High School Admission Process

DOE NYC High School Admission Process

Get to know high schools, including the specialized high schools, by going to information sessions or open houses for prospective students. Check event details below to see if the school provided any specific instructions about their event or their school's specific admissions requirements. Please check the following pages for detailed information

Middle and High School Admissions: How Students Get Offers to Screened Schools and the Specialized High Schools website (opens in a new link)

NYC DOE High School Admissions Homepage (opens in a new link)

NYC DOE Specialized High Schools, the admissions process, or download the latest Specialized High School Handbook in this website (opens in a new link)

Subscribe and receive email updates with important High School admissions deadlines NYCDOE website 


8th graders in need of recommendations/school records

If your 8th grader is applying to a high school that requests a letter of recommendation, work from his/her 7th grade portfolio, a copy of his/her 7th grade report card, or any other kind of school record, this must be requested at least a week in advance and students must fill out a request for recommendation form.  Please send in an addressed, stamped envelope if you need material mailed from the school.

Any issues with attendance must be corrected in the Main Office before the end of the 7th grade school year.  Adjustments to attendance records CAN NOT happen in the fall of 8th grade.  

Office Hours
One on one meetings scheduled as needed.  Contact mary.valentine@bpcschool.org for details.


Other Resources

Catholic High School Information - Information if you are interested in applying to Catholic High Schools.
Inside Schools - An independent guide and information about NYC public schools.
On-line High School Directory
The directory provides detailed descriptions of over 400 New York City public high schools, including information about programs, extracurricular activities, and eligibility. A hard copy of this book will be provided towards the end of 7th grade. Be mindful in your research that school admission criteria can change from year to year.