Evening workshops about the high school admissions process for 8th-graders and their families begin next week. Enrollment officials from the Department of Education wll lead information sessions and answer questions about the types of high school programs offered and how to fill out your application. All sessions run from 6:30–8 pm.

Insideschools will be at some workshops too, to meet parents and present our new mobile high school search.

The first workshop is Tuesday, July 15 at Prospect Heights High School in Brooklyn; on Wednesday, July 16, there will be workshops at Lehman High School in the Bronx and at LaGuardia High School in Manhattan; and on Thursday, July 17, there are sessions at Queens College Kupferberg Center for the Arts (65-30 Kissena Blvd.) and at Staten Island Tech High School. 

High school directories will be given out at the workshops. New this year: Directories no longer feature the A-F Progress Report grades. Instead students can see stats such as what percentage of 9th-graders are on track with their courses after freshman year; how many graduate in four years and enroll in college or career programs and how many kids are satisfied with their schools.

Specialized high school workshop & summer sign-up

Workshops about the city's nine specialized high schools, which admit students based on an exam or audition, will be held the following week in Manhattan and Queens. On Tuesday, July 22, the session will be at Hunter College Kaye Playhouse (695 Park Avenue, entrance on 68th Street) and at Queens College Kupferberg Center for the Arts on Thursday, July 24.

Specialized high school handbooks, including a sample test, will be available at the information sessions. Most students do some prep work or take a course before sitting for the two-and-a-half hour test, which is given in late October to 8th- and 9th-graders.

Incoming 9th- and 10th-graders who moved to New York City after last fall's specialized high school exam may sign up for the Aug. 26 SHSAT exam, and the Aug. 28 audition for LaGuardia High School, beginning on July 14 at enrollment offices. The last date to sign up is Aug. 19. See more information here.

Wondering where and how to begin your high school search? Look at our new high school search for mobile devices on your phone. Online, check out our"how to apply to high school"video series.