Entrance and Exit Criteria for Select NYC High Schools

It’s September, and the grueling high school admissions process is about to begin!

I don’t know how we survived last year going through this demanding process for our son!  There was no transparency to the admissions process and no clear-cut criteria that defined how students would be matched to the public high schools!  To add to our woes, stories about children without placements despite having done well in school and in state tests, were making the rounds!  To top that, all the jargon around “screened”, “unscreened”, “lottery schools” and the different admissions requirement including interview, tests, portfolios etc.,  had us worried that we would be one of those “stories”!

We did everything we thought we needed to do – from attending the city-wide school fairs and individual school tours to poring over the gargantuan 600 page high school directory! Not once were we able to stop to think which high school(s) was a good fit as we felt rushed through the process.

It was only in spring of this year, after my child managed to place in three top schools (one NYC G&T public school and two specialized high schools), did we get a chance to pause and look at how these schools compared and which of them would provide the most value after a 4 year HS education there.  I decided to use quantitative methods for this comparison and used data published by the Department of Education to see how the top schools fared. My entry and exit criteria were based on State test, Regents and SAT scores. I am posting a snapshot of both the “entrance criteria” and “exit stats” of some of the district 2 high schools that our children attend. Am hoping that you will find these useful.

ENTRANCE CRITERIA: The first set of tables shows you the selection criteria used by schools to evaluate and rank students from the available pool of applicants.
SCREENED SCHOOLS(*Screened schools consider attendance + punctuality)

wdt_ID Name interest Admissions Method - Screened* English Math Social Studies Science State Test Math State Test ELA Inside Schools link Total # of Seats Total # of applicants Applicants per seat
1 BARD HIGH SCHOOL EARLY COLLEGE QUEENS Humanities & Interdisciplinary MATH & ELA on site assessment + Interview 85-100 85-100 85-100 85-100 https://insideschools.org/school/24Q299 160 2.537 16 per seat
2 BARUCH COLLEGE CAMPUS HIGH SCHOOL Humanities & Interdisciplinary Writing Sample 85-100 85-100 85-100 85-100 Review Review https://insideschools.org/school/02M411 111 5.182 47 per seat
3 BEACON HIGH SCHOOL* Humanities & Interdisciplinary Interview and Portfolio 85-100 85-100 85-100 85-100 3.0-4.5 3.0-4.5 https://insideschools.org/school/03M479 320 5.255 16 per seat
4 ELEANOR ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL Humanities & Interdisciplinary 90-100 90-100 90-100 90-100 3.0-4.5 3.0-4.5 https://insideschools.org/school/02M416 125 5.376 43 per seat
5 HIGH SCHOOL FOR DUAL LANGUAGE AND ASIAN STUDIES Humanities & Interdisciplinary 80-100 80-100 80-100 80-100 2.0-4.5 2.0-4.5 https://insideschools.org/school/02M545 108 1.045 10 per seat
6 INSTITUTE FOR COLLABORATIVE EDUCATION Humanities & Interdisciplinary Interview + Writing Sample 80-100 80-100 80-100 80-100 https://insideschools.org/school/02M407 54 1.168 22 per seat
7 MANHATTAN VILLAGE ACADEMY Humanities & Interdisciplinary Demonstrated interest: school visit 80-100 80-100 80-100 80-100 2.0-4.5 2.0-4.5 https://insideschools.org/school/02M439 100 3.282 33 per seat
8 MANHATTAN/HUNTER SCIENCE HIGH SCHOOL Science & Math 80-100 80-100 80-100 80-100 Review Review https://insideschools.org/school/03M541 108 4.408 41 per seat
9 MILLENNIUM HIGH SCHOOL Humanities & Interdisciplinary Foreign language grade + Writing exercise 90-100 90-100 90-100 90-100 https://insideschools.org/school/02M418 150 4.323 29 per seat
10 NEW EXPLORATIONS INTO SCIENCE,TECH AND MATH HIGH SCHOOL Science & Math On site test 85-100 85-100 85-100 85-100 3.0-4.5 3.0-4.5 https://insideschools.org/school/01M539 160 2.995 19 per seat

