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We offer two Open Houses during each school year

Fall Open House (check our website at the beginning of the new school year)
Spring Open House  (check our website at the beginning of May)

If you missed our Open House, click here to view a student made video, which will give you an inside look into the school.

The Bronx High School of Science, along with Brooklyn Technical High School, Brooklyn Latin School, High School for Mathematics, Science and Engineering at City College, High School of American Studies at Lehman College, Queens High School for the Sciences at York College, Staten Island Technical High School, Stuyvesant High School, and Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts were established under New York State Law 2590 – Section G.

Entrance into these schools is determined by the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT), except for LaGuardia High School, which is based on a competitive audition and review of academic records. Students must be residents of New York City and current eighth grade or first-time ninth grade students in order to apply, register, sit for, and receive results for the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) and LaGuardia High School audition(s).

For updates concerning the Specialized High Schools admissions process, please visit:

The New York City Department of Education publishes a handbook with details of all the Specialized High Schools, test dates and locations, and sample tests.It is available through your school or online through the 
Department of Education website


Entrance Exam

The SHSAT assesses knowledge and skills. These skills consist of the ability to comprehend English prose, to demonstrate understanding of revising and editing skills central to writing in English, and to use problem-solving skills in mathematics. The test measures knowledge and skills students have gained over the course of their education. Keeping up with schoolwork throughout the year is the best possible preparation.


Students are ranked according to their score on the test and assigned to a school depending on their rank, the priority in which they placed schools on their application, and the seats available at each school.

Student Notification

In March your current school will receive information indicating student test results. Your current school will notify you of the results. Students offered seats must indicate acceptance of the school to which they were selected by returning the signed letter to their school counselor.

Review Procedure

You and your child may review a copy of your child's answer sheet by requesting an appointment with a representative from the Office of Assessment. You must request an appointment within one month after scores are released. Instructions for requesting a test review will be made available after scores are released or visit

For detailed information regarding Specialized High Schools, please visit:
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