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To file a high school application you must be a resident of New York City and in the eighth (8th) Grade. In order to attend the high school to which you are matched you must meet the promotional standards of your current grade.

To apply for a 9th grade seat for September of the following year, you must be an 8th grade student who will meet all 8th grade promotional requirements.

Every eligible student is assured entrance into one of our New York City public high schools. As a student, your mission is to work together with your parents and teachers to successfully research your options and apply to the school programs of greatest interest to you.  

Using the High School Application Form, students select up to twelve (12) high schools/programs. Students list their schools/programs in order of preference on the Student Program Choices page of the application.  In addition, any student may apply to the specialized high schools which require a separate entrance exam and/or audition.

If a student wishes to attend his/her local zoned high school, he/she must list the zoned program of that high school as one of the choices on his/her application. Students wishing to apply to a New Small High School must submit a New Schools Choice form. This application supersedes any application previously submitted. The form is available to students through the school office.

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Click here for Calendar of Key Dates and Events for the

2005-2006 Public High School Admissions Process

Click here to view the Directory of the New York City Public High Schools 2005-2006

1. VISIT A PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL FAIR  (click here for fair and open house info)

2. ADMISSIONS TEST IS OCTOBER 22ND.

3. IF CHOOSING A SPECIALIZED SCHOOL, DECIDE ON A SPECIALIZED HIGH SCHOOL BY  (click here for specialized schools page)  

4. OTHER HIGH SCHOOLS THAT REQUIRE AUDITIONS OR EXAMS:

LA GUARDIA
BARD
ART AND DESIGN
BROOKLYN HIGH SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
CHOIR ACADEMY OF HARLEM HIGH SCHOOL
EDWARD  R.  MURROW
FASHION INDUSTRIES
FRANK SINATRA SCHOOL
PROFESSIONAL PERFORMING ARTS
TALENT UNLIMITED
WASHINGTON IRVING HIGH SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS

4.  PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL APPLICATIONS GIVEN TO STUDENTS ­ MID-OCTOBER

5.  PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL APPLICATIONS DUE BACK - END OF OCTOBER

6.  YOU MAY LIST UP TO 12 CHOICES.  THE ORDER IN WHICH YOU RANK YOU CHOICES IS VERY IMPORTANT YOU ARE ONLY ACCEPTED INTO ONE SCHOOL AND THAT WILL BE YOUR HIGHEST RANKED SCHOOL OF THOSE THAT ACCEPTED YOU.

7.  NOTIFICATION PROCESS:

Specialized Round

 

  • In February, students who took the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) and/or auditioned for programs at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School will receive a letter informing them of any offer(s) to attend one of the Specialized High Schools and/or program(s) at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School. Students who received an offer were also notified if they were matched to one of the non-specialized schools/programs listed on their application. 
  • By February 28, these students must have accepted the offer to one of the specialized schools/programs or the program to which they were matched. The offer they accept is final.
  • Students can opt not to accept an offer to a specialized high school; if a student does so, he/she forfeits his/her seat and will not have a place in a Specialized High School.
  • If a student did not receive a specialized high school offer, he/she will be entered into the main round.

 

Main Round

  • Each student will be matched to his/her highest ranked school/program which also ranks him/her.
  • All New Small High Schools are included in the Main Round. To be matched to a New Small High School a student must have submitted a New Schools Choice Form.
  • In late March, each student will receive a letter informing him/her of the high school match if he/she was matched to one of their 12 choices.
  • Students who are not matched to one of the 12 choices listed on their application will enter the Supplementary Round and must submit a Supplementary Round Choice Form by April 4. They will have high schools/programs from which to select.

Supplementary Round

  • Students will be asked to prioritize up to 12 new choices from a list of available high schools/programs.  Students will receive a letter informing them of their Supplementary Round match in late April.