If you are one of the 3,837 8th-graders who didn't get matched to a high school, here’s what to do.

Apply in Round 2: Students who did not receive a match must apply to high schools with open seats during Round 2 of admissions. Applications are due March 26.

Eighth-graders unhappy with their high school match may reapply during Round 2, but be aware that if you are accepted to another school, you forfeit your Round 1 match.

(Current 9th-graders who are offered a 10th-grade seat during Round 1 or 2 will have the option of remaining at their current school.)

Attend the Round 2 high school fairs: It is scheduled for March 17 and 18, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Educational Campus in Manhattan. Try to arrive early so you have plenty of time to meet with representatives from each school you’re interested in.

Read our tips on what to do once you receive you high school decision letter.

Consider our picks from the Round 2 list, which include schools with a proven record and those that seem promising.


The Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters has a strong college office, lots of engaging activities and provides opportunities for overseas travel.

These schools still have seats available for 9th-graders with special needs, 10th-graders (general and special education) or both: Fordham High School of the Arts; Hostos-Lincoln Academy of Science; MS 223, The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology; Marble Hill High School for International Studies; University Heights Secondary School; and Young Women’s Leadership School of the Bronx.


These large, comprehensive high schools have space for zoned students and spots available in select themed programs. All offer a large array of classes, sports teams, clubs and activities: Abraham Lincoln; Fort Hamilton; Franklin Delano Roosevelt; John Dewey (no zoned option); and New Utrecht.

Students at the Brooklyn College Academy get lots of personal attention and, starting in 11th grade, take classes at Brooklyn College.

Brooklyn Preparatory is a small high school that offers a nice range of elective classes and activities, a supportive environment and the opportunity for some students to travel abroad.

The Brooklyn High School of the Arts provides solid academics and exciting opportunities for students to learn and perform outside their classrooms.

Edward R. Murrow High School does not have any seats left for zoned students, but has 9th- and 10th-grade openings in its bilingual Spanish and Mandarin programs. There are also a few 10th-grade spots in several of the arts and both bilingual (Spanish and Mandarin) programs.

At the Expeditionary Learning School for Community Leaders, students get lots of academic and college support, complete sophisticated projects and enjoy field trips.

The Boerum Hill School for International Studies is a strong option thanks to strong leadership, dual-language French instruction and the challenging International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum.

Transit Tech grooms students for technology jobs and careers in the transit industry.

Young Women’s Leadership School of Brooklyn is part of the successful network of all-girl schools that boast sky-high graduation and college-attendance rates.

These popular schools still have seats available for 9th-graders with special needs, 10th-graders (general and special education) or both: Benjamin Banneker Academy; Brooklyn International High School; Brooklyn Secondary School for Collaborative Studies; High School for Public Service: Heroes of Tomorrow; Medgar Evers College Preparatory School; Science, Technology and Research (STAR) Early College High School at Erasmus; and Urban Assembly School For Criminal Justice.


Landmark High School offers a warm, close-knit environment where students conduct in-depth projects and complete research papers rather than take Regents.

The Special Music School offers talented musicians strong academics and conservatory-style musical training.

Stephen T. Mather Building Arts and Craftsmanship High School is a good fit for students who like hands-on learning and want to keep college options open. The school specializes in teaching career skills such as masonry, carpentry and building preservation.

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

At Urban Assembly Maker Academy, students take a full load of academic classes in addition to learning technology and design skills in “maker” classes.

The Urban Assembly School for Green Careers, which prepares students for eco-friendly jobs in construction and agriculture, offers lots of individual attention and engaging, hands-on work.

University Neighborhood High School is a nurturing school with a strong collaboration with NYU.

Several well-regarded schools still have seats available for 9th-graders with special needs, 10th-graders (general and special education) or both: Bard High School Early College; Baruch College Campus High School; Beacon High School; City College Academy of the Arts; High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies; High School of Economics and Finance; Manhattan Bridges High School; Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics; Manhattan International High School; Manhattan Village Academy; Millennium High School; NYC Museum High School; and Repertory Company High School for the Theater Arts.


Hillcrest is a large, comprehensive high school offering many types of classes, sports teams, clubs and activities for students with special needs. It has space for
for zoned students and 9th-graders interested in its theater program. There are also a few spots for 10th-graders in all of its themed programs.

At the Preparatory Academy for Writers, students write extensively in all subjects and work a lot in small groups on engaging assignments.

Queens High School for Language Studies has enthusiastic teachers and a calm and friendly vibe. It is modeled after the successful High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies in Manhattan.

Veritas Academy was founded as an extension of the successful Queens middle school Bell Academy.

These popular schools still have seats available for 9th-graders with special needs, 10th-graders (general and special education) or both: Bard High School Early College-Queens; Frank Sinatra School of the Arts; International High School At LaGuardia Community College; and Queens Collegiate.


Curtis and Port Richmond are large, comprehensive high schools that have space for zoned students and spots available in select themed programs. All students, regardless of the program they’re enrolled in, benefit from a large array of classes, sports teams, clubs and activities.

Eagle Academy for Young Men of Staten Island is part of a network of all-boy schools that provides students with lots of support and mentorship throughout high school and beyond.

New Dorp and Tottenville, which have space for zoned students and a few spots for 9th-graders with special needs or 10th-graders (general or special education), are well-regarded high schools with strong instruction and lots of activities to keep kids engaged.

Students looking for a CTE (Career and Technical Education) school should consider Ralph McKee, especially for technology, including its award-winning robotics program.

Did we miss any schools? Current parents and students, please post comments with your best bets.