Specialized High Schools

Current eighth and ninth grade students who live in NYC can participate in Specialized High Schools admissions during the 2021-2022 school year. Watch our video series to learn more, and scroll down for the latest information.

Happening Now

Registration for the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) is now closed.

  • Taking the SHSAT? Test tickets for registered students are now available; we're notifying families of registered students by email that their tickets are ready. Learn how to get your ticket and prepare for the SHSAT below.
  • Interested in applying to programs at LaGuardia High School? Registration to audition for this Specialized High School is NOT yet open, but we'll provide updates soon on how and when to register for auditions and audition for this school.
  • Come to our two-part virtual event series! Join our virtual events to learn about high school and Specialized High Schools admissions in New York City. Our Part 1 events have now concluded, but you can watch a captioned recording in the "Attend Admissions Events" section below. Stay tuned for Part 2 this winter: dates are coming soon.

Stay Engaged with Admissions

  • Sign up for our high school admissions email list: we'll send you updates on what to do, when, to participate in high school and Specialized High Schools admissions.
  • Read this page and watch our video playlist to learn more.

New to NYC Public Schools and Need a High School Now?

Learn what to do on our New Students page.

Get Your Test Ticket and Prepare for the SHSAT

SHSAT tickets are now available! Students who registered for the SHSAT by the deadline can access their test ticket starting today. Here's how to get your ticket and prepare for test day:

1. Get your test ticket

  • You can get your ticket online in your MySchools.nyc account, from your school counselor, or by contacting a Family Welcome Center. Your test ticket includes your child's test date, arrival time, test location, and testing accommodations (if applicable).
  • If any testing accommodations for your child are missing or incorrect, talk to your school counselor right away. Students cannot change any testing accommodations without parent/guardian approval. For more information about testing accommodations, please view the section below. 
  • If you can print your ticket, then please complete the Contact Information section and bring the printed ticket to the test site. If you can't print your ticket, you can use your mobile phone to display it. And if you lose your ticket (or can't display it on your phone), that's okay, too—you can still take the test! 
  • The testing Specialized High and the preference order from your SHSAT registration in MySchools are listed on your child's test ticket. 

2. Know where and when you're taking the test, and what time to arrive at the test site

Your test ticket will include this information. All registered students will take the SHSAT in December 2021:

  • Registered 8th grade students who attend a public DOE middle school will test at their current school during the school day on Thursday, December 2.
  • Registered 8th grade students who attend charter, private, parochial, or independent schools, or who are homeschooled will test at a central DOE location on Sunday, December 5, or Saturday, December 11. 
  • All registered 9th grade students will test at a central DOE location on central DOE location Saturday, December 11, or Sunday, December 12.

Arrival times are as follows:

  • Arrival time for 8th grade students testing at their current DOE public school: Please arrive at your school's normal start time, unless told otherwise by your school.
  • Arrival time for all students testing on a weekend date: 8 am

Please note that this arrival time IS NOT the time your child's test will begin. On the day of the test, every student must first be escorted to their testing room, hear detailed instructions, and complete paperwork before the test begins. All students should expect to begin their exam one hour or more after the arrival time. 

3. Learn about and prepare for the SHSAT 

Use these 2022 practice materials and the SHSAT website. Information about testing accommodations is available in the Accommodations for the SHSAT section of this page

4. Take these steps to get ready for test day

  • Map your commute to the test site.
  • Get lots of sleep the night before the test and eat breakfast that morning.
  • Pack a snack and water to bring to your testing site. Note that students will not be able to eat during the test. And don't forget your mask!
  • Complete the DOE health screening questionnaire the morning of the test, and be ready to show the results to the test site when you arrive. Anyone (including students and family members) entering DOE buildings will not be allowed entry without this completed questionnaire. 
  • DO bring sharpened Number 2 pencils, erasers, water, and a silent non-calculator watch to keep time. You may bring a highlighter, a pencil grip, a magnifying glass, or a slant board if needed.
  • DO NOT bring cameras or personal electronic devices such as a calculator, calculator watch, smart watch, MP3 player/iPod, tablet/iPad, or eBook reader. Cell phones must be turned off and not in use while in the building. 
  • If you get sick at the testing site, tell staff as soon as possible. You will be sent home, and you can request a make-up test through your school counselor. Students who miss the test due to illness should request a make-up test date through their school counselors. 

PLEASE NOTE 

If a parents/guardian wishes to wait in a school building while their child takes the SHSAT, be sure to speak to the test site on the day of your child's exam and provide both

  • A completed official DOE health screening questionnaire AND
  • Your proof of vaccination (at least one dose). Unvaccinated adults are not allowed inside DOE school buildings.

Not every test site can allow parents/guardians inside to wait for their children, so please make plans for an alternative location to wait for your child. We recommend keeping an indoor option in mind, in case of inclement weather.

If you have questions, please talk to your child's school counselor or call 718-935-2009.

How much time are students given to take the SHSAT?

  • Students who do not have extended time testing accommodations have 180 minutes to take the exam. Students in this situation will finish their exam approximately 4 hours after the arrival time on their test ticket.
  • Students who have extended time testing accommodations have up to 360 minutes to take the exam, plus two 15-minute breaks. Students in this situation will finish their exam anywhere from 4 to 8 hours after their arrival time, depending on how much time your child needs to take the exam.

Attend Admissions Events

This fall and winter, we're hosting a two-part series of virtual events about high school and Specialized High Schools admissions in New York City. All current eighth and first-time ninth grade students and families are invited to join. 

