Specialized High Schools

Watch our new video series to learn about Specialized High Schools admissions! Scroll down to learn more about these schools and get the latest information.

Happening Now

  • OPEN - DEADLINE EXTENDED! Visit MySchools to register for LaGuardia High School auditions. The deadline to register is now March 1, 2021.
  • CLOSED - Registration for the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test is now closed. The late registration deadline was January 28 at 10pm.

Register for LaGuardia High School Auditions

There are two steps to apply to the one audition Specialized High School, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.

  • Step 1. Register by March 1, 2021 to audition. Log in to your MySchools account and click "Get Started.” Then click the “LaGuardia” tab. Here, indicate which programs your child wants to audition for. There are six programs at LaGuardia High School, and students can audition for just one program, all six, or anything in between. Be sure to submit your registration.
  • Step 2. Submit your audition by the extended deadline, March 8. All high school auditions this year—including for LaGuardia High School—will take place virtually. Most applicants will submit audition files through an online submission tool; applicants without a DOE student account will apply by email. More information and updated requirements for audition programs are available on our High School Auditions page and will be posted in the MySchools directory. 
  • Please note that the SHSAT is not used for admission to LaGuardia High School.

Take the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT)

This test determines admissions for the eight testing Specialized High Schools. As of 10pm on January 28, SHSAT registration is now closed. 

  • If you have registered to take the SHSAT, your test ticket will tell you when and where you will take the test, as well as what time to arrive at the testing site. Learn when and where groups of students are taking the test, as well as COVID-19-related protocols, on our  SHSAT FAQs page
  • After taking the SHSAT, each applicant will be considered for admission to the schools they chose to list in MySchools when they registered, in the order of preference listed.

Get Support and Learn More

Need a high school now? Learn what to do on our New Students page.

2021 Admissions Events

Earlier this year, we hosted virtual information sessions about high school and Specialized High Schools admissions, as well as virtual arts high school fairs for audition programs from across the city. Missed attending or want a review?
  • Watch a recording of the event presentation below!
  • For a more in-depth look at high school admissions , scroll up to watch our Specialized High Schools admissions playlist and visit schools.nyc.gov/High to watch our High School Admissions Video Series.
  • Get the most up-to-date information on applying to audition programs at schools.nyc.gov/HSAuditions.

Please note that these events occurred before the deadlines to apply to high school and register for LaGuardia High School auditions were both extended to March 1.

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 (this includes students who have temporarily moved out of New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic)
  • A current eighth grade student or first-time (not repeating the grade) ninth grade student 

One Audition High School—Audition to Apply

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
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Technical Theater

LaGuardia High School also considers students' academic records.

Eight Testing High Schools—Take the SHSAT to Apply

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

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 desktop or mobile device.

Learn About Schools

  • Check to see if schools are hosting any virtual events, or if they have resources for prospective applicants. For the most up-to-date information, contact schools directly.
Learn about admissions.
  • Watch our Specialized High Schools Videos! Scroll up to the top of this page to view them in the player. Also, watch our High School Admissions Video Series: we'll walk you through the steps of applying to high school in New York City.
  • Read the updated digital version of the High School and Specialized High Schools Admissions Guide. If you refer to the PDF version (refer to the "Documents" section of this page) or print version of this guide, please note that some policies and school information, as well as all dates and locations, formats for events, test dates, and process for auditions—while accurate when published in spring 2020—have changed and are no longer current in the PDF or print versions.
  • Use the Guide to the SHSAT for 2021 Admissions (refer to the "Documents" section of this page) to find test tips and practice exams for students interested in applying to any/all of the eight testing Specialized High Schools. The practice tests and test tips are current and reflect the kinds of questions that will appear on the test.
  • Refer to our High School Auditions page to learn about the common requirements for each arts discipline; this will help you prepare for your audition. This is also where you'll find the most up-to-date links and information on how to submit your audition materials.

Diversity Initiatives

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 Program

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.

Discovery Program

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.

Test Supports and Accommodations

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. Learn more about special education in NYC and tests for English Language Learners.

Prepare for Auditions and/or the Test

For LaGuardia High School Programs

Apply to any/all of the programs at LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts by registering to audition, then submitting audition materials. Please note that the SHSAT is not used for admission to LaGuardia. 

  1. Register for Your Audition(s). Log in to your MySchools account and click "Get Started.” Then click the “LaGuardia” tab. Here, indicate which program(s) your child wants to audition for. There are six programs at LaGuardia High School, and students can audition for just one program, all six, or anything in between. Now submit your registration to audition. 
  2. Audition. All high school auditions this year—including for LaGuardia High School—will take place virtually.