UNSCREENED SCHOOLS

wdt_ID Name Program interest Admissions Method - Unscreened Inside Schools link Total # of Seats Total # of applicants Applicants per seat
1 ACADEMY FOR SOFTWARE ENGINEERING Computer Science & Technology Demonstrated interest: school visit https://insideschools.org/school/02M546 108 2.403 22 per seat
2 HARVEST COLLEGIATE HIGH SCHOOL Humanities & Interdisciplinary https://insideschools.org/school/02M534 108 2.139 20 per seat
3 HARBOR SCHOOL Science & Math https://insideschools.org/school/02M551 54 New Program
4 PACE HIGH SCHOOL Humanities & Interdisciplinary Demonstrated interest: school visit https://insideschools.org/school/02M298 150 4.614 31 per seat
5 URBAN ASSEMBLY MAKER ACADEMY Computer Science & Technology Demonstrated interest: school visit https://insideschools.org/school/02M260 108 437 4 per seat

SPECIALIZED SCHOOLS

wdt_ID Name Program interest Admissions Method -SHSAT English Math Social Studies Science State Test Math State Test ELA Inside Schools link Total # of Seats Total # of applicants Applicants per seat
1 BRONX HIGH SCHOOL OF SCIENCE Specialized Science & Math Solely based on SHSAT scores https://insideschools.org/school/10X445 750 19.556 26 per seat
2 BROOKLYN LATIN SCHOOL (THE) Specialized Humanities & Interdisciplinary Solely based on SHSAT scores https://insideschools.org/school/14K449 150 16.723 111 per seat
3 BROOKLYN TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL Specialized Science & Math Solely based on SHSAT scores https://insideschools.org/school/13K430 1.400 23.100 17 per seat
4 HIGH SCHOOL MATH SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING AT CCNY Specialized Engineering Solely based on SHSAT scores https://insideschools.org/school/05M692 110 19.035 173 per seat
5 HIGH SCHOOL OF AMERICAN STUDIES AT LEHMAN COLLEGE Specialized Humanities & Interdisciplinary Solely based on SHSAT scores https://insideschools.org/school/10X696 90 16.771 186 per seat
6 QUEENS HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE SCIENCES AT YORK COLLEGE Specialized Science & Math Solely based on SHSAT scores https://insideschools.org/school/28Q687 104 16.648 160 per seat
7 STATEN ISLAND TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL Specialized Engineering Solely based on SHSAT scores https://insideschools.org/school/31R605 300 15.209 51 per seat
8 STUYVESANT HIGH SCHOOL Specialized Science & Math Solely based on SHSAT scores https://insideschools.org/school/02M475 814 22.662 28 per seat
9 FH LAGUARDIA HIGH SCHOOL OF MUSIC, ART AND PERFORMING ARTS Specialized - Audition Performing Arts Audition + Attendance 80-100 80-100 80-100 80-100 Review Review https://insideschools.org/school/03M485 181 3.254 18 per seat

EXIT STATS
The below table gives you a snapshot of how the students performed in state and competitive tests(SATs).
(*Students complete Performance‑Based Assessment Tasks (PBATs) as a replacement for some Regents Exams)

My recommendation is for parents to review BOTH the entry and exit criteria even BEFORE you start sifting through a dizzying array of public, private, parochial and specialized schools and going on school tours and open houses. This would at a minimum offer an objective view of a the school in determining if it is potentially a good fit for your child.  A word of caution – some schools like Beacon opt out of the Regents, and school alone is not always responsible for SAT scores as many students go through extensive test prep outside school before taking the SATs.  Therefore please use stats on test scores as only one criteria by which you evaluate a school.

Things you should plan on doing:

Visit the school, talk to school admissions office if you think your child thrives in a particular environment, get the opinion of (as many) neighborhood families attending the school as possible, consider if you want a small school, focus on Humanities or Science/Math, review sites like Inside Schools, Great Schools, Niche Schools and make an informed decision.

And most of you may agree that in our adult career, over 90% of the time we use the skills learnt in high school  – “Make that high school count”….

Please feel free to comment below or send me a note, especially if there are other school you would like me to add to the above list.

 

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