High School Process


Take these steps as you develop a list of programs:

  • Read the High School Directory. Understand how high school offers are determined. Learn the meaning of terms like admissions priorities, eligibility, seats, admissions methods, guaranteed offer, and selection criteria.

  • Once you have generated a list of high school programs you are interested in be sure to check out each school's website and register to attend tours, open houses, and related events if possible.

  • Be sure to attend the high school workshops at school or provided by the DOE this fall. Parents can schedule a meeting facilitated by the guidance counselor to support the high school application process.

  • List programs that you believe will help you learn and grow. Think about your interests, learning needs, and how you would get to and from school.

  • List programs in your true order of preference starting with your top choice as #1. Your preference order matters!

  • Include “target” or “likely-match” programs on your application.

You can start looking at schools now:

You can look on the DOE website for the 2020-2021 high school directory

You can also look in MySchools when you login

The deadline to apply to high school is Friday, December 4, 2020!

During the application period, this is how to apply:

Use MySchools(Open external link) to explore high school options, and talk with your school counselor to decide which 12 programs to include on your application. Applying to 12 programs, all of which you'd be happy to attend, makes it more likely that you'll get an offer to a program of your choice!

Submit your high school application online with MySchools.

· Read the online NYC High School Admissions Guide to learn how to build a strong high school application.

· Explore your options in MySchools by searching for schools by your location, interests, and more!

· Visit schools and attend open houses! Due to the ongoing health crisis, we encourage you to visit the schools' websites or inquire about virtual opportunities to learn more about them.

· Use MySchools to explore NYC high schools, find choices for your application, and apply—all in one place. You can search for schools by location, your academic and extracurricular interests, and more!

A webinar date will be shared soon. Below are links with some information

How to Apply


Helpful Links

Links and Resources:

Click here to sign up to receive email Admissions updates from the DOE

Click here to view up-to-date information from the DOE High School Enrollment page

2020-2021 High School and Specialized High School Admissions Guide

2020-2021 Guia de Admision

High School Admission Video Series

Information about High School Applications

Information about Specialized High Schools

A Guide for Families of Students with Disabilities

LaGuardia High School—Audition to Apply

Students 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.

Specialized High Schools—Take the SHSAT to Apply

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

Insideschools.org has provided a helpful link, How Do I find a Good High School?. Their website also provides additional information on how to apply to high schools and the application process.


Contact Guidance Counselor or Parent Coordinator