High School

In New York City, students apply to high school during their grade 8 year. Current grade 9 students (who are not repeating grade 9) also have the option to apply to programs with grade 10 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. The deadline to apply was March 11, 2022.

  • Sign up for our high school admissions email list to get updates, including a notification when offer letters are available.
  • New to NYC public schools and need a high school now? Learn what to do on the New Students page.
  • Results for students who took the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) in December 2021 are available now––learn more at schools.nyc.gov/SHS.

Happening Next

  • High school offer letters will be available at the beginning of June. After offers are available, waitlists will open.

Want to learn more about high school admissions? Watch the video playlist above and read this page.

Have specific questions? Talk to your school counselor, call us at 718-935-2009, or contact a Family Welcome Center.

Who Can Apply?

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

  • A NYC resident
  • 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.

Please note: Families who are temporarily living outside of NYC due to the ongoing pandemic but whose primary residence is in NYC are eligible to participate in admissions this year.

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.

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

Resources

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 2022 NYC Public Schools admissions guide, available in 10 languages. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to view or download a fully accessible version, or you can pick up a print copy at your middle school.
    • 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.
    • Watch our Specialized High Schools video series.

Attend Admissions Events

Past Events

  • November 2021 - HS Admissions Part 1: Getting Started with MySchools and Registering for the SHSAT. At each Part 1 event in November 2021, we covered how to create a MySchools account, get started exploring high schools and programs for the high school application, and register and take the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT), which is how students apply to NYC's eight testing Specialized High Schools.
  • January 2022 - HS Admissions Part 2: Applying to High School. At each Part 2 event in January 2022, we walked families through when and how to apply high school, how offers are made, how to build a balanced application, and how to participate in the audition process for arts programs, including LaGuardia High School. 
  • March 2022 - How to Build Your HS Application : In early March, we held additional virtual events about how to build a balanced application and how offers are made, including to screened programs.

Recordings from past events are posted below.

Attend Schools' Events and Visit Their Websites

All high schools are encouraged to offer in person and 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.

Know Your Chances: 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:

2022 High School Admissions Updates

  • In response to feedback from community leaders, families, and schools, borough- and zone-based admissions priorities remain in place. This means that some high school programs will continue to prioritize zoned applicants and/or applicants who live or currently attend middle school in a specific borough. District-based admissions priorities were eliminated last year and will continue to not be used in high school admissions.
  • Learn how high school programs that screen applicants are making offers this year on our Screened Admissions page and Assessments for Screened Schools. Some screened programs may have additional requirements, such as an essay or interview.
  • NEW! Multiples Priority. Families with more than one child the same age applying to high school (i.e., twins) can choose to submit identical applications for both children so they receive an offer to the same program. During the application period, here is what to do:
    • If you have more than one high school applicant connected to your MySchools account and want them to attend the same program, you only need to add choices to one application. Before submitting that application, you will be asked in MySchools if you'd like to add the same application choices to the other child’s (or children’s) application(s).
    • Please note that if you include a screened or audition program on your children's identical applications and only one child is accepted to that program, then the children may receive separate offers.

How to Apply

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

Here's how to apply online:

  1. Use MySchools to explore high school options, and talk with your school counselor about your application choices.
    • Be sure to place programs in your true order of preference, with your first choice as #1.
    • Applying to 12 programs, any of which you'd be happy to attend, makes it more likely that you'll get an offer to a program of your choice.
  2. Check the "Selection Criteria" section of each program's MySchools page to see if that program has any additional admissions requirements. For example, audition programs require an audition, and some screened programs require applicants to complete an interview or essay.
  3. Submit your application and any additional requirements by the deadline. When you see the confetti, you'll know we've received your application!
    • You can apply in English, Spanish, Chinese, Bangla, Russian, Arabic, Urdu, Haitian Creole, Korean, or French online 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.

Have questions about MySchools or your application? 

  • Learn how to create your MySchools account, build and submit your application, and more in the video playlist at the top of this page. 
  • Need additional support? Talk to your school counselor (or contact a Family Welcome Center); they can help you access your MySchools account, build a balanced application, and apply.

How to Submit Auditions or Other Assessments

The deadline to submit auditions and other assessments was March 11, 2021.

For 2022 admissions, students submitted auditions and assessments for select screened programs online directly through their MySchools account. This video tutorial walks through the process:

Offers and Waitlists

Offers are available at the beginning of June. 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.

Each student's 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––this year, SHSAT results will also be released earlier, in April, to any students who took the SHSAT in December 2021. 
    • For students who auditioned for any LaGuardia High School programs, up to one offer to each LaGuardia program you auditioned for.

Waitlists

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.
  • While waitlists are open, 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.
  • After waitlists close, your current offer is your final high school 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

2022 NYC Public Schools Admissions Guide 

View or download the 2022 NYC Public Schools Admissions Guide! This book provides an overview of admissions processes and resources for EarlyLearn (childcare for eligible families), 3-K, pre-K, kindergarten, middle school, and high school, including a section on how to use MySchools.

Print copies are available in 10 languages at schools, early childhood programs, libraries, and other sites now. 

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