Specialized High Schools

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Happening Now

  • Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) results are here. If you took the SHSAT in early 2021, a results letter has been mailed and/or will be emailed to you on April 29. Please note that these results are not currently available in MySchools. 
    • Your results may include up to one offer to a testing Specialized High School. If you get an offer, there is nothing you need to do now to accept it.
    • Reminder: Getting an offer to a testing Specialized High School is not a guarantee. Every year, approximately 28,000 students take the SHSAT, and about 5,000 of those students receive an offer.
  • High school offer letters will be available in mid-May. These letters will include:
    • Your high school offer(s) and results, including LaGuardia High School results if you auditioned for any LaGuardia program(s) and a reminder of your SHSAT results if you took the SHSAT. 
    • Waitlist information, including a list of programs where you are automatically waitlisted, if applicable. All high school programs EXCEPT for the nine Specialized High Schools have waitlists.
    • Next steps: If you get more than one offer, how to choose between them by the deadline included in this letter.

Questions About Your Results or Offer? 

Talk to your school counselor or contact a Family Welcome Center.

Resources

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

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
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Technical Theater

LaGuardia High School also considers students' academic records.

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

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 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.
  • Visit our High School Auditions page to learn about the common requirements for each arts discipline; this information was provided to help students prepare for their audition. During the submission period, this is where you can find the most up-to-date links and information on how to submit your audition materials.

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.

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 during the registration period, then submitting audition materials during the submission period. The SHSAT is not used for admission to LaGuardia. 

Please note that LaGuardia registration and audition submission is currently closed.

  1. Register for Your Audition(s). During the registration period, you can 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 for students entering high school in fall 2021—including for LaGuardia High School programs—should be submitted virtually by the deadline.

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 is currently 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. During times when the SHSAT is being administered, this page will include more information about where and when certain groups of students will take the test.

You can 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

  • 2021 SHSAT results letters, which may include up to one offer to a testing Specialized High School, are now available. Learn more in the "Happening Now" section of this page.
  • 2021 high school offer letters will be available in mid-May. These letters will also include waitlist information and any LaGuardia High School results (which may include an offer or offers to LaGuardia programs) if applicable.
  • Please note that all high school programs EXCEPT for the nine Specialized High Schools 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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