Acceptance letters for high school went out today, and 90 percent of students got one of their choices. But if you are one of the 7,225 8th graders who didn’t get matched to a high school (or if you’re unhappy with your match) it’s time to consider one of the 16 new schools opening in the fall of 2013—or one of the established schools that still has space.
You can meet representatives from these schools at the second-round high school fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 6th and Aprll 7th at the Martin Luther King Educational Campus at 65th and Amsterdam in Manhattan.
Some of the schools will also have their own open houses. We've also compiled some recommendations for high schools that still have room.
You must submit a new application by April 12, and you’ll hear later in the spring where you’ve been assigned. (If you submit a new application, you forfeit the seat to which you were initially assigned.)
If you still are unhappy with your assignment after the second round, you may file an appeal. Don’t despair: there is some movement over the summer. An appeal won’t do you any good at the most popular schools (or at the specialized schools), but occasionally a few seats open up at other good schools. Persistence often pays off.
Hurricane Sandy delayed the admissions process this year, because people in the office of student enrollment spent most of November scrambling to find seats for thousands of students whose schools were flooded.
Some 75,690 8th graders applied to high school this year and 68,465 got one of their choices, according to the Department of Education. About 28,000 students took the Specialized High School Admissions Test and 5,229 were offered seats at the exam high schools. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts made offers to 984 students based on their auditions.
The DOE has published a new school high school directory, download it here [PDF].