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—learn more in the links that follow.

Find Out More

If you move to NYC during the school year, visit our New Students page to learn how to enroll:

Entering High School in 2018? Enroll Now

  • If you are entering high school this fall and already have a high school offer, you're ready for the first day of school.
  • If you need a place to go to school this fall, learn how to enroll on our New Students page:

Entering High School in 2019? Apply by Monday, December 3, 2018

  • High school applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be available this fall. 
  • Subscribe to our high school admissions email list to learn when the application will be available—you'll also 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. The Round 1 high school application will be available this fall. You can apply to 12 high school programs. Apply by December 3, 2018, one of three ways: online, through your school counselor, or at a Family Welcome Center—find locations and hours at the link below:
  • Specialized high schools. All students are also welcome to test or audition to apply to the nine specialized high schools, which use a separate admissions process. Register to take the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) and/or to audition for LaGuardia High School by October 17, 2018. Learn more on our Specialized High Schools admissions page:

Your High School Choices

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

  • NYC School Finder. Explore high schools on your desktop or mobile device. Search for schools by interests, school size, location, and more!
  • 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 on our Diversity in Admissions page:

Charter Schools

Charter schools have a separate admissions process. Contact charter schools directly to learn how to apply—find out more on the Learn About Charter Schools page:

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. During the school year, open house and high school fair dates will be posted on this website.

Apply by December 3, 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 NYC School Finder and the NYC High School Directory and talk with your school counselor to decide which 12 programs to list on your Round 1 high school application. Listing 12 choices matters! 97% of students who listed 12 choices on their application last year got an offer in Round 1. During the application period, apply to high school by Monday, December 3, 2018.

Apply one of three ways:

  1. Online in English, Spanish, Chinese, Bengali, Russian, Arabic, Urdu, Haitian Creole, Korean, or French
  2. Through your school counselor
  3. At a Family Welcome Center in over 200 languages—find locations and hours on our Family Welcome Centers page

Even if you plan to apply online, make an appointment to talk to your school counselor about your application choices.

Get Your High School Offer

If you apply in Round 1, you will get a results letter in March. This letter may include an offer from your Round 1 high school application and any offers from specialized high schools. If you get multiple offers, you must choose one. If you do not get an offer, apply in Round 2.

Round 2 

Round 2 takes place in March, and you can only apply to programs that have availability. Apply in Round 2 if any of the following is true:

  • You applied in Round 1 but did not receive an offer
  • You prefer a Round 2 program over your Round 1 offer
  • You did not apply in Round 1

You can request a Round 2 application and a list of available programs from your school counselor or a Family Welcome Center. Specialized high schools do not participate in Round 2.  

If you apply in Round 2, you will get a Round 2 results letter in May. A Round 2 offer replaces a Round 1 offer—you cannot choose between these offers. All eligible students get high school offers by the end of Round 2. 


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 Options 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.
The high school application period is currently closed.
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