A Parent-to-Parent Conversation on NYC High School Applications

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On October 23, 2023, PLACE NYC hosted over 100 parents on Zoom to share information about the NYC high school application process, tips on researching schools, and “hidden gems”.

Presentation and recording of the event.


Questions: If you have questions about the process or the MySchool website, please contact your guidance counselor or email DOE’s Enrollment Office: HSEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov

Read more about lottery numbers: https://medium.com/algorithms-in-the-wild/gaining-insights-from-the-nyc-school-admission-lottery-numbers-42dd9a98b115

While many parents who attended our event know about Specialized High Schools, screened academic and auditions programs, many asked about lesser known and/or less in demand schools. We’ve asked our Parent Panel for a list of schools to consider.

Hidden Gems from Our Parent Panel

(Not in any specific order or rank)


High School for Language and Diplomacy

Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics

Richard R. Green High School of Teaching

High School for Environmental Studies

Landmark High School

Frank McCourt High School

Quest to Learn

Murray Hill Academy

University Neighborhood

New York Harbor School


Brooklyn College Academy

High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology

All City Leadership Secondary School

Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design

Design Works


Forest Hills High School (Carl Sagan program)

Benjamin Cardozo (DaVinci program)

Aviation High School

Thomas Edison

Energy Tech High School

Gotham Tech

Young Women’s Leadership Schools (multiple locations: Astoria, Harlem, Brooklyn, Bronx)

Urban Assembly Schools (multiple locations: https://www.urbanassembly.org/who-we-serve/school-map)


High School of American Studies at Lehman College

Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics

Bard High School – Bronx

Fordham High School for the Arts

Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music

Dewitt Clinton

Marble Hill HS of International Studies

Young Women’s Leadership (multiple locations)

Staten Island

Staten Island Tech

Gaynor McCown Expeditionary Learning School

CSI High School for International Studies

Susan E. Wagner High School

Curtis High School