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The High School Application Process for 2020-2021

The High School Application Process for 2020-2021 presented by your school counselors: Ms. Soto and Mr. Burstein.

Important Dates to Remember!

  • SHSAT Registration Opens: December 21, 2020
  • SHSAT Registration DeadlineJanuary 15, 2021
  • SHSAT Date: January 27, 2021
  • Laguardia High School Auditions Registration Opens: December 21, 2020
  • Laguardia High School Auditions Deadline: February 23, 2021
  • High School Application Opens: Week of January 19, 2021
  • High School Application Deadline: February 23, 2021

Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT)

  • The SHSAT is a three hour exam (no break) consisting of 114 questions testing your knowledge in English Language Arts and Mathematics.
  • Every eighth grader is eligible to register for this exam.
  • For students with extended time accommodations: 6 hours with two 15 minutes breaks

Sample tests:


Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT)

  • You may begin registering for the SHSAT on Monday, December 21st using your Myschools online account.
  • The deadline for registering for the exam is January 15, 2021.

LaGuardia High School AUDITIONS

  • LaGuardia High School is a school which requires you to register in order to audition for one or more of the following programs: dance, drama, instrumental music, fine arts, technical theater, and vocal music.
  • During registration, indicate which program(s) the student will audition for.
  • You may begin registering for LaGuardia auditions on Monday December 21st using your Myschools online account.
  • The deadline to register is February 23, 2021.

Submitting Audition Files

  • All auditions will take place remotely. Submit audition files through the Virtual Audition Submission Tool by March 1, 2021.
  • This year, applicants’ academic record (attendance, punctuality, course grades, standardized test scores) will not be used for admission to audition programs(except for LaGuardia)

How to prepare, what to submit, and the Virtual Audition Submission Tool are at

High School Programs

  • 12 programs maximum, 6 programs minimum
  • Apply to one or more programs in the same HS
  • List programs in your true order of preference, starting with your top choice - High schools cannot see the order of programs on a student’s application
  • What happens if you receive no offer from your list?
    • No 2nd round offers
    • The DOE will choose your high school
    • Waitlists (waitlist offers go through the summer)

Deadline to submit HS Application: February 23, 2021

What to Consider When Choosing a School

  • Mini school vs traditional large HS
  • Sports
  • Clubs/activities
  • AP classes
  • Location - how far from home?

*Research the schools you are interested in before applying*

Screened programs


  • Screened programs will use a combination of sixth grade final class averages, sixth grade ELA/Math state exam scores, and seventh grade class averages (from September through February)
  • Examples of Screened Programs include:
    • Midwood’s medical science and humanities programs
    • Leon Goldstein High School science program
    • Fort Hamilton HONORS program

***every screened program will choose their own method for screening students. You must check Myschools and research each schools method of screening their students***

Educational Option (EdOpt) Programs

  • Ed. Opt. programs admit students across all academic levels
  • Students are grouped into Low, Middle, and High categories
    • Based on a composite of their academic data from the prior two years
  • One-third of offers are made to students in each category

Visit the MySchools website to check your Ed.Opt. category

(go to student’s profile and scroll down to “Ed.Opt. Category”)

Screened Language Programs

  • If you are fluent in another language you may apply to a screen language program
  • Please research if the high school you are interested in offers the language you are fluent in
  • Examples:
    • Must be fluent in Spanish to apply for Murrow’s Spanish Program
    • Must be fluent in Haitian Creole to apply for Midwood’s Haitian Creole Program

Where Should I Go to Research High Schools?


  • High School Directory: offers information on all high schools in the city
  • MySchools Website ( Provides in depth information on each school
  • Individual high school’s website: If you are interested in a specific school, visit their website.


*Research, research, research!*

Account Creation Codes


If you have not received your Account Creation Code please contact the appropriate counselor to assist you.


811 - 818 (includes 8th graders 718):

Mr. Burstein -

819 - 826 (includes 8th graders in 725)

Ms. Soto -