Current eighth and ninth grade students who live in NYC can participate in Specialized High Schools admissions during the 2023 school year. Watch our video series to learn more, and scroll down for the latest information.
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- Registration for the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) will open on October 6, 2022 and close on November 4, 2022. After you get your Welcome Letter you will be able to sign up.
- All registered students will take the SHSAT on November 17, 19, or 20, 2022.
What Are the Specialized High Schools?
The nine Specialized High Schools are one way that New York City supports the educational needs of students who excel academically and/or artistically, including English Language Learners and students with an IEP or 504 Plan.
Who Can Apply?
Everyone eligible to apply to high school is also eligible to apply to the Specialized High Schools. To register to audition and/or schedule the SHSAT and to get your audition or test results, a student must be both of the following:
- A NYC resident
- A current eighth grade student or first-time (not repeating the grade) ninth grade student
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.
One Audition High School—Audition to Apply
During the registration and submission periods, you can apply to Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts by submitting a portfolio and auditioning in a talent area for up to six different studios:
- Fine & Visual Art
- Vocal Music
- Instrumental Music
- Technical Theater
LaGuardia High School also considers students' academic records. Visit the LaGuardia High School's website to learn about the school.
Eight Testing High Schools—Take the SHSAT to Apply
During the registration and testing periods, you can apply to the other eight Specialized High Schools by taking the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT). These schools are:
- The Bronx High School of Science
- The Brooklyn Latin School
- Brooklyn Technical High School
- High School for Mathematics, Science and Engineering at City College of New York
- High School of American Studies at Lehman College
- Queens High School for the Sciences at York College
- Staten Island Technical High School
- Stuyvesant High School
- Visit each school's website to learn more about these schools.
- Use MySchools to learn more about each of the Specialized High Schools, as well as other public high school options. Search for schools by interest, location, and more from your computer or phone.
Note: The SHSAT is not used to determine admissions to LaGuardia High School. Admission to LaGuardia High School is based on auditions. Applicants do not list LaGuardia High School programs or any testing Specialized High Schools on your high school application; these schools use a separate admissions process.
Learn About Schools
- Explore your high school options online with MySchools.nyc. 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.
- Find out more about each Specialized High School on its website:
Some schools offer virtual or in-person open houses and other opportunities to learn about them.
Our goal is that students in Specialized High Schools reflect the diversity of New York City. The Specialized High Schools Diversity Initiatives aim to increase testing, offer, and acceptance rates for high-potential students in underrepresented communities.
DREAM (Determination, Resiliency, Enthusiasm, Ambition, Motivation) is an extracurricular academic program that prepares eligible New York City public school students for the SHSAT. Learn if you might be eligible to participate.
In the spring after you take the test, we will contact you if you’re eligible to participate in a Discovery program. Discovery programs are for rising ninth grade students who take the SHSAT and score right below the cutoff score. Learn more about this program and eligibility requirements in the Specialized High Schools section of our Diversity in Admissions page.
Accommodations for the SHSAT and LaGuardia High School Auditions
Students with disabilities who have IEPs or approved 504 Accommodation Plans and English Language Learners are eligible for test supports and accommodations. ELL accommodations are available for students up to two years after they reach proficiency on the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT). Work with your school counselor to confirm accommodations for your audition and/or test.
About Testing Accommodations
The purpose of testing accommodations is to allow students with disabilities and limited English proficiency to participate in assessments on equal basis with their peers. Testing accommodations provide the opportunity for eligible students to demonstrate mastery of skills and knowledge without being limited or unfairly restricted due to the effects of a disability or language proficiency.
Accommodations for LaGuardia High School auditions and/or the SHSAT are provided based on a student's existing testing accommodations. If applicable, these are documented on your IEP or 504 Plan and/or based on your ELL status.
The following students are eligible to receive testing and/or audition accommodations on LaGuardia High School auditions and the SHSAT:
- Students with disabilities (SWDs) who have IEPs or 504 Plans that include testing accommodations
- Current English Language Learners (ELLs)
- Former ELLs who achieved proficiency on the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) in 2020 and/or 2021.
