Deep breath, the wait is almost over. High school decision letters will be distributed in middle schools starting this Friday, March 4 according to the Department of Education.
Details about this year’s main round decisions have yet to be released, but if last year’s results prove to be a trend, then the majority of students will be admitted to one of their top three choices and at least 90 percent of students will be matched with a school during this round. Students who took the SHSAT (Specialized High School Admissions Test) or auditioned for LaGuardia will also find out if they got into a specialized school.
If you are not matched with a high school during the main round then you will have to apply to schools with open spots during round 2 of high school admissions. Eighth and first-time 9th-graders who are unhappy with their high school placement may also participate in Round 2. Applications are due Friday, March 18.
Round 2 high school fairs, where students can meet with representatives from schools with open seats, will be held Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13 from 11 am to 2 pm at the Martin Luther King Jr. Educational Campus in Manhattan.
There’s no need to peek now, but if you’re curious, the DOE has already posted the round 2 list of high schools with open seats. Some good news: there are bunch of popular screened schools, such as Beacon, Medgar Evers, Townsend Harris, and both Bards, with seats available for students with special needs.
Stay tuned for our annual best bets list of Round 2 high schools.
Hang in there and good luck!