High School Information

UPDATED SHSAT INFO 2021

How to Apply to the Eight Testing Specialized High Schools

  • NOW - Prepare for the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT). Use these 2022 practice materials and the SHSAT website to help prepare for test day. Information about testing accommodations is available in the High School and Specialized High Schools Admissions Guide.

  • Register for the SHSAT by November 15, 2021. Registration will open in mid-October 2021, after welcome letters are available.

  • Test. All registered 8th grade students who attend a public DOE middle school will test at their current school during the school day on Thursday, December 2.


SHSAT Timeline:

  • Welcome Letters: Starting later this week, welcome letters will become available for school staff and families. As of today (October 13) welcome letters are not yet available for families or school staff. Each student’s personalized welcome letter will include details on how to access their MySchools account, participate in admissions, and register for the SHSAT. If you recently changed your address, you must bring in proof of your new address, allowing us to change it in our system.

  • Registration for the SHSAT will open later this week, after welcome letters are available.

  • As of today (October 13), registration for the SHSAT is not yet open for families or school staff.

  • Families will be able to register their child in the family-facing MySchools site (myschools.nyc)

  • Students will indicate each child’s preference order for the testing Specialized High Schools when they submit their SHSAT registration in MySchools.

  • The deadline to register for the SHSAT is November 15, 2021.

  • Registered 8th grade students who attend a public DOE middle school will test at their current school during the school day on Thursday, December 2.

Please be on the look out for further information. As promised, we will forward the information as we receive it.


Visit MySchools.nyc to access your MySchools account, explore high school program options, build your application, and apply online.

and "How to Apply to Middle or High School," will walk you through the process.

  • To access your MySchools account and application you'll need both of the following:

    • Your unique MySchools account creation code, included in your high school welcome letter; these letters were mailed to all current public DOE and charter school families in mid-December

    • Your student ID number (OSIS number).

Find the most up-to-date admissions information at schools.nyc.gov/High and schools.nyc.gov/SHS.