For the Testing Specialized High Schools 

Apply to any/all of these schools by registering for, then taking the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT).

Please note that SHSAT registration for students entering programs in Fall 2021 is now closed

  1. During the registration period, register and submit your school preferences. Log in to your MySchools account and click “Get Started”. Then click the “SHSAT” tab. Here, list any/all of these schools in your true preference order, starting with your top choice as #1. After taking the SHSAT, your child will be considered for admission to the Specialized High Schools you list on this page, in the order listed. Now submit your registration for the test.
  2. Take the SHSAT. Your test ticket will include specific information about when and where you will take the test, including your arrival time at the test site. See the dates and locations below to learn when and where certain groups of students are taking the test. Learn more on the  SHSAT FAQs page. Please note that if you registered late (after the January 15 deadline), you may take the test on a later date than noted below. 

TEST DATES

Who? Test Date

8th graders at DOE schools

January 27 or February 10

9th graders at DOE schools

January 30, February 6, or February 28

**UPDATE** Please note that all students originally scheduled to test on February 7 will now test on Sunday, February 28.

All private/parochial/home-schooled 8th and 9th graders

January 30, February 6, or February 28

**UPDATE** Please note that all students originally scheduled to test on February 7 will now test on Sunday, February 28.

All charter 8th and 9th graders

January 30, February 6, or February 28

**UPDATE** Please note that all students originally scheduled to test on February 7 will now test on Sunday, February 28.

TEST LOCATIONS

In the following table, references to "All other students" include 9th grade students at DOE public schools; 8th and 9th grade students at charter schools; and 8th and 9th grade students at private and parochial schools. 

Who? Testing Location
All 8th graders at DOE public schools  Your current school
All other students living in District 1, 2, or 4 Stuyvesant High School | 02M475
All other students living in District 3, 5, or 6 High School for Health Professions | 02M420
All other students living in District 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12 The Bronx High School of Science | 10X445
All other students living in District 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, 23, or 32 Brooklyn Technical High School | 13K430
All other students living in District 18, 21, or 22 James Madison High School | 22K425
All other students living in District 15 or 20 Sunset Park High School | 15K667
All other students living in District 24, 25, or 30 Long Island City High School | 30Q450
All other students living in District 26, 27, 28, or 29 J.H.S. 190 Russell Sage | 28Q190
All other students living in District 31 I.S. 027 Anning S. Prall | 31R027

Use the following resources to prepare for the SHSAT:

  • Specialized High Schools Admissions Test page. Learn more about the most recent test format and see sample test items.
  • Refer to the Documents section of this page to view and download PDFs of SHSAT practice tests and other test preparatory materials.
  • Make sure any other test preparation materials you may find at a bookstore or local library reference the current year's SHSAT.

Get Your Specialized High Schools Results

More information on a timeline for 2021 high school offers and Specialized High Schools results will be available soon.

  • Your high school offer letter includes an offer from the high school application process and/or your results from the Specialized High Schools admissions process (if you participated).
  • It may also include an offer or offers from LaGuardia High School's studios and/or one offer from a testing specialized high school.
  • You can only accept one offer. If you get multiple offers, you must choose between them.

You can learn more about high school offers and waitlists on our High School page. Please note that the Specialized High Schools do NOT have waitlists.

Documents

  • 2021 High School and Specialized High Schools Admissions Guide. 
    • DISCLAIMER: Please note that a number of the policies, admissions priorities, admissions methods, and selection criteria, as well as all key dates and deadlines in the print/PDF guides linked to below—while accurate when published in spring 2020—are no longer current.
    • Please refer to the NEWLY UPDATED and fully accessible digital edition of the High School Admissions guide.
    • MySchools also provides a digitally accessible experience for learning about high school programs.
  • Guide to The Specialized High Schools Admissions Test for 2021 Admissions. Use this guide to prepare for the SHSAT and take sample tests.
    • DISCLAIMER: Please note that a number of the policies, admissions priorities, admissions methods, and selection criteria, as well as all key dates and deadlines in the guides linked to below—while accurate when published in spring 2020—are no longer current.
    • For dates, deadlines, processes, and more, please refer to the NEWLY UPDATED and fully accessible digital edition of the High School Admissions guide.
    • The SHSAT sample tests and test prep guidance is still current; you can use the links below to prepare for the test.
    • Auditioning for LaGuardia? Use our High School Auditions page to prepare and learn how to register and submit your audition virtually. 
    • MySchools also provides a digitally accessible experience for learning about high school programs.
  • SHSAT Test Prep Sections. For your convenience, these test prep sections (also included in the larger guide above) are also available as stand-alone documents to view and download:
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