Specialized High School
A standardized exam used by the 9 specialized high schools in NYC to evaluate the acceptance of incoming freshmen.
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WHAT IS A SPECIALIZED HIGH SCHOOL
High School for American Studies at Lehman College
LaGuardia High School of Music & Arts
Specialized high schools are New York City's top public high schools for those who excel academically or creatively. Compared to other public schools, the specialized high schools demand a much higher vigor and focus from their students. These schools are designed to prepare the students for a highly competitive environment, both in academia and performing arts.
Why attend a specialized high school?
Studies have shown that a large percentage of the students from NYC who get accepted into top private universities and Ivy League colleges such as NYU or Harvard, come from one of the 9 specialized high schools. A prime example is one of PUMP’s founders, Sandesh Bhattarai, who graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School and was accepted into New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering.
In order to apply, the student must meet the following two requirements:
1. Must be a NYC resident.
2. Must be a current 8th OR 9th grader.
The admissions process begins whilst applying for high schools in the 8th grade or while applying for transfer in the 9th grade. Admission for 8 out of the 9 schools is based strictly on the SHSAT score. The student's GPA, other standardized test scores and extra curricular activities are not necessary to get you into one of these schools.
Admission for LaGuardia High School is based strictly on submitting a portfolio and auditioning in a talent area from one of the following:
1. Fine & Visual Art
2. Vocal Music
3. Instrumental Music
6. Technical Theater
The following is a table of the range of cut off scores for each school from the 2018 SHSAT. *Note that the range of cut off scores for 2020 are subject to change slightly.
Stuyvesant 559 - 698
Brooklyn Tech 493 - 668
Bronx Science 518 - 637
Brooklyn Latin 482 - 555
Staten Island Tech 519 - 660
HSMSE @ City College 516 - 616
Queens Science @ York College 511 - 542
HSAS @ Lehman 516 - 633