- Accommodations requested only for LaGuardia High School Auditions and/or the SHSAT are not allowed. Students must demonstrate a documented history or needing and using testing accommodations.
- Students with 504 Plans must have their accommodations approved every year. Schools and families must review (and approve, if appropriate) the student's 2021-2022 504 Plan no later than the last day of school in June 2021. Learn more about 504 Plans on the 504 accommodations page.
- Some testing accommodations are not needed for LaGuardia auditions and the SHSAT. There are some accommodations that students may use on other tests that may not be needed for the SHSAT. For example, students who use a computer or other device for tests with essays will not need to use this accommodation on the SHSAT because there are no essays on the test.
- Some accommodations are not permitted for LaGuardia auditions and/or the SHSAT. Students with existing accommodations will receive them unless a particular accommodation interferes with the content or skill being measured by the audition or test. In such cases, no students will receive this accommodation. For example:
- Students are not permitted to use calculators and/or math tables on the Math section of the SHSAT because this section of the test measures students' mathematical computation skills.
- Oral interpretation and written translation of the SHSAT directions, questions, and answers are not permitted because this changes the standardization of the test. (ELLs who need translations are permitted to use the bilingual math glossaries provided by the testing site on the Math section of the SHSAT only)
Tip: Work with your school counselor to ask about testing accommodations or specific situations that may not be addressed in this guide. Any approved accommodations will appear on your audition or test ticket.
Accommodations for English Language Learners (ELLs)
ELLs and eligible former ELLs taking the SHSAT are granted extended testing time totaling 360 minutes (2x standard testing time) as well as two 15-minute breaks after the first 180 minutes of testing. The extended time is calculated from the start time of the SHSAT, not the arrival to the testing site.
Bilingual math glossaries will also be provided on the day of the SHSAT at each test administration site in Arabic, Bengali/Bangla, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu. Students are not permitted to bring their own bilingual math glossaries.
Tip: You can review sample bilingual glossaries on the SHSAT website.
Accommodations for Students with IEPS or 504 Plans
Students with disabilities (SWD) will be provided with the accommodations listed in their IEPs or 504 Plans unless a specific accommodation is not needed or permitted when taking the SHSAT, as detailed in the beginning of this section.
- If your IEP or 504 Plan includes the use of assistive technology such as Frequency Modulation (FM) Unit or other aids, such as masks, markers, highlighters, pencil grip, slant board, or a magnifying glass, you must bring these with you on the day of the SHSAT and/or audition if needed. The test or audition sites will not provide these aids.
- If you have a scribe on your IEP or 504 Plan, it is important to discuss with your school counselor and work with your IEP or 504 team to determine what you need on the SHSAT and to make sure the accommodation is listed on your IEP or 504 as well as your test ticket.
- Students who require a scribe: You will need a scribe if you are unable to circle your answers in the test booklet. Students who require a scribe on testing day will have the test administered individually.
- Students who do not need a scribe: If you are able to circle answers in the test booklet, you will be provided with the "Answers Recorded in the Test Booklet" accommodation. In this case, the proctor will assist you with transcribing the answers from the test booklet onto the answer sheet at the conclusion of the test.
SHSAT Administration for Students with Extended Time
All students taking the SHSAT must stay in testing rooms for the entire standard test administration time (180 minutes), with the exception of using the bathroom.
Once the standard test administration time (180 minutes) is over, students with an accommodation of extended time may leave if they have finished working on the exam. Students that decide to leave after the first 180 minutes of the standard test administration time must sign out to indicate they understood they gave up their remaining available time on the SHSAT. Students with this accommodation will have a break at the conclusion of the 180 minutes, and then again after another 90 minutes have passed. If a parent or guardian does not want their child to leave before the full amount of extended time period has ended, the parent/guardian is responsible for communicating this to their child before the test begins. Retests will not be provided to students who choose to leave before the end of their extended time.
