7th grade

❏ Attendance Matters! Get to school on-time every day.
❏ Use InsideSchools to start exploring your options (sign up for a free account so you can create a list of your favorite schools).
❏ Put together a plan to study for the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT). Better yet, start studying!
❏ Collect your best work from 7th grade.
❏ Bring home a copy of the High School Admissions Guide, distributed to 7th-graders in June.
❏ Interested in visual or performing arts programs? Ask your art teachers to help you compile visual arts portfolios and prepare for auditions.

Summer before 8th grade

❏ Put together a plan to stay organized throughout the fall
❏ Continue researching options on Insideschools.
❏ If you haven't already, create a MycSchools account online at www.myschools.nyc where you can browse the high school directory and sumit you application.
❏ Create a list of schools you want to visit.
❏ Are you studying for the SHSAT? You can do it!
❏ Rehearse for auditions and work on art portfolio.

Fall of 8th grade

September
❏ Check DOE’s calendar and individual school websites for open house and tour dates.

❏ Register to take the SHSAT and audition for LaGuardia High School via your MySchools account or with your guidance counselor (you will be issued admission tickets in mid-October for the the exam and audition).
❏ Request needed accommodations for the SHSAT and LaGuardia audition (applies to students with I.E.P.s or 504 accommodations).
❏ Keep studying for the SHSAT and rehearsing for auditions!
❏ Discuss high school options with your guidance counselor.
❏ Attend at least one high school fair held in each borough on Sept. 21 & 22, 2019.
❏ Sign up for interviews, admissions tests and assessments (other than SHSAT) as well as audtions (for arts schools other than LaGuardia that require an audition).

October
❏ Attend school tours and open houses.
❏ Attend at least one more high school fair held in each borough on Oct. 5 & 6 2019.
❏ Confirm your SHSAT and LaGuardia audition accommodations.

❏ If you haven't done so already, sign up for interviews, admissions tests and assessments (other than SHSAT) as well as audtions (for arts schools other than LaGuardia that require an audition).
❏ Gather your academic work samples and portfolios. Be prepared to submit to individual schools per their deadlines.
❏ Take the SHSAT (end of October for current 8th- and 9th-graders).
❏ Audition for LaGuardia (Brooklyn students in late October 2019).

November
❏ Take the SHSAT (early November for English language learners, students needing accommodations or granted a make-up test)
❏ Audition for LaGuardia (students from all other boroughs throughout November 2019).
❏ Attend school tours and open houses.
❏ Attend interviews, submit work samples and portfolios and complete any other tasks that individual schools may require for admission.
Finalize your list of schools and decide how to rank them on your application.
❏ Complete and submit the application online via your MycSchools account or fill out and submit a papaer application to you guidance counselor by the deadline (December 2 2019).
❏ Print a copy of your completed application for your records.

December & January
❏ Wrap up your remaining interviews, auditions, exams and assessments.
❏ Relax and focus on other things! There’s nothing left to do until decision letters arrive in March.