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Below are the application open, close, and offer release dates. These dates are for students who are applying during the 2023-2024 school year for admission in the 2024-2025 school year.

*Please note: These dates are subject to change. Any changes will be announced and communicated directly to families.


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High School Admissions

  • Tuesday, October 3, 2023: High School Application & Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) Registration Opens 

  • Friday, October 27, 2023: SHSAT Registration Closes 

  • Friday, December 1, 2023: High School Application Closes 

  • Thursday, March 7, 2024: High School Offer Release 

How to Apply to High School

  • Submit a high school application. This is how you apply to most of NYC's 700+ program options. The high school application for students entering ninth grade in Fall 2024 will OPEN October 3,2023.

  • List 12 program choices in your order of preference. Some programs may have additional requirements, such as an audition or assessment, and some programs consider students' academic records in admissions. The deadline to apply is December 1.

  • Submit a LaGuardia High School application. Apply to any/all of the six arts programs at NYC's audition Specialized High School by submitting a separate application and auditioning. This application is OPEN, and the deadline to apply is December 1. Learn more at

  • Register for the SHSAT.  Registration for the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) is also OPEN. Interested in one or more of the testing Specialized High Schools? If so, register for the SHSAT; taking this test is how you apply to these eight schools. Register by November 4.  Students will take the test in November or December, depending on their grade level and where they currently attend school––learn more at

  • Attend a virtual high school admissions event on October 11, 13, or 18. Learn about the high school admissions process, how to build a balanced application, and when and how to apply. For dates, times, and more event details, scroll down to the "Join a Virtual Admissions Event" section below.

Audition Process for High Schools

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