall into Group 4

Example: If a student’s point average is 325, this means this student is in Group 2.

2. For screened high school programs, applicants from Group 1 will be considered first for admissions:

  • If there are more applicants from Group 1 than available seats, students from Group 1 will be randomly selected until all seats are filled.
  • If there are enough seats for all applicants from Group 1, then students from Group 2 will be considered for remaining seats.
  • If there are more applicants from Group 2 than remaining seats, students from Group 2 will be randomly selected for remaining seats until all seats are filled. 

This will continue across groups until all seats are filled, or until all applicants have been placed.

When and how is random selection used in screened admissions?

As part of the DOE admissions process, each applicant is assigned a random number, as in a lottery. If there are more applicants in an admissions group than available seats at a specific program, students' random numbers will be used to help determine who is considered for offers. This process is known as random selection.

EXAMPLE - Sample Program has 50 seats. 300 students apply to this program. Because there are more applicants than seats, students' admissions groups are used, which means applicants are admitted in order by their groups (Group 1, then Group 2, then Group 3, and then Group 4).

  1. Applicants from Group 1 are considered for offers first.
    • There are 45 applicants from Group 1, so there are enough seats at Sample Program for each Group 1 applicant to get an offer.
    • However, seven of the Group 1 applicants get offers to attend other programs that they placed higher on their applications, so they are no longer in line for offers to this program.
    • This means that only 38 of the program's 50 total seats are spoken for. 12 seats remain.
  2. Next, applicants from Group 2 are considered for offers.
    • There are 30 applicants from Group 2, but there are only 12 seats left at this program. This means random selection will be used to determine offers.
    • Group 2 applicants are considered in order by their random numbers, which means that the 12 applicants with the strongest random numbers would get offers first.
    • Now all 50 seats at Sample Program are full.
  3. The remaining Group 2 applicants, as well as any applicants from Groups 3 and 4, will be automatically waitlisted at this program and will be considered for the next choice on their application.

Learn more on our Random Selection in Admissions page.

What if a student is missing a course grade?

If a student is missing any of the four course grades, their existing course grades will be converted to points and averaged.

Grades that are not reflected in the conversion table above (see "How are course grades converted and averaged?"), such as NX (course in progress) or P (pass), are not included in the student's average.

What are academic requirements for LaGuardia High School programs?

To be considered for admissions at programs at Fiorello H. Laguardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, applicants must fall into groups 1, 2, or 3; applicants must also audition and register for LaGuardia programs.

Where can I learn if specific screened programs require additional assessments, and how to complete them?

Get an overview and list of the screened schools requiring assessments this year on our Assessments for Screened Schools page. This page includes detailed information on how to complete assessments for some screened programs, as well as links to other schools' pages to learn more. For information on requirements for a specific program, check the "Selection Criteria" section of its MySchools page.

For schools with additional criteria, how are course grades and the additional criteria used 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.
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