Key advice: Between 6th grade and 7th grade, parents and students should start preparing for high school admissions. It can take a year or more to research programs and identify the best ones for your child. Then you need to find out about their specific admissions methods and requirements. Starting early is the best way to be ready when applications are due in 8th grade.
7th graders receive copies of the High School Directory
Attend summer high school workshops, prepare for specialized high school (SHSAT) test if applying (8th / 9th graders)*
First day of school: September 9, 2015
Request SHSAT test or audition for specialized high schools if applying (8th /9th graders)*; contact charter high schools for applications and admissions information if applying
Attend high school fairs, open houses, tours, events (be sure to sign in when required for admissions) at general, specialized and charter high school programs
General high school applications distributed (8th /9th graders)*; SHSAT test administered
High school Applications due (8th / 9th graders)*
Charter school enrollment period: Various deadlines
Screened school interviews, auditions, portfolios and other assessments due (8th / 9th graders)*
General process Round 1 notification letters sent out (8th / 9th graders)*; participate in General process Round 2 fairs and admissions
General process Round 2 results and Appeals Round starts
School starts: September 2016 (exact date still undecided)
*First time 9th graders (including those who went through the high school admissions process in 8th grade but who would like to apply to a different school for 10th grade) are also eligible to participate in the NYC high schools admissions process. They may only apply to programs that offer 10th grade seats. This information is indicated in the High School Directory.