Public school: grades 9 – 12

High School | NYC Department of Education

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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 must audition or take an admissions test
  • Students with disabilities and English Language Learners (ELL) may apply to any high school program
  • The application checklist can help keep you on track with key dates.

Am I 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?

I'm Ready To Apply

To apply for admission to a public high school:

  1. Visit and set up your account. Speak with your school counselor if you need help. You will need your:
    • Student ID number
    • Account creation code (PIN)
  2. Use MySchools 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 talk to your school counselor or visit a Family Welcome Center.

If you want to apply to a specialized high school, contact your guidance counselor in September to request an admissions ticket for the test.

How Can I Get Help?

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