As your child applies to NYC high schools, there is a good chance that they will need to take some sort of high school admissions exam. This can be confusing for families because different schools may require different admissions exams, which all have different formats. Not all schools require exams, and the ones that do may either use the exam to rank students or use it in a holistic consideration of the applicant. In this guide, we will be going over the main exams used by NYC high schools and what can be found on them.
Nearly a fifth of New York City students attend private schools, schools that are neither funded nor run at any government level. Unlike public schools, families are typically required to pay tuition, but many of these schools offer some degree of financial aid. Because private schools do not have to follow the rules and regulations set by the Department of Education, there is a diverse array of options to consider when looking for the right fit. Unlike with public schools, students are allowed to apply to as many private schools as they desire.
Public schools are the largest school type in New York City, and therefore contain a vast range of schools. Due to this range, there is a school for everyone! It is important to note that students apply to programs not schools, and can be admitted into more than one program within a single school. Families can choose a maximum of twelve programs on MySchools for the main list, but the specialized schools are on a separate ranking list that has no max.
As a student whose entire education has been centered around testing and grades, it is hard for me to imagine a school system without these requirements. There are, however, NYC high schools that set different standards for their students which are outside of the typical standards. These schools, like Beacon, the Bronx Lab School, and Saint Ann’s go about a different way of assessing their students.
For most families, eighth grade tends to be the most exciting yet stressful year of middle school. It is the year to fully dive into the high school admissions process and find out where your child will be heading for the next four years. Though this can feel really overwhelming, with the help of this guide and the preparation made already from the sixth and seventh grades, there’s no need to stress!
Seventh grade is one of the most important years in middle school. This is the year that most high schools will pay attention to in terms of standardized exams, grades, and extracurriculars. Though this can be a stressful year both for students and for families, this guide is meant to help you reduce this anxiety and make the most of this year! Through the following steps, families can help their children continue to prepare for the high school admissions process and tackle the challenges that lie ahead.
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