Public school: 9th - 12th grade

High School | NYC Department of Education (DOE)

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There are more than 700 programs at over 400 public high schools and 9 specialized high schools in NYC. During admissions, 8th graders and first-time 9th graders can apply to up to 12 high schools they would like to attend.


The high school application is currently closed.

  • Students interested in Specialized High sShools should audition or sign up to take an admissions test in October.
  • Students with disabilities and English Language Learners (ELL) may apply to any high school program.
  • The high school action checklist can help keep you on track with key dates.

Who is eligible

To be eligible to apply for a New York City public high school, you should be able to answer yes to these questions:

  • Are you an NYC resident?
  • Are you currently an 8th-grade student or a first-time 9th-grade student?

During the application period, all of the following students are welcome to apply:

  • Current public district and charter school students,
  • Private or parochial school students,
  • Homeschooled students,
  • Students with disabilities and students with accessibility needs,
  • Students from immigrant families or who are learning English,
  • Students in temporary housing,
  • LGBTQ and gender nonconforming students, and
  • Students with children

How to apply

The high school application is currently closed.

To apply for admission to a public high school:

  1. Visit MySchools and set up your account. Then you will need an account creation code, which will come in a Welcome Letter mailed to your home or available to pick up at a Family Welcome Center.
  2. Use MySchools and talk to your school counselor to explore high school programs based on your interests, location, and more.
  3. Select up to 12 choices to add to your application in your order of preference, and submit it by the deadline.

If you just moved to New York City, visit a Family Welcome Center to register.

If you want to apply to a specialized high school, register for testing or auditions on MySchools.

Learn how to set up your MySchools account and add your child.

How to get help

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Updated March 31, 2022