Screened Schools Terminology

Screened schools are public schools that may require an additional application, interview, test or audition for admission. Below are a list of terms and definitions that are useful for the screened High School admissions process. Visit the DOE website for more information on screened school requirements

The NYC Department of Education website with information about the specialized high school


Sometimes the screened school has its own admissions page on their website. This will give information about what is required for admission.

The DOE offers a high school admissions guide with information about the high school process. 


Some schools provide tours of the campus (virtually or in person). Visit the DOE website to learn about admissions events


Performing arts schools often require an interview and an audition. Visit the DOE website for audition information.

Performing arts schools often require the submission of a portfolio of art work. For information about visual arts portfolios visit the DOE website.

Some schools require the submission of additional essays.

The Specialized High School Admissions Test is required for many specialized high schools. The DOE website has information about the SHSAT 

The following High Schools require students to take the SHSAT: 

  • The Bronx High School of Science
  • The Brooklyn Latin School
  • Brooklyn Technical High School
  • High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College
  • High School of American Studies at Lehman College
  • Queens High School for the Sciences at York College
  • Staten Island Technical High School
  • Stuyvesant High School

Some schools make their admissions rubric available on their website. This can help to identify what the school is looking for in students’ application materials.

The DOE is committed to supporting students with various needs such as students with disabilities, English Language Learners, and Immigrant children. Visit the DOE's Supports and Services page for information. 


Individualized Education Plan for students who need additional support and accommodations. Click here for more information.

Refers to a section of federal legislation granting accommodations to students with disabilities. Click here for information. 

DIA, or Diversity in Admissions refers to the DOE’s diversity initiative. Some schools give admissions priority to students who are English Language Learners, students in temporary housing, low-income students, or students in the child welfare system. For more information click here.

General Education students

Students with Disabilities

The number of General Education applications per spot available. 


Total number of General Education spots at a school.

The number of Student with Disabilities applications per seat.

Total number of SWD spots at a school.