Selection Criteria for Screened Admissions

Screened programs will admit the top-performing applicants from across each middle school and citywide. Students will be admitted to screened programs in group order, starting with students in group one.

Students fall into a screened admissions groups based on the average of their final seventh-grade core course grades (ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies). This average must fall into the top percentage of students citywide or at a student’s school in order to fall within a certain admissions group.

To fall into the top __% of applicants citywide

An applicant needs average core course grades of at least:

Top 15% (Group 1)


Top 30% (Group 2)


Top 50% (Group 3)


Top 70% (Group 4)


Applicants from charter schools are eligible for an admissions group based on the city-wide averages and their school averages if their school provides the DOE with grades for all students at that charter school. Applicants from non-DOE or other charter schools are eligible for an admissions group only by meeting the citywide average.

*Students with an average lower than a 90 will not fall into Group 1, even if they are in the top 15% of their DOE public school. This will be the case for students with an average lower than an 80 for group 2, lower than a 75 for group 3, and lower than 65 for group 4.

If there are more applicants in group one than available seats, students from group one will be randomly selected for seats using the random number linked to each applicant’s application. If all students in group one can be accommodated at a school, students in group two will be considered next; if there are more applicants in group two than remaining available seats, then students in group two will be randomly selected for available seats. This will continue with subsequent groups until all seats are filled.

Applicants can see which screened admissions group they are in on their MySchools profile. On the dashboard, click on “Edit profile” just above your child’s name. Scroll down to see the screened admissions group.

Ninth grade applicants to tenth grade seats will be grouped based on their final eighth-grade grades.

How are offers made to screened programs that are participating in Diversity in Admissions (DIA) and do not have an assessment?

At screened programs that have a diversity in admissions (DIA) and do not have an assessment, students in group one who are eligible for DIA are considered first for DIA seats. If there are not enough applicants eligible for DIA in group one to fill DIA seats, students in group two who are eligible for DIA will be considered next. This will continue until all DIA seats are filled.

Where can I learn if specific screened programs require additional assessments, and how to complete them?

A small portion of high schools may also require applicants to complete a school-based assessment, such as an essay. A list of these schools is available at our Assessments for Screened Schools webpage

My child's school does not use numeric grades. How is my group calculated?

The DOE converts non-numeric grades based on the below table.

Score Numeric Equivalent
1 55
2 62
3 85
4 95
1- 53
1+ 58
2- 60
2+ 64
3- 83
3+ 88
4- 93
4+ 98
A 95
A- 93
A+ 98
B 85
B- 83
B+ 88
C 75
C- 73
C+ 78
D 65
D- 60
D+ 68
E 95
E- 93
E+ 98
F 55
G 85
G- 83
G+ 88
IB1 55
IB2 65
IB3 72
IB4 79
IB5 86
IB6 92
IB7 98
MA 85
MB 55
ME 95
MP 65
MT 75
N 65
N- 60
N+ 68
NS 55
S 75
S- 73
S+ 78
U 55