Navigating the High School Admissions process can feel overwhelming. It is our experience that when families are prepared and given the correct information they are able to successfully navigate the process. Here you will find information and steps you can take throughout 7th and 8th grade to prepare yourself. LMC also hosts an information session for 7th grade families every January.
Attendance, course grades, and standardized test scores from 7th grade are used by many high schools in making their admission decisions. Students should avoid being late and minimize absences. Anything in excess of 10 combined lateness and absences will hurt your high school application. School specific information is available in the online 2017-18 High School Directory. Students may also consider reviewing InsideSchools.org for additional information.
Students may also want to begin thinking about the high school they would like to attend. Some questions students should consider:
Students interested in Specialized High Schools should start preparing for the exam as early as possible. Read through the 2017-18 Specialized Schools Handbook, and try one of the practice tests included. LMC offers a test preparation program for select students. Students are invited to participate based upon their 6th grade standardized test scores. Please contact either Mr. McGuire or Mr. Kritzman for more information.
Students interested in Arts or Performing Arts schools will want to start preparing their portfolios and audition material. Each school’s Directory page or website will give you the details of their portfolio/audition requirements. LMC provides some portfolio prep classes through our after-school program.
At the end of 7th grade, all students will receive a hard copy of the High School Directory. It is important to review the book and start to make a list of potential high schools. This should be completed before 8th grade begins in September.
At the end of August, schools will start posting Open House and Tour dates. Dates are also sometimes listed in the High School Directory, but are subject to change, therefore it is important to confirm the dates directly with each school. Some school tours book up very quickly, so please be sure to check school websites consistently.
Starting in September, all students will receive an Online Ticket Request Form for those interested in Specialized or audition based schools. This form must be completed in order to receive a ticket for the SHSAT (Specialized High School exam), LaGuardia audition, or any number of other audition schools.
In mid-October, the SHSAT and LaGuardia audition tickets will be distributed. Exam and audition dates are listed in the High School Directory and the Specialized High School Handbook. In addition, you will receive your high school application. One should aim to finalize their application by November so that you will have time to discuss your choices with Mr. Kritzman. Applications are usually due in early December and Round 1 and Specialized High School responses received in March.
|High School Name||Admissions Requirements|
|Bronx High School of Science||SHSAT|
|Brooklyn Latin School||SHSAT|
|Brooklyn Technical High School||SHSAT|
|High School of American Studies||SHSAT|
|High School for Math Science and Engineering||SHSAT|
|Stuyvesant High School||SHSAT|
|Fiorello LaGuardia High School||Audition / Portfolio|
|High School Name||School Type||Additional Requirements||Priority|
|Art and Design High School||Audition||Portfolio||–|
|Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School||Audition||–||–|
|Gramercy Arts High School||Audition||–||–|
|High School of Fashion Industries||Audition||Portfolio||–|
|Professional Performing Arts High School (PPAS)||Audition||–||Continuing 8th graders, then NYC|
|Special Music School||Audition||Additional Application||Continuing 8th graders, then NYC|
|Talent Unlimited High School||Audition||Interview||–|
|Bard High School Early College – Manhattan||Screened||Math & Writing Assessment + Interview||–|
|Baruch College Campus High School||Screened||Writing Sample||District 2|
|Beacon High School||Screened||Portfolio + Interview||–|
|Central Park East High School||Screened||Demonstrated Interest||–|
|The Clinton School||Screened||Writing Assessment||Continuing 8th graders, then Manhattan|
|East Side Community High School||Screened||Additional Application/Letter||Continuing 8th graders, then NYC|
|Eleanor Roosevelt High School (ElRo)||Screened||–||District 2|
|Frank McCourt High School||Screened||Group Interview + Writing Task||–|
|High School for Health Professions and Human Services||Screened||Interview||–|
|Humanities Preparatory Academy||Screened||Demonstrated Interest||–|
|Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences||Screened||–||–|
|Manhattan / Hunter Science High School||Screened||Additional Application||–|
|Manhattan Village Academy||Screened||Demonstrated Interest||–|
|Millennium Brooklyn High School||Screened||–||Brooklyn|
|Millennium High School||Screened||–||Below Houston Street|
|N.Y.C. Lab School for Collaborative Studies (Lab)||Screened||–||District 2|
|N.Y.C. Museum School||Screened||–||District 2|
|NEST + m||Screened||Assessment||Continuing 8th graders, then NYC|
|NYC iSchool||Screened||Online Admissions Activity||–|
|Repertory Company High School for Theater Arts||Screened||Audition + Interview||–|
|School of the Future||Screened||Interview||Continuing 8th graders, then District 2|
|The Cinema School||Screened||–||–|
|Townsend Harris High School||Screened||–||–|
|High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies||Screened Language||–||–|
|Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics||Screened Language||–||Continuing 8th graders, then District 4, then NYC|
|Chelsea Career and Technical Education High School||Ed Opt||–||Manhattan|
|High School of Economics & Finance||Ed Opt||Demonstrated Interest||–|
|New Design High School||Ed Opt||–||–|
|Quest to Learn||Ed Opt||Demonstrated Interest||District 2|
|Richard R. Green High School of Teaching||Ed Opt||Demonstrated Interest||–|
|Urban Assembly New York Harbor School||Ed Opt||Demonstrated Interest||–|
|Vanguard High School||Ed Opt||Demonstrated Interest||–|
|Academy for Careers in Television and Film (ACTV)||Limited Unscreened||New Student Interest Form||Demonstrated Interest|
|Academy for Software Engineering||Limited Unscreened||–||Manhattan with Demonstrated Interest|
|Essex Street Academy||Limited Unscreened||–||Demonstrated Interest|
|Food and Finance High School||Limited Unscreened||–||Demonstrated Interest|
|Harvest Collegiate High School||Limited Unscreened||–||Manhattan with Demonstrated Interest|
|Manhattan Early College School for Advertising (MECA)||Limited Unscreened||–||Manhattan with Demonstrated Interest|
|Pace High School||Limited Unscreened||–||Demonstrated Interest|
|Stephen T. Mather Building Arts & Craftsmanship High School||Limited Unscreened||–||Manhattan with Demonstrated Interest|
|Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology||Limited Unscreened||–||Manhattan with Demonstrated Interest|