*UPDATE 3/10/17: High school decisions are out! We're impressed by all the supportive words and advice our readers are sharing with each other. Join the discussion in the comments section below and also check out and comment on our annual post of Round 2 picks.
The wait is almost over. High school decision letters will be distributed by Friday, March 10. Schools got the letters Wednesday, but don't expect to receive yours before Friday when many schools choose to hand them out at the end of the day. If your school mails the letters, you may not get yours until Saturday.
Non–public school students should contact the person handling high school admissions at their school to find out their placement. If you're having trouble getting your letter you can always go to your nearest Family Welcome Center to find out your high school match.
All schools—public and private—will have access to students' high school placements via the Department of Education's enrollment system.
Details about this year’s main round decisions have yet to be released, but if last year’s results prove to be a trend, then the majority of students will be admitted to one of their top five choices and close to half will be matched to their top pick. Students who took the SHSAT (Specialized High School Admissions Test) or auditioned for LaGuardia will also find out if they got into a specialized school.
If you are not matched with a high school during the main round then you will have to apply to schools with open spots during Round 2 of high school admissions. Eighth and first-time 9th-graders who are unhappy with their high school placement may also participate in Round 2.
Round 2 high school fairs, where students can meet with representatives from schools with open seats, will be held Saturday, March 18 and Sunday, March 19 from 11 am to 2 pm at the Martin Luther King Jr. Educational Campus in Manhattan.
Stay tuned for more information including our annual best bets list of Round 2 high schools.
Hang in there and good luck!
Updated on 3/6/17 to reflect that high school letters will by handed out at school by March 10 and schools' access to high school decisions via the enrollment system.