Part 1: November Virtual Information Sessions: Getting Started with MySchools and Registering for the SHSAT

  • In each of these events (now concluded), we walked through how to create your MySchools account, use MySchools to explore high school options, and register for the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT). 
  • Watch a recording of this event below. Translated captions are coming very soon!

Part 2: Winter Virtual Information Sessions: Applying to High School

  • At each of these events, we’ll cover when and how to apply, 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.
  • Dates, times, and language access information for these sessions will be announced later this year. 

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 

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. 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.

Learn About Schools

 Some are offering virtual open houses and other online opportunities. 

Specialized High School  Open House Information
The Bronx High School of Science Visit the The Bronx High School of Science's website for video tours and to ask questions to students.
The Brooklyn Latin School 

Virtual open house:

Brooklyn Technical High School  Visit the Brooklyn Technical High School’s website to learn about the school.
High School for Mathematics, Science and Engineering at City College (HMSE)

Visit the High School for Mathematics, Science and Engineering at City College’s website to learn about the school.

High School of American Studies at Lehman College 

Visit the High School of American Studies at Lehman College’s website to learn about the school.

Queens High School for the Sciences at York College 

Virtual open houses:

  • 7pm to 8:30pm on Tuesday, November 2
  • 6pm to 7:30pm on Wednesday, November 3
  • 7pm to 8:30pm on Tuesday, November 9

Visit the Queens High School for the Sciences at York College website for the Zoom link. There is no need to RSVP. 

Staten Island Technical High School 

Virtual open house:

  • 5pm to 8pm on Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Register online at the Staten Island Technical High School website for the live virtual open house on 11/3, as well as the poste d content for the self-guided tour (available any time). 

Stuyvesant High School 

Visit the Stuyvesant High School's website for weekly video updates (building tour, academics, extracurricular activities, etc.)

Submit questions on the school’s website. Responses will be posted in the school’s FAQs on the website.

Learn about admissions.

  • Watch our Specialized High Schools Videos! Scroll 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 last year's digital High School and Specialized High Schools Admissions Guide.
  • Use the digital Guide to the SHSAT for 2022 Admissions and the print SHSAT - Practice Test for 2022 Admissions (available from your current middle school) 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.

Register for LaGuardia Auditions and/or the SHSAT

  • Register for the SHSAT by November 15. Registration is now open for the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT), which determines admissions to the eight testing Specialized High Schools. 
  • If you are interested in applying to any/all of these schools, submit your registration—including your school preferences—by the November 15 deadline. Registration for the SHSAT is not first-come first-served; all students who register by the deadline can take the SHSAT. 
  • You can register online with your MySchools account or through your current school counselor. 
  • By early December, registered students will receive a personalized test ticket confirming when and where they will take the test in December. 
  • Explore your high school options in MySchools. When you’re logged in to your account, you can save your favorite programs by clicking the stars next to their names.

Updates on registration for LaGuardia auditions are coming soon.

Test Locations and Dates 

Your child’s test ticket will show their test date and location. Test tickets will be available for registered students after the registration deadline. Please see below for the test dates and locations.

Students Location Date
Registered 8th grade students who attend a public DOE middle school Your current school Thursday, December 2, 2021
Registered 8th grade students who attend charter, private, parochial, or independent school schools, or who are homeschooled Central DOE location Sunday, December 5 or Saturday, December 11, 2021
All registered 9th grade students Central DOE location Saturday, December 11 or Sunday, December 12, 2021

Central DOE Locations for Students Testing on a Weekend Date

Location Address Students Testing on a Weekend Date
Stuyvesant High School (02M475) 345 Chambers St, New York, NY 10280 Students who attend school in Districts 1, 2, 3, and 4
Mott Hall High School (05M304) 6 Edgecombe Ave 4th floor, New York, NY 10030 Students who attend school in Districts 5, 6, and 9
The Bronx High School of Science (10X445) 75 W 205th St, Bronx, NY 10468 Students who attend school in Districts 7, 8, 10, 11, and 12
Brooklyn Technical High School (13K430) 29 Fort Greene Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217 Students who attend school in Districts 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, 23, and 32
Sunset Park High School (15K667) 153 35th St, Brooklyn, NY 11232 Students who attend school in Districts 15 and 20
James Madison High School (22K425) 3787 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11229 Students who attend school in Districts 18, 21, and 22
Long Island City High School (30Q450) 14-30 Broadway, Queens, NY 11106 Students who attend school in Districts 24 and 30
Hillcrest High School (28Q505) 160-05 Highland Ave, Queens, NY 11432 Students who attend school in Districts 25, 26, 27, 28, and 29
Staten Island Technical High School (31R605) 485 Clawson St, Staten Island, NY 10306 Students who attend school in Staten Island (District 31)

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.

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.

Please note:

  • 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 entering and/or confirming the appropriate testing accommodations in MySchools.

  • 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.

2021-2022 School Year SHSAT - Practice Test and Materials

Entering high school in 2022 and taking the SHSAT during the 2021-2022 school year?

To Prepare for the SHSAT:

2022 SHSAT Practice Test Sections

For your convenience, these practice test sections are also available as stand-alone documents to view and download.

Get Your Results

High school and Specialized High Schools results are released in the spring as part of the high school offer letter.

  • Once released, offer letters and information are available to view in your MySchools account.
  • Don't have a MySchools account? You can also get a copy of your offer letter or other offer information from your child's school counselor or a Family Welcome Center

Offer Letters

Your high school offer 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.
  • 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.

2022 NYC Public Schools Admissions Guide 

View or download the new 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 will be available in 10 languages at schools, early childhood programs, libraries, and other sites by mid-November.
  • Translated accessible versions of the guide will be coming soon! 
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