Stuyvesant High School and the other seven specialized high schools are public high schools established and run by the New York City Department of Education to serve the needs of academically gifted students. New York State Education Law makes a written examination the only requirement for admission to these schools. Places are awarded to those students who earn the highest scores on the entrance exam, the Specialized High Schools Admission Test. Although each of the specialized high schools has its own unique features, Stuyvesant emphasizes mathematics, science and technology education. Stuyvesant also offers many intriguing electives and a wide range of advanced placement courses. Of course, Stuyvesant also offers all the basic New York State required academic courses that each student needs for success in college and beyond. Enrichment courses are available in the Humanities. The exciting and academically challenging atmosphere of the specialized high schools stimulates both the students and the teachers. The New York City Specialized High Schools admission test (SHSAT) is offered to all eighth and ninth grade students residing within the five boroughs of New York City who wish to attend Stuyvesant or any of the other specialized high schools. The same exam is given for all eight schools, and students who qualify will be offered a seat in one of their choices. The qualifying score depends upon the number of seats available and the scores of all the candidates. The tests are graded and are arranged in order of rank, from the highest to the lowest score. Each school has a number of freshman and sophomore seats to fill. Seats are filled starting with the highest test scores. When all available seats have been filled, the cutoff mark is determined. Students who miss the cutoff of their first choice school may be assigned to their second choice school if their score is above the cutoff for that school. This procedure continues until all seats in the specialized high schools have been filled. It is required that students take the exam at the designated school in their borough. Applications for the exam and information about all the specialized high schools are available at all New York City schools serving eighth and ninth graders. The SHSAT is administered late in October of each school year. Students are notified of their acceptance into one of the specialized high schools the following March. See Stuyvesant's current brochure below.
FOR FALL 2021
Registration for the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) and LaGuardia High School auditions is now open as of Decmeber 21, 2020.
Like previous years, families can register for the SHSAT and LaGuardia auditions in the family-facing MySchools site (), and school counselors can register their current students for the SHSAT and LaGuardia High School auditions in the school-facing MySchools site (). Details are below and in the .
Registration for the SHSAT and LaGuardia High School auditions opens today, December 21. The deadline to register is Friday, January 15, 2021.
The eight testing Specialized High Schools: Any 8th grade or first-time 9th grade student (who lives in NYC) can participate in admissions for any/all of these schools by registering for and then taking the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT).
· Register by January 15 to take the SHSAT.
o New! During SHSAT registration, families or school counselors will indicate the student’s Specialized High School preference order in MySchools. Families can list up to all eight testing Specialized High Schools in preference order, starting with their top choice as #1. The student will be considered for admission to these Specialized High Schools. Families will no longer submit choices on their SHSAT answer sheet.
o To support families who are not able to log into MySchools to register their own child for the SHSAT, school counselors can register any of their current students for the SHSAT in MySchools (). When school counselors register any of their current students for the SHSAT, they will also be asked to indicate each student’s preference order of the testing Specialized High Schools. Instructions for doing this are in the .
o For families that have registered themselves, school counselors are able to update a student’s registration and/or confirm that these students are registered by accessing their receipt in MySchools (). Instructions for accessing students’ receipts are in the .
· Take the SHSAT starting in late January. 8th grade public school students will take the SHSAT at their current school on January 27, 2021. Other students will take the SHSAT at central DOE locations. These locations, along with all test dates, will be announced in the coming weeks.
The one audition Specialized High School, LaGuardia High School: Any 8th grade or first-time 9th grade student (who lives in NYC) can apply to any/all of the programs at LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts by registering to audition and then submitting audition materials online. Please note that the SHSAT is not used for admission to LaGuardia High School.
· Register to audition by the week of February 22.
o Families can log into MySchools () to register their child for LaGuardia High School auditions. When they do, they will indicate which programs their child will audition for. Students can audition for one or up to all six of the programs at LaGuardia High School.
o To support families who are not able to log into MySchools to register their own child for LaGuardia High School auditions, school counselors can register any of their current students in MySchools (). When school counselors register any of their current students for LaGuardia High School auditions, they will also be asked to indicate the program(s) the student will audition for. Instructions for doing this are in the .
o For families that have registered themselves, school counselors can update any student’s registration and/or confirm that these students are registered by accessing their receipt in the school-facing MySchools site ().
· Audition this winter. All high school auditions—including for LaGuardia High School—will take place virtually this year.
o To audition, students will submit audition files through a new Virtual Audition Submission Tool, and school counselors can also submit files through this tool on behalf of their current students. This tool will open in early January; we will notify schools and families when you can access it, and we will share detailed instructions with school staff at that time.
o Updated requirements for audition programs are available ; these will be posted in the in the coming weeks. These will help students prepare for their virtual auditions, even before the Virtual Audition Submission Tool is open.
Resources for schools and families:
· Learn more about admissions to the Specialized High Schools at.
· Watch our video series: .
· Families can register for the SHSAT and LaGuardia High School auditions at.
· For access to MySchools, families need their child’s Welcome Letter. School staff should continue supporting families by providing them with their child’s Welcome Letter as needed. Students’ Welcome Letters can be found in the school-facing MySchools site (). Instructions are in the .
· High school admissions resources for school staff are available .
We appreciate your patience and flexibility. As always, please contact us atHSEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov with questions.