Getting into American Studies
The Admissions Cycle for the 2016-17 School Year
Test dates for the Specialized High School Admissions Test are as follows:
- All current 8th grade students: Saturday, October 22 & Sunday, October 23, 2016
- All current 9th grade students and 8th and 9th grade students with special needs and approved 504 accommodations, or make-up test requests, October 30 and November 5, 2016
- Students new to New York City (who arrived after the November make-up test date) - end of summer, 2017
Test locations include Bronx Science High School, Suyvesant High School, Long Island City High School, Brooklyn Tech, and Staten Island Technical High School
The High School of American Studies at Lehman College, along with the Bronx High School of Science, Brooklyn Technical High School, Brooklyn Latin High School, High School for Mathematics, Science and Engineering at City College, Queens High School for the Sciences at York College, and Stuyvesant High School were established under New York State Law 2590 section-g to serve the needs of gifted New York City students.
Admission is based
solely on a competitive written examination, known as the Specialized
High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT), open to all eighth and ninth
grade New York City students. All applicants must be New York City residents
in order to take the examination.
Please refer to the following Department of Education website, entitled, High School Admissions, for more information.
The New York City Department of Education publishes a handbook with details of all nine Specialized High Schools, test dates and locations, and two sample tests. It is available through your guidance counselor or online through the Department of Education Web site.
The High School of American Studies is strictly forbidden from distributing applications. APPLICATIONS CAN BE OBTAINED ONLY FROM THE GUIDANCE COUNSELOR OF YOUR CURRENT SCHOOL.