STATEN ISLAND, NY – The Specialized High School Admission Test (SHSAT), which is used to offer admission to eight specialized high schools in New York City, will take place in December.
Students are offered admission to all eight schools based on their SHSAT score. New York students typically take the exam in October. However, the review also took place in December of last year amid the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
These schools are: Staten Island Technical High School in New Dorp; Stuyvesant High School; Bronx High School of Science; Brooklyn Latin School; Brooklyn Technical High School; High School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering at City College; High School for American Studies at Lehman College; and Queens High School for Sciences at York College.
Current eighth and ninth graders who live in the five arrondissements can participate in admissions to specialized high schools for the 2022-2023 school year.
Registration is now open for the exam. Those interested in applying to one or all of the special secondary schools must submit their registration – including school preferences – by the November 15 deadline.
SHSAT registration is not on a first come, first served basis. All students who register by the above mentioned deadline can take the exam.
Registration can be done through the MySchools account portal or through the school counselor assigned to a student.
In early December, registered students will receive a personalized test ticket confirming when and where they will take the test. All registered students will take the exam in December.
- Enrolled eighth-graders attending a Department of Education (DOE) public college will take the tests at their current school during the school day on Thursday, December 2.
- Enrolled eighth-grade students who attend charter, private, parochial, or independent schools, or who are home-schooled, will take a test at a central DOE location on Sunday December 5 or Saturday December 11. Students in Staten Island District 31 will take the test at Staten Island Technical High School in New Dorp, located at 485 Clawson St.
- All registered ninth grade students will take the tests at a central DOE site on Saturday December 11 or Sunday December 12. Students in Staten Island District 31 will take the tests at Staten Island Technical High School in New Dorp, located at 485 Clawson St.
After passing the SHSAT, students will be considered for admission.
During the registration and submission periods, students 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 -arts and visual arts; vocal music; instrumental music; Dance; drama; technical theater.
LaGuardia High School also takes student academic records into account. SHSAT is not used for admission to LaGuardia.
The results are released in the spring as part of the offer letter for high school. Once published, letters of offer and information can be viewed in a MySchools account.
High School Offer Letters will include up to one offer from the High School application process, as well as High School Honors scores and / or offers for Special High School and / or LaGuardia High School testing.
Getting an offer for a high school specializing in testing is not a guarantee, the DOE notes. In a typical year, about 28,000 students take SHSAT, and about 5,000 of those students receive an offer, according to the DOE.
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