ATTN: 6th Graders- Hunter College High School Applications are Open

Hunter College High School (HCHS) application process is now open for current 6th grade students!  

 This year, students are eligible to sit for the HCHS Entrance Exam if they:

·       Are a current 6th grade student living within the five boroughs of New York City

·       Received at least one mark of 95 or higher (or the equivalent, if using a different grading scale) in both core ELA and core Math in any marking period or final mark during the 2021-22 school year that ends on or prior to 3/1/22.

·       Did not have any mark of 84 or lower (or the equivalent, if using a different grading scale) in either core ELA or core Math in any marking period or final mark in the same timeframe.


 The application process is open from Wednesday, April 6, 2022, through Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Eligible 6th graders apply via our online application at:


High School Admissions Information Sessions for Students with Disabilities

Monday, February 22:

·        6pm to 7pm

Tuesday, February 23:

Interpretation will be available in Spanish and Mandarin at these events. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will also be available.

Registration is optional, and families can register to attend one of these events here:

Specialized High Schools

The eight testing Specialized High Schools: Any 8th grade or first-time 9th grade student (who lives in NYC) can participate in admissions for any/all of these schools by registering for and then taking the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT).  Register by January 15 to take the SHSAT. During SHSAT registration, families will indicate the student's Specialized High Schools preference order in MYSchools. Families can list up to all 8 testing Specialized High Schools in preference order, starting with their top choice as #1.  Families will no longer submit choices on their SHSAT answer sheet.  8th grade public school students will take the SHSAT at their current school on January 27, 2021.

Any 8th grade or first-time 9th grade student (who lives in NYC) can apply to any/all of the programs at LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts by registering to audition and then submitting audition materials online. Please note that the SHSAT is not used for admission to LaGuardia High School. Register to audition by the week of February 22.  

 Families can log into MySchools to register their child for LaGuardia High School auditions.  When they do, they will indicate which programs their child will audition for. Students can audition for one or up to all six of the programs at LaGuardia High School.  Visit our Specialized High Schools Page.  


Auditions this winter.  All high school auditions will take place virtually this year, including LaGuardia High School.  To audition students will submit audition files through a new Virtual Audition Submission Tool.  This tool will open in January, information will be posted once it is received.  Updated requirements for audition programs will be posted in MySchools directory in the coming weeks.  These will help students prepare for their virtual auditions, even before the Virtual Audition Submission Tool is open.

Virtual Auditions

In order to submit your virtual auditions, you will need to register to your Office 365 account. 
STEP 1: Registering  for your NYC Students Net account:
  • In order to register for Virtual Auditions, you MUST use your Department of Education email. This has been created for every New York City Public School student.  
  • This email address will have the handle.  You will need to enter your OSIS number and Date of Birth.  
STEP 2: Submitting your audition:
Virtual Audition Submission Tool Directions

1. To access the Virtual Audition Submission Tool, open a browser and login to your NYC DOE school account. 

2. Once you login to your NYC DOE account, then open a browser and enter this URL in the navigation window:

3. The start page for the Virtual Audition Submission Tool should appear. 

4. Instructions for preparing and uploading audition files are included in this web-based Tool. If you are stuck, or if the Tool does not display after navigating to the URL above, please contact your counselor, or call the NYCDOE Call Center at (718) 935-2200 for assistance.