How to Confirm or Request Testing Accommodations
During the SHSAT and audition registration period, your current DOE, charter, or non-public (private or parochial) school is responsible for confirming the appropriate testing accommodations in MySchools. If the accommodations are incorrect, they will work work with the DOE to submit your accommodations for review.
- If you have a 504 Plan or attend a charter or non-public (private or parochial) school and have a similar school-based accommodation plan, all documentation must be submitted to the DOE for review at least three weeks before the registration deadline.
- Documentation received after this deadline may not be reviewed in time for the student's scheduled test date.
- Contact your current school counselor with questions about accommodations on the SHSAT.
- Non-public school students (who attend private or parochial schools) requesting accommodations during their LaGuardia auditions must work with their school counselor to enter and/or confirm accommodations. Please note that neither parents/guardians nor school staff should send accommodations directly to LaGuardia High School.
- Accommodations must be reviewed and approved before audition tickets are available.
- Approved accommodations for LaGuardia High School auditions must appear on students' audition tickets.
- Non-public school students with disabilities (SWDs) (who attend private or parochial schools) who do not have an IEP or 504 Plan indicating their need for testing accommodations must work with their school counselors to complete a Request for Accommodations form and submit the form and supporting documentation to the DOE for review and approval by the deadline provided.
- Parents/guardians can get this form from your current school.
- Your school counselor is responsible for submitting the form by the required date. The DOE may need additional information about how your accommodations were determined and will verify the documented history and need for requested accommodations.
How to Opt Out of Accommodations
If you are an ELL and/or have an IEP or 504 Plan but your parents/guardians wish to opt out of accommodations for the SHSAT or LaGuardia auditions, please contact your school counselor. School counselors will work with parents/guardians to complete the Accommodations Opt-Out Form for SHSAT and LaGuardia Auditions. Neither school counselors nor students may opt out of testing/audition accommodations without parent/guardian consent; written consent by a parent/guardian is required.
- If it is not possible to provide written consent to opt out of testing accommodations before the registration deadline, parents/guardians must provide their written consent on the test or audition day to opt out of the testing accommodations listed on their child’s ticket.
- On testing or audition day, students cannot modify or opt out of the testing accommodations listed on their ticket unless parent/guardian consent has been provided in writing on the test or audition ticket.
How to Request Emergency Accommodations
Students who demonstrate disabilities or temporary impairments within 30 days of the SHSAT may request certain emergency testing accommodations, if approved by the principal of the student's current school. Emergency testing accommodations are intended for use by students whose disabilities or injuries occur after the registration deadline but before their scheduled testing/audition day and without enough time to develop an IEP or 504 Plan.
If you need emergency accommodations for the SHSAT and/or LaGuardia auditions, your family should work with a school counselor to complete the Emergency Testing Request form and ask the counselor to alert the DOE as soon as possible that emergency accommodations may be needed—this must be communicated prior to the testing day or audition day. If a family requests an accommodation without giving the DOE sufficient time to review the request before your standard SHSAT administration date or before the child’s audition date, the student’s test or audition may be rescheduled to ensure that your request for accommodations can be properly reviewed.
Tip: Review the New York City Department of Education’s resources on testing accommodations for additional information on the testing accommodations page.
Guide to the SHSAT for Students Entering High School in Fall 2023
To Prepare for the SHSAT:
2023 NYC Guide to the SHSAT for 2023 Admissions
This book provides an overview of how to prepare to take the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT), including practice tests. Print copies are available in 10 languages at middle schools and other sites. You can also scroll to the bottom of this page to view and download.
For your convenience, the practice test sections are also available as a stand-alone document to view and download.
2023 Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) – Practice Tests
How Do Students Get Offers to the Testing Specialized High Schools?
Offers to the eight testing Specialized High Schools are based on each student's SHSAT score, school preference order, and the number of seats at each school. These offers are made to each school in descending SHSAT score order until all seats at each school are filled.
