Have you finalized your your list for the high school application yet? The Dec. 1 deadline is almost here.
If you still are undecided about where to apply, or how to rank your 12 choices, we've got last minute tips for you.
First, read our latest high school admissions guide, which includes tips for completing the application and advice for 8th-graders.
Then, make sure to read our school profiles and InsideStats for every high school you’re still considering. Click on the comments and browse what current and former students have to say about the school.
Some schools are still holding open houses. Check the Department of Education’s (DOE) high school admissions calendar for dates and times. If you don’t see any dates listed for a school you’re interested in, then check that school’s own website or call them directly.
A word of caution about limited unscreened schools, which admit students by lottery, but give priority to those who sign in at an open house or high school fair. Chalkbeat reported that some limited unscreened schools may be inappropriately looking at more than a student’s attendance at an open house or fair when deciding who gets priority. Bottom line: If you visited some limited unscreened schools or met with their staff at a school fair, we recommend that you reach out to each of them to confirm that your 8th-grader has priority in the lottery.
Check out our How to Apply section for videos and written guides to help you through the high school admissions process.
Read our tips for completing your high school application.
Review our Best Bets for the "B" Student.
The DOE’s 2017 high school directory.
NYC School Finder, the DOE's searchable high school directory.
The DOE’s list of accessible high schools.
The DOE offers translated versions of its resources in nine different languages, which you can find here.