This weekend – March 15 and 16 is the Round 2 fair in Manhattan for 8th and 9th graders who are still looking for a high school for next fall. You can meet school representatives and ask guidance counselors questions about your options. All 8th and 9th graders may apply again.

Here are some recommendations for high schools that haven’t filled their 9th grade seats, according to the Department of Education Round 2 Program List. You may also want to consider applying to one of the 10 new schools opening in the fall of 2014.


For strong students, consider the Macy’s honors program at Dewitt Clinton High School. Although there are some concerns about safety and discipline in the building, the school’s smaller honors program has challenging academics.

The honors program at Westchester Square Academy offers Advanced Placement classes starting in 10th-grade.

The Cinema School offers solid academics and a four-year sequence in film studies and production.

Students at the Bronx Early College Academy for Teaching & Learning take college courses for credit at Lehman College.

Fannie Lou Hamer and Bronx Guild offer a progressive, non-traditional education.

Wings Academy has space in both its academic and dance programs. The High School for Violin and Dance, which is predominantly female, offers extra support for boys through weekly meetings and special activities.

Bronx Collaborative High School, a new school housed in Dewitt Clinton High School, is modeled after the popular Institute for Collaborative Education (ICE) in Manhattan. Brett Schneider, former ICE assistant principal, is the principal.

Marble Hill High School for International Studies, University Heights Secondary School and Theatre Arts Production Company School (TAPCo) have seats reserved for students receiving services in self-contained and Integrated Collaborative Teaching (ICT) classes.


Abraham Lincoln High School, offesr selective programs in science and American Studies. With a diverse population, Lincoln’s huge size can be a plus for offering a wide array of classes and extra-curricular activities.

Fort Hamilton High School, which has seats for zoned students and for its music program, is an old-fashioned school with traditional academics, strict discipline, and lots of school spirit.

Three other well-regarded Brooklyn neighborhood schools -- James Madison, Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School and New Utrecht -- have room for zoned students.

Popular Edward R. Murrow has room in its Bilingual Spanish Communications Arts program.

Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences is a strong option for high achievers. Students benefit from rigorous academics but have a long walk to the nearest subway station.

Another good option for top-performers: Science, Technology and Research (STAR) on the Erasmus campus. In the same building, struggling students may find a welcoming home at High School for Service and Learning.

Kurt Hahn Expeditionary Learning School offers lots of trips and interesting projects.

Origins, a new school on the Sheepshead Bay campus, is headed by John Banks, a former teacher atArts & Letters. Like the popular District 13 middle school, Origins focuses on in-depth projects which students present to teachers and community members twice each year.

Midwood and Medgar Evers have seats reserved for high-performing students with special needs and IEPs.


There are lots of openings at A. Philip Randolph High School in Harlem, a school on the upswing. Principal David Fanning, is restoring the school's reputation, improving its academic focus and rebuilding ties with City College.  

Frank McCourt High School, on the Upper West Side, is a diverse school with a focus on writing and screened admissions.

There are many openings at Frederick Douglas Academy, which has a long history of stellar academics. Its new principal is liked by students and staff.

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

Humanities Prep is a small progressive school that welcomes 14-year-old 9th-graders and older teens who have struggled in more traditional schools.

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

University Neighborhood High School, a nurturing school with a strong collaboration with NYU, is planning to introduce a career and technical education program in information technology.

For students with special needs who can meet the academic criteria, some popular, selective schools have seats reserved in self-contained and ICT (Integrated Collaborative Teaching) classes: Bard, Beacon, Columbia Secondary, High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies, Institute for Collaborative Education, Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics, Manhattan/Hunter Science, Millennium, NEST+m, and NYC iSchool, NYC Museum, School of the Future and Talented Unlimited.

Manhattan Center also has room in its Bilingual Spanish Science and Mathematics program.


If you’re interested in studying Mandarin Chinese, you may want to consider Queens High School for Language Studies. This new school, housed on the campus of Flushing High School, is a replication of the very successful High School for Dual Language School and Asian Studies in Manhattan.

Some large and popular neighborhood schools, including Bayside, Cardozo, Forest Hills and Francis Lewis, have seats for zoned programs.

S.T.E.M. Research at John Bowne is a good choice for strong students interested in math and science.

Some very popular schools and academic powerhouses have room for special education students who meet the entrance requirements: Baccalaureate School for Global Education, Bard High School Early College, Queens School of Inquiry, Scholars' Academy, Townsend Harris and York Early College Academy.

Staten Island

Seats in this borough are available at all of the zoned high schools. Petrides has seats for students already enrolled in its middle school.