While the Department of Education has yet to finalize policies for the Fall 2020 admissions cycle, schools that typically screen for academic performance may have different admissions criteria this year because of COVID-19. Check MySchools for the most up-to-date admissions information.

In New York City, most students attend either their zoned middle school or one within their school district. For those looking for other options, consider applying to a citywide school.

BROOKLYN

IS 235, The Lenox Academy

Rigorous and fast-paced academics attracts high performing students from across Brooklyn
Who gets in: Priority to District 18, but open to all New York City students. Admission is based on state test scores and grades. There may also be a onsite assessment. Contact the school directly for specific admissions criteria.

IS 239, Mark Twain, Coney Island (grades 6-8)

High performing school with talent programs and demanding academics
Who gets in: Test and audition

Brooklyn School of Inquiry, Gravesend (grades K-8)

Challenging academics with a progressive bent and an emphasis on the arts.
Who gets in: Very difficult exam (few spots open for middle school)

Medgar Evers College Preparatory School, Crown Heights (grades 6-12)

Fast paced academics for hard-working kids; every student learns to speak Mandarin
Who gets in: The school admits students based on a review of state test scores, grades, special talent, interview, attendance and punctuality. Apply to the school directly.

MANHATTAN

Ballet Tech, Gramercy Park (grades 4-8)

First-rate pre-professional ballet training with solid academics
Who gets in: Audition. Formal ballet training not required for admission in 4th grade

Ella Baker, Upper East Side (grades pre-K-8)

A joyful, informal school open to children from across the city
Who gets in: Priority to families who travel to the area for work or school (few spots open for middle school)

Hunter College High School, Upper East Side (grades 7-12)

Topnotch academics; teachers do a great job of keeping girls interested in science and math
Who gets in: Very difficult exam, citywide admissions. Seventh grade is the only entry point for the middle and high school grades

Institute for Collaborative Education (ICE), Gramercy Park (grades 6-12)

Promotes love of learning--not test prep
Who gets in: The school admits students based on their grades and an interview

Manhattan East School for Arts & Academics

Strong arts and academics attract children from across the city
Who gets in: The school admits students based on their grades, test scores, math and writing assessments, and an interview

NEST+m, Lower East Side (grades K-12)

Fast-paced instruction for advanced students.
Who gets in: Ultra selective. Admission based on attendance, grades and test scores

Professional Performing Arts High School (PPAS), Hell’s Kitchen (grades 6-12)

First rate instruction in drama, dance and voice along with solid academics.
Who gets in: Attendance, audition, grades and NYS test scores. (over 1,600 applications for 24 seats)

Quest to Learn, Chelsea (grades 6-12)

Kids learn in innovative ways, often using technology and choosing from a "menu" of options for projects.
Who gets in: Open to all NYC residents. Priority to applicants eligible for free or reduced price lunch for up to 60 percent of seats

Special Music School, Upper West Side (grades K-12)

Rigorous musical training and strong academics
Who gets in: Audition, grades, NYS test scores

TAG (Talented and Gifted) Young Scholars, East Harlem (grades K-8)

Engaging classes in citywide program for gifted children
Who gets in: Very selective. Admission based on attendance, grades test scores and teacher recommendation (few spots open for middle school)

The Anderson School, Upper West Side (grades K-8)

Faced-paced academics and engaging instruction
Who gets in: Ultra selective. Admission based on attendance, grades test scores, entrance exam and interview. (few spots open for middle school)

QUEENS

The 30th Avenue school, Astoria (grades K-8)

Strong emphasis on pre-engineering, exploration and discovery
Who gets in: Based on grades, NYS test scores and attendance

Scholars' Academy Far Rockaway (grades 6-12)

Rigourous academics plus a wide array of sports and arts.
Who gets in: Priority to District 27 but 10 percent of seats are open citywide