Contact information for each school: School Search
Phone Number: (718) 935-2200 - Open Monday–Friday, 8 am to 6 pm or call 311
Chief Enrollment Officer: Sarah Kleinhandler SKleinh@schools.nyc.gov
Deputy Chief Enrollment Officer: Gabrielle Ramos-Solomon GRamos20@schools.nyc.gov
High School: HSEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov
Senior Director, High School Admissions: Samuel Daunt SDaunt@schools.nyc.gov
Middle School: MSEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov
Senior Director, Middle School Admissions: Matthew Broggini MBroggini2@schools.nyc.gov
Elementary School: ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov
Senior Director, 3K and PRE-K Admissions: Juliet Kaye JKaye2@schools.nyc.gov
Senior Director, Kindergarten and Gifted & Talented Admissions: Daniel Hildreth DHildreth@schools.nyc.gov
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The highschool admission process is very stressful. With all of its different required parts, the essay section of the application can be really overlooked. The essays are a chance for the admission officer’s to get an insight into who the applicant really is. Numerous people can have very similar transcripts, but a creative and charismatic essay will make an application stand out.
Recommendation letters are a key aspect of high school applications and are a great way to demonstrate your character and abilities from another perspective. While not mandatory in some schools, it’s highly encouraged and should be seen as a requirement. But, who do you ask for a recommendation letter? Choosing who to ask is very important and should be someone that has seen your growth as a student. Most schools usually require at least one recommendation letter from a core teacher (Math, Science, Social Studies, etc) and one letter from either another teacher, mentor, coach, or counselor. So after making a list of potential candidates take some time to consider a very important question. “Who knows you the most?”. If you choose a candidate that barely knows you, their letter may sound disingenuous and phony. So when selecting a recommender, you should consider someone who has had a significant impact on your life and should be someone who knows you both academically and personally and can attest to your abilities, interests, achievements, and growth.
Oftentimes, one of the most difficult aspects of the high school admissions process is choosing the school you would like to attend. This makes sense, as picking a school requires a lot of critical thought and careful decision making. After all, you will have to attend the high school you end up choosing for the next four years of your life. This is why it is incredibly important to make sure that you have a fundamental understanding of what your high school offers.
As the new year begins, 7th graders may want to start thinking about high school admissions. Many students apply to Specialized High Schools, NYC’s nine public high schools for “students who excel academically/artistically” (DOE Website). You can learn more about them here. Eight of these schools admit students based solely on the SHSAT Exam, an 180 minute competitive standardized test administered in the fall.
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