Newcomers to New York Can Sign-Up for Specialized High School Exam and Audition for LaGuardia High School

Newcomers to New York City, who are entering 9th or 10th grade in September, may register to take the summer exam for admission to one of New York City's nine selective specialized high schools, and to audition for the arts school, LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts. From July 11-August 24, families may register and pick up an admissions ticket for the test and audition at any New York City Department of Education Borough  Enrollment Office.

Eligibility Requirements:
(Students must meet all three criteria)

  • entering 9th or 1oth grade for the first time in September 2011 AND
  • moved to New York City after Nov. 1, 2010 AND
  • did not take the specialized high school exam (SHSAT) or audition for LaGuardia in Fall 2010.


Required Documents to Register:

  • Proof of residence,
  • Child's proof of birth,
  • Child's immunization records, and
  • Final 2011 report card.


Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT):

Date: Monday, August 29, 2011

Time: 8:30 a.m.

Location: Stuyvesant High School

353 Chambers Street

New York, NY

Auditions for Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts

Date: Thursday, September 1, 2011

Time: 8:00 a.m.

Location: Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School

100 Amsterdam Avenue

New York, NY


Students must be registered and have an admissions ticket to be admitted to the test or audition.


Be aware that entrance to the specialized high schools is highly competitive. Most successful applicants spend a good deal of time preparing. See the 2011-2012 Specialized High School Handbook for a sample test and audition guidelines.


For more information, please visit the Department of Education’s website, or attend one of the summer high school information sessions.