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. Below you find information and steps you can take throughout 7th and 8th grade. In addition, there will information sessions beginning in January of 7th grade to support and guide all families through the admissions process.
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 2016-17 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 Specialized Schools Handbook, and try one of the practice tests included. LMC offers a test preparation program. 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. Information will be distributed in each art studio.
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.
Beginning in August, schools will start to post Open House and tour dates. It is important to consistently check the schools you are interested in, as it is impossible for us to alert you to every schools 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 the school. Some school tours book up very quickly, so please be sure to check 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||Admissions Requirements|
|Academy for Careers in Television and Film|
|Academy for Software Engineers||Writing Sample Requirement|
|Bard High School Early College – Manhattan||Interview, Writing & Math Assessment|
|Bard High School Early College – Queens||Interview, Writing & Math Assessment|
|Baruch College Campus High School||Writing Sample Requirement|
|Beacon High School||Portfolio Requirement & Interview|
|The Clinton School for Writers and Artists||Writing Assessment|
|Columbia Secondary School||Supplemental Application|
|East Side Community High School|
|Eleanor Roosevelt High School|
|Essex Street Academy|
|Frank McCourt High School||Group interview & Writing Assessment|
|Frank Sinatra School of the Arts||Portfolio & Audition Requirement|
|Harvest Collegiate High School|
|High School for Environmental Studies|
|High School of Art & Design||Portfolio & Audition Requirement|
|High School of Economics and Finance|
|High School of Fashion Industries||Portfolio & Audition Requirement|
|Humanities Preparatory Academy||Supplemental Application|
|Lower Manhattan Arts Academy|
|Manhattan Hunter Science High School||Supplemental Application|
|Manhattan Village Academy||Interview and academic portfolio|
|Millennium High School|
|NEST+M High School||Entrance Exam|
|New York Harbor school|
|NYC Lab School|
|NYC Museum School|
|NYC iSchool||Online Admissions Activity|
|Pace High School|
|Professional Performing Arts High School||Audition Requirement|
|Repertory Company High School for Theatre Arts||Audition Requirement|
|School of the Future||Interview|
|Talent Unlimited High School||Audition Requirement|
|Townsend Harris High School|
|UA School of Business for Young Women|