Public school: grades 9 - 12

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There are more than 700 programs at over 400 public high schools in NYC. Eighth graders and first-time 9th graders have the chance to apply for 12 programs during the high school admissions process.

  • Students interested in Specialized High Schools 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 NYC public high school, you should be able to answer yes to these questions:

  • Are you a NYC resident?
  • Are you currently an eighth grade student or a first-time ninth grade student?

How to apply

To apply for admission to a public high school:

  1. Visit MySchools. and set up your account. You’ll 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 true order of preference, and submit it by the deadline.

If you just moved to NYC, visit a Family Welcome Center to register.

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


How to get help

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Updated March 10, 2021