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.

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 2017-18 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? How many students graduate within 4 years?

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.

8th Grade

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.

Specialized High Schools to Consider
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
Main Round High Schools to Consider

Please note: Admissions requirements may change from year to year. Verify with each individual school.


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 District 2
Beacon High School Screened Portfolio + Interview
Central Park East High School Screened Demonstrated Interest
The Clinton School Screened 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



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