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Dear School Staff,We hope this finds you well.We are aware that the MySchools portal slowed down for families in the second half of yesterday. To make sure families have sufficient time to submit their middle school and high school applications, we are extending the deadline in the parent portal through Monday, December 5.The deadline for families to upload auditions or additional materials remains Friday, December 9.We thank you for your continued partnership through admissions.All best,

The Middle School and High school Admissions Teams

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Dear families,

This is a reminder that if your child will be entering high school in fall 2023, the deadline to submit your child’s high school application is December 1, 2022. You have until December 9 to submit additional materials.

If you've already applied, great—you’re all set. Want to make changes to your application? You can do so any time before the December 1 deadline. 

If you haven’t applied yet, we want your high school application! 

  • Remember that submitting your child’s application is your best chance of getting an offer to a program you want.  
  • Add 12 programs to your child’s application in your true order of preference, with your first-choice program at the top as #1.
  • Complete any additional requirements for audition or screened with assessment programs by December 9. 


There are three ways to apply: 

  • Online with MySchools. This option is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can apply online in Arabic, Bangla, Chinese, English, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, or Urdu.
  • Through your child’s current school counselor. This option is available during the school day on days when school is in session.
  • Through a Family Welcome Center—find hours and locations at the link. Over-the-phone interpretation is available in over 200 languages.



  • Learn more and watch MySchools tutorials at schools.nyc.gov/High.
  • Need support with MySchools or your application, or have other admissions questions? Talk to your current school counselor or Family Welcome Center staff.


Best wishes,

The High School Admissions Team, Office of Student Enrollment

Dear families,


We hope you’ll join us for one of our upcoming virtual information sessions!All NYC families with eighth graders applying to high school for fall 2023 (and families of interested first-time ninth graders) are welcome to attend. At each event we will cover how to build a balanced high school application, how offers are made, and how applicants will be evaluated for audition programs, including LaGuardia High School, and for screened programs this year. After the presentation, we will respond to your questions.

No registration is required to join; however, please note that a passcode (provided below) is required.

HOW TO JOIN ANY EVENTEach event is hosted live.

  • Join us on Zoom by clicking here at the event’s start time. 
  • Webinar ID: 937 4977 1882 | Passcode:123456
  • Or call in at: +1 646-558-8656 | Phone Conference ID: 937 497 718 82#


  • November 9, 6pm to 7pm | Event held in English

  • For interpretation in Spanish during this event, call +1 347-966-4114 | Phone Conference ID: 656 888 027# 

  • For interpretation Bengali during this event, call +1 347-966-4114 | Phone Conference ID: 640 597 390# 

  • For interpretation in Korean during this event, call +1 347-966-4114 | Phone Conference ID: 360 884 656# 

  • November 18, 3pm to 4pm | Event held in English

  • For interpretation in Arabic during this event, call +1 347-966-4114 | Phone Conference ID: 383 995 57# 

  • For interpretation French during this event, call +1 347-966-4114 | Phone Conference ID: 830 448 221# 

  • For interpretation in Russian during this event, call +1 347-966-4114 | Phone Conference ID: 687 663 098#   

  • November 28, 6pm to 7pm | Event held in English.  

  • For interpretation in Chinese (Mandarin) during this event, call +1 347-966-4114 | Phone Conference ID: 503 211 793# 

  • For interpretation Haitian during this event, call +1 347-966-4114 | Phone Conference ID: 434 285 727# 

  • For interpretation in Urdu during this event, call +1 347-966-4114 | Phone Conference ID: 157 569 436# 



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Best wishes, 

The High School Admissions Team, 

Office of Student Enrollment

NYC Department of Education

schools.nyc.gov/High | schools.nyc.gov/SHS

Dear Families,


The high school application is now open, and the deadline to apply is December 1, 2022. All current eighth grade (and interested first-time ninth grade) students in NYC are welcome and encouraged to apply. Here’s how:

1. Log in to your MySchools.nyc account. You will use MySchools to explore high schools, apply, and get your high school offer. Need help creating an account? Watch this tutorial.

2. Learn about high schools and programs.


  • Search MySchools for programs based on interests, location, and more. Each program’s page includes how it makes offers and if you need to complete any additional steps, such as an audition. On our website, learn how to audition and how students will get offers to screened programs.
  • Visit schools of interest. Very soon, MySchools’ events calendar will be updated to include open house information for high schools. 
  • Add 12 program choices to your child’s application in MySchools. List these choices in your true order of preference, with your top choice as #1. 


**Please note that the nine Specialized High Schools use separate admissions processes; these schools will not show up as options on your high school application:


  • LaGuardia High School. Submit a separate LaGuardia application and audition by December 1 to apply for any of the school’s six arts programs––learn how to audition
  • Testing Specialized High Schools. Register by November 4 (online, through your school counselor, or through a Family Welcome Center) to take the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT), which determines admissions to the eight testing Specialized High Schools. Registered students will take the SHSAT on a scheduled date in November or December.


3. Apply by December 1! You can submit your high school application and/or LaGuardia application one of the following ways: 


Need support with your MySchools account, your child’s unique account creation code, or your application? Have other admissions questions? We’re here to help! Talk to your child’s school counselor or contact a Family Welcome Center


All the best,

The High School Admissions Team, Office of Student Enrollment

For students entering ninth grade in fall 2023, it's time to get ready for high school admissions! 

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In New York City, students apply to high school during their eighth grade year. Current ninth grade students (who are not repeating ninth grade) also have the option to apply to programs with tenth grade seats. Learn more by watching our video series, and scroll down for the latest information and updates.

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For students entering ninth grade in fall 2023, it's time to get ready for high school admissions! Here's what to do, when: 

  • Get your high school welcome letter. In early October, eighth grade students will receive high school welcome letters from your current NYC public school. Each student's letter includes a unique access code that you can use to create a MySchools account(Open external link) (if you don't already have one) and access your personalized search and applications.
  • Register for the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT). Interested in one or more of the testing Specialized High Schools? If so, register for the SHSAT; taking this test is how you apply to these eight schools. Registration opens on October 6, and students will take the test on November 17, 19, or 20––learn more at schools.nyc.gov/SHS.
  • Submit your high school application.  This is how you apply to most of NYC's 700+ program options. When the application opens on October 12, list 12 program choices in your order of preference. Some programs may have additional requirements, such as an audition or assessment, and some programs consider students' academic records in admissions. The deadline to apply is December 1.
  • Submit a LaGuardia High School application. Apply to any/all of the six arts programs at NYC's audition Specialized High School by submitting a separate application and auditioning. This application opens on October 12, and the deadline to apply is December 1. Learn more at schools.nyc.gov/HSAuditions.
When application or registration periods are open, you can apply and/or register one of the following ways:

New to NYC public schools and need a high school for your child now? Learn what to do on our New Students page.


For more information about the process, see the DOE Website here