Below is the lowest SHSAT score that resulted in a ninth-grade offer at each school for fall 2022. The lowest qualifying score changes each year based on students’ preferences and SHSAT scores, so students who are testing for a different year should not use these scores to determine their chances of an offer to any of the schools.
|DBN||School Name||Lowest Qualifying SHSAT Score for 2022 Admissions |
|02M475||Stuyvesant High School||563 |
|05M692 ||High School For Mathematics, Science And Engineering At City College (HSMSE)||532 |
|10X445||The Bronx High School of Science||524|
|10X696||High School Of American Studies At Lehman College||516|
|13K430||Brooklyn Technical High School||506|
|14K449||The Brooklyn Latin School||497|
|28Q687||Queens High School For The Sciences At York College||523 |
|31R605||Staten Island Technical High School||527|
Lowest 9th grade qualifying score: 497
Offers to the testing Specialized High Schools are made in descending order of SHSAT score, combined with each student’s preferences listed on their SHSAT registration. Here’s how that works:
The student with the highest SHSAT score receives an offer to their first choice school. The student with the next highest SHSAT score receives an offer to their first choice school. This continues student by student in downward score order until a student’s first-choice school does not have any remaining seats. That student is then considered for their second-choice school. If there are remaining seats at the second-choice school, that student receives an offer there. If the second-choice school has no remaining seats, that student is considered for their third-choice school, and so on. This continues until all seats at all Specialized High Schools have been filled.
If a student doesn’t get an offer to their first-choice school, it is because all seats at that school have been filled by students with higher SHSAT scores. Similarly, if a student gets an offer to a non-first choice school, it is because all seats at schools they listed higher have been filled by students with higher SHSAT scores (e.g., if a student gets an offer to their fourth-choice school, then seats at their first to third-choice schools are filled with higher scoring students.)
If a student doesn’t get any offer to a testing Specialized High School, it is because all seats at all the schools they listed on their SHSAT registration are filled by students with higher SHSAT scores. Students are not considered for offers to schools that are not listed on their SHSAT registration.
The SHSAT is the only criteria used to admit students to the eight testing Specialized High Schools; no other criteria are used.
The table above shows the lowest qualifying score that resulted in an offer to each testing Specialized High School this year. This means that any student with a SHSAT score lower than one listed on the table did not get an offer to that school. The lowest score to result in an offer changes each year based on that SHSAT scores and preferences of the pool of testers for that specific SHSAT administration
You can view our video How Students Get Offers to the Eight Testing Specialized High Schools detailing the process.
Get Your Results
For students who take the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) in the fall, results will be available the following spring.
- Get your results in Myschools.
- Don't have a MySchools account? Get your child's results from your school counselor or by visiting a Family Welcome Center.
- These results include:
- Your child's SHSAT score
- Up to one offer to a testing Specialized High School
- Not all students who took the SHSAT will get an offer to a testing Specialized High School, and the Specialized High Schools do not have waitlists.
Released in the spring, a student's high school offers letter will include up to one offer from the high school application process, as well as any Specialized High Schools results and/or offers for the testing Specialized High Schools and/or LaGuardia High School.
High School Application Results Include
- Up to one offer to a program from the high school application process
- Detailed information about the waitlist process, including a list of programs where you are automatically waitlisted, if applicable—learn more in your offer letter or on our Waitlists page. All high school programs (except for the Specialized High Schools) have waitlists.
Specialized High Schools Results (If Applicable) Include
- Audition Specialized High School Results. If you auditioned for any programs at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, up to one offer to each program you auditioned for. Learn about LaGuardia's academic requirements on this page.
- Testing Specialized High Schools Results. If you took the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT), your SHSAT score and up to one offer to a testing Specialized High School. Remember: Getting an offer to a testing Specialized High School is not a guarantee. In a typical year, approximately 28,000 students take the SHSAT, and about 5,000 of those students receive an offer.
2023 NYC Public Schools Admissions Guide
View or download the 2023 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 will be available in 10 languages at schools, early childhood programs, libraries, and other sites soon.