High school students looking to transfer to a different school for 10th grade face tougher odds than applicants to 9th grade. This year, only 57 percent of the 4,425 students who applied for a different school for 10th grade received offers, as compared to 90 percent of 8th graders applying to high school for the first time, according to Department of Education data.


The good news for all 9th graders who are unhappy with their current school is that you can apply now for a different school. There are some strong programs with openings for rising 10th-graders.


You must submit a new application -- with up to 12 choices -- by March 21 and you'll hear in May where you've been assigned. To find out more about your options, go to the fair at Martin Luther King Jr, High School this weekend.


Here are our picks for schools with space in 10th grade, according to the Department of Education’s Round 2 Program List . All seats are open to both general education students and those receiving special education services, according to the DOE’s list. For more specifics regarding openings, your best bet is to ask the school representatives at the fair.




Bronx Early College Academy for Teaching & Learning: A successful 6-12 school with links to Lehman College.

The Cinema School: Selective school where students learn the art of film-making.

Marble Hill High School for International Studies: Multicultural school with caring atmosphere.

Theatre Arts Production Company School (TAPCo): Family atmosphere for aspiring artists.

University Heights Secondary School: Small school with a wide array of academic options.

Wings Academy: Top-notch dance and basketball team.



Abraham Lincoln High School: Huge school with something for every student.

Brooklyn College Academy: Housed on a college campus.

Edward R. Murrow: Good options in the arts as well as academics in a less-traditional structure.

Fort Hamilton High School: A well-rounded neighborhood school.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School: Experienced teachers and enviably diverse population.

Kurt Hahn Expeditionary Learning School: Affiliated with Outward Bound; students go on lots of trips.

Medgar Evers: Accelerated academics on a college campus.

Millennium Brooklyn: Selective school in the heart of Park Slope.

Origins: Students get experience presenting their work in “roundtables.”

Science, Technology and Research (STAR): A selective, college prep school.



This year some very popular schools have seats for 10th-graders.


Bard High School Early College: One of the first and most academically challenging early college schools in New York City.

Baruch: Strong academics at this school with a 100 percent graduation rate.

Beacon: Upper West Side school moving into a new building in 2015.

East Side Community: Strong leadership in a college prep environment on Lower East Side.

Eleanor Roosevelt: Beautiful building and solid academics on the Upper East Side.

Frank McCourt High School: Selective school on Upper West Side with strong humanities.

Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics: Impressive array of AP and college-level courses.

Manhattan/Hunter Science: Seniors take all courses at Hunter College.

Special Music School:Strong academics with conservatory-style training in music.


Talent Unlimited:  Strong performing arts programs.


The High School of Fashion Industries: Hands-on training and internships in the fashion industry.

Young Women's Leadership School: A 6-12, all-girls school with near-perfect graduation and college attendance rates.




Cardozo: Popular zoned school.

Eagle Academy III: A proven model of single-sex schools for males.

Frank Sinatra School of the Arts: Strongest performing arts school in the borough.

John Bowne: Students learn to farm and care for animals in the agriculture program. The S.T.E.M. program offers advance science and math for strong students.

Queens Gateway to Health Sciences: Small 6-12 school with excellent academics.

Queens High School for Language Studies: A dual language school where students learn to speak Mandarin Chinese.

Scholars’ Academy: A super-selective school in the Rockaways.

Staten Island


Curtis, New Dorp, Port Richmond, and McKee each have a range of programs with room for 10th graders.