Applying to High School

UPDATE:  12/21/20

Recently, Mr. Seth Kritzman hosted a high school information session over zoom.  If you weren't able to attend, please watch the VIDEO to learn more about the process for this year.   Translation video in CHINESE.

Applying to High School

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.

Resources for Applying to High School
7th Grade

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 DOE High School Directory. Students may also consider reviewing for additional information.

Students may also want to begin thinking about the high school they would like to attend. Some questions students should consider:

  • How far away from home is the school, what will the commute be like?
  • Do I want to attend a large or small school?
  • Does the school’s focus area interest me?
  • Does the school have arts programs, after school activities, and/or internship opportunities that interest me?
  • Where do students go after they graduate?

Students interested in Specialized High Schools should start preparing for the exam as early as possible. Read through the Specialized Schools Handbook found on the DOE website, 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 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.

8th Grade

Before 8th grade begins in September, students should review the DOE's High School Directory and make a list of potential high schools.

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.

Specialized High Schools to Consider
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 Schools to Consider

Admissions requirements may change from year to year, check each school’s website to see if they have additional requirements such as a portfolio, interview, or assessment. 

Art and Design High School
Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School
Gramercy Arts High School
High School of Fashion Industries
Professional Performing Arts High School (PPAS)
Special Music School
Talent Unlimited High School
Bard High School Early College – Manhattan
Baruch College Campus High School
Beacon High School
Central Park East High School
The Clinton School
East Side Community High School
Eleanor Roosevelt High School (ElRo)
Frank McCourt High School
High School for Health Professions and Human Services
Humanities Preparatory Academy
Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences
Manhattan Hunter Science High School
Manhattan Village Academy
Millennium Brooklyn High School
Millennium High School
N.Y.C. Lab School for Collaborative Studies (Lab)
N.Y.C. Museum School
NEST + m
NYC iSchool
Repertory Company High School for Theater Arts
School of the Future
The Cinema School
Townsend Harris High School
Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics
Chelsea Career and Technical Education High School
High School of Economics & Finance
New Design High School
Quest to Learn
Richard R. Green High School of Teaching
Urban Assembly New York Harbor School
Vanguard High School
Academy for Careers in Television and Film (ACTV)
Academy for Software Engineering
Essex Street Academy
Food and Finance High School
Harvest Collegiate High School
Manhattan Early College School for Advertising (MECA)
Pace High School
Stephen T. Mather Building Arts & Craftsmanship High School
Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology