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Specialized High School Admissions Process

There are a number of Public High Schools that require Auditions. These are mostly your "music, theater and art" schools.  St. Columba is required to send these schools a summary sheet in order to indicate if we have any students that will include them on their Public High School Application.  A form specifying your selection for audition was given out at the Parent-Teacher meeting on Thursday, September 29th.  If you did not get one, please ask the 8th Grade teacher or principal.   You may also click here to print a copy.  This audition request form must be completed and returned to the 8th Grade teacher by Monday, October 3rd.

Audition Programs


Audition programs require that a student demonstrate proficiency in the specific area for that program. For example, if a student auditions for a drama program, he/she may have to prepare a monologue as part of the audition. The audition requirements are listed with the program on each school’s directory page.


Test Programs


Students are required to take the Specialized High Schools Admission Test (SHSAT) for entrance to one of the Specialized High Schools. Student acceptance is based on test results, student’s priority order of the schools and seat availability.


Click here for the Specialized High Schools Student Handbook



Specialized Testing High School Open House Information


The following Specialized High Schools will host Open Houses on the dates listed:


Stuyvesant High School
   Monday, September 26, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm


Brooklyn Technical High School
   Saturday, October 1, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm


High School for Mathematics, Science and Engineering at City College (updated 9/27/05)

   Tuesday, October 11, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, in the Auditorium of A. Philip Randolph High School (433 West 135 Street on City College Campus)


Staten Island Technical High School

   Monday, October 17, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm


Bronx High School of Science

   Monday, October 17, 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm (primarily for Queens residents)
   Tuesday, October 18, 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm (all other boroughs)


High School of American Studies at Lehman College
   Tuesday, October 18, 5:00 pm, in the Lovinger Theater, Music Building, Lehman College


Queens High School for the Sciences at York College
   Tuesday, October 18, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, in the York College Performing Arts Theater


Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts

   Students and parents considering LaGuardia are invited to a Showcase Performance on Wednesday, October 19, at 6:00 pm or Thursday, October 20, at 6:00 pm