Specialized High Schools Admissions

Admissions Timeline

December to January

Begin researching high schools your child may be interested in attending. Many schools have different requirements. For example, Specialized High Schools will require the SHSAT. For private schools, the SSAT or ISEE may be required. Catholic high schools may request students complete the TACHS. Understand which tests your child will need to take, and when the deadlines are to take them.

If your family plans to leave during the summer months, or if your child has multiple high school admissions tests to take, it is important he or she starts their prep early. Premier Tutoring allows for review of multiple tests around your child’s schedule.

February to March The first series of Classroom Advantage courses begin.
April to May The first series of Classroom courses begin. These courses are ideal for students that will be leaving during the summer time as that’s included in the courses scheduling.
June to August If you haven’t already, start your prep with a Classroom course or Premier Tutoring.
September Final series of Classroom classes begin.
Obtain a SHSAT Ticket from your child’s guidance department.
Attend the Specialized High School Fair.
Visit individual school Open Houses.
October Weekend classes begin
Late October to early November Take the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT). Remember to arrive early, and bring your SHSAT Admissions Ticket!
November SHSAT Make-Up Test. Please note: only with special permission. Documentation from your child’s guidance counselor is required as to why your child was unable to attend on the assigned date.
December High school applications are due, usually the first week of December.
January Private school applications due.
February to March Students are notified of their Specialized High School acceptance.
April to May Waitlist decisions released. If your child was not accepted into a Specialized High School, he or she can test again in the 9th grade for a sophomore-year admission. Consider repeating a Kaplan course if your child wishes to try again!