Leaving aside the question of independent schools, ambitious students and parents in New York who stay within the DOE's system face a complex array of competitive and specialized high schools both in Manhattan and the outer boroughs. Our expert educational consultants, subject tutors, and test prep specialists have weighed in to help us compile the following overview. From there, it's a matter of portfolio development, SHSAT preparation, and a variety of other qualifying processes. PwP, as always, is here to help.
Even among the unusual and varied challenges in the life of students and parents trying to navigate the world of New York education, the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) stands out. The SHSAT is a unique test given under unique conditions for admission to a unique cadre of schools: NYC's Specialized High Schools are the DOE's flagship secondary schools and admission to them is a high stakes affair. Here, one of our expert SHSAT prep tutors weighs in on the best approach to the exam. read more
The Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) is not only the sole criterion for admission to the DoE's eight specialized academic high schools, but it's also a one-off exam for ninth grade matriculation. Students endure months of preparation with tutors and specialists for a test that is famously only given once, no retakes, no make-ups. The one exception is for families that move to NYC after the October test date. Those families will have one chance to sit for the test, and we detail the options for them here. read more
Test prep in NYC is a seasonal business. Especially when it comes to tutoring for the various secondary school exams, late spring and summer are the times prep courses and individual tutoring regimens kick into gear. Our tutors work throughout New York, especially in Brooklyn and Manhattan, to help get students ready for any test, be it the ISEE, SHSAT, SSAT, or even a test for local parochial schools. read more