MS HS Admissions

Middle & High School Admissions Resources

This site is intended to familiarize you with the middle and high school application and admissions process.  
Timelines and deadlines vary among various types of schools and the information here will be kept as up-to-date as possible.  However, always check directly with schools and the sources linked below to confirm the latest information.  

Here you will find information on TestingDates & Deadlines, Diversity Resources, and Upcoming Events.

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NYC DOE's info on the Specialized HS Admissions Test. 

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InsideSchools' info on the Specialized HS Admissions Test. Registration opens October 3rd. Registration deadline: October 27th, 2023.

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DREAM Program

Saturday and summer program that prepares NYC public school students to take the SHSAT.

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Hunter College High School Entrance Exam

Testing in 6th grade for 7th grade entry (only). Registration deadline: December 15th, 2023.  

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Independent School Entrance Exam 

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Secondary School Admissions Test (for independent schools)   

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High School Placement Test (HSPT) used for specific Catholic High Schools. Registration occurs through the school. Can be used in admissions and/or merit scholarship. Registration deadline: October 28th, 2023.

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Test for Admission into Catholic High Schools. Registration deadline: October 26th, 2023.


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Major Dates/Deadlines

NYC Public (dates subject to change-check NYC DOE)
Middle School 
October 11, 2023: Application Opens 
December 8, 2023: Application Closes 
April 3, 2024: Offers Release 

High School 
October 3, 2023: HS Application & SHSAT Registration Opens 
October 27, 2023: SHSAT Registration Closes 
December 1, 2023: Application Closes 
March 7, 2024: Offers Release 

Independent School Notification & Reply Dates

Diversity Resources

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Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship

A merit-based, need-blind high school scholarship for gifted students.

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Oliver Scholars

Prepares high-achieving Black & Latino students from underserved NYC communities for success at top independent schools.

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TEAK Fellowship

NYC-based program that helps prepare talented middle school students from low-income families to get into selective high schools.  

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Prep for Prep

Identifies NYC’s most promising students of color and prepares them for success at independent schools.

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A Better Chance

Helps talented students of color to access and succeed in selective college preparatory schools.  

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Breakthrough New York

A ten-year, tuition free program to support low-income students through middle and high school, college, and beyond. 

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Marymount's Butler Scholars Program

Provides opportunities for academically gifted students to attend Marymount's Upper School. Marymount is an all girls school and students must be baptized Catholic or attend parochial schools.

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De La Salle Academy

Private, independent school in NYC for academically talented, economically less advantaged boys and girls in grades six through eight with a need-blind admission policy.

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George Jackson Academy

Provides rigorous academics to high achieving boys in the NY metropolitan area, regardless of their economic means; families pay only what they can afford. 


NYC DOE Middle School Admissions Events

Various Dates, April 4-11

Scroll to the “Attend Admissions Events” section on the page linked above. Different sessions offer different languages.