Specialized High Schools

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Specialized High Schools Results Are Here!

View your high school offer letter online now with MySchools. It will also be mailed to your home address. If you participated in Specialized High Schools admissions by taking the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) or auditioning for LaGuardia High School, this letter will include your results, which may include an offer or offers.

What You Can Do From Home

Your health is important to us—here's what you can do online with MySchools without having to leave your home:

  • Get your offer letter
  • If you have more than one offer, you can accept or decline them

Don't have a MySchools account or have questions about your results or offers?

  • Email HSEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov.
  • Please note that our Family Welcome Center locations are now closed, but our staff is available to assist you! Visit here to learn how you can reach us.

Thank You

We appreciate your patience and partnership as we transition to virtual learning and service across New York City.

  • For updates, please keep checking this page and sign up for our Specialized High Schools email list. 
  • You can also learn about high school offers and waitlists on our High School page. Please note that the Specialized High Schools do not have waitlists.

What Are the Specialized High Schools?

The nine specialized high schools are one way that New York City supports the educational needs of students who excel academically and/or artistically, including English Language Learners and students with an IEP or 504 Plan.

Who Can Apply?

Everyone eligible to apply to high school is also eligible to apply to the specialized high schools. When you register to audition and/or schedule the SHSAT and to get your audition or test results, you must be both of the following:

  • A current NYC resident
  • A current eighth grade student or first-time (not repeating the grade) ninth grade student 

One Audition High School—Audition to Apply

You 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.

Eight Testing 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

Use MySchools to learn more about each of the specialized high schools, as well as other public high school options. Search for schools by interest, location, and more from your desktop or mobile device.

Sign up for our specialized high schools email list to get admissions tips and key date reminders.

Visit Specialized High Schools

*Please note that NYC public school buildings are currently closed. During this time, we encourage you to visit schools' websites to learn more about them.*

  • When school buildings are open, visiting a school is the best way to explore if it may be the right place for you. It’s also a great way to see what your commute would be like.
  • Find open house dates in the calendar below, but contact schools directly for the most recent information, such as whether they will hold virtual open houses or information sessions.

Diversity Initiatives

Our goal is that students in specialized high schools reflect the diversity of New York City. The Specialized High Schools Diversity Initiatives aim to increase testing, offer, and acceptance rates for high-potential students in underrepresented communities.

DREAM Program

DREAM (Determination, Resiliency, Enthusiasm, Ambition, Motivation) is an extracurricular academic program that prepares eligible New York City public school students for the SHSAT. Learn if you might be eligible to participate.

Discovery Program

In the spring after you take the test, we will contact you if you’re eligible to participate in a Discovery program. Discovery programs are for rising ninth grade students who take the SHSAT and score right below the cutoff score. Learn more about this program and eligibility requirements in the Specialized High Schools section of our Diversity in Admissions page.

Test Supports and Accommodations

Students with disabilities who have IEPs or approved 504 Accommodation Plans and English Language Learners are eligible for test supports and accommodations. ELL accommodations are available for students up to two years after they reach proficiency on the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT). Work with your school counselor to confirm accommodations for your audition and/or test. Learn more about special education in NYC and tests for English Language Learners.

Prepare for Auditions and/or the Test

  1. Register to audition for LaGuardia High School and/or schedule the SHSAT.
  2. Get your audition ticket and/or test ticket.
  3. Review your ticket for accuracy. English Language Learners and students with disabilities should check their tickets and make sure they are scheduled for the appropriate accommodations. Let your school counselor know right away if there are any errors on your ticket.
  4. Get a parent or guardian to sign your ticket.
  5. Audition and/or take the SHSAT.

Auditioning for LaGuardia High School

The LaGuardia High School audition ticket will list the studio(s) for which you’ve registered to audition. Bring your audition ticket to LaGuardia on the day of your audition. Learn more about auditioning for specific studios on LaGuardia High School's website.

Taking the SHSAT

Before the day of the test, consider which specialized high schools you would like to attend and in what order of preference. You can rank up to eight specialized high schools on your test ticket. On the day of the test, you will bubble in these choices on your SHSAT answer sheet. Bring your test ticket to your assigned test site on the day of the test.

Use the following resources to prepare:

Get Your Specialized High Schools Results

High school offers and specialized high schools results are released together in March.

  • Your high school offer letter includes an offer from the high school application process and/or your results from the Specialized High Schools admissions process (if you participated).
  • It may also include an offer or offers from LaGuardia High School's studios and/or one offer from a testing specialized high school.
  • You can only accept one offer. If you get multiple offers, you must choose between them.

You can learn more about high school offers and waitlists on our High School page. Please note that the Specialized High Schools do NOT have waitlists.


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