High School Admissions

Below is an important message from the Office of HS Enrollment.  This is all of the information they have released regarding the HS process, but I understand we will hear more soon. I will share the details with you as I get them, but all families should also sign up for admissions emails directly from the DOE.

Jessica McInnis
School Counselor


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September 20, 2021

All current 8th and first-time 9th grade students who live in New York City can apply to high school and test and/or audition to apply to the Specialized High Schools during the 2021-2022 school year. In mid-October, you’ll get your child’s welcome letter with details on how to access your MySchools account and participate.


Today, we have updates for students interested in applying to any/all of the eight testing Specialized High Schools. You apply to these schools by registering for and then taking the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT); offers are made based on each student’s SHSAT score, their school preferences, and seat availability. Here’s what to do, when:

  • Prepare. Detailed test information, sample tests, and information about testing accommodations are available on the DOE website.
  • Register. Registration will open in mid-October 2021. Specific registration dates are coming soon!
  • Test. All registered students will take the SHSAT in December 2021. When specific test dates and other information become available, we will send an update. 


  • When to submit your high school application, the way to apply to most of the city’s 700+ program options.
  • When and how to register for programs at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, NYC’s audition Specialized High School, which uses a separate admissions process.
  • How to audition for arts programs at high schools across the city, including LaGuardia.


Questions? HSEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov

The High School Admissions Team
Office of Student Enrollment