Newcomers to New York City, who are entering 9th or 10th grade in September, may register to take the summer exam for admission to one of the selective specialized high schools, and to audition for the arts school, LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts. From July 11-August 24 , families may register and pick up an admissions ticket for the test and audition at any Enrollment Office.

Eligible students are those who are entering 9th or 1oth grade for the first time, moved to New York City after Nov. 1, 2010 and did not take the specialized high school exam (SHSAT) or audition for LaGuardia last fall.

You'll need these documents to register: Proof of residence, proof of birth, immunization records, and final 2011 report card.

The exam will be given at Stuyvesant High School on Aug. 29; the auditions for LaGuardia will be held on Sept. 1. But you must be registered and have an admissions ticket to be admitted to the test or audition.

Be aware that entrance to the specialized high schools is highly competitive. Most successful applicants spend a good deal of time preparing. See the 2011-2012 Specialized High School Handbook for a sample test and audition guidelines.

For more information, see the Department of Education's website, or attend one of the summer high school information sessions.